1st XI thrash Potters Bar, New Colts Sponsor Announced & Welcome to Matt

SCC 1st XI v Potters Bar

Potters Bar 168/8 (40)
Ashley Sivarajah 3-35
Arshad Bhatti 1-15
Rob Johnson 1-16

Southgate 170/3
Faisal Mir 71* (48 balls)
Rob Dawson-Goodey 30* (37 balls)

Southgate 1st XI produced an encouraging display away to Potters Bar in Saturdays friendly encounter winning by 7 wickets with 14 overs to spare. Asked to field first Southgate restricted the hosts to 168/8 in 40, Arshad Bhatti was the pick of the seam bowlers with 1-15 off 8 showing immaculate control of line length and swing with the new ball.

With 15 overs of powerplay to replicated cup rules the Potters bar 2nd wicket partnership of 51 promised much but the introduction of spin from Johnson and Sivarajah quickly brought about a couple of wickets with the later taking a wicket with his very first ball caught behind by the impressive debutant keeper Clark Emmons.

With good spells from Dave Woffinden, Omair Ali and Faisel Mir Southgate were delighted to restrict the home side to a modest 168/8 with only one batsman the captain Swainland passing 50.
In reply Jouning got off to a rollicking start with 5 sweetly times boundaries only to be given out caught at the wicket in bizarre circumstances for 20 the ball appearing to balloon off a pad flap. Johnson and Durgacharan looked comfortable for 15 and 29 respectively and scored at decent rate but with both gone it was Faisal Mir who then took centre stage.

Batting at 4 after working very hard on his batting throughout the winter his sparkling 71* came from only 45 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes. It is to be hoped that he can continue this fine form and entertaining stroke play into future weeks. Offering excellent support at the other end was Rob Dawson-Goodey who’s 30* included 5 classy boundaries.

The 1st XI host Brondesbury in the first round of the ECB National Club Championship on Saturday 30th at the Walker Ground 1pm start.

Willmott Dixon Announced as Colts Sponsor

The Club is delighted to confirm Willmott Dixon Housing Ltd as proud sponsor of the Southgate CC Colts Section. Willmott Dixon Group who have offices in Southgate are the UK’s third largest privately-owned capital works, regeneration and support services company. As part of their package you will find branding on the ground later this season for the Middlesex T20 match and also on our website. If you have a contact in business who might like to buy an advertising board for Middlesex v Somerset please let us know.

Welcome and good luck!

Welcome to Matt Thornton from Port Pirie in South Australia who arrived on Wednesday and joins the club having played club cricket with SCC old boy Michael Stevens this winter. Matt who is primarily a seam bowler debuts this weekend in the 2nd XI away to North London and we wish him all the very best for his summer in the UK.

Rolty buys new magic bat (but it fails to work first time out)

Rolty bought a £220 bat from a specialist sports shop in Porton Down that he claims has magic powers due to its close proximity to the popular yet highly secretive deadly weapons research establishment. I could tell you more but they won’t let me…

Anyway, it doesn’t work properly – read all about it right here

Saturday 23 April

Southgate 2nd XI v Goresbrook

Southgate lost by an innings and 51 runs!


82 all out

Oliver Bellwood 58*


59 all out

Mike Carter 20

Oliver Bellwood 17


192 for 2 dec

Adam Vinson 3-0-7-1

The official result will read that Southgate lost by nine wickets as Goresbrook were 83 for 1 when the respective captains agreed that Goresbrook would bat on, give their batsmen a little more time at the crease and then let Southgate have a second attempt with the bat. Otherwise the cricket would have been all over by 4pm on a glorious Easter Saturday!

Sadly, a large number of Potters Bar players were still occupied by the football season and on the Wednesday lunchtime we received an email from the Potters Bar fixture secretary that they were going to have to cry off the planned 2nd XI fixture. Paul Lassman advised your scribe that we had a medium strength side, so off I went to the Conference for an emergency fixture. Goresbrook got in touch. They had only the one side out, with a number of their prominent players attending the Chelsea v West Ham game, a medium strength mixture of their 1s, 2s, 3s and 4s from the Lords International Essex League: Essex’s second league, their equivalent of the Middlesex Championship. It all sounded very promising.

