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Second team win well

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

On a very windy day with a bit of sunshine Travellers lost the toss and
were put into bat first. The Travellers had Kev Sims and Shiv Banerjee
opening the batting. As we all know the Lordshill pitch has been known for
its bounce this year, which unluckily got Kev (0) out early as the ball
bounced from his body to the stumps. In came Jordan Payne (34) at number 3
and he carried on playing his attacking strokes to put the bowlers under
pressure and make a good partnership with Shiv before falling to a bouncer
which he top edged to the keeper. Dave Allen (3) had a short visit to the
crease before getting caught at point. Uzair came to the crease and played
an attacking role. Then as the opposition didn’t have any regular bowlers
left they started using part timers who were struggling to land the ball on
the pitch and after a few no balls Shiv fell to a floater for 70. Soon
Uzair was run out for 36. It was surprisingly hard to bat against such
erratic bowling. The experienced tail-enders however ran well and were
helped by the opposition’s extras and got Travelers to their first 200
score this year. 202-10

Travellers knew it was going to be tough to bowl in this wind but after
getting used to it Ian bowled very well and got 2 early wickets. After good
support from Uzair (5 overs 0-26) and Bob keeping (8 overs 0-29) it tight
our new addition to the bowling staff Steve Parnell (who hasn’t played for
4 years) looked a bit a stiff at the start but when he got into his rhythm
looked dangerous. He got the threatening captain, who made a pretty quick
50, out. Steve ended with 8 overs 2-30. Then after a decent bowling from
Shiv (8 overs 2-38) and Ian (8 overs 2- 27) keeping it very tight towards
the end the Travellers won a game which could have gone either way.


Teams for July 28th

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*First team v Sway 2nds (a) 1.00 start Post code S041 6BE*
Ed Hardwicke (captain)
John Denham (keeper)
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Shiv Choudhury
Febin George
Prath Salaskar
Matt Brown
Lee Fitzpatrick
Irfan Khan
Jithin Abraham

*Second team v Damerham (h) 1.00 start*
Ian Burrows
Ludo Kowalewski (keeper)
Kev Sims
Dave Allen
Jordan Payne
Shiv Banerjee
Uzair Khan
Bob Kinnear
Tony Robins

Twos lose to table topping Dinton

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The second team made the long trip to Dinton where captain for the day
Graham lost the toss and we found ourselves fielding. After a good start
Dinton batted well to amass 231-4, built around a third wicket stand of
159. There were two wickets for Ian and one for Shiv B with good catches by
Kev S and Clive. Everyone stuck at it well in the field, with Jordan’s
throwing impressive and Ludo keeping well, and although some bowlers
suffered this was as much down to good batting for this level as to poor

When we batted wickets fell steadily against accurate bowlers, one of whom
was particularly brisk, and sharp fielding. We managed 134 all out with
Jack Cox top scoring on 25 and Shane hitting 23. So 6 points but no
disgrace against the unbeaten league leaders.


Teams for July 21st

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*First team v Hursley Park 3rds (h) at 1.00. Be there for 12.15*
Ed Hardwicke (captain)
John Denham (keeper)
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Shiv Choudhury
Derek Barnes
Febin George
Chris Hillier
Matt Brown
Ian Burrows
Bill Stroud
Jack Corbett

*Second team v Dinton (a) Post code SP3 5HR 1.00 start*
Kev Sims
Ludo Kowalewski (keeper)
Kev Allen
Shane Smith
Neil Henderson
Shiv Banerjee
Clive Nicholls
Uzair Khan (tbc)
Jordan Payne
Jack Cox
Lee Fitzpatrick

2s win again

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Trav’s 2nd XI pulled off possibly their best win of the season to date on
Saturday, pipping Totton and Eling 3rds by 22 runs in a thriller at
Lordshill. Featuring more fresh faces than usual in the starting 9, Trav’s
put on a sterling team performance with everyone contributing under the
astute stewardship of Captain Noton, augmented by their former leader
Phillips who even put in a match winning shift at 1st slip to aid the cause.

Travs batted first on a very dry surface, U. Khan and Banerjee showing
promise as a new opening partnership. It soon became clear that there was
to be a trial by spin, T&E utilising various combinations of colts bowling
legspin, left arm spin and off-breaks, coupled with more experienced
campaigners bowling tight lines. After a couple of belting boundaries, Khan
was first to fall on his sword, well caught at slip for 10, followed soon
after by Banerjee who showed further evidence of his promise with the bat
before falling for a patiently acquired 5.

Sign then teamed up with S. Allen to show levels of application and
determination that were fully required on the raging Bunsen. Sign mixed
watchful defence with measured attack, moving smoothly on to 16 before he
was done for by Perrin. Meanwhile, after accumulating 6 from 43 balls,
Allen’s stroke making instincts could eventually be restrained no more, and
he proceeded to wallop 3 boundaries off his next 7 deliveries with
familiar élan,
before somehow missing a straight full toss next ball, much to his chagrin.

