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Teams for Saturday 2 June 2018

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

1st XI v Amesbury (A). Meet at 1230 at SP4 7XX.

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  1. Ed Hardwicke (capt)
  2. J. Denham (wk)
  3. D. Surridge
  4. A. Jagadeesh
  5. S. Choudhury
  6. F. George
  7. C. Hillier
  8. M. Brown
  9. L. Fitzpatrick
  10. B. Stroud
  11. J. Cox


2nd XI v Cadnam 2nds (H). Meet at 12.15.

  1. S. Noton (capt)
  2. C. Nicholls
  3. D. Allen
  4. K. Allen
  5. K. Sims
  6. S. Smith
  7. D. Wilson
  8. J. Samuel
  9. P. Ince
  10. L. Sign
  11. I. Khan

Heated Frustration

by Ed Hardwicke 0 Comments

A hot day was made hotter for Southampton Travellers, when they lost the toss and were put in the field with only ten players.

The young opening bowling partnership of Fitzpatrick and Brown bowled tidily and with maturity during the opening 18 overs, which saw Burley struggle for runs. Brown picked up the only wicket during these early overs, thanks to some quick work by Kingsnorth, who returned to the side for his first game of the season. Burley continued to find scoring hard, thanks to disciplined bowling and committed fielding. Throughout their innings Burley lost wickets at regular intervals due to some marvellous bowling by Salaskar, who achieved 4 for 34; a feat of note having not played for over a year. In partnership with Salaskar, Choudhury mopped up the lower order, with 5 for 42, again highlighting his allrounder credentials. However, the key factor in Burley’s ultimately successful innings and the thorn in Travellers side, was the batting of their number three, who carried their innings and was finally out in the 45th over having cleverly and carefully scored 95, taking Burley to a competitive score of 188.

Travellers started their innings with confidence thanks to the fluid batting of George. But, wickets started to fall too frequently as two of the top four fell to needless run-outs. With slowing tennis ball batting conditions, a number of the Travellers batsmen were caught in front of square. However, the bowling partnership of Salaskar and Choudhury started to turn the game back in favour of Travellers. When Choudhury fell the momentum did not, with Brown once again showing his credentials with the bat. But the earlier weaknesses in the Travellers innings ultimately put pay to a win, with Travellers falling 29 runs short of victory after the fall of Brown and Stroud soon after. This left Salaskar 52 not out; a man of the match performance despite Travellers’ defeat.

Despite the disappointment and obvious improvements needed with the batting at the top of the order, it is difficult to recall a batsman getting out to a genuinely good ball. Travellers also dropped too many chances in the field. However, it is important to highlight the positives, particularly the ease with which Fitzpatrick performed with the ball and the discipline all bowlers showed, as well as the spirit of the fight throughout the day, despite the numerical disadvantage.

Win for 2s in sunshine

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

Hursley Park IV vs Southampton Travellers II

Having won the toss, Hursley elected to bowl. Simon Allen and Clive
Nicholls got off to a reasonable start before Clive was bowled in the 3rd
over. Kev Sims help steady the ship with Simon, moving the score along to
56 before Kev got bowled by a young Hursley spinner. Graham Baker up next
and once settled scored steadily against the middle order bowlers. Simon
also gained confidence with a range of scoring shots including 6 fours.
Simon was eventually caught from a fine edge for 44 runs. With the score on
88-3, Kev Allen stepped up and made a hundred partnership with Graham who
was eventually bowled for 69. Shane Smith came in for the final few balls
to take the score to 189-4. Kevin finished 34 not out.

Jacob Samuel and Jack Cox opened but we had to wait till the 10th over for
a wicket. First wicket for Jack on his long awaited comeback! Jack bowled
out with figures on 8-2-28-1. Shane Smith bowled after Jacob’s spell and
bowled economically while Steve Noton started from the other end. After a
loose first over Steve managed to find some rhythm but the batsmen were set
and scoring steadily. The opening bat was eventually out for 50, stumped
off a leg side delivery from Steve. With the score on 111-2 this turned out
to be the turning point. The No. 3 Hursley batsman was still scoring well
but was starting to look tired after running many singles. The No. 4
batsman never looked like hanging around and was soon bowled by a ball that
kept low off Steve’s bowling. Next up the Hursley skipper looked very
strong and scored well. Hursley looking favourites until the No. 3 bat was
caught by Jack off Steve’s bowling. The wickets fell regularly with the
Hursley skipper running out of partners. Kev Sims was brought in to bowl
and took 2 quick wickets including the Hursley skipper. Jacob came back on
and bowled well to tie up the batsmen. Last over and 14 required for the
Hursley win. Another great over from Jacob limiting the scoring to just 3
runs. Travs win by 10 runs with 10 men on a very hot sunny day.


