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Travellers don't find Bosham to their liking

posted 13 May 2010, 06:07 by Martin Farrell
Result: Bosham CC (24pts) Beat Southampton Travellers (9pts) by 37 runs

Date: Sat 5th May 2007

Bosham got their League campaign off to an impressive start with a convincing win over Southampton Travellers. Being asked to bat on an unpredictable Oaklands Park wicket Bosham compiled a total of 201 for 9 to secure maximum batting points. The score always looked out of reach as Southampton struggled to come to terms with the conditions and were finally dismissed for 164 from 38.2 overs.

The game was in doubt for most of the week. Maintenance work undertaken by Chichester District Council on the outfield had left it a dangerous condition. Last minute efforts to distribute top soil over the worst effected areas alleviated the danger in some of the worst areas and following a League inspection it was decided to play the game.

Southamton Travellers won the toss and invited Bosham to bat. A fine opening partnership from Henderson and Allen set the foundations for Bosham to post a competitive score as they did the hard work of seeing-off a lively new ball spell from Ashdown and Keir. Outram and Goodman were able to take advantage as they came together for the third wicket partnership and went on to score 49 and 38 respectively. Both looked set to accelerate the scoring in the final twelve overs but Keir claimed both wickets in quick succession. A mini-collapse ensued with Holden, English and Price all being dismissed for ducks to the bowling of Ashdown. It was left to Beynon and Farrell to consolidate and guide the home side to 200 runs and maximum batting points.

In reply Southampton Travellers got off to a slow start as Atkinson and Outram bowled an accurate opening spell that was backed-up with some solid fielding performances. The pressure was sustained as Bosham made bowling changes and wickets fell regularly as Southampton tried in vain to mount a challenge. Several of the batsmen got good starts but the required run rate was always increasing. A quick flury of boundaries from Keir in an innings of 41 boosted the visitors score. However, it was too little too little late and Atkinson caught and bowled Ashdown to bring the innings to a close and to secure Bosham a 37 run win.