Lymington II (A) - 31 July 2010
Won by 8 Runs

Idlers CC 257-6 beat Lymington II 249 AO by 8 Runs.

Idlers CC bid for promotion remained in fine fettle when the club successfully negotiated Lymington II away from home.

Having won the toss and nominated to bat first, Idlers struggled to cope with the accuracy of Lymington strike bowler Martin Hunt collapsing to 53-3. The flurry of early wickets brought skipper Andy Harms (114) and wicket keeper George Shepherd (62) to the crease who weathered the initial pressure well and began to build a telling partnership of 169. Intelligent batting ensued and both batsmen took full advantage of gaps in the field and rotated the strike with impressive regularity. In the final third of the innings both batsmen accelerated well enabling the Idlers to complete their innings on 257-6. Century maker Harms had yet again proved his consistency and played a key role after a worrying start for the Salisbury based team.

Having taken to the field, Idlers strike bowlers looked like they may make short work of Lymington’s efforts of a reply when the side teetered on 14-2. The 3rd wicket pair fought hard and assisted by some close umpiring calls falling their way built an excellent partnership of 133 between opener D. Edwards (79) and Mark Newton (66) and left the home side well placed at the half way point. It was at this stage that wickets began to fall consistently greatly increasing the difficulty of the task that lay ahead. Only Martin Hunt (45) could offer further resistance and Lymington eventually fell eight runs short of their target.

In an exciting match for the spectator, one crucial and telling factor was the disparity in extras conceded between the sides. Lymington lacked discipline in their bowling and handed 36 extras, complete with ribbon and bow, to the Idlers team who’s miserly reply only returned four to the generous New Foresters.

Idlers continue ahead with their push towards County Division One remaining in third place in the league with four fixtures still to be played. The top two in the league, Langley Manor and Cadnam, have yet to play each other which will prove to be a crucial fixture in deciding the C2 champion for 2010, potentially opening the way for Idlers.

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