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Team for Saturday July 1st

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

*2nd team v Thruxton (h) 1.00 start*
Kev Sims (captain)
Graham Baker (wicket-keeper)
Simon Allen
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Kev Allen
Neil Henderson
Shiv Banerjee
Lee Fitzpatrick
Bill Stroud
Steve Noton
Ian Burrows

Travellers 2nd XI return to winning ways with a decisive win over Bramshaw 3rd XI

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

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
promotion.

Firsts fight back to win

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

The first team won a tough match by 4 wickets at Hursley. Captain for the
day Ed Hardwicke lost the toss and we fielded first. The pitch was good and
the boundaries, especially on one side, hard to protect. We kept the
opposition quiet in the first half of the innings but took no wickets so
Hursley were able to accelerate to reach 239 for 3. Some of the fielding
and bowling were good but there were also moments when we seemed to lose
track of the fact that boundaries were inevitable on such a good pitch and
that an over with only 6 runs in the second half of the innings was nothing
to worry about.

When we batted Ed and Dave Surridge continued their good form from last
week to put on 79 at 4.5 an over. This gave us a good base for a challenge
of Hursley’s score. When the opposition’s experienced slow bowler produced
a triple wicket maiden on the way to figures of 3-23 the odds looked very
much against us. Abhijit Jagadeesh and Febin George were not beaten however
and batted very intelligently together to put on 112. Febin was out for
exactly 50 with just 13 needed and Abhijit saw us home with 7 balls to
spare, finishing 79 not out.

This was an excellent victory and contained 2 unusual moments involving no
balls. Bowling the last ball of our innings Bill Stroud, who was bowling a
tight second spell, touched the stumps, dislodging the bails, to concede a
no ball. That ball was hit for 4 as was the extra ball meaning the final
delivery effectively went for 9 runs!

In their innings they had a bowler removed from the attack, by their
umpire, for bowling 3 beamers! He was not a great bowler but it certainly
did us no harm in our run chase!

Teams for June 24th

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

*1s v Hursley 3rds (a) 2.00 start Postcode SO21 2JL*
Ed Hardwicke (captain)
Dave Surridge
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Roshan Radhakrishnan
Jack Kingsnorth
Febin George
Derek Barnes
Chris Hillier
Bill Stroud
Matt Brown
Ian Burrows

*2s v Bramshaw 3rds (h) 1.00 start *
Kev Sims (captain)
Graham Baker
Clive Nicholls
Dave Allen
Kev Allen
Lee Fitzpatrick
Steve Noton
Shiv Banerjee
Shane Smith
tbc x2
Umpire: Nigel Parry

Good win for 1s

by Ian Burrows 1 Comment

The first victory of the day, Travellers won the toss. (You all know what
was chosen). A cautious start saw off the swinging threat of the Mottisfont
opening bowlers which allowed D. Surridge to accelerate, bludgeoning the
ball straight with aplomb. When Surridge departed 10 short of a century the
opening partnership had exceeded 150. Runs continued to come easily with
batsmen having the licence to play freely; J. Kingsworth’s straight drive
was a highlight. The innings closed on 263 for 6.

The Mottisfont innings never really took off, with wickets falling
regularly thanks to disciplined and threatening bowling by B. Stroud and S.
Choudhury and N. Choudhury. But, it was M. Brown’s spell that stood out and
his excellence wilted the Mottisfont fight.

Oh and I nearly forgot – A. Jagadeesh took a catch, a good one…..actually a
really, really, really good one. #propercricket

Ed Hardwicke

Fighting Travellers 2nd XI fall short at table toppers Dinton 2nd XI

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

Kev Sims’s Travellers 2nd XI travelled to Dinton 2nd XI in a top table
clash to fall 7 runs short in a hot, tight encounter.

After losing the toss again, Travellers were put out to field in the heat
of the day. Travellers made steady progress through the Dinton batting line
up picking up some key wickets with, in some cases, what can only be
described as unusual ways. Kev(when I was 1st team skipper) Allen taking
the pick with a caught behind off the back of the bat. Line and length
bowing from Lee (get in there) Fitzpatrick (2 for 48) and Shiv Banergee (2
for 31) both from 10 overs kept the runs down. Support bowling from Kev
(just one more) Allen, Neil (is it Ant or Dec) Henderson, Dave (how many
times is it suppose to bounce, if at all) Allen and Steve Noton kept Dinton
to a respectable 189 for 6
After a filling lunch Which Ludo (3 slices) Kowalski took full advantage of
Travellers took to the run chase. Opening bats Kev Sims and Clive Nicholls
made steady progress before the partnership was broken at 45 in the 11th
over. The runs then became hard to get due to very good bowling and
fielding positions, Neil Henderson soon followed back to the hutch. Dave
Allen and Clive Nicholls took the score onto 105 before Dave finally
connected with the ball only to be caught out for 21. Clive Nicholls was
the next to depart for an exhausting 45. Two more quick wickets fell
leaving the chase to Graham Baker and Shiv Banergee to push for home with
the overs running out and the sun still beating down. Travellers eventually
reaching 182 for 6 after their 42 overs falling short by 7 runs with Graham
Baker on 40 and Shiv Banergee 22 both undefeated, leaving Dinton to take
the spoils and remain top of the league unbeaten.

