Bugle week 3 – 21 May

* The Hoff  (and friends) destroys Brentham as 1s rack up third won on the trot

** Defeat for the 2s

*** A  draw for the 3s as Kenton reverse their batting order

**** Defeat for the 4s as Lord Straightbreak forgets how to bat

Here’s how most of it happened

1s

Brentham v Southgate

Southgate won by 49 runs

Southgate 247-8 (54 overs)

Faisal Mir 112 , Matt Creese 74

Brentham 198 all out

Johnson 4 for 41

Enough is enough. Okay, so the 1s had won two out of two, 20 big ones in the bag but they’d made hard work of it. Last ball of the game against Hornsey;  the loss of six wickets chasing down a paltry 160 against recently promoted HIghgate. Careless, sloppy, negligent even; the facts were there in black and white, forever immortalized in Beryl’s finest longhand, the stats never lie. The situation was critical, last chance saloon, dead man walking – SCC needed a miracle, a knight in shining armour, a bronzed Adonis, a superhero. It was time. We all sensed it. Cometh the hour, cometh the Hoff.

Stepping elegantly onto the tarmac at Biggin Hill, the Hoff glanced back at the shiny white tail fin of his trusty Learjet 40 and sniffed the air. Only 90 minutes earlier he’d been in bed fulfilling the hopes, dreams and romantic aspirations of a young Dutch woman. A woman so achingly beautiful that the Hoff had graciously allowed her to cook him breakfast – Eggs Royale – before instructing her to ferry him to a small private airfield 20 minutes north of Amsterdam. Now here he was, on terra firma, back in Blighty, on hand to answer the distress calls of an ailing 1st XI.

It was not as warm as he’d hoped, but the sun was beginning to peek through the cloud and the irregular gusts of wind were having a not unsatisfactory effect on his tussled locks. The Jag was waiting on the tarmac. He turned the key and the engine purred into action. One last admiring look in the rearview and then he was off, west London beckoned, there was some cricket to be played, some half volleys to be bunted, some teammates to rescue.

On arrival the Hoff was greeted with the usual mix of admiration and adoration from players and spectators alike. Hadgie was particularly animated, desperate to spend some quality time with a legend who now lived in an extraordinary land where the coffee shops sold more, a lot more, than macchiatos and flat, skinny whites. Question after question rained down on our patient hero: how much? How long? Pre-rolled? Can I come for the weekend, the week, forever? The Hoff turned his back, the sun had come out it, it was time to give the people what they wanted. The top was off; the buffed torso was out, a natty little pair of blue shorts, just the right side of tight, completed the pitch-perfect look. A few throw downs, timed to absolute perfection one and all, some expertly dispatched slip cordon practice and the Hoff was done – a bowl of pasta salad was waiting back in the pavilion. Time to find position A: full frontal sunshine, cricket at 90 degrees, one chair to sit on, one for his feet. It was showtime.

It was then and only then that things began to unravel for our reluctant hero. Not only had the skipper lost the toss but he had also failed to ask the Hoff to don his green-fringed Duncan Fearnley’s. Extraordinary. Had the world gone mad? No matter, the sun was out, young Dunnett had just finished applying the last of the Hawaiian Tropic, so why not let the fools have a go on their own first.

Jouners and Alvin opened up against a good new ball attack. The Brentham track always does a bit first up and it was no different on this occasion. Survival and patience was the key, but neither was in great abundance as first Alv, then Tom succumbed to big LBW shouts. Jouners hung around a little longer before feathering one to the keeper. Surely now, at 40 for 3 the time had come. The Hoff reached for his shirt, but no, surely not. Faisal Mir was on his way to the crease, to join Creese, already at the crease.

The key stand of the innings had begun and even the Hoff had to stand back and admire. Fais, full of nervous energy, bat whirling like the proverbial dervish, started the only way he knows, aggressively, confident, full of intent. Creesey meanwhile, was the very picture of composure. Becalmed, statesmanlike, safe in the knowledge that with such an audacious array of shots in the locker he could turn up the gas at any moment.  A mammoth stand of 186 was the net result. Fais raced to his maiden League hundred, with powerful shots all round the wicket. Particularly impressive were his strokes down the ground, shots of such caliber that even the Hoff raised an immaculately plucked eyebrow or two. It was a brilliant innings made all the more special when the ubiquitous dab brought up the magical three figures. Top knock, mused the Hoff, not as explosively brilliant as one of mine but passable, a starter for 10, humble beginnings and all that that. Creesey was no less impressive and when he finally tired of playing cat and mouse with the oppo, he dispatched the ball with his usual, effortlessly elegant disdain. When Faisal finally went for a superb 112 and Creesey followed soon after the run rate took a temporary nosedive, but the ever-dependable Watto, guided SCC to a respectable and eminently defendable 247 for 9 declared. How interesting, thought the Hoff, an atypical moment of doubt crossing his mind – had they forgotten he was there? Just who did they think they were asking such an outstanding talent to come in with three overs to go for some meaningless late order bunting? Frankly it was beneath him.

