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Second team finish with a win

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

The final game of the season was blessed with warm sunshine and a full
team of 11 players. The plan was to bowl first after the recent wet
weather but Michelmersh & Timsbury won the toss and put us in to bat.
The first wicket fell in the 2nd over, Leigh Sign bowled for 0 despite
his determination to get some runs. Simon Allen joined Kev Allen and
they batted steadily to take the score into the 20s. Kev Allen was out
caught in the 7th over for 17. Clive Nicholls made good progress with
Simon Allen with both batsmen gaining in confidence and keeping the run
rate up. The batting partnership was eventually broken for 79 when
Nicholls was bowled for 34 in the 24th over. Dave Allen made a brief
appearance before departing the field LBW for 1 run. Shane Smith and
Shiv Banerjee did slightly better both bowled by the spin of Karimi for
4 and 6 respectively. Lee Fitzpatrick played some nice shots for his 13.
Tony Robins, back in the side after injury, failed to tee off when he
was caught off his first ball faced. Bob Kinnear and Steve Noton ended
the innings not out adding 5 and 9 respectively.

Following possibly the best tea of the season, Shiv Banerjee struck gold
with his first ball dispatching the M&T skipper with a plum LBW. Lee
Fitzpatrick took the next 2 wickets in the 4th and 6th overs with the
score now on 17-3. Kinnear replaced Banerjee and the 4th wicket went to
a simple run out. Kinnear tempted the batsmen with his full deliveries
and soon had another 3 wickets to his name, 60-7 at this point. The
remaining batsmen looked more confident but succumbed to Fitzpatrick’s
lavish swing bowling. The final batsman was bowled for 0 off a straight
Banerjee delivery. Banerjee, Fitzpatrick and Kinnear finished with 2, 4
and 3 wickets respectively and were ably supported by Shane Smith
(3-2-2-0) and Steve Noton (4-0-10-0).
A 75 run victory and a fabulous end to the season.

Final game defeat for first team

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

The first team lost comfortably to a good Sparsholt team in the final game
of the season at Lordshill. We won the toss and fielded first, given that
we knew we would be down to 10 men after tea. Sparsholt batted steadily in
the first few overs and we were fearing a big total. However a sharp run
out by Abhijit got us going and wickets fell steadily: 3 each to Prath and
Shiv, 2 to Chris and one to Matt. Sparsholt needed a good last wicket stand
to reach 161 all out.

The pitch was playing well and we felt this was a gettable total. However
Sparsholt proved to have a very good attack and we were never in the game,
not helped by LBW decisions against 3 of our top 5. We were all out for 77
with only Abhijit and Prath reaching double figures. In the process Abhijit
passed 700 runs for the season, an outstanding achievement.

So the season ended in defeat but to win 11 games and finish 5th in a
competitive league is a sign of positive progress for the club. Let’s aim
for even better in 2019!


Teams for August 25th

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

*First team v Sparsholt 2s (h). 1.00 start. Be there by 12.30 at latest*
Ed Hardwicke (captain)
Febin George
Jordan Payne (keeper)
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Kev Sims
Prath Salaskar
Shiv Choudhury
Chris Hillier
Matt Brown
Bill Stroud
Ian Burrows

*Second team v Michelmersh ad Timsbury 2s (a). 1.00 Be there by 12.30 Post
code SO51 0NJ*
Steve Noton (captain)
Graham Baker (keeper)
Clive Nicholls
Simon Allen
Kev Allen
Dave Allen
Leigh Sign
Shane Smith
Lee Fitzpatrick
Bob Kinnear
Shiv Banerjee

First team back to winning ways

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

The first team travelled to Winton to discover the strangest looking pitch
we have seen for a long time with abundant holes and cracks. Considering
this it played not too badly though the bounce was very unpredictable. Shiv
won the toss and given the pitch elected to bowl. After a 50 run opening
stand the jury was out on whether this had been the right call. Once Shiv B
got the first wicket however wickets fell steadily against our varied
attack. The highlight was a brilliant diving catch, by the nearly asleep
Abhijit, to dismiss the opposition’s best player, also off Shiv B. Shiv C
ended with 4 wickets, Ian and Shiv B with 2 each while Matt and Abhijit had
one each. Matt bowled with little luck, beating the bat regularly. There
were two catches for Kev S, nursing his injured finger, the second a very
sharp one.

