Comfortable win for first team
Bright sunny day, fast outfield, a pitch with no damp… perfect setting
for a good cricket match. Having won the toss Trav’s rightly chose to bat
first. Opening bats Ed Hardwicke and Dave Surridge continued their good
performances from previous matches and gave us a steady start. Soon Dave
(18) was caught out; Trav’s lost their first wicket in 11th over with 38
on board. Abhijit Jagadeesh (38) joined Ed in the middle for a 54 run
partnership before he was judged out LBW. Ed continued to support the
batting with brief partnerships with Roshan Radhakrishnan (15) and Febin
George (13). Ed followed soon with a well made 74; the score at this stage
was 178 for 5 in the 37th over. From here what we needed was a good finish,
with Bill Stroud (27) and Chris Hiller (14) at the centre, runs were coming
at a good rate, especially with Bill batting very well including a big six
over long on. Trav’s finished the innings at 227 for 9. Point to note:
This is our 3rd consecutive 220+ score following our lowest score (115) in
the season. Now that’s a good come back.
Burley had a big chasing task ahead of them. Their openers started slowly
and soon Ian Burrows took the wickets of both the opening bats. Their only
resistance was from No 3 bat, who scored 24 before getting out for a comedy
of errors. He top edged the ball which went high up in the air, batsman
starts to walk away thinking this will be caught for sure, the catch was
dropped, the batsman tries desperately to get in only to be run out…
Ufffff. After this their innings was soon wrapped up by Ian and Chris. Ian
finished with his best figures for the season with a 4fer and Chris with a
3fer. With good bowling support from Matt Brown and Bob Kinnear, Burley
were all out for 54 giving us a big 174 runs win.
After starting the season with 3 straight loses we have won 5 out of the
next 6 matches. This has been an amazing come back after a rough start.
Lets keep the momentum going and win more matches.