Pylewell Park (H) - 24 July 2010
Won by 87 Runs

Idlers 226 ao beat Pylewell Park 139 ao by 87 runs.

The Idlers continued on their jovial way with a 4th win in July during victory over Pylewell Park by 87 runs. Batting first at the Harnham ground Ben Pearce (32) and Chris Warde (36) opened the innings in unorthodox style. Pearce hammering well struck tennis swings into the river Nadder and Warde deflecting a 4 with a perfectly executed dil scoop into the vacant fine leg region. The flying start began to slow as regular wickets fell against an ordinary bowling attack with the notable exception of C Kitcher with 2-36. Andy Harms kept the innings together with a valuable 68 but only George Hayward (17) and Tom Hayward (23*) offered further support. The rest of the Idlers batting line up succumbed to sloppy shots in what was a poor batting display as they seemed more interested in clearing the ropes than posting a par score. The eventual total of 226 was respectable but not batting out the overs was a casual effort. The Clements family rejuvenated both teams with an impressive spread during the tea interval as the match lay evenly poised.

The Pylewell response started well as the openers put away the bad balls to the boundary and looked to take the game to the Idlers attack. Leading wicket taker Martin Clements made the crucial first breakthrough as he continued his fruitful season. Nick Lawrence then struck twice in his 6th over, the first with a run out after a woeful call for a second run and the 2nd with a superb slower ball that totally defeated the opening batsman. Number 4 C Brooks timed the ball beautifully but having removed Kitcher LBW Clements returned to mid off and took a tremendous full length catch in Johnny Shears’s first over. Shears 2-34 continued to bowl well and he was well supported by Rawle Beckles 2-32 and Chris Warde 2-1 who came off his short run to mop up the tail. The Idlers performance was not as clinical as the previous week’s victory against Hursley Park II’s but they remain in 3rd place with 5 games of the season to go.

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