The new ball pairing of Woffers and Hadge caused havoc, albeit of varying degrees. Woffers found the edge of the bat with the swinging ball, wicket 1 snaffled gratefully at first slip in classic fashion. Hadge, still clearly unnerved by recent revelations about Amsterdam, failed to find anything, not even young Dunnett’s gloves, as the swinging ball whistled down the legside to the boundary with increasing regularity.  The rapid introduction of Faisal failed to stem the tide and with the ball disappearing to all corners of the ground it was most definitely game on. Time for the Hoff? No, afraid not, but it was time for the skipper to step up to the plate. First he turned to Creesey who immediately did the trick, inducing the edge and sending Brentham’s number 3 back to the hutch, well held by young Dunnett behind the stumps. He then backed himself and a waste high full toss was more than enough to send Brentham’s in-form number 4 on his way. Wickets continued to tumble, the pick of them when Creesey plucked a catch out of nowhere to give Johnners victim number 2.

The game could have drifted with Brentham struggling at 100 for 5, but a big hitting Kiwi entered the fray at number 7 and it was not long before the 4-point total swung into focus for the first time. Faisal, was having none of it however, and sticking strictly to the Hoff’s mantra, fast and straight, top of off, top of off, he knocked over the dangerous Kiwi and suddenly 10 points were there for the taking.  With wickets 8 and 9 falling soon after, a sense of déjà vu descended on the ground – 9 wickets down, 1 over to go. The Hoff puffed out his chest, rolled his shoulders and walked confidently, nay expectantly towards the skipper. Of course this was the moment, this was his time, this was when the music played and magic filled the air. There were six balls, there was 1 wicket and there was of course, only one Hoff. Johnners ignored him completely and took the ball himself. Two balls later and the game was won; a full delivery, an injudicious sweep, the ball hitting the number 11’s back leg, bang in front.  Another 10 points, another climactic finish – just the way the Hoff likes it. Jamie Jouning

2s

Southgate v Winchmore Hill

Winchmore Hill won by 3 wickets

Southgate 154 all out

Winchmore Hill 156-7

3s

Southgate v Kenton

match drawn

Southgate 225-6 (50 overs)

Chris Sabine 76

Paul Lassman 32

Kenton 189-9

Carr 6-35

Haider 2-50

When Jeremy Dangerfield and Matt Thornton went out to bat at Wichmore Hill last week, they both were aware they needed runs if they were to maintain their places in the 3rd X1. With scores of 124 for Jeremy and 164 for Matt, the selectors decided they could keep their places.

Buoyed by this news, Sage led the 3s against Kenton in rather contrasting conditions to the washed-out affair of last year.

Put in to bat, Matt Johnson and Adam Jouning opened on a lovely sunny afternoon. A quick outfield, but spongy wicket made for contrasting batting conditions. Adam was extremely unlucky to drag a full and wide delivery on to his off stump and eventually dislodging one bail. (I am writing this and so that’s how I am telling it).

Meanwhile the Aussie run machine appeared destined for more, as he began to hit boundaries. Matt was even dropped by what turned out to be a truly woeful Kenton fielding side. (Double figures in dropped catches alone)

However a soft dismissal saw off Matt and Jez hit only boundaries before guiding one to gulley. (Hang on, that’s two catches). In slight difficulty and at around 80 for five, Chris Sabine and Paul Lassman then batted extremely well to put together a vital partnership of 70, despite some interesting calling between the wickets from Chris.

I studied the calling closely and realised it was straight out of the Two Ronnie’s Mastermind sketch. Chris’s specalised subject was “calling for the run before last”.

Paul went for 32 and Chris for a very good 76 and with some trademark one-hand hitting from Sage and a cameo from Roy Marett, we managed to reach 225 for 6 in 50 overs.

We adjourned to the pavilion for tea fairly content with our total and, as you do at a cricket tea, tucked in to lasagna and salad washed down by a nice glass of chianti. (I didn’t think I had been away that long!!)

Slightly unsure who should partner Roy in opening the bowling, Jez stepped up and both bowled well against some interesting batting.  Kind of a block, miss, slog routine.

We managed to take some wickets and with the oppo at something like 80 for 5, (I did tell Sage I had a bad memory), we looked to be well and truly on top. However, in a clever subplot, Kenton seemed to have reversed the batting order as the incoming batsmen appeared to be better than the outgoing batsmen.

Adrian, our captain fantastic, was toiling very effectively away from one end, (delighted to see he still plays cricket in stripey pants), while the bowling was alternated at the other end. At this moment we really needed to put the foot on Kenton’s jugular, but some slightly wayward bowling, (not from our captain, I hasten to add), allied to Kenton’s clever batting order plot, meant that Kenton worked their way back in to the game needing only six an over. The tension grew, as Southgate worked hard in the field and Kenton threatened to make us pay. By this time members of the 2nd X1 wandered over and kindly offered their support, as their newly gained winning streak had sadly come to an abrupt end.

Sage continued to bowl some wiley/stripey pants stuff from one end as young Haider offered up some canny spin at the other. Wickets came as Southgate took their catches and applied unbearable pressure to Kenton’s batsmen. At 180 for 9 in the 46th over, the win was tangible. Fielders accumulated around the bat and Kenton’s last pair felt the heat of Sage’s captaincy.

