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Three in a row for 2s

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Unusually there didn’t seem to be much advantage to winning the toss so
when it was won by Travs the decision was made to bat against a Compton
& Chandlers Ford side that contained 6 under 15 colts. The opening
bowlers did well and with the openers Payne and Surridge going for 7 and
2 (resp) in the 6th and 7th overs. The score was now 11 for 2 and the
decision to bat looked somewhat questionable. This was soon forgotten as
Simon Allen and Jithin Abraham took control with some expansive shots.
Abrahams wicket fell with the score on 89 – a fine batting performance
comprising 6 boundaries taking him to 36. Dave Allen continued where he
left off last week rapidly speeding to 23 before being caught behind.
Jack Cox accompanied Simon Allen taking the score to 166 before Allen
was caught for an impressive 59. Next up Kartik “I don’t like running
singles” Kottikulam who proceeded to smash a quickfire 56 off 30 balls.
Cox played a good support roll steadily building his score to 38. With
the score on 265 in comes Shiv Banerjee at the non-facing end for the
last ball. Unfortunately his average has been dealt a blow as he was run
out for 0.

With possibly the highest ever 2nd team batting score there was high
expectation that the 2s bowlers were capable of sealing the victory.
Stroud and Kartik opened with 4 overs a piece. Kartik was unfortunate
not to get a wicket and completed his 4 overs for 6 runs. Stroud struck
in the 5th and 7 overs taking the score to 8 for 2 of 8 overs. Malik
Kudmany and Shiv Banerjee bowled next but faced little opposition from
the CCFCC colts finishing their spells on 3-1-9-3 and 4-4-0-2
respectively. Both have Jithin to thank for some excellent close in
catches. Stroud completed the innings in the 24th over with Noton
playing support at the David Lloyd end. Stroud ended up with 7.3-4-14-4
and Noton 5-3-10-1.

It’s fair to say that the opposition were probably overwhelmed by the
265 target but that notwithstanding, it was a superb Travs 2 performance.
Steve

Disappointing defeat for 1st team

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The 1s travelled to Paultons 2nds hoping for a win against potential
promotion rivals. We fielded first and Paultons batted well, making a very
good start and building on it despite a steady fall of wickets to total 219
for 9. Chris bowled outstandingly to take 3-12 and he was well supported by
Prashant who took 2 wickets in an economical spell. There were 3 wickets
for Irfan and 1 for Matt. Prath returned to keeping after many years and
did a good job.
Our batting as too often depended too much on Abhijit. Paultons bowling was
mainly accurate but not threatening enough over all to explain our steady
loss of wickets. When Abhijit was controversially run out for another 50 we
were unable to push on for victory. We were all out for 181.
The controversy over the run out was that the fielder who threw the ball in
was thought by spectators to have touched the rope as he picked up the
ball. The fielder did not think he had and understandably the umpires felt
they had to take his word.
Lets hope for a return to form against Shrewton 2nds next week.
Ian

Jithin the Juggernaut

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With a strong 11 announced, there didn’t seem to be any clear opening
batsmen… nonetheless we won the toss and decided to bat. It proved to be
an inspired decision with Jithin, a late entrant to the team, hitting 111
before being stumped in the death overs. Valuable contributions from Kartik
(26), Dave A (37 not out) and Simon A (30) got the 2’s to a very healthy
total of 249-5 at the end of the innings. A big mention goes to Dave A who
was able to dispatch a maximum over the short boundary nets to hit a “£50k
Mercedes with only 3,000 miles on the clock”, it was a smashing shot…

With a very short offside boundary, the bowlers delivered with a
disciplined line which didn’t allow Sarisbury Green the same opportunities
as us. After regular wickets throughout the innings from Shiv, Kartik and
Jithin, their number three was hanging around making 74. Jordan, starting a
great five over spell with a wicket maiden, then took the prized wicket of
the number three batsmen. A well earned 58 run win.

