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The toss was won by Travellers who elected to bat on a dry Lordshill wicket. Wickets weren’t long coming for the Ellingham bowlers with both David and Febin falling cheaply. Ed and Abijit started to provide some stability until the wicket showed the first signs of misbehaviour with Ed bowled by a grubber. Further control was skilful provided by the returning Roshan, with Ab timing the ball nicely and finding the boundary regularly. The partnership was then broken when the watchful Roshan was unfortunate to find himself returning to the dressing room. Wickets continue to fall around Ab, with shot playing proving difficult. Only John provided any resistance. This left Ab unbeaten on 98no with Travs posting 174 ao just shy of the 45thover. On a difficult wicket, the Ellingham attack was one of the strongest Travs had faced this season.

The Ellingham innings started at pace, their openers raced to 50 in no time at all. It took the returning Prath to turn the game on its head, taking the wicket of the dangerous opener thanks to a great diving catch from Febin. Once their second wicket fell, with the score on 75, the Ellingham batsmen found it increasingly difficult to score and to keep their wickets in tack. Apart from a superb catch off a sharp rising delivery from Chris by John, all the other wickets that fell were bowled, with Ellingham falling short on 132 ao. The win is testament to the disciplined lines all bowlers bowled as well as the turn and difficult bounce of the wicket.

Special mention to Ab for a match winning innings, Prath and Chris for match changing spells of bowling and to Febin and Irfan for their bowling contribution. (7 bowlers we used by Travs.)


Teams for Saturday 7 July 2018

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First team v Bramshaw 2s (h) 9.30 start. Be there for 8.45

  1. Ed Hardwicke (captain)
  2. Abhijit Jagadeesh
  3. Shiv Choudhury
  4. Derek Barnes
  5. Febin George
  6. Shiv Banerjee
  7. Matt Brown
  8. Bill Stroud
  9. Lee Fitzpatrick
  10. Graham Baker
  11. Ian Burrows


Second team v IBM Hursley 3rds (a) 9.30 start, be there for 9.00 at University Ground Wide Lane, opposite Parkway station. Post code SO50 5PE

  1. Steve Noton (captain)
  2. Dave Allen
  3. Shane Smith
  4. Leigh Sign
  5. Ludo Kowalewski
  6. Shiv Banerjee
  7. Jack Cox
  8. Neil Henderson
  9. Kev Allen
  10. Simon Allen
  11. Clive Nicholls (tbc)

Great effort by 9 man second team.

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A hot day greeted us at Andover CC and with 9 players, winning the toss
was highly desirable and for once we did! The openers Simon Allen and Sims
both fell to LBWs in the 2nd and 4th overs. Dave Allen came in at 3 and
continued his run of form with careful batting. Smith made a quick 11
before being given out LBW in the 9th over. Leigh Sign looked very good
scoring quickly before gambling his running speed against the wicket
keepers arm…run out for 15! Jordan Payne and Allen batted really well
taking the score to 102-5, Allen out for another LBW. Payne motored to 31
with supporting roles from Banerjee and Cox (both out for 5). Noton again
not out for 0. Pretty good for 9 men! Andover needing 128 to win.

Banerjee and Smith opened the bowling and the 1st wicket fell in the 5th
over to a fine edge from Banerjee. Smith was soon among the wickets in the
next over. Andover continued to score steadily despite Cox and Noton coming
into the attack. The next wickets came in Notons’ 5th and 7th overs. (I’d
tell you what the score was at this point if Andover had bothered to fill
out the book properly!) Noton ended his spell with a respectable 8-0-27-2
with Banerjee the pick of the remaining bowlers (8-0-33-2). Dave Allen
bowled a couple of steady overs but with the score ticking along, the
result was inevitable. Great batting and bowling performance from the 9
Travellers despite the heat and the gaps in the field.


