New Milton II (A) - 3 July 2010
Won by 8 Runs

Idlers 216 for 6 beat New Milton II 206 all out by 10 runs
The Idlers travelled down to New Milton on Saturday for a confidence boosting victory. Having lost on both of the previous two weekends the Idlers batted first for an extraordinary fourteenth time out of the last fifteen league matches. Jo Cranch started in authoritative form with 10 from the opening over but he was soon joined by the captain Harms when Jimmy McKillop fell in the second over. The pair added 80 for the 2nd wicket before Cranch (48) got bogged down against some tight bowling from S Taylor and was LBW playing across the line. Wickets fell at regular intervals but Harms kept the innings together with a patient 102 to record the first Idlers century of the season and in the process past 3000 runs for the club. Useful contributions from the middle order ensured the Idlers finished on 216 for 6 from their allotted 45 overs. Despite the lightening fast outfield the target was more than useful with the extremely dry wicket proving difficult to time the ball on as the bounce became increasing variable.
Fuelled by a fine tea the home sides opening batsman were in for a torrid time as new ball bowlers, Lawrence and Clements, regularly extracted extra bounce from the crumbling wicket. The first two wickets fell to rather hopeful LBW appeals with Deano Miller particularly upset with his decision after a long afternoon patrolling the pavilion boundary. The New Milton batters battled back well with Prodomo (65) chancing his arm and striking the ball into the many gaps on the large outfield. Prodomo was ably supported by Lewis (38) but the Idlers let themselves down with a poor middle 15 overs which let New Milton right back into the game. The breakthrough eventually came from John Shears, who later forced a key run out in a much improved final third performance for the Salisbury team. The match still went down to the final over with 13 needed but Clements (5-27) and the diving Shears held their nerves to finally secure a tense victory for the Idlers by just 10 runs.

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