The new look middle order looked wobbly from the off, Nicholls swinging
wildly at his first delivery and lucky not to be stumped. Payne failed to
build on recent promise and was out for 1, while new boy Jonny “J-Lo” Rowe
perished for 0, unfortunately getting a leading edge before he was able to
demonstrate his ability with the bat. With the score on 85 for 6 at the end
of the 28th, and only Noton left in the hutch, the situation was perilous.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Out to the crease strode Trav’s Stalwart
D. Allen, to be greeted by encouraging words by Nicholls who was yet to
scratch a run either. In a rare example of “game management”, the pair
appeared to realise that with the youthful spinners tiring in the heat, if
they could just occupy the crease then extras alone would contribute 4 an
over to the dodgy total.

In a midst of dust, sweat and moderate ability, 40 were added in 8 overs
before Allen was bowled swishing across the line at Stevens, only to be
reprieved by Eagle Eyed Perry (Umpire Nigel) who called a front foot
no-ball. After delivering an appropriate chastisement to Allen and
reminding him of his responsibilities, Nicholls proceeded to try exactly
the same shot 3 balls later and was out for 17. At this point the match was
on a knife edge, Trav’s knew that 160 would be a good score, and so it was
that Noton and especially Allen managed to add a further 33 for the last
wicket, leaving Trav’s handily placed at 158/7 at the break. Particular
highlights of the partnership included Allen smashing 14 from an over, and
Noton narrowly avoiding being stumped off a wide from the last ball of the
innings, only to crash the extra delivery over long on to finish with a
boundary (much to the inappropriately expressed annoyance of the oppo’
keeper). Allen finishing unbeaten on 36, Noton on 6.

It became apparent at Tea that Phillips was not averse to the idea of
mucking in as an official substitute for the second innings, so with the
agreement of the opposition Skipper Trav’s took to the field with 10
fieldsmen, although strictly speaking only 4 bowlers. Knowing that early
wickets would be crucial, Noton started with U. Khan from the David Lloyd
End bowling at a lively pace, and Banerjee twirling away from the Academy
End. They quickly made headway, with Khan impressively bowling the grumpy
keeper for 0, before Banerjee got just reward for a probing spell by
enticing Fine into a loose drive that was gobbled up by Buckethands
Phillips at 1st slip. Game on.

With the heat continuing to make it hard work, Noton began to show his
nouse as Skipper, rotating his bowlers to bring himself and Rowe into the
fold. Rowe made a particularly impressive start to his Trav’s career,
bowling with pace and accuracy. He got his just rewards in similar fashion
to Banerjee, Phillips snaffling another at 1st slip to leave T&E looking
decidedly shaky. Meantime Noton was delivering his usual brand of innocuous
looking deadly deliveries. The highlight was enticing the impressive
looking Bungay into a false drive off only his second ball, Sign taking a
screamer running around from long off to cling on and give Trav’s a serious
scent of victory. With Noton taking a neat caught and bowled and Rowe
removing the obstinate opener Perrin for a gutsy 36, under normal
circumstances Trav’s would have been home and hosed. But unbeknown to the
opposition, there was a pressing question of finding up to 8 overs from
somewhere else, and with Phillips not allowed to bowl. First up was D.
Allen, usually a capable back-up bowler but lacking confidence at present.
After a sound first over went for just 3, a rather more chaotic 2nd over
was dispatched for 22, mostly in the direction of S. Allen at deep square
leg who hopped and leapt around with great athleticism, if little effect.
With increasing desperation, Noton turned to Nicholls for his first ever
bowl in a Trav’s shirt. Again his first over was surprisingly re-assuring,
every ball landing outside off stump and only 3 runs taken. Again, the
second over proved one too many, a mixture of head high full tosses, wides
and general tripe somehow bleeding only 10 runs and unbelievably reaping
the wicket of a colt who is believed to have subsequently retired from the
sport altogether.

Sensing the opportunity to finish the game off without need for further
experimentation, and with the emergency services gathering in the corner
waiting for an imminent helicopter delivery, Noton returned to the
mainstream bowlers with great effect. Khan struck again, bowling a colt off
an under-edge, while Noton himself continued to chip away, courtesy of
another fine catch from Sign. With the last pair still needing 30 to win,
the field came in and sure enough, it was all over when the no. 11 played
forward to a Noton jaffa and popped it up to Rowe at silly mid-off.
Highlights from the bowling column were Noton with 6-1-23-4 and Rowe
4-3-7-2, with great support from Banerjee and Khan.

In what was a superb all round team performance played with great spirit, a
good time was had by all Travs. Long may it continue…


Teams for July 14th

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

*First team v Bournemouth 3rds (a) Post code BH23 6RD 1.00 start. Be there
for 12.30*
Ed Hardwicke (captain)
Graham Baker (keeper) tbc
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Derek Barnes
Febin George
Lee Fitzpatrick
Matt Brown
Bill Stroud
Irfan Khan
Ian Burrows

*Second team v Totton and Eling 3rds (h) 1.00 start. Be there for 12.15*
Steve Noton (captain)
Ludo Kowalewski (keeper)
Dave Allen
Simon Allen
Leigh Sign
Jordan Payne
Shiv Banerjee
Uzair Khan

First team continue progress up table

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

The early start did not interfere with our good run of results this season.
A weakened Bramshaw second team put us into bat and we scored an impressive
245 for 7 before declaring with just under 5 overs to go. Captain Ed had
been considering this in order to ensure we were finished in time for the
football but there was no choice when 3 quick wickets fell and no one was
anywhere near ready to go in next. The highlight of the innings was a
powerful 142 not out from Abhijit who took advantage of a couple of drops
before he reached 50 to play an impressive innings. Some of the sixes were
huge, including one clearing the high fence to the school and another
landing on the back corner of the clubhouse roof. He was well supported by
Graham (41) in a century stand for the 5th wicket. Earlier Ed, Febin and
Derek had all got going then got out. The pitch, as last week, was not
totally to be trusted!