When we batted Febin fell early to a great delivery before Kev S joined
Jack Corbett to steady the ship. Kev made 10 before falling to an
outstanding gully catch and Shane followed soon after. This brought the
awakening Abhijit to the crease and he put on exactly 100 with Jack,
finishing with 2 trademark big sixes. When Abhijit was out for 59 sixteen
runs were still needed and Shiv joined Jack, who ended on an impressive 58
not out, to close out the win. This was an excellent victory and pushes the
first team closer to a highest ever end of season league position.

Scores: Winton 150 all out; Travellers 151-4


Teams for August 18th

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

*First Team v Winton 2s(a). 1.00 start. Post code BH22 9EN Be there for
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Febin George
Derek Barnes
Kev Sims
Jack Corbett
Shiv Choudhury
Jordan Payne (keeper)
Bob Kinnear
Matt Brown
Bill Stroud

*Second team v Steeple Langford 2s (h) 1.00 start. Be there for 12.30 at
the latest*
Graham Baker
Simon Allen
Kev Allen
Leigh Sign
Shane Smith
Malcolm Phillips
Jack Cox
Ludo Kowalewski
Shiv Banerjee (tbc)
Ian Burrows

So near and yet…

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

After a difficult week the first team had eleven players at home to Hythe
and Dibden 2s but only because we called off the second team game. We won
the toss and batted on an overcast day. Wickets fell steadily against
reasonable but not outstanding bowling. The only batsmen who reached double
figures were Abhijit with 46 and Shiv who was left 29 not out in a
disappointing total of 102. The highlight was a 6 from Abhijit which lost
the ball over the fence into the pond on the school site.

We needed something special to get us back into the game and this was
provided by Matt who took 4 early wickets, including a triple wicket
maiden. Matt finished with 5 for 10 but the rest of the bowling could not
match up and our opponents reached their target for the loss of 7 wickets.
There were some great catches, especially one by Neil, but a couple of
crucial, but tricky, chances, were missed during an eighth wicket stand of
41. Jordan impressed with the gloves on his first team debut but
unfortunately we could not compensate for the second team’s sacrifice with
a victory.


Team for Saturday August 11th

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

*First team ve Hythe and Dibden 2nds (h). 1.00 start. Be there for 12.30 at
latest please.*

Abhijit Jagadeesh
Shiv Choudhury
Febin George
Prath Salaskar
Dave Allen
Jordan Payne (keeper)
Lee Fitzpatrick
Neil Henderson
Matt Brown
Ian Burrows

Good effort by Second team

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

Away to Winterbourne who were 2nd in the league and pretty much assured of
promotion – we knew it could be a tough day!

Knowing that our wicket keeper had to leave at 5 I felt confident that we
would be in the field whichever way the toss went! Success – we lost the
toss and were in the field. Opening bowlers Sam Panayides (on load from IBM
Hursley) and Shiv Banerjee started well but the opposition batsmen looked
strong and runs came fairly easily. The first wicket fell in the 8th over
with the score on 61 – caught and bowled Banerjee. Fitzpatrick took over
from Panayides in the 9th over but couldn’t quite find his rhythm and went
for 31 off 3 overs. Meanwhile Banerjee was celebrating wickets in his 5th
and 6th overs and finished with a creditable 8-1-16-3. Henderson taking 3
attempts to catch the opposition skipper in the deep! On comes Kinnear with
a maiden first over – score is 73-3 off 16. Neil Henderson replaced
Banerjee at the pavillion end with the priority being the wicket of the
no.2 batsmen. A sweep shot off Kinnears bowling, from the no.2 is
spectacularly plucked from mid air one handed at square leg by Banerjee –
91-5 off 19. Wickets continued to fall with Kinnear taking another 2 and
Noton taking 2. 159-8. Unfortunately Winterbourne put on 31 for the 9th
wicket which eventually fell in the 38th over. Final total 202-9.

