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Team for Farley Friendly

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

*Farley (a) 1.30 Post code SP5 1AH*
Steve Noton
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Febin George
Michael Dodd
John Denham
Shiv Banerjee
Ludo Kowalewski
Paul Noble
Jinson Thomas
Malcolm Phillips
Irfan Khan

2s clinch promotion!

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Having lost the toss, Andover swiftly put us in to bat first. Looking at
the pitch it was easy to see why. Once underway the pitch played reasonably
well apart from a considerable number of deliveries that kept very low.
Dave Surridge and Chris Hillier found runs hard to come by before Chris
succumbed in the 4th over to another delivery that didn’t bounce. Derek and
Dave made steady progress helped by an excessive number of wides and byes.
Dave was eventually caught for 17 with the score on 57. Will Lawless and
Dave Allen were the next victims of the variable bounce, both out for 0.
Next up Shiv Banerjee who made a spirited 23 before getting bowled when
going for the big one! Next followed a season debut for Malcolm Phillips
who made 36 not out which included quite a few 1s and 2s! Derek was
eventually out for 44 in the 41st over. A brief cameo saw Lee Fitzpatrick
run out for 1 followed by a faultless 0 not out for Ludo Kowalewski! Travs
168-7 including 41 extras.

Lee Fitzpatrick and Chris Hillier opened the bowling with wickets falling
in the 7th, 8th, 10th and 14th overs. The score after 14 overs was 36-4 and
the remaining Andover batsmen were looking very nervous. Chris eventually
bowled out to end with a fabulous five-for (10-4-17-5). Lee ended with a
very respectable 7-2-24-1. Will Lawless replaced Lee and was in the wickets
in his first over. Wickets continued to fall as Ludo took an excellent
stumping to dismiss the Andover skipper for 1 run off Steve Noton’s
bowling. A decent 9th wicket stand saw the score get close to 100 with the
batsmen looking set. With Shiv Banerjee (3-0-11-0) bowling tight from 1 end
the 9th wicket was eventually taken by Will. The remaining batsmen failed
to offer much resistance and Andover were eventually all out for 108. Will
finished with figures of 9.5-0-35-3.

Excellent win for Travellers II.

Steve

Final game defeat for 1s

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

Walking into the last game of the season on a bright sunny day Trav’s were
looking to end the season on a brighter note. The wicket was green and
mostly dry. Considering the league standings and promotion for 2’s the 1’s
were playing with a diluted team but not their spirit.

Batting first Trav’s opened with Ed Hardwicke and Febin George. We lost our
first wicket in the 3rd over with 4 runs on board; Febin (2) was caught at
gully. Wickets kept falling after this; Ed (2), Shiv Choudhary (1) and Bill
Stroud (0) were soon back in the stand and Trav’s were struggling at 13 for
4 after 8 overs. Nigel Keir joined Abhijit Jagadeesh at the center and the
two had a 53 run partnership. Abhijit (47) was then caught at long on;
score at this stage was 65 for 5 in 20 overs. Trav’s lost another quick 3
wickets after this. Nigel (18) was then joined by Naz Najib (3) at the
center for a brief partnership of 8 runs and trav’s were bowled out for 82
runs in 31 overs.

Chasing 83 to win Amesbury seemed to be in a hurry to finish game and head
to the pub. We had our first breakthrough in the second over when Matt
Brown took the wicket of their No 2 bat. This did not stop Amesbury from
scoring fast and at the end of 5 overs they were 45 for 1. Matt then got
another wicket but runs were still coming easily for Amesbury. Naz
contributed with a good spell and Bill took the 3rd wicket for Trav’s when
the score was 74 in 15 overs. Amesbury reached the target in 16th over with
7 wickets in hand.

This brings us to the end of 2017 season which was a mixture of emotions.
We have won matches in style and we have taken defeat with grace and came
back stronger. Though we did not end the last match of this season with the
result we wanted, I am sure all of us have grown a bit more as a cricketer
in the end. The 2’s got their promotion which is an amazing result for the
club. End of 2017 season only means the wait for 2018 has begun and till
then lets draw inspiration from Tennyson’s Ulysses ….

“We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find and not to yeild.”

