Close win for first team
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 !