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HCL SE2: Bosham vs Southampton Travellers

posted 13 May 2010, 06:55 by Martin Farrell
Result: Bosham (22pts) beat Southampton Travellers (10pts) by 8 runs

Date: Sat 30th May 2009

Duncan Barratt and Martin Farrell snatched a seemingly certain victory away from Southampton Travellers in a dramatic finish to the match. Southampton Travellers had amassed 158 for six and needed just fifteen runs from the final eight overs when the Bosham pair struck. Farrell clean bowled William Stroud for 28 to give Bosham hope. Barrett quickly followed with the wicket of Gareth Langley who was caught by Matt Baker for 8. With his very next ball Barratt struck again this time George Barratt did the honours and caught Steve Noton for a golden duck. Southampton Travellers had been reduced to 160 for nine and it was left to Bosham captain, Farrell, to clean bowl Johannes Staples and win the match.

Batting first, Bosham openers Barratt and Jez Abbott did a fine job in seeing off the new ball as they put together a 100 first wicket partnership. However, momentum quickly swung to the visitors with five wickets falling for just 18 runs. It was George Barratt and Colin Henderson that stopped the collapse and began to rebuild the innings. When Henderson was dismissed by Langley with the total on 151 it was left to Barratt to guide the Bosham tail and he worked hard making a vital contribution of 22 not out. The innings closed on a below par score of 171.

The Southampton Travellers innings got off to the worst possible start when Chris White was run out by Sam Gilliatt before he had even faced a ball. The next wicket to fall was Kevin Allen who was caught by John Barnett. Barnett ran backwards to take the catch but in the process fell badly and knocked himself out when his head hit the ground. The 67 year old veteran proved his resilience by staying on the field and within a few overs had recovered sufficiently to bowl the spell of the day finishing with figures of 10-2-18-3. His efforts setting up the opportunity for Barratt and Farrell to win the game and ensure that Bosham remain undefeated in the league this season.