Rob Johnson’s winter warmer

Winter Bugle – December Edition

A message from Club captain Rob Johnson

With winter well and truly upon us, I thought I’d pen a few words to keep you informed of new and developments at Southgate Cricket Club. Read on…

Awards and Dinners

A strong Southgate showing at the Middlesex League Dinner were highly entertained by former Doncaster and Yorkshire Opening bowler Mike Cowan, one of the few men to take the new ball with both Mike Dunn and the lesser known Fred Trueman.

This was followed a week later by our own Presentation Supper, an evening of speeches, awards and general merriment. Sue provided an excellent lamb shank and members young and old competed in a cricket quiz, heads and tails bingo and endured a vintage Len Stokes speech. It was a highly successful and enjoyable evening with with three people winning two awards each.

Alvin Durgacharan scooped the Rocket Award for most runs in the league (719 runs @ 42.29) and the Hawker Player of the Year.

Paul Lassman was the fully-deserving recipient of the Martin Fletcher Club Man of the Year for his sterling work this summer and my well be the youngest ever member to receive the award. He also bagged the Steve Rowe Dunkirk Award for an excellent rearguard batting effort in the 3s.

Len Stokes grabbed the Derek Honnor bowling trophy and Phil Dunnett retained the Colin Done Young Player Award.

Paddy Robinson picked up both the PIANO from Dave Woffinden for Perseverance In Adversity Necessitates Obduracy, Finds Overdrive, Tempo Reaches Extreme and also the new award of Correspondent of the Year (aka the Scribbler) which was kindly donated and presented by Derek Honnor.

Another new award, donated by Mrs Pat Slipper, was the Geoff Slipper Spirit of Cricket Award and Mark Singleton was the inaugural winner.

Fireworks Night

With crowds in excess of 6000 people expected to flock to the Walker Ground on 6 November for the annual fireworks display, the Southgate think tank was asked to come up with a money-making scheme.

Following a chain of Apprentice-style email chains and much stroking of chins, Operation Face Paint was given the green light. Thanks to those who got involved with the application of glow-in-the-dark face paint to the paying public, and although we didn’t make an enormous profit there is certainly scope to make a more significant return at this event next year. Well done to Lynda and all of her team for hosting an extremely professional and well attended event.

Winter Nets

Winter nets have been booked for Tuesday evenings after Christmas and will be at the Finchley Indoor Cricket School at 9pm. Please contact Rob Johnson for more details.


Well done to Ricky Gunn on a terrific effort with the colts in 2010.

The Colts’ Annual Supper took place on Friday 12 November where an assembly of colts, dads and coaches enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Sue Wimbush and her team from Skippy’s Catering. The evening ended with the presentation of the season’s awards.

Under 10 Performance:       James Dangerfield

Under 10 Endeavour:           Henry Thompson

Under 11 Performance:       Christian McLoughlin

Under 11 Endeavour:           George Watson

Under 13 Performance:       William Dias

Under 13 Endeavour:           Niroosh Sugumaran

Under 15 Performance:       Josh Berman

Under 15 Endeavour:           Noah Bergman

Southgate caps were awarded to William Dias, Alfie Packer, Callum Silva, Matthew Dias and David Huntingford

Jack Jacobs was presented with an inscribed trophy mounted with the ball with which he took four wickets in consecutive deliveries for the Under 15s against Edmonton Under 15s.

Coach Development

It’s great to hear that a number of Southgate members are attending Coach Education courses. Both Omair Ali and Tom Allan have been on the recent Level one training provided by Middlesex County Board and I look forward to seeing them working with the Colts next season.

We will be looking again for more people to get involved in any way shape or form they can to assist with the running of the colts section, anyone who thinks they could be of use should contact Ricky Gunn.

We are also looking to extend the opportunities available for young players as and when they progress from U15s colts and push for senior recognition. More information will follow – again, if you are interested in getting involved please get in touch.

The Hoff Conquers Europe

While most Southgate cricket bags were packed away in lofts and garages around the capital, Ben Hartman was preparing dutifully for the MCC tour of Spain and Gibraltar. With his knee braces, painkillers and Egg & Bacon pyjamas neatly packed, Southgate’s veteran all-rounder passed a rigorous MCC fitness test and boarded a British Airways flight to Spain.

Rumour has it that Ben was back to his explosive best, both topping the averages and the run scoring with a 33-ball 83 in the final match. For more info please see:

Website & Winter Bugle

If you have any ideas or content for or January’s edition of the Winter Bugle please let me know.

Christmas Drinks

Christmas Drinks will be on 9 December somewhere in central London – exact details to follow, but please put the date in your diary. A curry may not be out of the question.

Best wishes to all