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

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