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2nd X1  v  Wroxeter Grove   17th May 2014     -      Steve Cansdale Reports

 
On a hot sunny day the seconds made  their way to Uppington to play newly formed club, Wroxeter Grove.

Wroxeter won the toss and opted to bowl.

Both newbies this season, youngsters Chris Birkett and Alex Dillon opened the batting for Madeley.They made a good opening partnership of 31 before Alex was bowled by the Wroxeter overseas player, Jason Vonk for 4. Lucas Bladen came in at 3, but fell foul to Jason Vonk and was bowled for 1. Chris was joined by the old faithful Jamie Lloyd who between them put on a brilliant stand of 60, before a total misunderstanding by Chris left him stranded going for a second run, only to be run out. Bowler, Ian Ramsay was in fine voice appealing at about everything that he personally thought was LBW, only for Jamie to be given out LBW for 20. Mark Mason and Simon Woodcock were next in, with thoughts of these two putting on a few, when Mark was caught by Jason Vonk from Ian Ramsay. Lee Standell joined Woody, and these two certainly showed how this track was to be played. Lee made a magnificent 36 out of a stand of 93 before he was also caught by Matt Ramsay. Woody reached his first fifty of the season to a big round of applause by his fellow team mates, and along with Liam Kearsley led Madeley to a final score of 217 for 6.

Wroxeter came out with all guns a blazing, obviously knowing that the 218 that they had to get was reachable. But opener Joss Elliott was first to fall, bowled by Jamie Lloyd for 6. Team Captain Loll Woodhall opened the bowling from the far end, but had no joy in his first stint. Up and  coming Matt Nutting and Nathan Simms were thrown into the attack, against a very solid pair of Matt Smart and Seb Cooley. Unfortunately Matt had no luck, but bowled superbly tight (6-1-13-0) but Nathan managed to get Matt Smart caught behind by Lucas Bladen with the old classic off off stump, batsman swings, nicks ball, keeper catches shot. The main worry was Seb Cooley, who was hitting the ball around the park with ease, being dropped a couple of times and pushing the score forward quickly with Richard Evason , who was eventually caught by Simon Woodcock from Loll Woodhall, who had now made a reappearance bowling,  with Mark Mason bowling spin at the other end. Tony Elliot was next to join Seb Cooley, who also started to knock the ball about. Then all of a sudden, Seb Cooley retired on 35 as he was late for a dinner party. From then on it was downhill for Wroxeter, with Tony Elliot being bowled by Loll for 24, Steven Williams run out by Mark Mason. A slight partnership of 18 by Ian Johnson and Ian Ramsay, had now left Wroxeter at 138-5. Wroxeter were now playing for a draw, but Loll was having none of it. He used his old Captains head, to pull a more or less certain draw, into an emphatic win, by taking a further two wickets , and a run out. Bringing on Liam Kearsley at the end with 3 overs to go, Liam bowled the final batsman after 3 balls. A brilliant win, with the side showing really great comradeship and the urge to win. As I said in an earlier report, this side under the leadership of Loll will go places. Next, another  difficult match against Worfield II.