Next game is a home fixture V Bramshaw 3rd XI, Saturday 24th June

Firsts lose at Paultons

by Michael Dodd 0 Comments

Having won the toss Trav’s decided to bat first. We lost both our opening bats in the 8th over with 13 runs on board. Abhijit (24) and Roshan (34) built a comeback with a partnership of 51 runs. Roshan scored quickly including a 6 which hit the side screen much to the frustration of their bowler.  Once Roshan fell Abhijit followed quickly with a brief partnership of 11 with Shiv Choudhry (16). Derek (20) joined shiv in the centre for another brief partnership of 20 with both playing cautiously; score at this stage was 95 for 5 in the 27th over. Their opening bowlers came back on attack and from then on wickets fell quickly. Derek was the last man standing when we were bowled out with 115 on board. Failing to build partnerships and no individual contribution big enough to save the batting we were bowled out for our lowest score in the season so far.

Staring at a mammoth task of defending 115, Ian and Chris opened the bowling for us.  Opponents lost their first wicket in the 8th over with both Ian (10(O)-6(M)-8(R)-0(W)) and Chris (10(O)-6(M)-16(R)-1(W)) bowling exceptionally well with Chris bowling all his 6 maidens in a row.  Runs were difficult to come by, thanks to good bowling and some amazing fielding by Derek. His excellent contribution alone saved at least 15+ runs for us on the day. By the time of first bowling change opponents could score only 28 from 20 overs losing one wicket. As the bats were under no pressure of chasing a big score they took their time and played us well. When shiv took their 2nd wicket their No 4 bat walked in and showed us how it’s done with the bat. He (37*) along with No 2 bat (49) had a partnership of 61 before Matt bowled their No 2 bat. Bill, Matt, Shiv and  Febin tried with all their might but the modest score of 115 proved very difficult  to defend. The opponents eventually won the match in 36th over by 7 wickets.

-Abhijit

Home win for 2nd XI

by Michael Dodd 1 Comment

Kev Sims’s Travellers 2nd XI gained their third win of the season from 4 on Saturday against a good Shrewton 3rd XI team.

After losing the toss and being put into bat the early wicket of Clive (I’ve never been in a winning team for Travellers) Nicholls was lost in the first over giving way to the outside edge to the wicket keeper, this made way for Graham Baker to enter the arena. His forceful stoke play soon came forward and runs flowed from his bat reaching his fifty before Kev Sims’s shots reached the edge of the square. The score moved on well until Kev was superbly caught in the covers leaving Graham to soldier on. Wickets then began to fall fairly regularly including Graham who had moved onto a magnificent 102 before a ball staying low caught him out. The batting was then left to Prath (keep running Peter) Salaskar who chipped in with an undefeated 51. Travellers ended their innings on 216 for 9.

Shrewton started their innings promisingly but good tight bowling from Prath ( I’m in Manchester next week!) Salaskar and the ever solid Lee (get in there) Fitzpatrick kept the runs down and wickets falling. Excellent support bowling from Shiv Banerjee,  Steve (I’m 50 now) Noton and special mention for Bob (2 hands) Kinnear gaining another 5 for 28  had Shrewton all out for 141. Two turning points in the innings was an excellent run out by Kev (I’m having the last chicken nugget) Sims to break up what could have progressed to be a winning partnership and an out field catch by Kev Allen to dismiss Shrewton’s top scorer.

Travellers 2nd XI now move on to next week when we play away to table topping Dinton 2nd XI

Kev Sims
Capt 2nd XI

Teams for June 17th

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

*1s v Mottisfont (h) 2.00 start*
Shiv Choudhury
Ed Hardwicke
Dave Surridge
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Jamie Simpson
Jack Kingsnorth
Febin George
Chris Hillier
Bill Stroud
Matt Brown
Naz Choudhury

*2s v Dinton 2s (a) 2.00 start Post code SP3 5HR*
Kev Sims
Graham Baker
Clive Nicholls
Dave Allen
Lee Fitzpatrick
Steve Noton
Shiv Banerjee
Peter Ince
Neil Henderson
Ludo Kowalewski
Kev Allen

Teams for Saturday June 10th

by Ian Burrows 1 Comment

*First team v Paultons 2nds (a) Post code: SO51 6AJ 1.00 start*
Shiv Choudhury
Ed Hardwicke
Dave Surridge
Roshan Radhakrishnan
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Derek Barnes
Febin George
Chris Hillier
Bill Stroud
Matt Brown
Ian Burrows

*Second team v Shrewton 3rds (h) 1.00 start*
Kev Sims
Clive Nicholls
Graham Baker
Dave Allen
Prath Salaskar
Kev Allen
Peter Ince
Bob Kinnear
Lee Fitzpatrick
Shiv Banerjee
Steve Noton