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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.)

 

Heated Frustration

by Ed Hardwicke 0 Comments

A hot day was made hotter for Southampton Travellers, when they lost the toss and were put in the field with only ten players.

The young opening bowling partnership of Fitzpatrick and Brown bowled tidily and with maturity during the opening 18 overs, which saw Burley struggle for runs. Brown picked up the only wicket during these early overs, thanks to some quick work by Kingsnorth, who returned to the side for his first game of the season. Burley continued to find scoring hard, thanks to disciplined bowling and committed fielding. Throughout their innings Burley lost wickets at regular intervals due to some marvellous bowling by Salaskar, who achieved 4 for 34; a feat of note having not played for over a year. In partnership with Salaskar, Choudhury mopped up the lower order, with 5 for 42, again highlighting his allrounder credentials. However, the key factor in Burley’s ultimately successful innings and the thorn in Travellers side, was the batting of their number three, who carried their innings and was finally out in the 45th over having cleverly and carefully scored 95, taking Burley to a competitive score of 188.

Travellers started their innings with confidence thanks to the fluid batting of George. But, wickets started to fall too frequently as two of the top four fell to needless run-outs. With slowing tennis ball batting conditions, a number of the Travellers batsmen were caught in front of square. However, the bowling partnership of Salaskar and Choudhury started to turn the game back in favour of Travellers. When Choudhury fell the momentum did not, with Brown once again showing his credentials with the bat. But the earlier weaknesses in the Travellers innings ultimately put pay to a win, with Travellers falling 29 runs short of victory after the fall of Brown and Stroud soon after. This left Salaskar 52 not out; a man of the match performance despite Travellers’ defeat.

Despite the disappointment and obvious improvements needed with the batting at the top of the order, it is difficult to recall a batsman getting out to a genuinely good ball. Travellers also dropped too many chances in the field. However, it is important to highlight the positives, particularly the ease with which Fitzpatrick performed with the ball and the discipline all bowlers showed, as well as the spirit of the fight throughout the day, despite the numerical disadvantage.

Sing When You’re Winning

On a bright and warm day Trav’s were at Whiteparish for their 3rd game of the season. The pitch looked dry with cracks and Trav’s lost the toss and were put in to bat first.

Contrary to the first two games, Trav’s batting started with a collapse of the top order; Shiv Choudhury (1), Dave Surridge (1) and Abhijit Jagadeesh (0) back in the hut with just 2 runs on board at the end of the 3rd over. Chris Hillier (3) tried to stabilise the innings with Ed Hardwicke before he was caught behind the wickets. Score at this stage was 20 for 4 from 10 overs. The battle for rebuilding the innings started from here. Derek Barnes joined Ed at the centre. The two batted cautiously yet maintained a steady run rate before Ed was caught in the deep for a well-made 42 (Captain leading from the front). The two put up a much-needed partnership of 53 runs. John Denham (9) and Bill Stroud (11) had their brief outing and back in hut with Trav’s at 133 for 8 from 39 overs. Recovering from a collapse the icing on the cake was from Matt Brown’s quick 20 runs, with cricket shots that would give any top order batsman a complex! Irfan Khan (6) finished the innings with a SIX on the last ball. Derek (41 Not out) playing a class innings took Trav’s to 164.

Trav’s started with Chris H and Irfan. Opponents had a steady start with their opening pair putting up a 42-run partnership in the first 12 overs. Shiv got Trav’s the much needed first wicket in 13th over. Opponent’s No 3 bat joined No 1 bat and continued the good momentum they had from a good start. They put up a partnership of 31 runs before Bill bowled their No 3 bat. Score at this stage was 73 for 2 from 26 overs. Then the spell from Bill and Chris Ashdown changed the momentum towards Trav’s. Bill finished with 9(O),1(M),18(R),4(W) and Chris A finished with 7(O),1(M),19(R),0(W). With Chris A bowling after 3 years this is a remarkable individual performance in a pressure situation. Bill as always; a legend! Needing 48 runs from the last 6 overs with 4 wickets in hands a nail biting finish was looking likely and so it happened. Matt, limping from a hamstring injury, continued bowling tight and took crucial wickets. What a champ! 11 runs needed to win from last over. Bowling our last over, Shiv was hit for a six on the second ball; 4 needed to win from 4 balls. Shiv kept his cool and came back in the best way possible when he bowled the same bat who hit him for a six ! He gave away only 2 runs in the last 4 balls and took Trav’s home with a 2 runs win! Whiteparish finished their innings on 162 for 9. This is the second time in 3 games that Shiv had to bowl the crucial and deciding last over and we won. Kudos to him!