Teams for June 30th

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First team v Ellingham (h) 1.00 Be there for 12.15
Ed Hardwicke (captain)
Dave Surridge
Abhijit Jagadeesh
Roshan Radhakrishnan
Prath Salaskar
Febin George
Uzair Khan
Chris Hillier
Matt Brown
John Denham
Irfan Khan

*Second team v Andover 4ths (a) Post code SP10 1HR Be there for 12.30*
Steve Noton
Dave Allen
Kev Sims
Leigh Sign
Jordan Payne
Shane Smith
Simon Allen
Shiv Banerjee
Jack Cox

Return to winning ways for second team

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Southampton Travellers II vs Farley II

Having lost the toss (again!), Farley elected to bat. The openers made
steady progress off tight bowling from Fitzpatrick and Smith. First change
saw the reurn of Banerjee and newcomer Uzair Khan. The first wicket fell in
the 13th over, Banerjee finding some turn on a flat Lordshill pitch. Farley
veteran Ian Swain failed to make a start and was clean bowled by Khans’
slower ball. The next wicket came after the batsmen decided to leave a
‘Banerjee special’ that turned a mile to hit middle stump. The drinks break
came with Farley on 79-3. The Farley number 4 started off well hitting the
ball hard and scoring a couple of boundaries. A bowling change brought on
Captain Noton to accompany Banerjee and the big hitting number 4 was caught
after scoring 21. Banerjee completed his spell with a wicket on his final
delivery. Dave Allen took up where Banerjee left off taking a wicket with
his first ball. The remaining batsmen offered some resistance but the
wickets kept falling and Farley were eventually all out for 159 in the 40th
over. Fitzpatrick, Smith, Noton and Allen all finished with a wicket apiece
and Banerjee and Khan got 3 each.

Baker and Nicholls started well for Travellers, scoring 27 off the first 3
overs. Baker played some fine shots before being caught for 29 in the 9th
over. Nicholls also hit a number of fours but failed to motor on after
making a good start(19). The Farley bowling could accurately be described
as ‘pedestrian’ but this didn’t seem to bother newcomer Khan who batted
well to make 20 on his debut. The Travellers middle order found the slow
loopy bowling difficult to get away with Smith and Allen(K) out for 5 and 1
respectively. Smith was arguably out twice after he caught the ball which
bounced up off his pad – it’s in the book as LBW! Allen(D) made a steady
start, racing to 10 off 38 deliveries. He did pick up the pace and was on
the fortunate side of a couple of dropped catches. He was eventually
stumped for 23. Leigh Sign on the other hand was enjoying the slow bowling.
Next up for Travellers was Jordan Payne who also liked the slow bowling.
Sign and Payne never looked in any trouble and Sign hit the winning four in
the 39th over. Sign and Payne made 38 and 16 respectively, both not out.
Excellent win and maximum points.

Nice ground shame about the result

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The first team played at the very pleasant Farley ground on Saturday and
lost quite comfortably after a disappointing batting performance.

We lost the toss and were in the field but took 2 early wickets . After
this Farley scored steadily on a good wicket with short square boundaries.
The bowling was good as was the fielding in the main, with the highlights a
blinding catch by Shiv and another very good one from Ed. Matt took 3
wickets including a bowled which broke a stump and Ian got 2, with 1 each
for Chris and Bill. Unusually this season Shiv was wicketless. Dave
Sturridge was behind the wicket and gave an exemplary display. Given the
circumstances a total of 200-7 to chase was pretty reasonable, possibly a
few below a par score.

