Southampton Travellers 2nd XI keep the push for promotion going with a win against a Thruxton 1st XI
Kev Sims’s 2nd XI kept up the pressure on the teams above with what should
have been a walk in the park victory after a very good bowling performance.
After the game was called off by the grounds men who had not prepared the
wicket, phone calls were made by club chairman Ian Burrows to rally the
quick reaction force of Kev Sims and Kev Allen to practice their gardening
and painting skills to get the game back on. One hired van, one lawn mower,
one stiff brush, two straight edges and a tin of white grass spray paint
later the game was back on.
At a dry overcast Lordshill ground 2nd team Captain Kev Sims kept up his
run of losing the toss, Travellers were put out to field.
Ian Burrows and Lee (3L’s) Fitzpatrick opened the bowling with excellent
tight bowling, Lee getting the early breakthrough in the 6th over with the
score on 11. Wickets then fell at a constant rate with very few runs being
added. Ian was rested after completing his 6th over (1 for 8) to be
replaced by Bill Stroud (0 for 16). Lee continued from the school end to
complete his 10 overs completing a second 5 wicket haul of his season (10
overs 3 Maidens 5 for 15) Little resistance came from the Thruxton batting
and when Steve (Golden arm) Noton cleared up the Thruxton batting order
with a triple wicket maiden the game seemed to be all over bar the shouting
at 52 all out.
Travellers began the run chase having turned the batting order round some
what. Early signs were not good, Simon Allen and Neil Henderson opened up
with Neil playing as if it was a 20 twenty game with no success going for
just 4 runs. Simon stuck at it in his usual determined way seeing the very
quick passing of Shiv Banerjee, Steve Noton, Lee Fitzpatrick and Kev Allen
all going for no runs, 25 for 5 was not looking good. Graham Baker joined
Simon at the crease to take the score onto 39 before Simon was bowled for
25. Abhijit Jagadeesh then partnered Graham to eventually take Travellers
to victory in the 12th over, Graham 12 not out and Abhijit 8 not out,
Travellers finishing on 54 for 6.
Two good points from today’s game, Lee’s 5 for 15 and only 1 wide bowled.
Next game OT’s Romsey 5 XI away
Let’s keep the winning way