The Kenton tailenders (or were they really their openers?) remained stoic and were still there for the final over. Adrian had taken six wickets for very little at this point and the stage was seemingly set for the captain, as he stepped up to bowl the final over. Two blocked deliveries and the number 11 looked set to stay. However, there was a glimmer of hope when the blocking number 11 succumbed to our 2nd X1’s jibe of “Let’s see you smack one”, as he bizarrely slogged one over mid on with three balls remaining. But alas the final wicket did not tumble and Kenton finished on 190 for 9 off their 50 overs. Adam Jouning

4s

Kenton v Southgate

Kenton won by 5 wickets

Southgate 181-7 (50 overs)

Burrows 56

Stokes 32 not out

Kenton 182-5 (40 overs)

Simply looking at the scores it seems as though we were outplayed, however, this was a very good game of cricket. It was somewhat reminiscent of a boxing match that ended with a last-round knockout that nobody quite expected.

11 men of Southgate good and true meandered down to Kenton park avenue. Gunn arrived, slightly late, so unusual for Southgate.  One quick bosh, chip to cover, one quick bosh, Southgate lover.

But I am turning into Peter Jouning

With typical irreverence the rest of the SCC batting line up enjoyed themselves, briefly marshalled by Doug the Crab Gordon. At 50-1 (the aforementioned lover enjoying the Kenton suntrap) Alex Habberley made the first bid of the season for the Stevie Wonder umpiring award when he adjudged the Crab LBW from a piece of swing bowling by a left arm over the wicket bowler that defied theoretical quantum physics. Alex, if you want to bat that much, play Sundays.

50-1 swiftly became 70-5 as Haria and Chipperfield both gave the Kenton outcast Ginga Minga catching practice off full bungers, and Will Green was unluckily caught behind by the octogenarian wicketkeeper who at that stage was our top scorer. The fall of the fifth wicket had Habberley reaching for his pads. All Southgate skippers know this is not a good sign and so a very concerned Lord Straightbreak ambled to the wicket to join a very confused Clive Burrows. “What’s going on Skip?” said our number 4. “B******d if I know was the aristocratic reply from his Lordship “but Habberley is getting his mums on so we better hang around until Tuesday!”

70-5 became 160-5 with the sort of risk-free batting that would have had Boycott purring and Twenty20 fans poking knitting needles in their eyes. It was so dull I would rather have umpired in 100 degree heat watching Gordon and Stavri play for a draw at four wickets down.

Clive played very methodically, under strict nagging from the skipper that we had to get at least 200 to stand any chance, and the captain kept his end up with the type of intensive reverse strike farming not seen since Michael Holding was bowling at 300mph in the 1976 Oval Test. The captain limped (literally) to a dreadful 32 not out that permanently ended any lingering friendships or respect he may ever have enjoyed at Kenton Cricket Club.

Arvind “Bashit” Shah showed us how to do it, taking 12 off the last over, further illustrating the current captain’s total inadequacy with the bat. “At least Habs didn’t get in” was the only consoling thought as SCC enjoyed a high quality but slightly meagre tea. Good thing Rolty wasn’t there or there would have been several Mac attacks on the return journey.

We were 20-40 short and I knew it. We needed to get some early breaks and they just didn’t happen. Alex and Rohail bowled fast and straight. The ball went up in the air but not to hand. Frankly, Alex was too quick for one of the openers, who developed the interesting technique of nearly standing on the square leg umpire’s toes to avoid getting hurt. The breakthrough finally came at 60 when Alex got a little bit of away movement off the wicket to bowl the aforementioned reversing batsman middle and leg.

Straightbreak and Shah then did their impersonation of Albert De Salvo (look it up Kunjal) and slowed the game down so much that at one point it looked as though Stokes was bowling to himself. 44 runs came in 15 overs as the bowlers swung the match decidedly in favour of the draw, with the help of some ultra-conservative batting. They needed 25 needed off 5 overs and they had been scoring at less than 3s

Three overs later it was finished as two youngsters, clearly brought up on IPL and with no regard for their own wicket, played a shot a ball and saw Kenton home.

Not quite sure how we lost that one. If I can’t figure that one out and my batting gets worse then I might be turning into Sage. Is this a mid-life crisis or am I already too old.

Next week, Richmond 5s. I will be at Twickenham trying to remember how to bat. Memo to Bob Cole: Perfection is not a not out

Lord Straightbreak of Cantbat

Only two reports filed before the deadline this week, which is frankly shoddy work (I can forgive J Jouning a slight lapse here given the quality of his work – but Jamie, please, more about the tea next time). Please someone, anyone, file something for the 2s games and I’ll try to fit that in as well as getting Britain’s leading entertainment magazine to press on time.

That’s Radio Times, everyone, available at all good shops, just £1.20. or go to radiotimes.com

If nothing is filed I’ll just make up some old bollocks and then you’ll be sad.

Curry night – 28 May

Faisal Mir is orchestrating a trip to the Dipali curry house on Saturday night. If you’re interested in hoovering up some delicious post-match nosh, this could be your moment. For more details and to book a space contact Faisal directly at faisal1605mir@hotmail.com

Dipali is based on Aldermans Hill in Palmers Green and is a proud purveyor of fine Indian cuisine and an official sponsor of Southgate CC. Naans the size of your head and free home delivery within a five-mile radius – dipali.co.uk or call 020 8886 2221

More time for tea

On the subject of food, I receive a lot of feedback each week from tearful readers eager to express their gratitude for the Bugle’s existence. But there are complaints, too. I can’t ignore that fact, so here it is in black and white. Many, many readers frankly don’t care who played who, who scored how many runs or took how many wickets. They only care about the standard of the teas provided, who ate what and how much Rolty consumed. So come on scribes, put a bit more effort into describing the teas – your public demands it.

