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Another win for 2s

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

Trojans won the toss and elected to bat, Karthik and Ian Burrows opened the
bowling. The first wicket fell in the 4th over and was quickly followed on
the next ball by the 2nd. The 3rd wicket fell in the 5th over and the score
was 1-3 off 5. Karthik took another wicket in the 8th over taking the score
to 8-4 off 8. Dan Austin and Malik Kudmany replaced Karthik and
Burrows(5-2-6-1). Having not bowled for a while, Dan looked a little rusty
but improved with every ball bowled. He finished his 5 over spell with a 2
wicket maiden (5-1-25-2). Malik did an excellent job at the David Lloyd end
with figures of 6-3-6-1. Steve Noton completed the bowling line up with 2
wickets from 2 overs for 4 runs. Karthik(5.1-3-5-4) returned for one ball
to take the 10th wicket with an excellent catch in the slips. Trojans all
out for 47 off 23.1 overs.

It was decided to take tea after Travellers innings. The batting line up
was spearheaded by a trio of Allens – Simon and Kev to bat 1 and 2 with
Dave Allen at 3. It was immediately clear that the colts of Trojans were a
much better bowling side. Scoring was slow and this was compounded by the
loss of the first wicket in the 2nd over, Kev Allen out for 0. Simon Allen
faired slightly better before being caught for 8 in the 5th over. Dave
Allen followed in the next over, bowled for 2 runs. Lee Stark seemed to
enjoy his time in the middle hitting his first boundary for Travellers. He
was out for 6 in the 10th over. Up next Karthik and Malik who proceeded to
steady the ship with Karthik hitting some big boundaries. Early nerves were
settled and the score quickly raced to 46. The game was won with a huge 6
from Karthik in the 13th over.

Excellent win against a Trojans side mainly comprised of Colts. The game
was played in good spirits and after tea we played a 16 over friendly which
Trojans won. The highlight of the day would have to be Ludo’s 2 over spell
: 2-0-7-3.

Steve

Good win for first team

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

The first team travelled to Sway and batted first. We managed 194 all out.
Febin got the innings moving with 4 early boundaries but our total was
built around an excellent 79 from Abhijit. He was well supported by Prath
and Shiv in particular, but looking at the scorecard most people chipped in
with a few runs.
We bowled well with Prashant in particular keeping it tight , bowling his
overs straight through and conceding just 23 runs. The winning spell was
from Bob on his return. He took 5 for 33 as the pitch allowed him bounce
and spin. There were 2 wickets for Shiv, one for Irfan, in an economical
spell, and one for Matt, who also had 3 catches dropped. Sway were all out
for 162 keeping us near the top end of the table with an away game against
top team Farley next week.
Ian

Second team in disappointingly one-sided win

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

The second team played Cadnam 3rds on a damp pitch at Lordshill. Cadnam won
the toss and batted first. They struggled throughout against accurate
bowling. Debutant Jose Joseph bowled quickly to get 3 early wickets. Ian
also took 3 wickets and Malick 2, with 2 run outs. Cadnam could only manage
44, exactly half their runs coming from a youngster who hit the ball well.
Needing only 45 Simon fell early but then Kev and Chris Vallis, also on
debut, knocked of the runs in 4.5 overs. Chris almost ‘did an Abhijit’ with
one straight 6 hitting the very top of the fence into the school grounds.
The Cadnam skipper was apologetic at tea for their weak team and admitted
they had batted to ensure they did not suffer a long spell in the field on
such a windswept afternoon.
Ian

First team scrape to narrow victory

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

The first team played at home to Ashurst and Lyndhurst on Saturday. We lost
the toss and were in the field. We got off to a great start with Prashant
taking 2 wickets in the first over of the match. Four Lyndhurst players
reached double figures but 19 was top score and they were all out for 91.
We bowled well on a helpful pitch with Chris and Shiv each taking 3 wickets
and Irfan and Matt one each to add to Prashant’s early successes.
We hoped to make light work of the low target even without this season’s
main run corer Abhijit. It was not to be.Jithin with 15 and Imad with top
score of 25 got us half way to our target but after that only Shiv managed
double figures. When the 9th wicket fell we still needed 3 runs to win.
Irfan managed a single and then Chris hit a rare loose ball for 4 to get us
over the line. The opposition bowlers, especially the spinners had been
excellent but we did lack patience at times in chasing down our low target.
One highlight of the afternoon was having our scorebook looked after by Vic
Isaacs, a friend of umpire Nigel, who some of you will know was Hampshire’s
scorer for many years. We hope to welcome him back again.
Ian

Seconds win tight game

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

The second team returned to action at Lordshill against Langley Manor 4th
team. We lost the toss and fielded. The early overs went in favour of the
opposition but once Bill came on to bowl the game turned. In an excellent
spell he took 5 wickets for 14. The other crucial moment was an outstanding
catch by Ludo off Jordan to dismiss the Langley Manor’s star batsman for
57. Shiv chipped in with 2 late wickets as our opponents closed on 182 for
8.
This total meant we would have to bat well to win and we did, in the end.
The innings was anchored by Kev Allen with an excellent 68 and there were
other good contributions from Dave S with 32, Jordan with 24 and Shiv with
19. Bill and Malick batted calmly at the end to see us over the line to win
by 3 wickets.
A very good team effort.
Ian

Three in a row for 2s

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

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

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

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

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

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

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

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

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

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