Jack

Another win for first team

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The first team played Steeple Langford 1s at home on a warm afternoon. Shiv
failed in his first duty as skipper of the day by losing the toss so we
were in the field. Our visitors batted aggressively from the start but lost
wickets steadily and it was clear that they were less able to take the
bowlers on lower in the order. Wickets went to Ian, Irfan and Prashant with
2 each, with one for Matt and 3 for the skipper. The fielding improved
after some early misfields on the uneven outfield and Dave S performed
valiantly behind the stumps. Steeple Langford achieved 170 al out in 40.3
overs.
It was good to see club stalwarts Julie Wright and Nigel keir watching
during the first innings.

When we batted we lost a couple of early wickets but attacking innings from
Imad, with 45 and Adil, on debut, with 34 set us on the way. The target was
reached in a hurry once Abhijit came to the crease. He scored 59, reaching
50 in just 18 balls with 9 fours and a six. Shiv tried to get us an extra
point by finishing the match with a six to get us to 175 but his pull fell
a few yards short and went for 4.

In the end it was a comfortable 4 wicket victory setting us up for a tricky
away game at Paultons next week.
The full scorecard can be found at southamptontravellers.play-cricket.com

Ian

Second team achieve last over victory

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Southampton Travellers Vs Easton and Martyr Worthy 3s

It was a very sunny day and a great day of cricket. Easton won the toss and
chose to bat first on what looked like a good solid wicket.

Travellers opened the bowling with Bill and Karthik who were fantastic as
they bowled line and length. As they kept the pressure up as a bowling duo
they got both the openers pretty cheaply for 4 and 8 respectively.

The first change was Shiv B who had a struggle with line in the first over
but got better as the overs progressed and bowled tightly with figures
(8-2-17-0). Then it was Jack and Steve who created chances with their
slower balls and moon balls some of which caused difficult chances and
miscommunication. As Easton were struggling with rotation of strike and
trying to be aggressive, Steve struck with two quick wickets getting the
set batsmen out.

Towards the end of the first innings it was Easton trying to score runs but
Travellers did well and took wickets at crucial times breaking any
partnership being formed. Wickets went to Steve (7-1-32-3) and Dave
(3-0-16-1). Bill (8-2-24-2) and Karthik (8-3-12-3) came in for the death
overs getting a few wickets between them and restricting Easton and Martyr
Worthy 3s to 146-9.

It was Travellers turn to bat on what was now a very bad pitch due to the
low bounce and being two paced. This caused the openers some trouble as
they were both dismissed for 0. There was a good spell as Dave A and Simon
helped us recover from the early wickets. As Dave got settled in he was
looking good after playing some good shots but was dismissed for 8. After
Shiv was dismissed cheaply for 1 bringing in the experienced Graham to the
wicket. He seemed to be running like he was in his 30’s getting quick
singles. Then Simon was also bowled for 27. Which brought Karthik (13) in
to bat and he was looking good hitting his first 6 for the Travellers but
he got run out due to bad communication. After Jack was unlucky to get lbw
to a double bounce ball it brought Bill into the crease. Graham and Bill’s
experience got Travellers very close to the target but Bill chopped one on
to his stumps. Then it was Graham (45*) and Steve (3*) in the end needing 2
of 2 balls which was comfortably done by the Captain as he hit the winning
runs.

It was a tight game that could of gone in any team’s favour.

Shiv

First team back to winning ways

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We played Winton seconds at home on a hot afternoon and after the struggles
getting the game started (40 minutes late) because of the road chaos caused
by the closed motorway were pleased to be asked to bat first. A good team
effort saw us reach 241-9 against some useful bowling. Abhijit top scored
with 55; Prashant made 44, and Chris, Prath and Matt all scored in the 20s.
We then bowled steadily to dismiss Winton for 107. Ian took 3 wickets,
Irfan, in his best spell of the season took 2, Prath took 2 and Matt and
Shiv 1 each. Jordan kept very tidily in a good fielding display.
The full score card will be on the playcricket site soon.
The win puts us back to second in the table with another home game next
week against Steeple Langford.

First team have off day

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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

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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!

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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

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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.