1st X1 v Shelton 13th June 2009 - John Fawcett Reports
Madeley first eleven arrived at
Madeley were abysmal in the field. Missed run outs, mis-fields and dropped catches would cost them dear.
The Madeley innings started off in
bright sunshine and batsmen Lloyd and Firmstone would need to graft to get
Madeley off to a good start. Once again Madeley were without their premier two
batsmen of Steve Pugh and Steve Jones. Some would see this as an ideal
opportunity to score runs and cement their place in the side looking ahead to
their imminent return. The openers lasted a total of 14 balls before Fawcett and
Pugh took to the crease. Fawcett started off in his usual scratchy manner – the
ball being angled from a seemingly 'Toblerone' shaped bat to 3rd man
and fine leg on regular occasions. Andy Pugh at the other end was having his own
problems, the largest of which was making contact with the ball. He was however
holding up an end supporting Fawcett who was starting to play a few more
conventional shots. The 92 partnership was brought to an end when Pugh shovelled
a poor ball to cover. A very disappointing way to end his workman like innings.
Fawcett departed shortly after for 66 but with the score on just over 100
Madeley looked set for at least a losing draw.
From this point on the Madeley team
collapsed in spectacular style. Batsmen Lloyd, Hodson, Woodcock and Laycock
departed without adding more than 15 to the total. This left Madeley hanging on
to avoid defeat. Skipper Jamie Lloyd once again looked accomplished at the
crease before leaving a fuller length delivery that hit middle and off. Richards
and McLean were left to survive the last over which they did successfully to
leave Madeley finishing in no mans land on 125 for 9 after the 50 overs, over 30
short of the losing draw target.
A few weeks back Madeley were
alongside Albrighton in the league and the Madeley report surmised that with
both teams talent they should rise the table soon. The table today shows
Albrighton 50 points ahead of Madeley who now occupy 4th bottom to
Albrightons 4th top. Madeleys recent abysmal form sets up a crucial
clash next week when bottom of the table