The view from mid off (saving two)

I was delighted when gifted veteran batsman and one-time SCC stalwart Ian Henley volunteered to write a thought-provoking piece covering all facets of the game of cricket for this week’s Bugle – a piece of great interest, I’m sure, to many readers and a chance for a fast-fading talent to look back on his heyday, whenever that was. Fortunately he hasn’t filed his copy, but if you’re out there Ian, please get in touch.

Please send the results for next weekend’s games and match reports to Rob Johnson – rob.johnson@ecb.co.uk. I’m off for some altitude training in Lanzarote to work on my forward defensive prod.

Bugle week 2 – 14 May

Three victories for the Trees

* Sue’s lasagne is the secret weapon as 1s win off the last ball of the match

* Charlie Sheen inspires 2s as they destroy  Ickenham

* Records tumble as 3s defeat Winchmore Hill

* 10-man 4s almpost pull off a miracle against Winchmore Hill

Here’s how it all happened…

1st XI

Southgate 206 all out 51 overs

Hornsey 182 all out 49 overs

Southgate won by 24 runs

Southgate Dab Off Hornsey

dab 1 (db)

v. dabbed, dab·bing, dabs

v.tr.

1. To apply with short poking strokes: dabbed some paint on the worn spots

2. To cover lightly with, or as if with, a moist substance

3. To strike or hit lightly

4. To poke ineffectually outside off stump, often resulting in dismissal.

To some it is a disgusting stroke, the like of which should be outlawed by the ICC forever more. Or at least until September post league season matches. Just ask the Hornsey keeper. To others it is an act of pure unadulterated orgasmic beauty. Just ask Alvin.

For the purposes of this piece I should inform you that yours truly is a Dab-Sceptic. In darkest valleys where leeks grow on a length and unimaginable things happen to the groundsman’s sheep, I was always told by our coach:

“Oh Butt. Don’t ewe ever let me catch ewe dabbing butt or I’ll smash ewer head in. Butt. Innit”. “Tidy”.

Anyway. I digress. To the game.

In an effort to rehearse for the early starts that theeason 2012 season will surely bring (cue disastrous losing streak post this match report) the 1st XI turned up to Skippy’s for a 7am breakfast call. Creese tucked in to a sumptuous eggs benedict with salmon and a pot of Earl Grey, whilst skipper Johnson enjoyed a fine selection of pastries, occasionally peering above Saturday’s FT hoping to steal a glimpse of Sue and her lovely puppies bulging up her jumper. Phil tucked in to an egg McMuffin and milkshake having found his nearest Maccy D emporia 3.21 miles and 4.16 miles away from the Walker Ground respectively.

Wiping the last of the pain au chocolat away from his mouth, Johnson strolled to the middle to lose his 456th toss in succession: Southgate to bat first against new boys Hornsey. “Hurrah!” the batters thought, “Fresh meat for the Southgate run machine” but unfortunately all was not plain sailing.

Hornsey opened up with a giant running downhill and down wind who, on a fresh pitch, bowled well and proved difficult to get away. Jouning departed early to a good low catch; Allan threatened the scorers briefly with his new ‘cheat bat’ before becoming the first Dab victim of the day, performing a classical lesser-spotted-upper-dab to a grateful keeper. Creese was the victim of the Dab’s estranged wayward and not-to-be-talked-about cousin: the top edged bunt. Alvin played well and marched on serenely to a well-made 50 before executing an exquisite Dab Classique to the keeper. Faisal and Watto bucked the trend by getting out to standard dismissals before Johnson resumed normal service with another quite effortless 2011 En Primeur Dab. Hadge and Tom Yeomans played extremely well in taking us towards the 200 mark with a last-minute stand in which Scott McGuinness played a super cameo. Phil tried to keep up appearances with a poorly executed Dab: judges awarding him a ‘dink’ instead.

Half time:

Southgate 206 all out

Southgate Dabs: 3.5

Hornsey Dabs: 0

Southgate Doosra: 0

Hornsey Doosra: 0

Following a stirring half-time lasagne medley the lads strolled out to the middle knowing that a disciplined line just outside off stump and back of a length would surely entice the Hornseyians in to some uncontrolled dabbing. This was not to be as the openers got off to a solid start and we put down a couple of chances. Cue spin twins Creese and Johnson to the rescue and some excellent, tight, doosra-heavy bowling. Thanks God. Despite no dabbing there were no runs either and at 70-4 off 25 overs it was all to play for. Then marched to the crease the Australian Barry Bonds who, fresh from a Bunting clinic in Amsterdam, proceeded to dispatch us to all parts. Thankfully he realised he might be winning it for them, bottled it, and headed straight for the nearest Fosters stand for a pick me up. Southgate back in charge.

The game then ebbed and flowed with Creese bowling 243 consecutive doosras and Faisal bowling full straight and fast at the now bedazzled tailenders. But still not a Dab in sight and with the Hornsey keeper playing a star role in saving the game for his side it seemed that 10 points were slipping through Southgate’s hands once again.

That was so 2010.

