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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.

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!

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

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

Comfortable win for First Team

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After the last game was rained out everyone in the team were looking
forward to a good day of cricket. Travellers met Hyde at Lordshill on a
warm and sunny day. After having won the toss captain Ed Hardwicke elected
to bat first.

Travellers had a steady start with both Ed and Febin George laying a good
foundation. Ed was bowled on 45 ending the opening partnership of 100+
runs. After Jordan Payne’s brief stint at the centre Abhijit Jagadeesh (49)
joined Febin at the centre. Febin was bowled for a well-made 75. His first
fifty of the season! Shiv Chaudhary (72) and Abhijit continued from where
they had stopped against Whiteparish for another 50 + partnership before
Abhijit comically got out for obstructing the field. Shiv continued with
his good form to reach his second 50 of the season. Wickets tumbled a bit
after this and Travellers ended their innings with 295 on board. Perhaps 30
runs short but a formidable score.

Chasing 296 to win Hyde needed a good start, which they did not get. Losing
three quick wickets within the first 10 overs while chasing a big score
reduced their chances of a win to next to nothing. Hyde’s middle order put
up a good resistance but was not enough to win the game. They finally ended
their innings with 170 on board for 8 wickets. While Shiv took one wicket,
Ian Burrows and Matt Brown took two wickets each. Chris Hillier took three
for 21 from his 9 overs and proved to be the best in bowling for the day
for Travellers. There were good catches from Kev Allen and Jordan Payne
amongst a not so good fielding performance!

Playing Bournemouth next week. This will be interesting as its going to be
a clash between the top two teams on the points table! Stay tuned to find
out who emerges triumphant!

22 Players but no results!

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On Friday evening at 7.30 I was feeling pleased that we were set for 2
games with full teams. Then I heard from Steve that Locks Heath could not
raise a team so the 2s were off. Ah well at least the forecast was not too
bad so the 1s should be Ok. Indeed soon after 1pm on Saturday we were
underway at Burley and by 2.15 were looking good on 70 for 2 off 17.
However the dark clouds which had been lurking were starting to produce
drizzle and before long we were off the field watching steady rain for over
an hour. Consequently the match was abandoned and after tea we headed for
the pub!
Better luck next week.

Record Breaking Win for First Team

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After a difficult week involving us being unable to field 2 teams the first
team had a convincing win over Whieparish.

We batted first and after the openers fell early useful contributions from
John Denham and Imad Nabi on debut paved the way for a 5th wicket stand of
163 between Shiv Choudhury and Abhijit Jagadeesh. Shiv made an impressive
50 but the star of the show was Abhijit who ended on 173*. So far as I know
this is a record score for the club. There were numerous big sixes and
powerful fours as Abhijit rode his luck, some hard catches went down, to
guide us to 286 for 4.

Chasing such a large total was always going to be tough for Whiteparish and
Matt Brown with 5 wickets for 2 runs soon destroyed any chance they may
have had. We used 8 bowlers in dismissing Whiteparish for 51. There were
wickets for Irfan Khan, Steve Noton and myself but perhaps the pick of the
bowlers after Matt was Prashant Sagar with 5 overs for 4 runs with a
dropped catch.

So a good start to the season. On to Burley next week with the seconds home
to Locks Heath 4ths.

Second team finish with a win

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The final game of the season was blessed with warm sunshine and a full
team of 11 players. The plan was to bowl first after the recent wet
weather but Michelmersh & Timsbury won the toss and put us in to bat.
The first wicket fell in the 2nd over, Leigh Sign bowled for 0 despite
his determination to get some runs. Simon Allen joined Kev Allen and
they batted steadily to take the score into the 20s. Kev Allen was out
caught in the 7th over for 17. Clive Nicholls made good progress with
Simon Allen with both batsmen gaining in confidence and keeping the run
rate up. The batting partnership was eventually broken for 79 when
Nicholls was bowled for 34 in the 24th over. Dave Allen made a brief
appearance before departing the field LBW for 1 run. Shane Smith and
Shiv Banerjee did slightly better both bowled by the spin of Karimi for
4 and 6 respectively. Lee Fitzpatrick played some nice shots for his 13.
Tony Robins, back in the side after injury, failed to tee off when he
was caught off his first ball faced. Bob Kinnear and Steve Noton ended
the innings not out adding 5 and 9 respectively.

Following possibly the best tea of the season, Shiv Banerjee struck gold
with his first ball dispatching the M&T skipper with a plum LBW. Lee
Fitzpatrick took the next 2 wickets in the 4th and 6th overs with the
score now on 17-3. Kinnear replaced Banerjee and the 4th wicket went to
a simple run out. Kinnear tempted the batsmen with his full deliveries
and soon had another 3 wickets to his name, 60-7 at this point. The
remaining batsmen looked more confident but succumbed to Fitzpatrick’s
lavish swing bowling. The final batsman was bowled for 0 off a straight
Banerjee delivery. Banerjee, Fitzpatrick and Kinnear finished with 2, 4
and 3 wickets respectively and were ably supported by Shane Smith
(3-2-2-0) and Steve Noton (4-0-10-0).
A 75 run victory and a fabulous end to the season.

Final game defeat for first team

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The first team lost comfortably to a good Sparsholt team in the final game
of the season at Lordshill. We won the toss and fielded first, given that
we knew we would be down to 10 men after tea. Sparsholt batted steadily in
the first few overs and we were fearing a big total. However a sharp run
out by Abhijit got us going and wickets fell steadily: 3 each to Prath and
Shiv, 2 to Chris and one to Matt. Sparsholt needed a good last wicket stand
to reach 161 all out.

The pitch was playing well and we felt this was a gettable total. However
Sparsholt proved to have a very good attack and we were never in the game,
not helped by LBW decisions against 3 of our top 5. We were all out for 77
with only Abhijit and Prath reaching double figures. In the process Abhijit
passed 700 runs for the season, an outstanding achievement.

So the season ended in defeat but to win 11 games and finish 5th in a
competitive league is a sign of positive progress for the club. Let’s aim
for even better in 2019!