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First team have off day

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

We headed for Mottisfont following 3 good wins hoping to consolidate our
position at the top of the table. It was not to be as we were beaten easily.
We batted first on winning the toss then lost early wickets. Only Shiv with
86 dominated the bowling as we were bowled out for 148. He was well
supported by Matt in a good 8th wicket stand.
Our bowling was also below par. Only Ian with a tight spell exercised
control early on , with Febin also slowing the scoring later on.
Mottisfont lost only 2 wickets and won before the second drinks break.
Let’s hope we rediscover our form next week.

Spectacular batting collapse by second team

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

The second team had 11 players for the away game at Ampfield which survived
the damp conditions. We won the toss and fielded. In a good performance we
restricted our opponents to 124 for 8. There were 2 wickets each for Ian,
Bill, and Shiv B and one each for Steve (a rare LBW) and Kartik who bowled
well on debut. There were good catches from Kev, Dave A and Shiv off his
own bowling; also a sharp stumping from Ludo. Lee made some good stops in
the field and 12 year old Luke saved runs at short fine leg.
We opened with Dave S and Kev and they both played good shots to get us to
43 for no wicket. Around this time I commented that we were going to see
our points total for the season rise above zero: I should have known
better. Once Dave was out wickets tumbled and we were all out for 79. The
opposition bowled tidily but there were some poor shots and Ampfield held
all their catches. Luke was not out at the end so well done to him!
A full score card will appear on Play cricket in a day or two.
The seconds have a free week next week so we will aim for a better batting
performance away to Easton and Martyr Worthy on June 29th.
Ian

Second Team finally play: and win!

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

First game of the season for Southampton Travellers II against Lyndhurst
II. Both teams turned out 10 men so it was set to be an even contest.
Travellers won the toss and elected to bowl first. Stroud And Cox opened
the bowling and Stroud was soon rewarded with the wicket of the #1 batsman
out for 1 run. Smith replaced Stroud and very quickly found a good line and
length that earned him impressive figures of 8-1-28-2. Cox held up the
Oasis end to complete his spell with 8-1-28-0. Noton replaced Cox and
bowled well taking 3 wickets in his 8 overs (8-0-20-3). Payne (4-0-24-0)
and Allen (Dave) bowled 4 overs a piece with Allen (4-0-26-1) taking the
vital wicket of a big hitting middle order batsmen. Stroud finished his
spell with an excellent (8-2-22-2) leaving Travs needing 154 to win.

Surridge and Payne started steadily with Payne misjudging a ball that came
in off the seam and hit the off stump – bowled for 6. Cox was looking
comfortable until he was bowled for 16. Allen D was greeted by an absolute
peach of a first ball which he unfortunately snicked straight into the
keepers gloves. Smith was also greeted by a very sharp delivery which he
just about managed to fend off. Three quick wickets didn’t faze Surridge
and Smith and their confidence grew as the strike bowlers finished their
spells. The runs flowed freely with numerous boundaries and the victory
came in the 34th over. Smith ended on 25 not out and Surridge with a
fantastic 88 not out. Travs win by 7 wickets.

Excellent team performance!

Amazingly we are not bottom of the league – in fact we are 14th out of 17!
Steve

Last over victory for First Team

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

We travelled to Bournemouth to play their 3rd team who had also started the
season well. We were put into bat and compiled 227 for 8. This was built on
contributions from Febin, Abhijit, Shiv, Prashant and Matt all of whom
passed 20, with Abhijit and Shiv reaching 40. Our top scorer however was
extras with 51 thanks mainly to a fast bowler who couldn’t stop bowling
wides and no balls.
Bournemouth started at a good rate and were always in the game but once
their opener was dismissed for 56 the run rate slowed and we won by 6 runs
with their last man run out by a great throw from Prath with a ball to go.
Wickets were shared by Irfan, with 2, Chris with 1, Matt with 2 and Shiv
with 4 for 29. The fielding on a large ground was much improved on last
week.

Maximum points sees us in a good position at the top of the table looking
forward to playing Breamore at home next week.