With one ball to go, skipper Johnson noticed the Hornsey Hero eye up the third man boundary with just a little bit of drool on his lower lip and a twitch in his bottom hand. All classic symptoms of you-know-what, trusty readers. Rob knew the game was up and dutifully packed the slip and gully cordon with all 10 of us and waited for the inevitable*. Faisal did the needful and was already running to the pavilion in celebration before the ball had even pitched: out came the batsmen’s curtain rail, open went the shoulders; wrists; feet; and bat face. Schnick went the edge and thud went the ball in to Watto’s grateful hands, to the dulcet tones of Richie Benaud. A quite beautiful dab that had the pundits applauding and Alvin in tears of joy.

Full time:

Southgate 206 all out

Hornsey 182 all out

Southgate Dabs: 3.5

Hornsey Dabs: 1

Southgate Doosra: 754

Hornsey Doosra: 0

A great 10 points for the Southgate army against a good Hornsey side who will do well in 2011. Next week Brentham and a top of the table clash.

Athers  (aka Tom Allan)

*I mean fair play to him. What better way to save the game than to try and run one through 1st slips legs for 4?

2nd XI

Ickenham v Southgate

Southgate won by 138 runs

Southgate 269-9 dec (52 overs)

Ickenham 131 all out (39.3 overs)

Winning is one word that seems to have escaped the Southgate 2nd XI for the last 22 games, 13200 balls and if anyone would like to count the minutes then do so and this can be edited later…

So to the second game of the league away at Ickenham and it’s only fitting that this match report was as late as Dawson-Goodey and Vinson were to the start of the game.  An inspiring e-mail from Vikas during the week (Friday) sent out a clear message that the 2s must, and will, do better.  Vikas therefore instructed that all the 2s sit down and watch footage of Charlie Sheen and Winning!!

“I’m not bi-polar, I’m bi-winning. I win here and I win there” (Charlie Sheen, 2011)

Sources say that the 2nd XI started with a good warm-up, without a brand spanking new ball, then Vikas lost the toss but hoped to put a healthy score on a decent track.

Out strode Wilson and Clark, the latetr brimming with confidence after a lovely ton, and Wilson hoping that the opening bowlers were somewhat better than the week before.  At 70ish for no loss off 10 overs, things were looking good, and things got slightly better when Southgate last two players rocked up an hour late. Clark was the first to go from an LBW (Clark a firm believer that LBWs are never out and all umpires are idiots) and Wilson just afterwards. This brought two new batsmen to the crease and consolidation was on their mind. Enter second Charlie Sheen quote

“I’m here and I’m ready. They’re not. Bring it” (Charlie Sheen, 2011)

Vikas then tried to pull a half volley outside off stump over square leg and played on, bringing newly promoted Max Joseph to the crease. A partnership of 136 followed between Dawson-Goodey and Joseph, and with numbers in the shed we looked in a strong position to kick on to a big score.  We eventually posted 269 runs, with Vinson making a great contribution with a quick-fire 30 to give Southgate a good score to defend.

Then came tea – Ickenham had sandwiches, tea, biscuits – Southgate went for Tiger Blood.

Well filled on Winning, Southgate set their targets on the 10 points, Abdul took the first opener with a lovely straight ball that the batsmen just wanted to play from the square leg umpire. Ickenham’s number 3 entered the park and the partnership between him and the other opener did trouble Southgate’s bowlers, putting runs on the board quickly. However Ickenham began to lose wickets thanks to spells from Ali 4-38, who bowled some tidy lines and nearly bagged a hat trick in the process, and Faruqi 4-43, whose Shane Warne-esque turn and bounce frustrated the Ickenham lower order, who in the end could only find Southgate fielders.  With Ali wrapping up the last wicket, Southgate broke their losing streak and all players went to the one and only Charlie Sheen for his support and coaching. The third Charlie Sheen quote:

“Boom, crush. Night, losers. Winning, duh.” (Charlie Sheen,2011)

Robert Dawson-Goodey

3rd XI

Winchmore Hill v Southgate

Southgate won by 65 runs

Southgate 355-4 dec

Matty Thornton 167

Jeremy Dangerfield 129

Winchmore Hill 290 all out

Roy Marett 6 for something

What a game. Runs were scored, records were broken and we only had 10 men for half the match.

Batting first, the road, sorry, I mean pitch, looked solid. With one short boundary and a quick outfield, the signs looked promising. Before I talk about the massacre that followed, let me introduce a young man that some of you might not of met, but after this match will defiantly of heard of. Matty Thornton an overseas player from Australia. An opening bowler by trade, he was injured on the Thursday was put into the 3s to get some batting practice. Well, that went rather well as he carved out a wonderful maiden century for himself – 167, which looked easy at times.

It seemed that the day belonged to Matty, but one stalwart had others ideas. Jeremy Dangerfield showed us all how it’s done by clobbering 129 to equal his highest score for the club (Thank you Gunny). Guiding the ball to all parts, he and Matty came together to make the highest partnership in Southgate.

That was Jeremy’s only contribution in the match as he had to leave 10 overs into the second innings for a prior engagement. Well, at least he made a ton, otherwise turning up just to bat and making nought could have been embarrassing.
Sage declared on 355-3  off  45overs, a titanic score. We actually run out of space in the score book. Winchmore Hill trudged off the field looking like they had just run a marathon and looked rather dejected. Tea ensued and then we set about trying to bowl them out in 55 overs.
Roy Marett opened the bowling to a 17-year-old opener by the name of Toby, and both were set for a big afternoon. Toby attempted to slog Roy over cow corner for 6 off the first ball, but only managed to test out the strength of his box instead. But it was a sign of things to come. Your scribe opened from the opposite end and the youngster hit me for 6 off my third ball. I only mention this youngster because he went on to make a century, his first and the third of the match. The game went back and forth and it even looked at one point that they would make their target, the short boundary again playing a part.

