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2nd X1  v  Worfield  9th August 2014     -      Steve Cansdale Reports

 
The seconds faced a toughie against a strong Worfield side. Worfield won the toss and opted to bat.Things were not looking to good for the seconds, as Worfield fielded no less than three players who have first team experience this season, one of them being opening bowler Brett Oliver who is
recovering from a hand injury.
Madeley had to be on their toes in the field for this one, and didn't disappoint. A vast improvement in the field helped Madeley off to a great but surprising start. Sagar Jeram had Luke Simpson caught behind by stand in keeper Dan Bowdler, and then sent Joshua Kriskinans straight back to the changing room, bowling him with a master ball for a Golden Duck. 10-2. Not long after, Matt Turner was caught by Liam Kearsley off Jamie Lloyd 26-3.
Things were looking up for Madeley, until the appearance of hard hitting experienced batsman Gareth Lanchbury putting on a very quick 46 partnership with Tim Perry, before Perry was also caught behind by D.J. off of Dan Kearsley 72-4. Brett Oliver was next to go, with a classic Yorker from Callum Rigby 93-5. This was an excellent performance in the field, keeping Worfield's batsmen down to reasonable score. Ollie Jones joined Gareth Lanchbury at the wicket, where they knocked up a very quick 38 before Ollie Jones was caught by Simon Woodcock off of Sagar Jeram 131-6 Worfield captain Robert Weir was on fire when he came to the stumps knocking the leather around quiet comfortably when Gareth Lanchbury swinging his bat for a six off  Mick Roberts was caught on the boundary by Callum Rigby with a very well taken confident catch 168-7. Jake Rowlands made a brief appearance before being caught and bowled by Dan Kearsley 168-8. Robert Weir was next to go when Jamie Lloyd had Robert Weir caught by the very safe hands of Callum Rigby 200-9. All Madeley had to do was to polish off the tail enders, which they did after 12 more runs, with Jack Simpson being bowled by the ever improving Sagar Jeram 212 all out. A fantastic performance in the field with only the 33 extras being a let down.


Chasing 213 from 52 overs was quite a reasonable score to chase on this wicket. But this was not to be.
With the score at only 5 Liam Kearsley was bowled by a quality ball from Jack Simpson for 0, 5-1.
Simon Woodcock survived an LBW appeal, only to stroll out of his crease to be run out by a very quick thinking slip fielder (I think he still thought he was on the beach in Ibiza) 5-2. Mick Roberts and Lee Standell put on a wonderful partnership of 67, playing some superb text book shots between them, putting Madeley in a now fairly strong position, before Lee was caught from a very rare careless shot for 31, 72-3. From then on it was the usual mid order collapse. Mick Roberts perplexed by an out of the blue Yorker for a well struck 29, 89-4. Hard hitting Daniel Bowdler and Experienced Jamie Lloyd joined each other at the stumps, and things were looking good for a few runs to be knocked up.. Jamie went for 0 after 3 balls, 91-5 with Daniel Bowdler following soon after, being caught and bowled by Gareth Lanchbury for 11, 95-6. Uncle Ron Lloyd looked relaxed as he score a quick 2 before being caught for 2, 95-7. Jack Loftus and Sagar Jeram settled in very well, and looked solid, playing some nice defensive shots with the occasional aggressive shot.
Unfortunately, Sagar was caught behind after trying a biggie and nicked the edge of his bat. 111-8. Callum Rigby didn't last much longer being bowled after 4 balls for 0, 112-9. Jack Loftus was stumped after advancing down the track to be fooled by a quality off break. 117-10.
A disappointing result against a very strong opposition, but a much, much better performance.
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