Come Saturday, our team was probably not quite what it was on the previous Wednesday afternoon. Our illustrious leader, Roy Marrett, won the toss and elected to bat. From then on it all went downhill, Hahnenkamm style!

Ricky and Mike Carter opened the batting and yours truly settled down to scoring duties and await the opportunity to try out the winter investment: a new £220 bat. Most might say that a £220 bat and I are not natural partners. However, it was going for £100 in the winter sale at a sports shop near Porton Down (and so therefore contains secret powers dreamt up by chemical weapons specialists.)

The first ball fizzed past Ricky’s outside edge at a distinctly impressive rate of knots. The second over up the hill was even more rapid, if a little wayward in line. However, it didn’t take that bowler long to correct this minor error. Suffice to say that Ollie, at number 3, was soon at the crease and around about 90 minutes later he had run out of partners! Goresbrook’s opening bowlers would easily grace our second XI and Ollie was our only batsman who could cope. That said, Adam Vinson was given out to what apparently was a very contentious catch. At 25 for 4 the Goresbrook skipper realised that he had to try and make a game of it and introduced his second-string bowlers and then his third string in an attempt to feed us a few runs and reach some kind of total. Sadly, their second and third string were still too good for us (they bowled straight) and 51 for 5 soon became 82 all out, with Ollie on 58 not out (71% of our runs!). Needless to say, yours truly’s new bat didn’t trouble the scorers.

Goresbrook progressed serenely to 62 in 12 overs before we got a breakthrough, with Adam Vinson, by far our best bowler, picking up a deserved wicket, caught by Ollie behind the stumps. The rest of our bowling and fielding was, like our batting, way below the standard set by our opposition. Roy rotated the bowling but to no avail. Goresbrook lost one more wicket to another catch for Ollie behind the stumps (yes, he’s having a good game so far!), before they declared on 192 with their other opening bat undefeated on 100. That left Southgate around 20 mins and 20 overs to avoid an innings defeat. We didn’t! On a strip now bereft of any bounce, the Goresbrook fourth-string bowlers were too good! Only Ollie and Mike Carter managed any resistance. Your scribe’s bat, along with most others, once again failed to trouble the scorers.

Basically, Goresbrook bowled, batted and fielded well (and made a very healthy contribution to the bar takings afterwards.) We didn’t. Had we fielded something akin to our league 2nd XI, it probably would have been a very well balanced, good game. (I’m trusting that, with the obvious exceptions, the majority who did play are not contenders for the league 2nd XI). However, I am of course forgetting that vast majority of our 2nd and 3rd XIs don’t need any pre-season match practice, do they? The Duke of Marlboro

15-y-o Shiv-Raj Sharma smacks maiden ton

At the age of 15 and 100-something days, Shiv-Raj Sharma is the youngest Southgate player to score a century

Read all about it right here (although you will have to wade through 500 words of Rolty banging on about the weather and the traffic conditions on the B5672 before you get there)

Sunday 24 April

Hertford 2nd XI v Southgate 2nd X

Southgate lost by 7 wickets

Southgate             204 all out

Shiv-Raj Sharma 117*

Alan Rolt 22

Rohan Silva 20

David Lowen 19

Hertford            208 for 3

D Carr 75

Easter Sunday and another glorious cricket weather day. I phoned Paul Lassman in the morning to find out who was in my XI (or X, or IX). Paul’s father answered: he was pretty sure that I had an XI, but it was probably different to the one I had on Thursday: now there’s a surprise!

I arrived at the club and tracked down Paul. He’d got me 11 players and I was absolutely amazed. There may have been a number of colts (and parents) and fillers in, but we did have an XI and for the first time in god knows how many years, we were not to be messing Hertford CC around in a Sunday friendly. For the first time in a similar number of years, we had two sides out on Sunday. Even more incredibly, at the 12.15pm meet, nine of the 11 were actually at the ground. However, 12.30 arrived and we were still waiting on the last two… this was much more like it! With a 1.30 start, yours truly packed off the other eight with maps in the direction of Hertford, leaving me to wait on the final two. 12.30 became 12.45 and still no show… yes, this was much more like the norm! At 12.50 your scribe had to give up on the pair of them (who shall remain nameless… you know who you are) and set out for Hertford. A frantic 70-plus mph dash along the B158 (not a good road for 70mph: plenty of tyre screeching around the bends and hazardous overtaking, while trying to conjure up excuses for only having nine players) saw yours truly arrive at Hertford’s ground at 1.25pm.

