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Comfortable win for First Team

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

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!

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

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

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

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

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

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.
Steve

Final game defeat for first team

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

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!

Ian

Teams for August 25th

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

*First team v Sparsholt 2s (h). 1.00 start. Be there by 12.30 at latest*
Ed Hardwicke (captain)
Febin George
Jordan Payne (keeper)
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Kev Sims
Prath Salaskar
Shiv Choudhury
Chris Hillier
Matt Brown
Bill Stroud
Ian Burrows

*Second team v Michelmersh ad Timsbury 2s (a). 1.00 Be there by 12.30 Post
code SO51 0NJ*
Steve Noton (captain)
Graham Baker (keeper)
Clive Nicholls
Simon Allen
Kev Allen
Dave Allen
Leigh Sign
Shane Smith
Lee Fitzpatrick
Bob Kinnear
Shiv Banerjee

First team back to winning ways

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

The first team travelled to Winton to discover the strangest looking pitch
we have seen for a long time with abundant holes and cracks. Considering
this it played not too badly though the bounce was very unpredictable. Shiv
won the toss and given the pitch elected to bowl. After a 50 run opening
stand the jury was out on whether this had been the right call. Once Shiv B
got the first wicket however wickets fell steadily against our varied
attack. The highlight was a brilliant diving catch, by the nearly asleep
Abhijit, to dismiss the opposition’s best player, also off Shiv B. Shiv C
ended with 4 wickets, Ian and Shiv B with 2 each while Matt and Abhijit had
one each. Matt bowled with little luck, beating the bat regularly. There
were two catches for Kev S, nursing his injured finger, the second a very
sharp one.

When we batted Febin fell early to a great delivery before Kev S joined
Jack Corbett to steady the ship. Kev made 10 before falling to an
outstanding gully catch and Shane followed soon after. This brought the
awakening Abhijit to the crease and he put on exactly 100 with Jack,
finishing with 2 trademark big sixes. When Abhijit was out for 59 sixteen
runs were still needed and Shiv joined Jack, who ended on an impressive 58
not out, to close out the win. This was an excellent victory and pushes the
first team closer to a highest ever end of season league position.

Scores: Winton 150 all out; Travellers 151-4

Ian

Teams for August 18th

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

*First Team v Winton 2s(a). 1.00 start. Post code BH22 9EN Be there for
12.30*
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Febin George
Derek Barnes
Kev Sims
Jack Corbett
Shiv Choudhury
Jordan Payne (keeper)
Bob Kinnear
Matt Brown
Bill Stroud
tbc

*Second team v Steeple Langford 2s (h) 1.00 start. Be there for 12.30 at
the latest*
Graham Baker
Simon Allen
Kev Allen
Leigh Sign
Shane Smith
Malcolm Phillips
Jack Cox
Ludo Kowalewski
Shiv Banerjee (tbc)
Ian Burrows
tbc

So near and yet…

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

After a difficult week the first team had eleven players at home to Hythe
and Dibden 2s but only because we called off the second team game. We won
the toss and batted on an overcast day. Wickets fell steadily against
reasonable but not outstanding bowling. The only batsmen who reached double
figures were Abhijit with 46 and Shiv who was left 29 not out in a
disappointing total of 102. The highlight was a 6 from Abhijit which lost
the ball over the fence into the pond on the school site.

We needed something special to get us back into the game and this was
provided by Matt who took 4 early wickets, including a triple wicket
maiden. Matt finished with 5 for 10 but the rest of the bowling could not
match up and our opponents reached their target for the loss of 7 wickets.
There were some great catches, especially one by Neil, but a couple of
crucial, but tricky, chances, were missed during an eighth wicket stand of
41. Jordan impressed with the gloves on his first team debut but
unfortunately we could not compensate for the second team’s sacrifice with
a victory.

Ian

Team for Saturday August 11th

by Ian Burrows 0 Comments

*First team ve Hythe and Dibden 2nds (h). 1.00 start. Be there for 12.30 at
latest please.*

Abhijit Jagadeesh
Shiv Choudhury
Febin George
Prath Salaskar
Dave Allen
Jordan Payne (keeper)
Lee Fitzpatrick
Neil Henderson
Matt Brown
Ian Burrows
tbc