Unusually there didn’t seem to be much advantage to winning the toss so
when it was won by Travs the decision was made to bat against a Compton
& Chandlers Ford side that contained 6 under 15 colts. The opening
bowlers did well and with the openers Payne and Surridge going for 7 and
2 (resp) in the 6th and 7th overs. The score was now 11 for 2 and the
decision to bat looked somewhat questionable. This was soon forgotten as
Simon Allen and Jithin Abraham took control with some expansive shots.
Abrahams wicket fell with the score on 89 – a fine batting performance
comprising 6 boundaries taking him to 36. Dave Allen continued where he
left off last week rapidly speeding to 23 before being caught behind.
Jack Cox accompanied Simon Allen taking the score to 166 before Allen
was caught for an impressive 59. Next up Kartik “I don’t like running
singles” Kottikulam who proceeded to smash a quickfire 56 off 30 balls.
Cox played a good support roll steadily building his score to 38. With
the score on 265 in comes Shiv Banerjee at the non-facing end for the
last ball. Unfortunately his average has been dealt a blow as he was run
out for 0.
With possibly the highest ever 2nd team batting score there was high
expectation that the 2s bowlers were capable of sealing the victory.
Stroud and Kartik opened with 4 overs a piece. Kartik was unfortunate
not to get a wicket and completed his 4 overs for 6 runs. Stroud struck
in the 5th and 7 overs taking the score to 8 for 2 of 8 overs. Malik
Kudmany and Shiv Banerjee bowled next but faced little opposition from
the CCFCC colts finishing their spells on 3-1-9-3 and 4-4-0-2
respectively. Both have Jithin to thank for some excellent close in
catches. Stroud completed the innings in the 24th over with Noton
playing support at the David Lloyd end. Stroud ended up with 7.3-4-14-4
and Noton 5-3-10-1.
It’s fair to say that the opposition were probably overwhelmed by the
265 target but that notwithstanding, it was a superb Travs 2 performance.