The batting got off to a rocky start with Derek Barnes bowled for 1 in the
2nd over. Jordan Payne and Jack Cox batted steadily against tricky bowling
before Cox was bowled on 12 in the 14th over with the score on 29. Banerjee
followed in the next over out LBW for 0. Neil Henderson started slowly but
once the opening bowlers were done runs started flowing for both batsmen
and the crowd was treated to steady scoring which included some hefty
blows. Henderson was eventually caught in the 31st over for 41 with the
score on 111. Bob Kinnear hit a quick fire 10 and discovered that his bat
did indeed have a middle when he connected with a ball that flew to the
boundary. Next up Kev Sims who wasted no time scoring quickly with singles
and 4s (he even ran a 2 by mistake). Meanwhile Payne continued to score and
looked certain to get his maiden Travs 50 only to be caught on 46.
Fitzpatrick started well but was out to a spectacular diving catch on 3.
Noton was caught for 5 leaving debutante Panayides to close out the innings
with Sims. Unfortunately we were always behind the rate and we ended 33
runs short on 169-8. Some excellent batting from Payne(46), Henderson(41)
and Sims(34*).

Great effort all round and a valuable 9 points.


Great win for First team

by Ian Burrows 3 Comments

This is not a usual match report! Let’s for a change have the report
through the perception/words of a “fictional” opponent wicket keeper!

Disclaimer: Views expressed in this report are NOT a sincere attempt to be
subtle. Our “fictional” wicket keeper is NOT based on anyone living, dead
or the opponent’s wicket keeper. Any resemblance/similarities is purely
coincidental *wink* *wink*

Lets start….

In the “fictional” opponent wicket keeper’s head:

“Oh the captain won the toss and wants to bat first! The pitch looks dry,
outfield looks fast and it’s so warm. Better to bat first! What! Trav’s are
only 10? This will be Easy peasy lemon squeezy!”

(After 15 overs): “Steady start. 30 runs on board for the loss of 1 wicket.
This is good.”

(After 25 overs): “oops! 2 quick wickets! But we are scoring at good rate
(looks at the scoreboard) ah 103 for 4 that’s good !”

(At around 30th overs): “Oops another one down, my turn to bat ! Hurray !”

(At around 35th over): “Damn that was a good slow delivery. Let me walk to
the bowler and behave unpleasantly!” (Unpleasant behaviour follows) “I am
sure I have broken the bowler’s confidence!

(After few deliveries): “Let me smack him out of the park…. Damn, he yorked
me! Let me pretend nothing happened and walk away!”

(At the end of 45th over): Looking at the scoreboard “183 runs for 8
wickets! Sighs… We can beat them. We are at the top of the table for a

***************** Tea’s Break ******************

(After 2nd innings 7th over): “Gosh these openers are playing carefully and
scoring at a decent rate!”

(After the fall of 1st wicket of jack corbet (6)): “There you go… I saw it
coming. They got only 25!”

(At around 15th over): “Let me be nasty to the batsman for no reason!”

(After a shot was played): “That’s a F*****g Ugly shot… this F*****g C***
cant bat”

(In his head): “Did the batsman hear that? I am sure he did … I was loud.
Let me do the same to other bat as well”

(After the fall of second wicket (Abhijit 17): “53 for 2 after 18 overs! I
knew these T**** cant bat!”

(Around 28th over): “oops I fell over”…“Oh! The bat is checking if I am
ok”… “Let me be nasty to him”… (Sarcastically) “Do I look ok to you?”

(Around 35th over): “These guys are building little partnerships”

(After 39th Over): “Damn they need only 26 from 6 overs!”

(After 43rd over): “They need only 3 from 12 balls! How did we end up here!”

(After the winning run): “Is this for real! I hate this! Let me not shake
hands with anybody! Let me ignore this handshake from this good man! Let me
ignore the drinks offer from these guys… let me just walk away…! I don’t
care if they think I am sore looser!”

Back in reality:

Amazing team effort. Good bowling contributions by Irfan, Chris, Ian and
Shiv C. Valuable contribution and partnerships among Febin, Shane, Shiv C,
Prathamesh and Chris. Finally an amazing finish by Ian and Irfan!

P.S: Cricket is a gentleman’s game! Don’t be like our “fictional” wicket
keeper. *wink* *wink*


Teams for August 4th

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

*First team v Paultons 2nds (h): 1.00 start. Be there as near to 12.15 as
Chris Hillier
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Febin George
Ian Burrows
Shiv Choudhury
Irfan Khan
Shane Smith
Ludo Kowalewski(keeper)
Jack Corbett
Jinson Thomas

*Second team v Winterbourne (a) 1.00 start. Be there for 12.30. Post code
SP4 6LJ*
Steve Noton(captain)
Bob Kinnear
Lee Fitzpatrick
Jack Cox
Jordan payne(keeper)
Kev Sims
Neil Henderson
Shiv B
Derek Barnes
Sam Panayides