Hurstbourne Priors (H) - 10 June 2006
Lost by 45 runs

Hurstbourne Priors 189-9 beat Idlers 154 all out by 45 runs

The Idlers’ flying start to the season came to an abrupt halt as they capitulated to visiting Hurstbourne Priors following a tepid run chase.

After having been put into the field and the heat, the Idlers bowled and fielded tightly, constricting the Priors’ openers. Clements (12-2-41-3) bowled well and got the first breakthrough with a ball that cut in sharply.

In unpredictable conditions, Hurstbourne’s batsmen failed to find any fluency except Shahwinian whose innings of 47 was the highest of the day. Just when Shahwinian was beginning to open his shoulders, an astute bowling change by the captain, Andy Harms, introducing himself for one over, resulted in a stumping which helped restrict Hurstbourne Priors to an attainable total.

In the Idlers’ first run chase of the season, cheap dismissals and a failure to build meaningful partnerships resulted in mounting pressure. Miserly bowling and safe catching frustrated the home side and with only the skipper Harms (42) settling at the crease, the hopes of winning steadily faded as each player threw away their wicket. Hamson had the pick of the figures with 4-36 including two reflex catches off his own bowling.
TEAM : Tom Aiken, Max Biles, Alex Ince, George Shepherd, Simeon Douse, Andy Harms, Jasper Gilbey, Rawle Beckles, Nathan Dod, Martin Clements, Bert Prescod

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