Revised teams for Saturday 26 May 2018

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

1st XI v Burley 1st (H). Meet at 12.15.

1. E. Hardwicke (c)
2. J. Kingsnorth (wkt)
3. S. Choudhury
4. A. Jagadeesh
5. D. Barnes
6. F. George
7. P. Salaskar
8. B. Stroud
9. M. Brown
10. I. Khan
11. L. Fitzpatrick/tbc

2nd XI v Hursley Park 4th XI (A). Meet at 12.30 at SO21 2JL.

1. S. Noton (c)
2. G. Baker (wk)
3. C. Nicholls
4. S. Allen
5. K. Sims
6. K. Allen
7. S. Smith
8. J. Samuel
9. J. Cox
10. K. Noble
11. tbc/L. Fitzpatrick

Second Team start with a win

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

Having won the toss, Trojans III elected to bat first. Ian Burrows opened
the bowling with his trademark swinging full deliveries and was soon
rewarded in the 3rd over with a wicket. A 2nd batsman succumbed to Burrows’
bowling in the 5th over with the score on 11. Ian completed a 6 over spell
with 5 maidens, 2 wickets and 1 run to his name! After a nervy first over
Jacob Samuels bowled consistently getting his first Travellers wicket in
his final over. Unfortunately he had to be taken off in his last over
having bowled a 2nd waist high no ball (7.5-0-27-1). Peter Ince and Steve
Noton kept up the pressure with tempting full deliveries finishing with
3-17 and 2-25 respectively. More wickets should have fallen during this mid
innings spell with a handful of catches missed in the field. Only 2 of the
batsmen got going for Trojans with the highest score being 24 not out.
Shane Smith (5-0-12-0) And Kev Sims (1.3-0-4-1) bowled well with Smith
juggling and holding on to a catch to take the last wicket off Sims’
bowling. Trojans all out for 92.

Clive Nicholls and Simon Allen opened the batting with Allen making steady
progress with a selection of 4s and 2s. Nicholls failed to settle and was
bowled for 2 runs in the 8th over. Leigh Sign got off to a positive start
on his debut but it was unfortunately short lived as he was bowled for 1
run. Next up Sims, aiming to pick up where he finished off last season with
a strong batting performance… out for 0 lbw! Graham Baker and Allen
steadied the ship and bowling changes saw a steady stream of runs including
a number of 4s on the slow Lordshill outfield. Allen was eventually out for
40, Baker made 31 not out and Shane Smith (4 not out) hit the winning runs
in the 24th over.

Excellent win.

Steve Noton

Teams for Saturday 26 May 2018

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

1st XI v Burley 1st (H). Meet at 12.15.

  1. E. Hardwicke (c)
  2. J. Denham (wk)
  3. S. Choudhury
  4. A. Jagadeesh
  5. D. Barnes
  6. F. George
  7. P. Salaskar
  8. B. Stroud
  9. M. Brown
  10. I. Khan
  11. I. Burrows


2nd XI v Hursley Park 4th XI (A). Meet at 12.30 at SO21 2JL.

  1. S. Noton (c)
  2. G. Baker (wk)
  3. C. Nicholls
  4. S. Allen
  5. K. Sims
  6. K. Allen
  7. S. Smith
  8. J. Samuel
  9. D. Wilson
  10. L. Fitzpatrick
  11. J. Cox

Sing When You’re Winning

On a bright and warm day Trav’s were at Whiteparish for their 3rd game of the season. The pitch looked dry with cracks and Trav’s lost the toss and were put in to bat first.