See you all again in 2018…

Abhijit

Teams for final league games

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

*1s v Amesbury (h) 1.00*
Siv Choudhury
Ed Hardwicke
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Febin George
Naz
Bill Stroud
Jack Kingsnorth
Nigel Keir
Matt Brown
Liam Rideout
Liam O,Neill

*2s v Andover 4ths (a) 1.00 Postcode SP10 1HR*
Steve Noton
Dave Surridge
Derek Barnes
Chris Hillier
Dave Allen
Will Lawless
Malcolm Phillips
Lee Fitzpatrick
Shiv Banerjee
Ludo Kowalewski
Ian Burrows (tbc)

Travellers 2nd XI finally return to action with a comprehensive win over Steeple Langford 2nd XI

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

Having had several weeks without a game Kev Sims’s Travellers 2nd XI
finally made it to the Lordshill square with the possibility of a 42 over
game. After some early morning rain which had left the wicket looking green
and very soft but playable Kev Sims again lost the toss and surprisingly
was put in to bat buy the Langford captain.

Opening the innings with Kev Sims & Clive Nicholls, Travellers made steady
progress, indifferent bowling allowed Kev & Clive to wait for the
punishable bad ball which they duly did. 6’s and 4’s were going to be the
order of the day until the drying pitch would help. At 47 the wicket of
Clive (34) fell to a good catch at cover, Graham Baker joined Kev in the
middle. Although Graham’s visit was one of his shorter ones he still pushed
the score onto 103 before mistiming a pull shot and holing out to square
leg for 25. Shane Smith entered for only his second game of the season,
looking confident and assured he settled in steadily pushing the score on
before being caught on 27 just as he was beginning to open up. The score
had now moved onto 164 for 3, Kev had kept under the radar moving past his
50, anchoring one end. Will Lawless opened his account with a straight 6,
dot, straight 6, happy days. Kev and Will pushed the score on in the drying
conditions, Will taking the game by the scruff of the neck with a solid
forceful display of how to hit the ball hard with a straight bat. By the
end of the 42 overs Travellers had moved onto a total of 252 for 3. Will
finished one short of yet another 50 on 49 off 31 balls faced while Kev had
batted the full 42 overs to remain unbeaten on 86 off 109 balls faced. Tea
and refreshments were taken.
After the break an upbeat Travellers took to the field hoping to push home
their advantage and it wasn’t long before the breakthrough came. Opening up
with Lee Fitzpatrick and Chris Hillier, it was Chris in the second over
with his final ball that had the Langford opener caught trying to hit
against the spin with the score on 11. Wickets then tumbled, 12 for 2, 14
for 3, 22 for 4, 31 for 5, 31 for 6, 33 for 7. Langford were guilty of not
reading the wicket and constantly giving catching opportunities “most” of
which were gladly taken, Liam Ridout’s catch at cover was the pick, “one”
of Lee’s drops at square leg was the one that got away! The game was all
over bar the shouting. Changes weere made to give Liam Ridout and Steve
Noton a bowl before Langford were finally all out for 53.
Lee’s figures, 7 overs 1 maiden 3 wickets for 22
Chris’s figures, 8 overs 4 maidens 5 wickets for 14
Liam’s figures, 3 overs 0 maidens 1 wicket for 17
Steve’s figures, 1.1 overs 1 maiden 1 wicket for 0

Special note goes to Michael Dodd, having been selected for previous games
which were either rained off or cancelled, he finally made his season debut
with a sound performance. Onwards and upwards Michael.

Travellers 2nd XI now move to the final league game of the season in second
position needing a win against third placed Andover 4th XI to assure a
second place finishing position. Still all to play for everyone.

Kev S

Close win for first team

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

The wicket was wet and grassy, the out field a bit slow, a shorter boundary
on one side and the day was breezy, cloudy with spells of sunshine.
Considering previous experiences, Trav’s after winning the toss decided to
bat first hoping the wicket will deteriorate over time. A low scoring match
looked very much on the table at the start.