Paul Lassman then made a massive breakthrough ending a strong partnership and then wickets started to fall. Sage, holding up one end on his broad shoulders, collected two wickets, and six fell to Roy, who finished off brilliantly in his second spell.  Two of these wickets deserve a mention. One was a quite brilliant stumping by Ricky with the ball taken a yard outside off and catching the batsman with his foot in the air. The second was down to Fred Allen, who had a mixed day, padded up for what must have been 20 overs and was then out sweeping. Never fear though. With game poised at 290-9 and the Hill blocking for the draw, Fred made amends. Roy had been running in hard in his second spell and shaping the ball away but they just weren’t playing. Then one caught the edge and flew hard down low to Fred’s right at second slip where he took it one-handed to win the match. Grandstand finish stuff.
It was a hard-fought win in the end in the end, but very much deserved. Plaudits to all though for a tough slog in the field and keeping the heads high.
Chippers (aka Luke Chipperfield)

Stats guardian Ricky Gunn says: Technically speaking, Jez’s previous personal best still stands because it was not out, viz.

129*    J. D. Dangerfield v Old Millhillians (h) 1991.

The second-wicket partnership of 278 between Thornton and Dangerfield (from 24 – cheers Kunjal, out for 8 – to 302)  way exceeds any previous partnership for any wicket.

4th XI

gratuitous picture of Lord Straightbreak Len Stokes

Southgate v Winchmore Hill

Winchmore Hill won by 109 runs

Winchmore Hill 253-9 dec (43 overs)

Southgate 144 all out (40 overs)

Lord Straightbreak handed over the reins as he took a game off to watch his beloved Liverpool FC (but Len, you come from London and the game was on Sunday?).

After scrabbling around to find stumps and wicket keeping gear we only had seven players 10 minutes after the scheduled start, but luckily were up to 10 when we got going. Fortunately the choice of opening bowlers didn’t stretch the new skipper too much and Arvind Shah and Rohail Razzaq both bowled good, long spells. Arvind had a bit more luck and finished with three wickets. A couple of them were beauties that wobbled in just enough to defeat well-set batsmen. Rohail kept the batsmen on the back foot and would have got a couple of wickets on another day. However, the Hill batted positively throughout and kept the rate at above 5 an over. The pleasing thing was that our fielding held up well under pressure and, in particular, young wicketkeeper Alfie Packer had a very good day.

The bowling was switched to Simon Mills and Jonathan Baker. Simon made a good start, but then tended to drift to the leg side. Nevertheless, a promising start. Jon settled into a good rhythm and showed the virtues of bowling wicket to wicket. He had Mike Parsons well caught in the deep by Matt Dias, after a typically hard-hit 50, and then proceeded to gradually run through the batting, finishing with an excellent 9-1-55-6. By this time Vernon Dias had been called in late to make up our 11 and he had a bowl. All the time the Hill continued at a good rate, with most of their batsmen getting a quick 20 or 30. As Baker worked through the team it was just possible that we would bowl them out for about 200 and have a competitive target, but they had a decent last-wicket stand that meant we were chasing 250.

At 18-3 the target looked a long way away. The bowling attack was well above 4th XI standard, with two fairly quick left-arm seamers. The best example was Will Green who was unlucky to be cleaned up early by a quick yorker. Our inexperienced batsmen generally played carefully, then got a few runs and then got out trying something a bit more extravagant. Not something Gordon could ever be accused of, but after watching from the other end for an hour he tamely chipped out for 25 and we were 68-6. Just as well Vernon did help us out at the last minute. After a short partnership with his son, Will, who hit a stylish 17, Vernon went on to make a good 60 that included lots of authentic shots not often seen in the 4th XI. So in partnership with Mills and Baker this got us to a respectable score and the Hill were just starting to get nervous about finishing us off when a couple of quick wickets closed out the game.

So from a not very promising start we had a decent game and some notable contributions. Special thanks to Packers and the Diases for turning out, especially Vernon for cutting short a shopping trip with Mrs D. Doug Gordon

Bugle week 1 – 7 May

Fine victory for 1s but 2s fail, 3s fold and 4s flop

Here’s how it all happened

1st XI

Highgate v Southgate

Southgate won by 3 wickets

Highgate 165 all out (37 overs)

Creese 4-32

Mir 4-38

Southgate 166-7 (50.4 overs)

April was an exciting and high-spirited month with soaring temperatures, a royal wedding, and some encouraging pre-season cricket. Into May and with the league looming was there a change of temperature, a hint of rain in the air and perhaps a different challenge awaiting the 1st XI as we visited Division 2 new boys Highgate.

With Creese and Allan keen for a net prior to the warm-up and skipper Johnson prepared for a net at any time of day or night (7:30am at Lord’s with Jouners the day before) we may have looked a bit keen turning up at 10:30 for a 1pm kick-off. In fact we arrived well before the Highgate 2nds who were en route to the Walker.