Eric Riddle, Bob Cole’s long-standing adversary, was Hertford’s.I explained to him that we only had the nine, so we agreed on a 1.45 start with 20 overs from 6.15 and then, the last thing I wanted: I won the toss. An excellent looking wicket, great outfield and wonderful weather: a day to definitely bat first, but with only nine players, the potential for the game to be over by 4pm. Now to try and work out a batting order!

I walked back to the pavilion to find that Mike Lassman had persuaded Alfie Packer’s father, Miles that rather than just be Alfie’s chauffeur for the day, he should also be Alfie’s team mate! Very pleasantly surprised, I hastily worked out a batting order that in theory, would hopefully see an adult batting with a colt for the majority of the time, and went off to let Eric know that we were now up to ten. I found Eric, star chap that he is, on the phone to some of Hertford’s colts looking to see if they fancied a game for Southgate.

David Lowen and Alfie Packer opened. Alfie survived a slip chance in the first over and picked up a couple of runs from it. However, he then offered a second chance in the third over and was not so lucky. This brought Callum’s father, Rohan Silva, to the crease and he and David looked quite secure. Runs started to flow from Rohan and one excellent cover drive from David was probably the shot of the day. However, like all good things, this partnership came to end with Rohan bowled for 20.

With the score on 37 for 2, visions of all out for a lot less than a 100 returned and yours truly’s consumption of Marlboro Lights started to rapidly increase. However, of course I knew little of the abilities of our Under 15 import from the IPL: Shiv-Raj Sharma! Ignoring my advice/instructions that he had all afternoon to bat, so to take his time, Shiv and David added a further 30 odd to the score in four overs, with the vast majority coming from Shiv’s bat, before David mistimed an off drive straight into extra cover’s hands. Sadly, neither Callum nor Mike troubled the scorer and so in came Miles at number 7 with the score on 68 for 5. Shiv was still going along without any problem or care about the potential predicament, dispatching the ball to all parts with a very impressive array of shots, particularly in front of the wicket, some straight out of the IPL. Miles and Shiv added a further 30 plus to our total and Miles seemed to be thoroughly enjoying himself, hitting a couple of 4s, before he was out for 11 (which was 11 more than I would have expected from either of our two “no shows”). However, at least our total was now over 100.

Another wicket and Group Captain Rolt, £220 magic bat in hand, strode to wicket to join Shiv, who was by now just into the 40s. As we were 119 for 7 at the time, there were four thoughts in yours truly’s mind: try and stick around and use up time; help see Shiv through to his 50; try and get our total up to 150 and hopefully, see if this new bat actually worked!

Shiv merrily carried on dispatching the bowling to all parts and he soon reached his 50: aim number one achieved. Then, shock of all shocks, Group Captain Rolt dispatched one straight off the middle with alarming speed to the square cover boundary and aim number two was achieved: absolutely nothing wrong with the bat, just the batting ability of its owner! Having decided that trying to get Shiv to slow down was a pointless waste of time, aim number three was achieved soon after as we passed the 150 mark.

We still needed to use up plenty more time, but the thoughts were now on whether we could get Shiv to his maiden hundred. Time was definitely not going to be a problem as the ball was still going to all parts off of Shiv’s bat, it was going to be a matter of my not getting out: easier said than done! At round 3.50pm, Shiv was 99 not out and facing. Eric Riddle brought all the Hertford fielders in to save the single. However, without any apparent sign of nerves, Shiv’s response was a four through extra-cover and a maiden ton. We got our total to 200 with a stand of 81, before I holed out to midwicket (one that didn’t come off the middle!) Soon after we were all out for 204: although respectable, it was no more than a reasonable total for such a good track and speedy outfield.

