Last week ‘ex Travellers’ had their annual get together. As the picture shows we might struggle to cover the field these days but there are thousands of runs and wickets for the club here going back to the mid 1970s. There should be a prize for any current player (apart from Ludo or Bill) who can name everyone!
Travellers gathered last night at Casa Brasil for a post-season awards presentation meal. It was an enjoyable evening at a lively venue so thanks to Abhijit for getting it organised.
Once we had eaten Bill organised a rare moment of quiet in the restaurant so that we could present trophies to our 3 winners, all of whom were pleased to have their efforts acknowledged and thanked people for voting for them (and in Lee’s case for all the support he has received from a number of club members)!
The winners were:
First team Player of the Year: Abhijit Jagadeesh
Second Team Player of the Year: Lee Fitzpatrick
Clubman of the Year: Clive Nicholls
Having won the toss Trav’s decided to bat first. We lost both our opening bats in the 8th over with 13 runs on board. Abhijit (24) and Roshan (34) built a comeback with a partnership of 51 runs. Roshan scored quickly including a 6 which hit the side screen much to the frustration of their bowler. Once Roshan fell Abhijit followed quickly with a brief partnership of 11 with Shiv Choudhry (16). Derek (20) joined shiv in the centre for another brief partnership of 20 with both playing cautiously; score at this stage was 95 for 5 in the 27th over. Their opening bowlers came back on attack and from then on wickets fell quickly. Derek was the last man standing when we were bowled out with 115 on board. Failing to build partnerships and no individual contribution big enough to save the batting we were bowled out for our lowest score in the season so far.
Staring at a mammoth task of defending 115, Ian and Chris opened the bowling for us. Opponents lost their first wicket in the 8th over with both Ian (10(O)-6(M)-8(R)-0(W)) and Chris (10(O)-6(M)-16(R)-1(W)) bowling exceptionally well with Chris bowling all his 6 maidens in a row. Runs were difficult to come by, thanks to good bowling and some amazing fielding by Derek. His excellent contribution alone saved at least 15+ runs for us on the day. By the time of first bowling change opponents could score only 28 from 20 overs losing one wicket. As the bats were under no pressure of chasing a big score they took their time and played us well. When shiv took their 2nd wicket their No 4 bat walked in and showed us how it’s done with the bat. He (37*) along with No 2 bat (49) had a partnership of 61 before Matt bowled their No 2 bat. Bill, Matt, Shiv and Febin tried with all their might but the modest score of 115 proved very difficult to defend. The opponents eventually won the match in 36th over by 7 wickets.
Kev Sims’s Travellers 2nd XI gained their third win of the season from 4 on Saturday against a good Shrewton 3rd XI team.
After losing the toss and being put into bat the early wicket of Clive (I’ve never been in a winning team for Travellers) Nicholls was lost in the first over giving way to the outside edge to the wicket keeper, this made way for Graham Baker to enter the arena. His forceful stoke play soon came forward and runs flowed from his bat reaching his fifty before Kev Sims’s shots reached the edge of the square. The score moved on well until Kev was superbly caught in the covers leaving Graham to soldier on. Wickets then began to fall fairly regularly including Graham who had moved onto a magnificent 102 before a ball staying low caught him out. The batting was then left to Prath (keep running Peter) Salaskar who chipped in with an undefeated 51. Travellers ended their innings on 216 for 9.
Shrewton started their innings promisingly but good tight bowling from Prath ( I’m in Manchester next week!) Salaskar and the ever solid Lee (get in there) Fitzpatrick kept the runs down and wickets falling. Excellent support bowling from Shiv Banerjee, Steve (I’m 50 now) Noton and special mention for Bob (2 hands) Kinnear gaining another 5 for 28 had Shrewton all out for 141. Two turning points in the innings was an excellent run out by Kev (I’m having the last chicken nugget) Sims to break up what could have progressed to be a winning partnership and an out field catch by Kev Allen to dismiss Shrewton’s top scorer.
Travellers 2nd XI now move on to next week when we play away to table topping Dinton 2nd XI
Capt 2nd XI
Earlier this month the Hampshire Cricket League held its AGM, during which a number of rule and constitution changes were proposed. To summarise the carried changes:
- Proposals to change, add or delete from the Constitution or Rules of Play now require a simple majority (at least 51%).
- Fielding circles to be introduced in County 2 and County 3 North & South for the 2017 season
- Any club withdrawing from the league automatically takes one of the relegation places for their division
- Safety rulings regarding short-pitched “bouncer” balls
All other proposals did not carry. Full details can be found in this document: Hampshire Cricket League – Proposed Constitution & Rule Changes 2017 (.doc)
For the 2017 season we are looking to get new kit, as it has been a long time since last our last update. Here is the design proposed by Kev Allen.
We hope shirts will sell for about £20, and we are also looking at sweaters and caps. Any thoughts and feedback are welcome.
Welcome to the new Southampton Travellers Cricket Club website. On here you’ll find the latest news, details of upcoming fixtures for the 2017 season, along with results from previous seasons. Enjoy!