It was muggy swinging conditions and the track was British racing green and damp, so the toss was an important one to win and there was little hesitation in asking the Highgate skipper, Eddie Bins, to bat first.

Nestled between a number of neighbouring clubs, the Highgate ground is one of the smallest around and with short, straight hits there is an element of home advantage. With Arshad Bhatti missing due to an injured hamstring the new-ball pair of Woffers and Hadgie bowled really nicely. After a short while the temptation to slog Woffers for six proved too much and some effective, if largely agricultural, striking kick started the Highgate innings. In reply, a superb leg-side stumping from Phil Dunnett gave Hadgie a well-deserved breakthrough.

Numbers 3 and 4 weren’t shy of a biff over midwicket and the Southgate bowlers showed perseverance in weathering the storm. A run out from James Watkins removed one danger man and a catch at mid-off the other and at 160 for 3 the Southgate attack sniffed the chance of a collapse.

165 all out was more than just a collapse and credit is due to Faisal Mir who attacked the stumps in a two-over spell that yielded four quick wickets, and Matt Creese who bowled a very tidy spell and also claimed four. Well done to Phil who kept beautifully again, taking two stumpings and an excellent legside catch from Faisal.

A collapse of such magnitude could have caught out even the most well prepared of caterers, but the Highgate staff were scrambled and put on an excellent spread [nice segue into the food section, but this is a missed opportunity, more details needed here – Ed]. After a strong performance in the tea room especially from hungry left-armers Hadgie and Yeomans we settled in for the inevitable problem-free run chase.

Unfortunately I think it’s fair to say they bowled a lot better than they batted. With nagging seam from one end and high-quality, left-arm spin from Syeed ‘Chunka’ Kerrah at the other end, Highgate applied pressure from the off. The ball moved around but we actually lost both openers early to Karrah long hops and suddenly faced a lot of pressure. Tom Allan followed for a gritty 9 and with the score on 56/3 it was very much game on.

Faisal and Creesey got to work and put on 21, but with Creese gone for 39 to more spin it was James Watkins who took centre stage as the finisher with a measured and assured 27 not out. He stood firm as first Faisal (29) and he put on 39, and then  Hadgie, with an aggressive 28, got us within striking distance.

Just as we’d thought it was in the bag, Highgate brought on a part-time leggie who first bagged Hadgie with a well-landed googly and probably should have Johnson when the skipper survived an enormous first-ball appeal for LBW.

Having felt justifiably guilty for his fellow leggie a sheepish Johnson hit a four and then promptly got run out to make amends. However, with the ever-reliable Tom Yeomans in at 9, he and Watto saw us home courtesy of  some byes.

Overall it was good to get the game won by whatever margin and valuable points on the board. I’d be surprised if a few teams don’t find Highgate something of a handful on their own turf.

With the other new team to Division 2 Hornsey coming to Southgate on Saturday we will hope for continued early promise. Rob Johnson

2nd XI

Southgate v Highgate

Highgate won by 4 wickets

Southgate 230-6 (50 overs)

Emmons 117

Highgate 231-6 (48.3 overs)

It was a new dawn, it was a new day, a new season and we were feeling good. Vikas’s inspiring email earlier in the week had the lions within us roaring. Why were we in this division? How do we get out of it? Our squad on paper was as good as you could ask for. We were here to win. We were all aware how important the toss was. Simple plan… stick em in, bowl well and with our batting line up we will chase down whatever they throw at us.

Tits up. We lost the toss and were put in. Since the whole team was at the ground we decided to have a few catching drills. Out of 11 kit bags the only ball we could find was a spanking-new Miandad special that pinged off Jamie’s bat and thudded into our palms. One by one everyone succumbed to the pain and gave up.

So to the game. Our esteemed, reliable and confident opening pair of Jamie and Paddy walked out to the middle. Helmets, thigh pads, inner thigh pads all geared up to face what openers like, are prepared for, and usually face. Much to Jamie’s disgust they were both very gentle on-the-spot bowlers. However the track was playing funny, with the odd one rising more than others and it was harder to bat than it looked and Jamie gave away his wicket early to a loose shot at cover.

Clark at number three was very determined and with a good range of scores behind him already for the club he started off confidently, picking singles and hitting the boundary when required. Both Paddy and Clark kept the board ticking along, having to be creative with their shots due to the variable bounce.

Paddy made a patient knock of 32 before rolling back his French cricket days. Both feet pointing towards the bowler, swiping across the line of the ball, hitting him right in front of the stumps in between the two pads. It was very uncharacteristic of Paddy, as one associates his technique with finesse and style. We gave it out from square leg.

Rob in at 4 and the pair played some very intelligent and clever cricket, pinching singles and rotating the strike very well. Clark reached a much-deserved 100 and we were about 200 with 45 overs gone. Vikas sent the signal to the middle to speed it all up. Rob was out for a well-made 49. Rather like Stephen Fleming in the 90s, Rob seems to struggle in the 40s. Clark departed for a superb 117 and then Omair, Vikas and Adam biffed their way through the final few overs to get us to a very respectable total of 230.

With lunch out of the way it was our turn in the field. Up the hill we had Matt (aka Brett) and down the hill Omair (aka Waqar). A fantastic sight to see two good quick bowlers bowling in tandem in the 2s and actually making the opposition opening batsmen jump about. They both found their line and length quickly and Omair was very unlucky not to have any success, including a yorker that hit the batsman’s toe bang in front but wasn’t given. Matt managed to get two good wickets, but Highgate kept the score moving.