When we batted the start was encouraging and we were just relaxing on the
boundary when the first wicket fell with the score on 23. A flurry of
wickets followed against accurate bowling with only Shiv of the batsmen
reaching 20. Tellingly 3 of the four top scores came from bowlers batting
at numbers 8, 10 and 11 and the largest partnership was for the final
wicket! We were finally dismissed for 140 to lose by 60 runs taking just 6

Broughton CC vs Southampton Travellers II

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The last time I played at Broughton, it was a low scoring game. Saturday was
no different apart from the fact that it was us that were bowled out
cheaply. The first over started OK with a couple of wides and singles until
Simon Allen was bowled for 1 run. The 2nd over also started well…for the
opposition, with 2 more wickets falling, Jacob Samuel bowled for 1 and
Roshan bowled for 0. Shane Smith survived 5 balls before being given lbw
for 1. 7 for 4 after 3 overs. Dave Allen did a sterling job on a difficult
track top scoring with 14 before being bowled. Leigh Sign made it to double
figures but paid the price for an indecisive shot and was sent back to the
pavillion for 11. New signing Jordan Payne looked good for his 3. Tony
Robins and Lee Fitzpatrick ending with 1 apiece. Noton not out for 0.

The first three Broughton batsmen all scored runs taking the score into the
40s. With only 47 needed for the win, the result was inevitable. Shane
Smith and Lee Fitzpatrick bowled well taking the innings into the 12th
over. Smith finished with 1-32 and Fitzpatrick a creditable 4-17. As always
with low scoring games another 40 runs might have made all the difference!

Roll on next week.


Teams for June 23rd

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*First team v Farley 1s (a) SP5 1AH Be there for 12.30*
Ed Hardwicke (captain)
Jack Kingsnorth (keeper)
Dave Surridge
Kev Sims
Derek Barnes
Febin George
Chris Hillier
Matt Brown
Bill Stroud
Irfan Khan
Ian Burrows

*Second team v Farley 2s (h). Be there for 12.15*
Steve Noton (captain)
Graham Baker (keeper)
Clive Nicholls
Jacob Samuel
Kev Allen
Dave Allen
Shane Smith
Leigh Sign
Lee Fitzpatrick
Uzair Khan
Shiv Banerjee

One’s in another tight finish

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The much changed first team played Stockbridge at a cloudy and at times
drizzly Lordshill yesterday. We won the toss and batted but struggled
against good bowling. Our total of 137 depended greatly on Shiv’s
outstanding 71 in which. apart from one chance, he played almost
flawlessly, judging expertly when to attack and when to defend. Support
came from Kev Sims with a very corect 16 and John Denham in a stand of
close to 50 (no detail in scorebook) before Matt and Ian added 18 at the
end to reach a final total of 137-9.

We needed a repeat of previous tight bowling when defending a low score and
despite a few alarms were not disappointed, winning by 8 runs. Wickets were
shared out with Shiv taking 3, Hars 2, in an outstanding spell, and Matt,
Jinson and Ian one each, with Matt as usual having little luck as he beat
the bat many times. The fielding was good with excellent catches from Kev
at slip and Jacob, fielding as sub for the unwell Jack, at mid-on.There was
also an important run out between Febin and John which resulted in the
stumps flattened along with our keeper as he collided with the desperate
batsman. The final wicket fell to Shiv’s final ball to our delight and the
opposition’s disappointment.

Many thanks to Jinson and Jithin who made their debuts for us and ensured
we had a decent 11 with a lot of players away. Thanks also to Nigel for
calm umpiring and Jacob for volunteering to field after already playing in
the 2s disappointing away game.

Teams for Saturday 16 June 2018

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1st XI v Stockbridge (H). Meet at 12.15.

  1. Shiv Choudhary
  2. Dave Surridge
  3. Kev Sims
  4. Febin George
  5. Jack Kingsnorth
  6. Jithin Abraham
  7. Jinson Thomas
  8. Hars Kumar
  9. John Denham (wkt)
  10. Matt Brown
  11. Ian Burrows (cpt)


2nd XI v Broughton (A). Meet at 12.30. Start at 1.00 (Broughton Sports Ground (SO20 8DA) is to the left of the B3084 if travelling from Romsey

  1. Steve Noton (cpt)
  2. Kev Allen
  3. Simon Allen
  4. Dave Allen
  5. Lee Fitzpatrick
  6. Shane Smith
  7. Jacob Samuel
  8. Leigh Sign
  9. Tony Robins
  10. Jordan Payne
  11. tbc