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Travellers sent packing

posted 13 May 2010, 06:43 by Martin Farrell
15 July 2008

This week it was the turn of Duncan Barratt to take the lead as the other members of our top four suffered rare failures. Duncan hit a crucial 55 as Mark (11), RainMan (14) and David (11) contrived to give away their wickets. Between them they have now scored 1221 of the 1517 Bosham have totalled in the league this season.

Bosham had been invited to bat on an Oaklands wicket that was looking very green after the rain earlier in the week. The Southampton Travellers bowlers were endeavouring to gain the advantage from the seaming ball and must have been delighted to make three early breakthroughs. However, Will Gammon making his first appearance for Bosham, never looked troubled as he built a solid innings batting at number five.

Will, who lost the services of Duncan when he was triggered LBW to the bowling of Lock, assumed control and batted well with Laurence and Hugh to progress the score towards 200 and maximum batting points. When Will was out for 63 the score had progressed to 181 but the reintroduction of Lock in to the bowling attack had a devastating effect on the tail. Lock quickly cleaned up the last remaining four batsmen and the innings closed on 186 all out.

The last time Bosham had posted a sub-200 target at Oaklands they were beaten by Ryde so it was vital that they made a good start. George and Martin duly supplied that good start making immediate inroads in to the Southampton top order. Martin clean bowled the top three and George had Chapman caught by Hugh.

Hugh took this catch immediately after dropping another chance which he deflected and then contrived to juggle at least six times while making a desperate dive and having it drop tantalising out of reach and on to the ground.

Barney bounced back from his drubbing at Burridge to resume normal service as he collected another three wickets to contribute to his tally of twenty for the season. However, it was the introduction of Will in to the attack that finished off the Travellers resistance as he took three wickets in three overs to clear up the tail and assure Bosham of their ninth win of the campaign.

The result means Bosham close the gap slightly on Portsmouth & Southsea at the top. Meanwhile Ryde slipped up against United Services and drop two places to fifth.