2s Narrowly Lose to Cadnam
Another hot and sunny day greeted Southampton Travellers’ 2nd XI at Lordshill on Saturday. The opposition were Cadnam who on appearance seemed to be of similar age and stature to Travs. First in were the visitors looking to make the most of the conditions. Making their debuts for the 2s were Khan and Wilson, with Khan opening the bowling impressively from the Rugby End. Looking considerably fitter than the average on show, Khan generated good pace with his naturally slingy action and quickly looked to have Cadnam’s openers worried. First to fall was Wright-Green, clean-bowled beaten for pace for a duck. Soon after Newland followed suit, finding Khan’s pace and lift too hot to handle, edging behind to K. Allen who gave a more than competent showing behind the stumps in Baker’s absence. If Khan was Waqar at one end, then Smith was doing a vague impression of Wasim at the Academy End (perhaps towards the latter part of his career). Bowling left arm over, he constantly troubled both batsmen with a good line and occasionally finding the Lordshill Bump, but without luck. With Cadnam 19 for 2 in the 7th over, Travs were hoping for a quick day’s work, but Brown and Card turned things around, adding 113 in 18 overs. Samuel, Sims and Ince all tried their hand at dislodging the pair, but despite a constant stream of leg-side aerial shots, none went to hand and the score motored on. In trademark style, it was Skipper Noton who eventually broke the deadlock, teasing Card into the big drive and fooling him with a full length delivery to rip out the off-stump, Card gone for a bottom-handed 77. In his next over, Noton struck again, taking a good catch off his own bowling to dismiss Brown for 25. It was particularly impressive given that he had almost mortally wounded himself trying the same thing just before, but fearlessly this time he clung on. At 136 for 4 in the 27th, Travs were hoping to restrict the scoring to perhaps 175, but with a continued supply of wides and regular meaty hits from the Cadnam middle order, runs continued to flow. The highlight of the last 10 overs were a couple of wickets to D. Allen on his return to the side following a winter of intense DIY, the second of which thanks to an athletic catch by K. Allen after the luckless Dixie had fallen into the trap of swinging wildly at leg-side wides. Cadnam finished with 207 for 6 off their 40 overs, swelled by 41 extras, but is was nevertheless a spirited performance in the field by Travs who remained committed to the cause throughout.
Following a tea that featured a fine ginger cake courtesy of the Noton household, Travs set about their task with Nicholls and new opener Samuel facing the (not) new ball. Having read on Cricinfo that standing out of the crease can help in nullifying late swing, Nicholls confidently struck Card for 4 over long-on and felt sure that this was the way to turn around his woeful form. Unfortunately, he didn’t read the bit about getting back in your crease if you don’t hit it, and next ball was stumped off a wide despite the keeper standing back at least 10 yards. Next in was newbie Sign playing in only his second game. After initially looking confident and doubling his first game’s score, he was undone by the wily Jurd, bowled for 2. When D. Allen was given out lbw for 1 soon after, things were looking dire, but this was discounting the calm presence of Samuel who had watched the carnage unfold from the other end and continued to go about his business untroubled. With Smith joining him to offer some stability, both men went about first rebuilding the innings, and then attempting to step up the rate to keep the target within reach. Smith looked in good touch, defending well and knocking it around with assurity. Credit must go to the Cadnam skipper who sportingly recalled Smith after he was initially given out lbw for 15 after it became apparent that he had got an edge on it, but ultimately he was undermined first by a dodgy hamstring, and ultimately by Humphreys who bowled him for 34. Samuel continued to accumulate impressively at the other end, with a mixture of solid defence and sensible attack. With Sims joining him, Travs still felt in the hunt with 92 needed from the last 10. To his credit Samuel was playing more and more shots, but ultimately fell on his sword for 60, a creditable effort and certainly noted by his Skipper from the Scorers’ Box. As K.Allen strode to the crease, the equation was 84 off of 54 deliveries. Against decent bowling from both ends, the experienced duo did well, managing to add 47 off about 40 balls, but having hit one Bothamesque SIX over square leg, Sims perished attempting similar, getting a top edge and being caught for 23. Khan joined in the fun as the run chase became increasingly difficult. Remembering his recent match-winning SIX for the 1s, Khan swung from the hip from the first ball to his last. Sadly, this only comprised 4 balls and he did not connect with any, duly being bowled off the 4th for a duck. With an increasingly hopeless position, Ince also fell to the cause, while K. Allen’s best at the other end was not quite enough. With Noton batting out the last couple of deliveries, Wilson was not required at no. 11 and Travs pulled up 22 short, finishing on a very creditable 185 for 8. K. Allen remained unbeaten on 33 and looked good for a few more if time had allowed.