Shrewton II (A) - 8 July 2006
Won by 176 Runs
IDLERS RECORD TOTAL PAVES WAY FOR 176-RUN VICTORY

Idlers 303-6 beat Shrewton 2nds 127 all out

The Idlers stormed to a Regional 2 Northwest record team total at Shrewton in a mismatch between the 2nd top and bottom team in the league.

Despite losing a wicket on the fifth ball of the match, the Idlers' pairing of Will Kay and Alex Richards put on 156 together in a new record 2nd wicket partnership for the club. Both batsmen settled in then set about attacking the opponents' bowling with Richards racing to his maiden half century for the club with a flurry of boundaries. In the 25th over, whilst looking set to post a large individual score, Richards was controversially run out whilst backing up at the non-striker's end, in a desperate bid by Shrewton to end his assault on their supporting bowlers. Richards' knock of 93 was his highest for the club and contained 16 fours and 1 six. Kay's innings was more patient but once he had brought up his first 50 of the season thanks to strong play square of the wicket and plenty of running, he too peppered the Shrewton boundary. His innings included 3 sixes launched over the bowlers' heads and 9 fours but he also was dismissed seven runs short of a century after being bowled by the pick of the Shrewton attack, White (2-64), for 93, his personal best for the club.

The foundations laid by Kay and Richards enabled the rest of the middle order to propel the score above the 300 run mark. Aggressive strokeplay from Alex Ince (26) and Jasper Gilbey (16) kept the scorers busy and good running between the wickets by Andy Harms (24*) and Max Biles (19*) as well as a flood of extras resulted in the record being broken in the last over of the Idlers' innings to further demoralise the home team.

Two early dismissals by the lively Gilbey got the Idlers off to a good start in their pursuit of maximum bowling points but a stubborn 3rd wicket partnership between J.Charlton (55) and N.Palmer halted the flow of wickets and frustrated the Idlers who were fielding with only ten men. The partnership held out until the 26th over when Jack Bettenson bowled the first of his three victims in his vital debut spell of 3-21 for the club.
The lower-middle order put up far less resistance and the re-introduction of Gilbey (3-27) and Martin Clements (2-25) finished off proceedings. The end of the match was soured however by a serious knee injury to Shrewton spinner, Gurd, who was taken away in an ambulance.

The previous record team total scored in this league was set by the Idlers' next opponents, promotion rivals, and league leaders, Eastleigh and Otterbourne 2nds. This crucial top of the table clash is the Idlers' most important game thus far and could play a large part in determining promotion at the end of the season.
TEAM : Jack Bettensen, William Kay, Alex Richards, Alex Ince, Jasper Gilbey, Charlie Stow, Andy Harms, Max Biles, Ali Richards, Martin Clements, George Shepherd

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