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2nd X1 v Allscott 4th July 2009 Report by - Lee Standell
On a cloudy yet humid day Madeley made the short journey to Allscott formerly known as British Sugar. Skipper for the day was Simon Woodcock (the oil tanker) due to Sam Norman being a little worse for wear. Allscott captain Les Pritchard won the toss and invited Madeley to bat on a pitch that looked as if it had something in it for everyone, Even the ex Madeley players such as the Pickford brothers and J.Watson (kitman).
Barry Chuckle (S.Hathaway) opened the batting with Lee Allen (miami was a late call up after D.Mclean pulled out). We made a steady start until Sam Hathaway chipped one straight to Lee Pickford at point and was dismissed for 6 off Kitman. Micky Roberts our usual number 3 then came to the crease and batted aggressively for a quickfire 22 until he too was another victim of the Kitman, With Miami digging in at the other end next to come to the crease was Woody. Lee Allen was next to fall after being caught for 13. Lee Standell then entered under pressure (as well as the failing middle order in past weeks) and had a slow start as Woody started to put Allscott to the sword until being caught for 23 in which a much bigger score was warranted. Next was Sam Norman (Henry) who lasted for 4 balls top edging one straight in the air. This sparked the arrival of Craig Mclean who from the off showed a variety of top class shots. With the help of Little Spon (L.Standell) they put on a terrific partnership of 68 and got the team to 175. L.Standell then was bowled trying to push the score along for 44, Mr Chairman (L.Woodhall) then entered and scored an extremely fast 13 until a dubious LBW decision sent him back to the changing rooms with Craig still causing the Allscott bowlers a lot of problems. By this time it was the final over in which Lewis Davies (hightower) scored 4 Not Out and C.Mclean ending up with a Man of the Match 52 Not Out. Madeley ended their innings on 193 from the allotted 50 overs with the middle order finally putting in a good preformance. The pick of Allscotts bowling was C.Dean 9 overs 3-27 and J.Watson (Kitman) 12 overs 2-32.
During tea the heavens opened but only managed to take 2 overs off Allscotts innings which meant they now needed 185 from 48 overs. Opening the bowling for Madeley was L.Bowen (Dudleys answer to the kid) and Harry 'Prep' Thomas. Harry started off brilliantly with the majority of his balls just missing the bat and L.Bowen keeping it tight the other end. First to strike was Harry taking N.Gittins for 13, C.Mclean was then first change for 'Prep' and started off superbly with Allscott's batsmen slashing and edging at everything and never seeming to drop near a Madeley fielder. Lewis 'Hightower' Davies then was 2nd change and bowled superbly even surprising Barry Chuckle. Lewis then took C.Bates and the wicket of opener C.Dean for 32. Lol then came into the attack and should have taken the wicket of Kim Pickford after blatantly nicking into Chuckle's gloves but didn't walk and no decision from the umpire. Woody then came onto bowl at the other end and took revenge with the wickets of Kim and Lee Pickford and let them know his thoughts. Lol then took the big wicket of R.Williams for 37 putting Madeley back into the game with Allscott on 160 - 7 from 40, Madeley thought a win could be achieved only to be left disappointed as A.Hyde hit a brief 24 Not Out with the Allscott skipper as company. Allscott reached the total after 47 overs. Pick of Madeleys Bowlers were L.Davies 6 overs 2-23, L.Woodhall 11 overs 2-37 and skipper S.Woodcock 8 overs 2-35. A disappointing loss after scoring 193 showing that luck does play a big roll sometimes. Next up is Oswestry at home with the famous Wilf making his way to Park Street, Hopefully 20 points can be achieved after this latest blip.
Man Of The Match: C.Mclean