Contrary to the first two games, Trav’s batting started with a collapse of the top order; Shiv Choudhury (1), Dave Surridge (1) and Abhijit Jagadeesh (0) back in the hut with just 2 runs on board at the end of the 3rd over. Chris Hillier (3) tried to stabilise the innings with Ed Hardwicke before he was caught behind the wickets. Score at this stage was 20 for 4 from 10 overs. The battle for rebuilding the innings started from here. Derek Barnes joined Ed at the centre. The two batted cautiously yet maintained a steady run rate before Ed was caught in the deep for a well-made 42 (Captain leading from the front). The two put up a much-needed partnership of 53 runs. John Denham (9) and Bill Stroud (11) had their brief outing and back in hut with Trav’s at 133 for 8 from 39 overs. Recovering from a collapse the icing on the cake was from Matt Brown’s quick 20 runs, with cricket shots that would give any top order batsman a complex! Irfan Khan (6) finished the innings with a SIX on the last ball. Derek (41 Not out) playing a class innings took Trav’s to 164.

Trav’s started with Chris H and Irfan. Opponents had a steady start with their opening pair putting up a 42-run partnership in the first 12 overs. Shiv got Trav’s the much needed first wicket in 13th over. Opponent’s No 3 bat joined No 1 bat and continued the good momentum they had from a good start. They put up a partnership of 31 runs before Bill bowled their No 3 bat. Score at this stage was 73 for 2 from 26 overs. Then the spell from Bill and Chris Ashdown changed the momentum towards Trav’s. Bill finished with 9(O),1(M),18(R),4(W) and Chris A finished with 7(O),1(M),19(R),0(W). With Chris A bowling after 3 years this is a remarkable individual performance in a pressure situation. Bill as always; a legend! Needing 48 runs from the last 6 overs with 4 wickets in hands a nail biting finish was looking likely and so it happened. Matt, limping from a hamstring injury, continued bowling tight and took crucial wickets. What a champ! 11 runs needed to win from last over. Bowling our last over, Shiv was hit for a six on the second ball; 4 needed to win from 4 balls. Shiv kept his cool and came back in the best way possible when he bowled the same bat who hit him for a six ! He gave away only 2 runs in the last 4 balls and took Trav’s home with a 2 runs win! Whiteparish finished their innings on 162 for 9. This is the second time in 3 games that Shiv had to bowl the crucial and deciding last over and we won. Kudos to him!

All in all a very good team effort with an amazing win! Celebrations after the game was one of a kind in showers! Lots of singing! We intend to keep this going on. If interested you could join us “The singing in shower club”. The only requirement for joining is – your singing should be bad!


Shiv Shows Big Blue

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

Record Breaking Total Secures Victory Aganist IBM

Ed won the toss at Redbridge Lane deciding to bat 1st on a slow track and
outfield, where a total around 175 would have been difficult to chase down
for the opposition.
Shiv and Dave Surridge opened the innings and were soon into their stride
,scoring at 6 an over before Dave was unlucky to be run out off a Shiv
straight drive touching the bowlers fingers via the stumps, he made 41. Shiv
continued his rout of the Hursley attack making a magnificent 138 before
being run out. Abi Jagadeesh chipped in with 46 n.o towards the end of the
innings, finally totalling a huge 276 -5 off 45 overs at tea.
It began to rain during the interval,but not enough to stop the Travellers
bowling attack and fielders with a wet ball making Hursley struggle for
runs, and 5 different bowlers, Irfan, Abi, Bunny, Matty and Shiv got 2 apiece,
as Hursley totalled 132 all out. A fine win.

Man of the match – Shiv.

Well done all. Whiteparish away next week.


(Updated) Teams for Saturday 19 May 2018

1st v Whiteparish (away) – meet at 1230 at (SP5 2SG)

  1. E. Hardwicke (c)
  2. J. Denham (wk)
  3. S. Choudhury
  4. C. Hillier
  5. D. Surridge
  6. B. Stroud
  7. I. Khan
  8. M. Brown
  9. D. Barnes
  10. C. Ashdown
  11. A. Jagadeesh


2nd v Trojans III (home) – meet at 1215  (SO53 2FH)

  1. S. Noton (c)
  2. S. Allen
  3. J. Samuels
  4. G. Baker
  5. K. Sims
  6. L. Kowalewski
  7. L. Sign
  8. S. Smith
  9. P. Ince
  10. I. Burrows
  11. C. Nicholls


Please note Ian Burrows is offline all week so if you have any issues contact Ed (edhardwicke@gmail.com) or Steve (stephen.noton@yahoo.co.uk).