When Bramshaw batted their inexperience was obvious and they lost wickets
steadily until a flourish from more experienced players lower down. We used
8 bowlers (Bill for just one ball with an arm strain) and wickets were
shared by Ian (4), Lee and Matt (2 each) and the 2 Shivs (1 each). There
were excellent catches by Ed, Abhijit and Derek and a sharp stumping from

We won by 137 runs with maximum points and were finished in good time to
enjoy the football upstairs.


Seconds win away

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Another sweltering Saturday, this time, Wide Lane at 930 in the morning.
Smith and Cox opened the bowling against IBM Hursley III with the no.1
batsman out, caught behind off Cox’s bowling in the 7th over with the score
on 14. IBMs Cox batted well with the diminutive Cocking, who looked good
until he nicked the ball off Hendersons bowling – caught behind for 17. Cox
was proving stubborn but eventually fell to a Noton special – bowled out
for 34. Dave Allen had a brief spell, bowling two waist high no balls in
his first over. The IBM middle order featured a number of colts who put up
little resistance to Travs secret weapon…Kev Sims off 2 paces. Sims’
looping balls proved too much and he rampaged through the middle order
taking 4 for 34 off 8. Henderson got the 9th wicket and Kev Allen took a
great running catch in the deep off Notons bowling to end the innings with
159 on the board.

Clive Nicholls had appeared in time to open the batting with Kev Allen.
They made a steady start, both with luck on their side after false shots
falling short of fielders. The luck ran out in the 6th over with Nicholls
out for 3. Simon Allen and Kev Allen advanced the score past 50 with a
range of shots crossing the boundary line. By this time the sun was at its
hottest and running between the wickets was proving hard work for the
batsmen. Undeterred, they took the score to 90 at which point Kev Allen was
caught for 43. Shane Smith made a promising start but a run out saw him
departing the field for 6. Dave Allen played a supportive role for Simon
Allen’s batting with the target being reached in the 29th over. Simon Allen
86 not out and a 7 wicket victory to Travs.


The toss was won by Travellers who elected to bat on a dry Lordshill wicket. Wickets weren’t long coming for the Ellingham bowlers with both David and Febin falling cheaply. Ed and Abijit started to provide some stability until the wicket showed the first signs of misbehaviour with Ed bowled by a grubber. Further control was skilful provided by the returning Roshan, with Ab timing the ball nicely and finding the boundary regularly. The partnership was then broken when the watchful Roshan was unfortunate to find himself returning to the dressing room. Wickets continue to fall around Ab, with shot playing proving difficult. Only John provided any resistance. This left Ab unbeaten on 98no with Travs posting 174 ao just shy of the 45thover. On a difficult wicket, the Ellingham attack was one of the strongest Travs had faced this season.

The Ellingham innings started at pace, their openers raced to 50 in no time at all. It took the returning Prath to turn the game on its head, taking the wicket of the dangerous opener thanks to a great diving catch from Febin. Once their second wicket fell, with the score on 75, the Ellingham batsmen found it increasingly difficult to score and to keep their wickets in tack. Apart from a superb catch off a sharp rising delivery from Chris by John, all the other wickets that fell were bowled, with Ellingham falling short on 132 ao. The win is testament to the disciplined lines all bowlers bowled as well as the turn and difficult bounce of the wicket.

Special mention to Ab for a match winning innings, Prath and Chris for match changing spells of bowling and to Febin and Irfan for their bowling contribution. (7 bowlers we used by Travs.)


Teams for Saturday 7 July 2018

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First team v Bramshaw 2s (h) 9.30 start. Be there for 8.45

  1. Ed Hardwicke (captain)
  2. Abhijit Jagadeesh
  3. Shiv Choudhury
  4. Derek Barnes
  5. Febin George
  6. Shiv Banerjee
  7. Matt Brown
  8. Bill Stroud
  9. Lee Fitzpatrick
  10. Graham Baker
  11. Ian Burrows


Second team v IBM Hursley 3rds (a) 9.30 start, be there for 9.00 at University Ground Wide Lane, opposite Parkway station. Post code SO50 5PE

  1. Steve Noton (captain)
  2. Dave Allen
  3. Shane Smith
  4. Leigh Sign
  5. Ludo Kowalewski
  6. Shiv Banerjee
  7. Jack Cox
  8. Neil Henderson
  9. Kev Allen
  10. Simon Allen
  11. Clive Nicholls (tbc)