2nd X1 v Reman Services 30th May 2009 Report by - Lee Standell
On A Very Hot and Sunny Day Madeley 2nd's made
the trip to top of the league Reman Services hoping to cause an upset and
continue there fine form so far this season. On what looked like a rock hard
batting strip skipper Sam Norman won the toss and chose to bat in the soaring
Madeley opened up with Dan Mclean and ever present opener Boss, Things got off to a slow start with not a run being scored until the 6th over with tight bowling from P.Ezard and D.Ashlin who were on the spot all the time. Dan Mclean was the first to fall for 10, Then last weeks opener Sam Hathaway came in and fell early after chipping one to covers for 3. Next to arrive at the crease was Verbal (A.Laycock) looking to continue his good start this season, This produced a big partnership before Verbal fell for 35. Boss (S.Warrilow) then fell after a terrific (but tiring) knock of 69. Afterwards only two batsmen added scores with Miami (Lee Allen), a very welcome 26 and Ryan Hayward (Winston Churchill), 25 with his first ever 6! Madeley finished on 190 - 8 after 50 overs which seemed a very good score. Pick of the bowlers was P.Ezard 12 overs 5 - 33 and M.Griffiths 11 overs 2 - 29.
Reman then began their innings in which Madeley thought they could defend even with a batting team! Things got off to a bad start as Face opened the bowling (J.Willets) with Harry Thomas at the other end. With some poor short and wide bowling Reman got off to fantastic start with their openers enjoying an opening partnership of 92 with S.Mcartney 35 and T.Williams 57. Both were then dismissed not long within each other as Madeley sniffed a collapse after a few quick wickets were taken. But hopes were dashed as J.Ashton hit 30 not out and S.Gwilt 41 taking Reman over the finishing line in 33 overs. Pick of the bowling was A.Laycock 6 overs 1-28 and S.Norman 8 overs 2-42.
In all it was a good batting and fielding performance from the Park Street men but the poor bowling let the side down which a good Reman team took advantage of.
Man Of The Match: S.Warrilow - Another great knock.