Callum Silva and Alex Habberley opened the bowling after tea. Callum started very respectably. However, Alex’s first four deliveries were all wide or wider still down the both the leg and off sides. A loud request from Group Captain Rolt at first slip to Flying Officer Habberley that it would be a good idea if he switched his radar on produced the desired effect: a quickish, straight delivery that clean bowled the Hertford opening bat! However, use of the radar became somewhat intermittent after that. Hertford’s other opener, another long-standing Sunday twos player, and their number three settled in and despatched the bad balls very effectively.

I managed to give all the colts a bowl in tandem with an adult. Callum and Rohan each picked up a wicket and Rohan was very unlucky not to collect a few more. Alfie Packer was unlucky to go wicket less, as was Jack Jacobs, who in particular, bowled extremely well. Both are likely to come good on another day with a full eleven in the field.

Hertford’s batsmen made good use of both the shorter boundary and the hole in the field that having only 10 players leaves. I had forgotten quite how difficult it can be to plug that gap, but all our players tried hard in the field and were a credit to Southgate. Hertford eventually cruised home, three wickets down and with 12 overs to spare. That said, we had made a decent game of it and it wasn’t all over before tea!

I hope all the colts and parents enjoyed the match. It was great to have two father/son combinations in the side and my grateful thanks to Miles for stepping in at the very last minute. His spirited efforts, both with the bat and in the field, far exceeded anything our two “no shows” would have produced. Anytime you wish to play again, you’ll be most welcome. Grateful thanks also to Paul Lassman for getting the two sides out on Sunday, especially important against Hertford. Last, but not least, many congratulations to Shiv-Raj, not only on a very good performance as wicketkeeper, but also on an excellent, entertaining, undefeated, maiden hundred for the club. Maybe we can test my nerves by doing it all again in the weeks ahead!  The Duke of Marlboro

Mir 71* in convincing win for 1st XI

Southgate 1st XI produced a very clinical display away to Potters Bar in Saturdays friendly encounter. Asked to field first Southgate resticted the hosts to 168/8 in 40, Arshad Bhatti was the pick of the seam bowlers with 1-15 off 8, he was well supported by all of the other bowlers. Lef arm spinner Ashley Sivarajah took 3-35 and there were wickets a piece for Johnson, Woffinden and Mir.

In reply Jouning got off to a rollocking start only to be given our in bizarre circumstances for 20, Johnson and Durgacharan looked comfortable for 15 and 29 respectively. Batting at 4 it was Faisal Mir with a sparkling 71* who stole the show taking SCC to a 7 wicket victory in only 26.4 overs, his innings coming from only 45 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes. Providing excellent support at the other end was Rob Dawson-Goodey who’s 30* included 5 sweetly timed boundaries.

Southgate host Brondesbury in the first round of the ECB National Club Championship on Saturday 30th at the Walker Ground.

NatWest Cricket Force 2011

Many thanks and well done to everyone who made it down to the Walker Cricket Ground for NatWest Cricket Force on a scorching April the 9th.

A branch of NatWest bank pledged to come and kick things off on Friday, and although they somehow managed to go to Lord’s Cricket Ground by mistake they eventually turned up and did some of the preperation.

Everyone who turned up on the Saturday from Southgate, SACC and the other member clubs played their part with a long list of tasks achieved.

Roger Hill also ran some charity games and a raffle for the Willow Foundation and raised over £100 pounds for a really important cause. http://www.willowfoundation.org.uk/Home

Team Dangerfield unearthing the astro nets

As promised, Creese went shirtless whist brandishing a jet wash, Athers looked very solid with a strimmer and Ricky Gunn rolled the back pitch with customary patient determination.

It was a very good effort, well done to the lads who put in a lot of time and effort on the day. Thanks to Sue for the teas and coffees and Steve for a tasty BBQ at the end of the day.

The Southgate Cricket Club flag is now flying and T20 matches kick things off next week.

Roll on the summer!

Matt Creese - Loving the tractor!

Pre Season Bugle 4th April

With the Cricket World Cup over I’m sure you’re wondering when your next fix of cricket is coming from so to bridge the void between now and the start of the IPL on Friday I thought I’d pen a quick mini bugle.

Well done to the dozen or so lads who were at the 1st Team session early doors on Saturday morning. After a good stint in the MCC Indoor School facing bowling machines and bowling in the nets it was off to Regent’s Park for some fitness and fielding.