Trav’s opened with Dave Surridge and Roshan Radhakrishnan. Roshan (3) was
caught in mid off in the 7th over with 11 runs on board. Abhijit Jagadeesh
joined Dave at the center for a quick 69 run partnership. Abhijit (47) was
bowled in the 22nd over; score at this stage was 80 for 2 in 22 overs.
Coming back from drinks; Dave (42) continued to steady the ship with Shiv
Choudhary before getting bowled in the 31st over. Shiv (39) had a brief
partnership with Derek Barnes before getting caught in the deep. Derek (8)
was then run out and in the process almost managed to do a head stand on
the pitch! Febin George contributed with a nice cameo of 22 (also got his
first six of the season!) before getting bowled; score at this stage was
180 for 6 in 41 overs. Ludo Kowalewski (8) and Bob Kinnear (2) were our
last men standing when Trav’s finished with 191 on board for the loss of 8
wickets in 45 overs; perhaps short by 20 runs of where they would have
liked to finish.

We started our bowling with Ian Burrows and Bob. Ellingham’s opening pair
batted sensibly and kept the score board ticking. Trav’s got their first
breakthrough in the 20th over when Shiv got their opening bat out, caught
by Ian in mid wicket. Matt Brown followed this by another wicket and
Ellingham were 78 for 2 in 23 overs at drinks. After drinks; wickets were
not coming our way and the score board was ticking fast. Their No 2 (44)
and No 4 (16) built a good partnership followed by another between No 2 and
No 6 (52). At the start of 31st over opponents needed 76 runs from 84
balls. With batsmen set and scoring easily and with wickets in hand things
were looking difficult for Trav’s. This is when the Captain took things
into his own hands and led from the front. Shiv’s 6th and 7th over were
double wicket maidens. He missed a hattrick chance but this brought us
right back into the game. He followed this with 2 more maidens and a wicket
maiden. In his last 5 over he gave away ZERO runs and took 6 wickets !!
That’s stunning !! Their No 6 bat continued with big hitting and was still
looking dangerous to us. Score at this stage was 167 for 8 in 40 overs.
Ellingham needed 24 from 30 balls. With 2 of his previous overs going for
big runs Bob came in to bowl his 10th under a lot of pressure. He kept his
cool and took the last 2 wickets including the bat who took him for runs,
thus getting his sweet revenge and winning the match for Trav’s in the
process. Ellingham were bowled out for 171 in 42nd over.

Some Highlights from the match:

1. Everyone expected the pitch to slow down and difficult to score runs
considering the conditions. It proved otherwise. Mother nature 1 Trav’s 0.

2. Captain leading from the front with both bat and ball and what an
amazing spell ! Man of the match !

3. Dave’s diving stop. Certainly stopped a boundary.

4. Ian’s injury from last match got worse mid match and he could bowl only
6 overs! get well soon Ian.

5. Abhijit’s six damaged a car! Hit and DENT case…. oops …

6. Matt attempted a diving catch. He missed it but had he taken that would
have been the catch of season ! Stunning effort ! Take a bow champ !

Abhijit

Team for August 19th

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

*1s v Ellingham (a) 1.30 BH24 3HN*

Shiv Choudhury

Dave Surridge

Abhijit Jagadeesh

Prath Salaskar

Febin George

Jack Kingsnorth

Derek Barnes

Matt Browm

Bob Kinnear

Billl Stroud

Ian Burrows

*2s v Steeple Langford 2nds (h) 1.30*

Kev Sims

Graham Baker

Kev Allen

Clive Nicholls

Lee Fitzpatrick

Liam Ridout

Chris Hillier

Will Lawless

Shane Smith

Steve Noton

Ludo Kowalewski

Disappointing performance for First Team

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

12th August 2017 saw the Travellers’ 1’s taking on a strong Verwood side
chasing promotion. With mid-table safety all but secured, the 1’s were
playing for pride.

Opening from the David Lloyd End was Ian Burrows, who started as he
intended to carry on: metronomically. Utilising the westerly breeze and no
little skill, it was an exhibition in controlled inswing bowling. Although
he was unfortunate not to take a wicket, Burrows controlled the scoring of
the capable openers remarkably well, conceding only 7 runs in his spell of
10 overs (the Chairman was to later ruefully reflect on the needless single
he conceded in his 7th over that dented what were otherwise excellent
figures).

From the Oasis End Matt Brown conceded a couple of early boundaries to the
dangerous looking Tatchell, before finding control, mixing his away
swingers with some fuller deliveries. Although he beat the batsmen on a few
occasions, he again was not able to make the breakthrough in his opening 7
overs. Brown was replaced by Bob Kinnear, twirling away with his leggies,
and at 20 overs Verwood were at a modest 43 for 0.

