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22 Players but no results!

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

On Friday evening at 7.30 I was feeling pleased that we were set for 2
games with full teams. Then I heard from Steve that Locks Heath could not
raise a team so the 2s were off. Ah well at least the forecast was not too
bad so the 1s should be Ok. Indeed soon after 1pm on Saturday we were
underway at Burley and by 2.15 were looking good on 70 for 2 off 17.
However the dark clouds which had been lurking were starting to produce
drizzle and before long we were off the field watching steady rain for over
an hour. Consequently the match was abandoned and after tea we headed for
the pub!
Better luck next week.

Record Breaking Win for First Team

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After a difficult week involving us being unable to field 2 teams the first
team had a convincing win over Whieparish.

We batted first and after the openers fell early useful contributions from
John Denham and Imad Nabi on debut paved the way for a 5th wicket stand of
163 between Shiv Choudhury and Abhijit Jagadeesh. Shiv made an impressive
50 but the star of the show was Abhijit who ended on 173*. So far as I know
this is a record score for the club. There were numerous big sixes and
powerful fours as Abhijit rode his luck, some hard catches went down, to
guide us to 286 for 4.

Chasing such a large total was always going to be tough for Whiteparish and
Matt Brown with 5 wickets for 2 runs soon destroyed any chance they may
have had. We used 8 bowlers in dismissing Whiteparish for 51. There were
wickets for Irfan Khan, Steve Noton and myself but perhaps the pick of the
bowlers after Matt was Prashant Sagar with 5 overs for 4 runs with a
dropped catch.

So a good start to the season. On to Burley next week with the seconds home
to Locks Heath 4ths.

Second team finish with a win

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The final game of the season was blessed with warm sunshine and a full
team of 11 players. The plan was to bowl first after the recent wet
weather but Michelmersh & Timsbury won the toss and put us in to bat.
The first wicket fell in the 2nd over, Leigh Sign bowled for 0 despite
his determination to get some runs. Simon Allen joined Kev Allen and
they batted steadily to take the score into the 20s. Kev Allen was out
caught in the 7th over for 17. Clive Nicholls made good progress with
Simon Allen with both batsmen gaining in confidence and keeping the run
rate up. The batting partnership was eventually broken for 79 when
Nicholls was bowled for 34 in the 24th over. Dave Allen made a brief
appearance before departing the field LBW for 1 run. Shane Smith and
Shiv Banerjee did slightly better both bowled by the spin of Karimi for
4 and 6 respectively. Lee Fitzpatrick played some nice shots for his 13.
Tony Robins, back in the side after injury, failed to tee off when he
was caught off his first ball faced. Bob Kinnear and Steve Noton ended
the innings not out adding 5 and 9 respectively.

Following possibly the best tea of the season, Shiv Banerjee struck gold
with his first ball dispatching the M&T skipper with a plum LBW. Lee
Fitzpatrick took the next 2 wickets in the 4th and 6th overs with the
score now on 17-3. Kinnear replaced Banerjee and the 4th wicket went to
a simple run out. Kinnear tempted the batsmen with his full deliveries
and soon had another 3 wickets to his name, 60-7 at this point. The
remaining batsmen looked more confident but succumbed to Fitzpatrick’s
lavish swing bowling. The final batsman was bowled for 0 off a straight
Banerjee delivery. Banerjee, Fitzpatrick and Kinnear finished with 2, 4
and 3 wickets respectively and were ably supported by Shane Smith
(3-2-2-0) and Steve Noton (4-0-10-0).
A 75 run victory and a fabulous end to the season.

Final game defeat for first team

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The first team lost comfortably to a good Sparsholt team in the final game
of the season at Lordshill. We won the toss and fielded first, given that
we knew we would be down to 10 men after tea. Sparsholt batted steadily in
the first few overs and we were fearing a big total. However a sharp run
out by Abhijit got us going and wickets fell steadily: 3 each to Prath and
Shiv, 2 to Chris and one to Matt. Sparsholt needed a good last wicket stand
to reach 161 all out.

The pitch was playing well and we felt this was a gettable total. However
Sparsholt proved to have a very good attack and we were never in the game,
not helped by LBW decisions against 3 of our top 5. We were all out for 77
with only Abhijit and Prath reaching double figures. In the process Abhijit
passed 700 runs for the season, an outstanding achievement.

So the season ended in defeat but to win 11 games and finish 5th in a
competitive league is a sign of positive progress for the club. Let’s aim
for even better in 2019!


Teams for August 25th

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*First team v Sparsholt 2s (h). 1.00 start. Be there by 12.30 at latest*
Ed Hardwicke (captain)
Febin George
Jordan Payne (keeper)
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Kev Sims
Prath Salaskar
Shiv Choudhury
Chris Hillier
Matt Brown
Bill Stroud
Ian Burrows

*Second team v Michelmersh ad Timsbury 2s (a). 1.00 Be there by 12.30 Post
code SO51 0NJ*
Steve Noton (captain)
Graham Baker (keeper)
Clive Nicholls
Simon Allen
Kev Allen
Dave Allen
Leigh Sign
Shane Smith
Lee Fitzpatrick
Bob Kinnear
Shiv Banerjee

First team back to winning ways

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The first team travelled to Winton to discover the strangest looking pitch
we have seen for a long time with abundant holes and cracks. Considering
this it played not too badly though the bounce was very unpredictable. Shiv
won the toss and given the pitch elected to bowl. After a 50 run opening
stand the jury was out on whether this had been the right call. Once Shiv B
got the first wicket however wickets fell steadily against our varied
attack. The highlight was a brilliant diving catch, by the nearly asleep
Abhijit, to dismiss the opposition’s best player, also off Shiv B. Shiv C
ended with 4 wickets, Ian and Shiv B with 2 each while Matt and Abhijit had
one each. Matt bowled with little luck, beating the bat regularly. There
were two catches for Kev S, nursing his injured finger, the second a very
sharp one.

