East Woodhay (A) - 12 May 2007
Won by 125 Runs

After last week’s false start the Idlers kicked off their 2007 season with a resounding win at East End in the parish of East Woodhay. In a game that begun in light drizzle and finished in a heavier shower, the Idlers were fortunate to be unaffected by the bad weather that blighted the country this weekend.

The Idlers won the toss and elected to bat on a good track but got off to a slightly shaky start losing both openers and their captain to be on 56-3.

Fortunately, Idlers’ star, Jasper Gilbey, was wielding his bat as if the off-season had never happened. Gilbey announced his presence at the crease immediately picking the length of A.Williams (3-56) and putting him back over his head. In an awesome display of attacking strokeplay, Gilbey punished the Woodhay bowlers and raced to his half century which he brought up with one of his five sixes. East Woodhay missed several opportunities to catch Gilbey before he was eventually caught in the deep for 84 runs laying the foundations for a potentially high total.

At the other end powerful left-hander Ben Impey initially played second fiddle but grew in stature as his innings progressed. When he freed his arms, he too began to pepper the boundary and frustrate the East Woodhay bowlers forging the biggest partnership of the match. Impey (39) was also caught on the boundary off the bowling of T.Stockwell whose left arm spin was the undoing of much of the middle order and tail-end. Stockwell was the pick of the Woodhay attack and returned figures of 6-36.

The Idlers petered out slightly towards the end of their innings after the explosive batting of Gilbey and Impey but contributions from the rest helped nudge the total to a respectable 222.

Nick Lawrence got proceedings off to good start with a wicket in his first over that initiated a 16 over period of pressure that he and fellow opening bowler Lysander Wolf exerted on the opposition. Backing up the tight bowling lines with lively fielding and some buoyant banter, the run-rate quickly escalated. Idlers’ stalwart Lawrence (8-2-25-2) was difficult to get away and debutant Wolf impressed with the even more meagre figures of 8-2-21-2 in a gun-barrel straight spell.

Skipper Andy Harms made up for a disappointing day with the bat by producing his career best figures with the ball for the Idlers. After his second delivery gripped and turned sharply to produce a catch, Harms varied his pace and flight to frustrate the Woodhay batsmen. Proving difficult to get away, Harm’s nagging length had three batsmen reaching a step too far who were stumped by the lightning reactions of wicket-keeper George Shepherd.

Harms sealed his 5-20 with a caught and bowled and despite some resistance from N.Bird (21) the home side were all out for 97.
TEAM : William Kay, Lee James, Jasper Gilbey, Andy Harms, Ben Impey, Lysander Wolf, Max Biles, Alex Ince, George Shepherd, Grant Whitcombe, Nick Lawrence

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