Kev Sims’s 2nd XI quickly put to rest the disappointment of of a close run
defeat at Dinton last week with a quality display against Bramshaw 3rd XI.
After losing the toss again, Travellers were put in to bat on a blustery
overcast day at Lordshill.
Travellers lost the early wickets of Kev Sims (9) and Dave Allen (8)
before stability was established by Clive Nicholls and Graham (The cake
man) Baker taking the score onto 95 by the 19th over. A returning Shane (2
runs is a push) Smith briefly replaced Clive (26) at the crease before
running out of energy, finding himself in no mans land, and being run out
for 14. Enter Will (The Ring Master) Lawless, having taken time out from
the game, he soon showed his ability to pick out the gaps in the field.
Along with Graham the score was rapidly pushed beyond the reach of Bramshaw
whose heads had already dropped by the break. Graham eventually gave way
to a niggling knee injury, retiring on reaching yet another century. Kev
Allen and Will took Travellers to complete their allotted 42 overs with
Will completing his 50 and finishing with an unbeaten 62 along with Kev’s
unbeaten 12. Travellers had the upper hand and the psychological edge of
231 for 4.
Travellers took to the field opening with Lee (The Totton Lover)
Fitzpatrick, 6 overs 0 for 19 and Shiv (Juggler) Banergee, 10 overs 0 for
26, both bowling well to pile even more pressure onto the Bramshaw batting
line up. The change was made at 13 overs to bring on Will Lawless, and
after “eventually” finding a line within the popping crease the first of
his 6 wickets was taken leaving Bramshaw struggling, showing little sign of
getting anywhere near their required total. Wickets continued to fall to
Will’s baffling mixture of medium pace leg & off spin leaving him with
figures of 8 overs 6 for 31 helped by one outstanding catch at gulley from
a diving Liam Rideout. The remainder of Bramshaw’s batting was mopped up by
the ever consistent Steve Noton, 6.5 overs 3 for 23 and Liam Rideout, 3
overs 1 for 21. Bramshaw were dismissed for 123 in under 35 overs leaving
Travellers the victors by 108 runs.
Points to note, 22 wides was Bramshaw’s 2nd highest scorer!!
Next week we play host to Thruxton 1 XI. Let’s continue with our push for