When we batted Febin fell early to a great delivery before Kev S joined
Jack Corbett to steady the ship. Kev made 10 before falling to an
outstanding gully catch and Shane followed soon after. This brought the
awakening Abhijit to the crease and he put on exactly 100 with Jack,
finishing with 2 trademark big sixes. When Abhijit was out for 59 sixteen
runs were still needed and Shiv joined Jack, who ended on an impressive 58
not out, to close out the win. This was an excellent victory and pushes the
first team closer to a highest ever end of season league position.

Scores: Winton 150 all out; Travellers 151-4


Teams for August 18th

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*First Team v Winton 2s(a). 1.00 start. Post code BH22 9EN Be there for
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Febin George
Derek Barnes
Kev Sims
Jack Corbett
Shiv Choudhury
Jordan Payne (keeper)
Bob Kinnear
Matt Brown
Bill Stroud

*Second team v Steeple Langford 2s (h) 1.00 start. Be there for 12.30 at
the latest*
Graham Baker
Simon Allen
Kev Allen
Leigh Sign
Shane Smith
Malcolm Phillips
Jack Cox
Ludo Kowalewski
Shiv Banerjee (tbc)
Ian Burrows

So near and yet…

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After a difficult week the first team had eleven players at home to Hythe
and Dibden 2s but only because we called off the second team game. We won
the toss and batted on an overcast day. Wickets fell steadily against
reasonable but not outstanding bowling. The only batsmen who reached double
figures were Abhijit with 46 and Shiv who was left 29 not out in a
disappointing total of 102. The highlight was a 6 from Abhijit which lost
the ball over the fence into the pond on the school site.

We needed something special to get us back into the game and this was
provided by Matt who took 4 early wickets, including a triple wicket
maiden. Matt finished with 5 for 10 but the rest of the bowling could not
match up and our opponents reached their target for the loss of 7 wickets.
There were some great catches, especially one by Neil, but a couple of
crucial, but tricky, chances, were missed during an eighth wicket stand of
41. Jordan impressed with the gloves on his first team debut but
unfortunately we could not compensate for the second team’s sacrifice with
a victory.


Team for Saturday August 11th

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*First team ve Hythe and Dibden 2nds (h). 1.00 start. Be there for 12.30 at
latest please.*

Abhijit Jagadeesh
Shiv Choudhury
Febin George
Prath Salaskar
Dave Allen
Jordan Payne (keeper)
Lee Fitzpatrick
Neil Henderson
Matt Brown
Ian Burrows

Good effort by Second team

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Away to Winterbourne who were 2nd in the league and pretty much assured of
promotion – we knew it could be a tough day!

Knowing that our wicket keeper had to leave at 5 I felt confident that we
would be in the field whichever way the toss went! Success – we lost the
toss and were in the field. Opening bowlers Sam Panayides (on load from IBM
Hursley) and Shiv Banerjee started well but the opposition batsmen looked
strong and runs came fairly easily. The first wicket fell in the 8th over
with the score on 61 – caught and bowled Banerjee. Fitzpatrick took over
from Panayides in the 9th over but couldn’t quite find his rhythm and went
for 31 off 3 overs. Meanwhile Banerjee was celebrating wickets in his 5th
and 6th overs and finished with a creditable 8-1-16-3. Henderson taking 3
attempts to catch the opposition skipper in the deep! On comes Kinnear with
a maiden first over – score is 73-3 off 16. Neil Henderson replaced
Banerjee at the pavillion end with the priority being the wicket of the
no.2 batsmen. A sweep shot off Kinnears bowling, from the no.2 is
spectacularly plucked from mid air one handed at square leg by Banerjee –
91-5 off 19. Wickets continued to fall with Kinnear taking another 2 and
Noton taking 2. 159-8. Unfortunately Winterbourne put on 31 for the 9th
wicket which eventually fell in the 38th over. Final total 202-9.

The batting got off to a rocky start with Derek Barnes bowled for 1 in the
2nd over. Jordan Payne and Jack Cox batted steadily against tricky bowling
before Cox was bowled on 12 in the 14th over with the score on 29. Banerjee
followed in the next over out LBW for 0. Neil Henderson started slowly but
once the opening bowlers were done runs started flowing for both batsmen
and the crowd was treated to steady scoring which included some hefty
blows. Henderson was eventually caught in the 31st over for 41 with the
score on 111. Bob Kinnear hit a quick fire 10 and discovered that his bat
did indeed have a middle when he connected with a ball that flew to the
boundary. Next up Kev Sims who wasted no time scoring quickly with singles
and 4s (he even ran a 2 by mistake). Meanwhile Payne continued to score and
looked certain to get his maiden Travs 50 only to be caught on 46.
Fitzpatrick started well but was out to a spectacular diving catch on 3.
Noton was caught for 5 leaving debutante Panayides to close out the innings
with Sims. Unfortunately we were always behind the rate and we ended 33
runs short on 169-8. Some excellent batting from Payne(46), Henderson(41)
and Sims(34*).

Great effort all round and a valuable 9 points.