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2nd X1  v  Wem  12th July 2014     -      Steve Cansdale Reports


At the Half-way point of the season, Madeley 2nds welcomed Wem 2nds who were
no doubt out to seek revenge on the Loss they suffered to the seconds in the first
game of the season.
With skipper Loll Woodhall away on Hols, Jamie Llloyd took over the reigns for the day. Wem won the toss on this hot sultry day and opted to bat.
Lewis Davies and Sagar Jeram opened the bowling with the first wicket taken by Lewis caught by Dan Kearsley. 23-1. A good start against a stronger Wem team than in the first match. Sam Peate was next to go, caught by keeper Lucas Bladen off of Sagar Jeram 54-2.
With the over rate being bowled really slow it was a while before the next wicket went, when Dave Powell was LBW to Callum Hodson, 68-3. Steve Blenkinsopp was having a field day punishing our bowlers with some powerfull shots, before he was superbly caught on the boundary by the very safe hands of Lewis Davies from Callum Hodson. 91-4. The over rate seemed to get slower and it was a while before the next wicket of John Darlington who was well LBW to skipper Jamie Lloyd for 38. His partner at the other end Lewis Mellings who was more  a less a spectator at the other end was next to go, after being bowled by Jamie.189-8.
It was looking good for Madeley to keep the score to below 200,, but for tailenders, Shaun Astley(5) Keith Higgins (11no) and Shawn Humphreys (11) it was left to Jamie Lloyd (3-28) and Sagar Jeram  (3-32) to finish Wem off, The final wicket of Ian Day, being caught with a superb reaction catch in the slips by Lewis Davies. What didn't help, were the extras  which totalled 40 (not very good) and
was Wem's top scorer. 214 all out

With the weather changing dramatically, from a fine summer's day to very cloudy and overcast, Openers Simon Woodcock and Alex Dillon came out looking very determined to make a dent in the chase total, But it was when the score was at 25 that Alex was questionably run out. Wem still were the same as in the first match, with appeal after appeal for what were obviously not out.
Two runs later, Callum Hodson was bowled after three balls for 0. When Dominic Smith who has  just returned from Uni joined Woody. They only managed to put on 15 more runs before Woody was LBW for 22. 42-3. From then on it was a collapse, with Dominic being caught 2 runs later 44-4.
Mick Roberts and Jamie Lloyd tried to push the score along, when Mick went for 6 ,55-5. Jamie soon followed after being caught for 5. 57-6. Lewis Davies and Lucas Bladen were now at the crease and put on 12 before the heavens opened and saved Madeley from a walloping.
The foot of the Table is ever nearer, and a win soon is a must.