Inevitably the Verwood openers began to play more shots following the
drinks break, although chances continued to be hard to come by. Shiv
Skipper Choudhury replaced Burrows for 4 overs, while Bill Stroud came on
for Kinnear initially from the Oasis End. Stroud again showed the benefit
of Experience, pitching it up and often straight, making the batsmen play.
He was finally rewarded with Trav’s first wicket, winning an LBW appeal
against Tatchell as he advanced down the wicket, the opener out for an
accomplished 56. Fall of wicket 89 in the 30th over. Stroud was rewarded
again in his next over, McLeonards getting a feather through to Baker
behind the stumps who made no mistake, the opener out for a more chancy 37,
fall of wicket 101.

At the other end Febin George bowled 4 overs of left arm spin. Although he
struggled at times for control, when he did pitch it in the right areas he
beat the batsmen on several occasions and was rewarded with Trav’s third
wicket, bowling Hancock for 7, fall of wicket 105.

Although Trav’s continued to bowl and field with effort, Verwood
accelerated effectively through the last 15 overs, with no. 4 C. Gajic
playing well for 51 not out. There was one more wicket for the home team,
Stroud switching ends to snare Andrew O’Neill (not The Andrew O’Neill) LBW
for 24, but with Verwood adding 100 in those last 15 overs their final
score of 192 for 4 seemed above par on what was a pretty slow outfield.
Trav’s fielded gamely until the end, and it was unusual that not one catch
was offered to the outfield by Verwood’s batsmen in the entire innings,
perhaps a sign of their quality. The pick of the bowlers for Travellers
were Burrows for his economy and Stroud who finished with 3 for 41. Special
mention should also go to Kev Sims, Dave Allen and Prath who supported from
the sidelines, occasionally offering useful advice to Nicholls on his first
team debut, but mostly just heckling him.

After an appropriate Tea, Trav’s set about their challenging target,
sending in Roshan Radhakrishnan and Nicholls to open. Nicholls didn’t last
long, beaten for pace bowled for 3. Unfortunately in a sign of things to
come, wickets thereby continued to tumble frequently and unremittingly.
Radhakrishnan suffered a similar fate, bowled by one that stayed low for 9
before Choudhury suffered an even worse fate, run out for 0 after a mix up
with Abhijit Jagadeesh. Jagadeesh did at least have the pleasure of hitting
a couple of nice boundaries (a rarity in this match) before also succumbing
to Gajic, caught fending to slip a delivery that leapt off a similar length
to the one that shot past Rodhakrishnan’s ankles. Jamie Simpson, George and
Brown all followed in dramatically quick fashion for 1, 0 and 0
respectively, leaving Trav’s in an almighty mess at 28 for 7 in the 11th
over.

Baker and Stroud then showed some resolve, putting on 30 for the 8th wicket
before Baker was bowled, uncharacteristically missing a straight one as he
tried to lift the spinner over mid-on. Kinnear followed soon after for 3
before Stroud was last man out, caught for 14 at mid-off. On what was
ultimately a thoroughly disappointing day for the 1s, they were all out for
63 in the 22nd over to lose by 129 runs. The sun shone, but there was no
mistaking that Verwood proved to be the stronger team on the day in all
departments, Trav’s finishing with just 2 points and a slight dent to their
pride.

Clive

Seconds cancelled, again!

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

St. Cross have contacted us very apologetically to say they cannot raise a
team for tomorrow’s friendly with our second team. This is the 4th week in
a row with no game due to weather or lack of an opponent. When they do get
on the pitch again team members will need reminding how the game works.

Teams for August 12th

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

*1s v Verwood (h) 1.00*

Shiv Choudhury

Dave Surridge

Abhijit Jagadeesh

Febin George

Jamie Simpson

Jack Kingsnorth

Derek Barnes

Matt Browm

Bob Kinnear

Billl Stroud

Ian Burrows

*2s v St Cross 5ths (a) 2.00 Post code SO21 2RG*

Kev Sims

Graham Baker

Dave Allen

Kev Allen

Clive Nicholls

Shiv Banerjee

Liam Ridout

Ludo Kowalewski

Michael Dodds

Tony Robins

Irfan Khan

Dipak Raichura