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.)


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