After the last game was rained out everyone in the team were looking
forward to a good day of cricket. Travellers met Hyde at Lordshill on a
warm and sunny day. After having won the toss captain Ed Hardwicke elected
to bat first.
Travellers had a steady start with both Ed and Febin George laying a good
foundation. Ed was bowled on 45 ending the opening partnership of 100+
runs. After Jordan Payne’s brief stint at the centre Abhijit Jagadeesh (49)
joined Febin at the centre. Febin was bowled for a well-made 75. His first
fifty of the season! Shiv Chaudhary (72) and Abhijit continued from where
they had stopped against Whiteparish for another 50 + partnership before
Abhijit comically got out for obstructing the field. Shiv continued with
his good form to reach his second 50 of the season. Wickets tumbled a bit
after this and Travellers ended their innings with 295 on board. Perhaps 30
runs short but a formidable score.
Chasing 296 to win Hyde needed a good start, which they did not get. Losing
three quick wickets within the first 10 overs while chasing a big score
reduced their chances of a win to next to nothing. Hyde’s middle order put
up a good resistance but was not enough to win the game. They finally ended
their innings with 170 on board for 8 wickets. While Shiv took one wicket,
Ian Burrows and Matt Brown took two wickets each. Chris Hillier took three
for 21 from his 9 overs and proved to be the best in bowling for the day
for Travellers. There were good catches from Kev Allen and Jordan Payne
amongst a not so good fielding performance!
Playing Bournemouth next week. This will be interesting as its going to be
a clash between the top two teams on the points table! Stay tuned to find
out who emerges triumphant!