Henshalls Shropshire Premier League
Newtown 135 all out lost to Madeley 154 all out by 19 runs
NEWTOWN allowed Madeley off the hook in a 19 run defeat in the Henshalls Shropshire Premier League.
Town took their time to make a breakthrough with Stephen Pugh and Martin Boyle forming a 79 run opening wicket stand before John Anthony bowled the latter for 43.
Madeley suffered a top and middle order collapse as Anthony and Hamish Harding dominated in reducing their hosts to 122-6.
Alex Dillon was caught by Sam Cooke off Anthony for three before Chris Hodson was trapped LBW for a duck as Anthony underlined his form this summer.
Jeremy Marshall and Andrew Lloyd were both claimed for ducks by Harding before completing his 3-24 with Dan Bowdler caught by Ally Laird for 18.
Captain Dave Anthony (2-22) celebrated the key wicket of Pugh for 54 before joining brother John (5-23) in polishing off the tail and leaving Madeley to defend just 154.
Newtown suffered an indifferent start to their reply as opener Tom Goodman was trapped LBW by Marshall (1-38) for a duck and Harding was caught by Pugh off Boyle for nine.
John Anthony was joined by Ryan Davies in a 33 run third wicket stand before both fell in quick succession with Anthony caught by Pugh off Chris Hodson (1-15) for 16 and Davies snared LBW by Tony Bullock for 18.
When Cooke was caught by Steve Maden oiff Boyle for seven Newtown were left wobbling on just 69-5.
Newtown’s hopes were revived in a 55 run sixth wicket stand between Jack Morris and Tom Foulkes to push their side to 127-6 when Morris was bowled by Boyle (3-37) for 27.
Newtown suffered a collapse as Foulkes was stumped off Callum Hodson for a top scoring 33 and Laird was caught by Boyle off Hodson for a duck.
Hodson (4-6) polished off Newtown’s tail end resistance and completed their dismissal for just 135.
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