The Hoff flew in especially from Amsterdam to add the camp to ‘Boot Camp’ and I’m sure the new recruits were hugely impressed by our state of the art training methods. Running in a square around a football pitch was certainly one of my favourites.

In all seriousness we are now very close to the start of the season, T20 Practice matches are booked in for the 16th of April and then we’re off and running with matches starting the following week.

Before we can get down to the important business of playing cricket the big focus will be on NatWest Cricket Force.

Please be there at 09:30 on Saturday, bring gloves, tools and anyone else you can get to help.

And finally…

Those wishing to get fit for the season may wish to take some encouragement from the recent Discovery Channel documentary ‘Toughest Race on Earth’ which starred Southgate’s very own Tom Allan alongside Olympic rowing legend James Cracknell. Eagle eyed viewers amongst you will have enjoyed the scene where Tom was spotted in the tent adjusting his hair piece. It’s since become apparent that Tom has actually carefully hidden his male pattern baldness for a number of years.

Those wishing to contribute content to the Bugle moving forward are most welcome, please get your copy into an email and sent through to Ron Hewitt.

See you on Saturday.


Summer cricket camps 2011

Following the success of last year’s summer camps at the Walker ground, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be holding more through the coming summer, to coincide with school holidays.

The camps will provide professional cricket coaching for boys and girls from the ages of 6 to 16. The camps will be run by qualified Level 1 and Level 2 cricket coaches. The Camps will take place at the Walker Ground, home of Southgate Cricket Club and one of the finest and most beautiful club grounds in London. Recently it’s where Middlesex CCC have played their ‘out-matches’, away from Lord’s.

The camps cater for all standards, from beginners to advanced, so don’t worry if you’ve never picked up a bat before, this is the perfect chance to give it a try!

Camp Dates:

Summer Half Term

Tuesday 31 May – Friday 3 June

Summer Holidays

Monday 25 July  – Friday 31 July

Monday 1 August  – Friday 5 August

Monday 8 August – Friday 12 August

Monday 15 August  – Friday 19 August

Monday 22 August – Friday 26 August


10am to 3.30pm, Mon – Fri.

(Early drop offs and late pick-ups are available. Please contact Lynda Colt at the Walker Ground on 0208 886 8381 for details)


£75 for the week, or £20 per day.

To book:

Go to this website


click on the link that says “download an application form”, print it out, fill it in and then send it, along with a cheque (made payable to The Walker Cricket Ground Trust), to Lynda Colt at the address below (or you can drop them off at the club if it’s easier). Alternatively, call or email Lynda Colt on the number or email address right at the bottom of this item.


As always, parents or guardians will need to sign a disclaimer, giving approval for the player’s participation.

We’ve added it to the online booking form, to make things easy. But if you don’t book using the online form, then parents or guardians should sign a form when they drop their child off on the day of the Camp. The forms will be readily available.

More details:

Full use of The Walker Ground car park is available.

Cold drinks will be provided throughout the day, but please bring pack lunches.

Wear cricket kit if you have it, otherwise sports kit is fine. Everyone should bring trainers or non-studded cricket shoes for use in the nets. These or studded cricket shoes can be worn outside the nets on the grass. Bring your own cricket gear (bat, pads, gloves, helmet etc) if you have it. But don’t worry if you don’t, it will all be provided. Everyone must wear their own pouched cricket briefs or jockstrap though. These aren’t for sharing!

In the event of rain we have indoor facilities, but we may decide to play some football, too. So pack some football boots and shin-pads just in case! (Our main cricket coach is also a qualified football coach.)

We have changing rooms and toilets, but no showering facilities I’m afraid.

Hopefully that’s everything you need to know. But if there’s anything we haven’t covered here, just give Lynda Colt a call at The Walker Ground on the number below.

We hope you enjoy the Cricket Camps, they should be great fun for everyone involved. If they do whet your appetite for cricket then we hope you’ll perhaps consider joining Southgate Cricket Club, based at the magnificent Walker Ground, which runs a thriving Colts section as well as successful senior sides.

Good luck and hit’em for six!

Ben Hartman

(SCC Chairman)

Address and contact details:

The Walker Ground, Waterfall Road, Southgate N14 7JZ

telephone 0208 886 8381