All in all a very good team effort with an amazing win! Celebrations after the game was one of a kind in showers! Lots of singing! We intend to keep this going on. If interested you could join us “The singing in shower club”. The only requirement for joining is – your singing should be bad!

-Abhijit

(Updated) Teams for Saturday 19 May 2018

1st v Whiteparish (away) – meet at 1230 at (SP5 2SG)

  1. E. Hardwicke (c)
  2. J. Denham (wk)
  3. S. Choudhury
  4. C. Hillier
  5. D. Surridge
  6. B. Stroud
  7. I. Khan
  8. M. Brown
  9. D. Barnes
  10. C. Ashdown
  11. A. Jagadeesh

 

2nd v Trojans III (home) – meet at 1215  (SO53 2FH)

  1. S. Noton (c)
  2. S. Allen
  3. J. Samuels
  4. G. Baker
  5. K. Sims
  6. L. Kowalewski
  7. L. Sign
  8. S. Smith
  9. P. Ince
  10. I. Burrows
  11. C. Nicholls

 

Please note Ian Burrows is offline all week so if you have any issues contact Ed (edhardwicke@gmail.com) or Steve (stephen.noton@yahoo.co.uk).

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First Game Bum Squeaker

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The 1st XI started their season at the lovely Pylewell Park. After winning the toss, Hardwicke elected to bat. The opening partnership of Hillier and Choudhury started positively but the wicket of Choudhury, with the ball keeping low, was an indication of the type of cricket that was to follow. The experienced Denham batted at three and the second wicket partnership steadied the innings for Travellers, taking the sting out of the Pylewell attack, wisely making cautious progress. After providing the innings required in the conditions, Denham departed, leaving the Travellers’ innings nicely set up for accelerated run scoring. Fortunately for the opposition, Travellers only progressed in fits and starts as all the batsmen struggled with the slow and low nature of the wicket. As the innings ended, so did Hillier’s rock-like batsmanship; but one worthy of note, having held the Travellers innings together. Travellers had set a modest but defendable total of 153.

Brown and the debutant Kumar opened the bowling and set the tone for Travellers to defend their total. Despite controlled bowling, the Pylewell opening pair batted with resolve and slowly progressed towards the target. Travellers remained patient, fielding solidly and made run-scoring difficult. The other debutant Khan had a lively spell but Stroud’s introduction was the turning point in the game. Stroud took ownership of the game with a magnificent uninterrupted bowling spell that gave Travellers the control required in the middle overs, conceding a measly sixteen runs. This provided the necessary pressure to create wickets. Both Kumar and Choudhury supported the bowling efforts magnificently. Travellers then called upon Brown to bowl at the death and he did so superbly; with great control and confidence. This brought the game into the final over with Pylewell needing eight to win; a feat that was beyond them, with Travellers winning by 3 runs.

 

Man of the Bat: Hillier

Man of the Ball: Stroud

1st XI Team Saturday 5 May (updated)

Game: 1st XI v Pylewell Park (a)

Postcode: SO41 5SJ

Meet: 1230 for a 1300 start 

  1. Ed Hardwicke (c)
  2. Dave Surridge
  3. Abhijit Jagadeesh
  4. Shiv Choudhury
  5. Chris Hillier
  6. Febin George
  7. Hars Kumar
  8. John Denham (wk)
  9. Bill Stroud
  10. Matt Brown
  11. Irfan Khan

Please arrive at the ground no later than 1230.