They had two good left-hand batsmen who took advantage of the smaller boundary on one end especially when Zulfi and myself came on to bowl. Abdul bowled a quality spell beating the bat a numerous amount of times. I know it’s always the excuse but the wicket started to get better and the awkward bounce our lads had to deal with seemed to disappear. Vikas had one or two more aces up his sleeve when he brought on Vinson and Paddy and all of a sudden there was a flurry of wickets and we had them five down. Both Paddy and Adam bowled with good control and to their set fields.

Highgate maintained their required run rate and their numbers 6 and 7 notched up a partnership of about 50 off the last 10 to see them home with a couple of overs to go.

1st game of the season and a loss.
However we all felt we can easily get up from this and that disheartening feeling of last season was not there. We knew had we have batted second we would have done much better. Our fielding was good, the team spirit was good and most of all we played as a team. With  good availability, a bit of fine tuning, all elements being equal and a bit of luck we will hopefully roll over teams like this in the future. Sam Faruqi

3rd XI

Southgate v Ickenham

Ickenham won by 46 runs

Ickenham 152 all out (37.4 overs)

Carr 5-52

Southgate 106 all out (33.4 overs)

No report filed.

4th XI

Highgate v Southgate

Highgate won by three wickets

Southgate 189-7d (47 overs)

Highgate 195-7 (44.1 overs)

It was a good game. Had we taken all our catches we might have won it, but to be fair to Highgate they batted very well in the middle. Just when they were getting on top we took a wicket and occasionally someone was actually given out.

Moments of amusement included the fact that Highgate had never seen Arvind Shah bat before. For those Southgate members not used to this phenomenon, it’s a mixture of resoulte defence combined with a gentle sprinkling of kamikaze-esque swings of the bat. Ably abetted by Roy Marett (actually it was the other way round, but never let the truth get in the way of a good story) Arvind added 70-odd unbroken for the last wicket, forcing the brains trust of Gordon and Stokes to pitch the declaration. Let’s have one more, chirps up former captain Dowsett. We are hungry, concluded the brains trust

Tea was interesting but nowhere as Carribbean as the previous week’s irradiated chicken. The absence of Rolt meant that there were leftovers. Unthinkable in a Rolt-inspired food fest

The second half was a seesaw affair. Their opener was so plum he walked only to get halfway down the wicket before he realised he hadn’t been given. Matthew Dias pulled off the catch of the season to dismiss the other opener (sorry Delmore.) Numbers 3 and 4 took it to about 90 before Stokes and Marett tried to strangle them out. That didn’t quite work and they kept up with the rate. Arivind teased out the number 3 and it looked like one end may be opening up. Stokes eventually dismissed three more with a combined age of 41, we were told afterwards, and Roy chipped in with another.

They eventually won in the last over with all five Southgate bowlers (Rohail Razzaq and Alex Habberley being the other two) acquitting themselves well. In retrospect, we must take our catches and hope we get some sensible umpiring. Highgate will clearly be near the top of this league at the end of the season. We need to be above them. If we played this game 10 times we would win four of them. Today was not our day Straightbreak

Sunday 8 May

The Southgate XI v MCC 8 May 2011

Southgate v Marylebone Cricket Club

Southgate won by 8 wickets

MCC 231 for 9 (59 overs)

Tom Allan 68

Johnson 4-70

Southgate 235 for 2 (41 overs)

Creese 115*

Yeomans 68*

The biennial all day match against the MCC was a grand occasion with a number of Southgate members featuring for the opposition and plenty of games within games. Southgate hadn’t won the fixture for a number of years so it was important to get a good XI out and treat the fixture as a good opportunity for players to impress on and off the pitch.

Under captain’s instructions the players were asked to dress appropriately for this type of fixture and there were some truly memorable efforts. The Creese cravat was combined with duck egg blue boat shoes shorts and a blazer, Yoemans opted for a look that resembled a cross between Mr Bean and a 1970s geography teacher and Little Phil looked like a waiter from an Italian restaurant. I think it goes without saying that Sage looked every inch the part and it was good to set the tone early on.

Having left the covers off it was an excellent toss to win so with some overnight moisture in the pitch to assist the bowlers Southgate took the field. Opening the bowling from the Waterfall Road end was South Australian Matt Thornton who joins Southgate having played against Michael Stevens in the winter. He quickly found the right length to bowl and kept things very tight. Down the hill was Tom Yeomans in ideal sticky conditions for his nagging left arm swing and seam.

Opening the batting for MCC was Alvin Durgacharan and we were delighted to see the back of him caught by Creese off a leading edge to Yeomans.

Matt picked up a well-deserved wicket with a perfect inswinging Yorker and MCC’s number 3 (Tom Allan) and 4 (Ollie Slipper) started slowly against tidy bowling.

As the scoring rate increased, Allan reached a well constructed half century but departed just before lunch caught and bowled by Creese.

Post-lunch, Mark Singleton in the lofty batting position of number 5 showed us what he’s capable of with a bunt for 6 over midwicket – a stroke the author may never be allowed to forget.

His 34 was a very good innings and we wish him a speedy and full recovery from the knee injury currently preventing him keeping wicket – Sage has already got an opening berth in the 3s lined up on this showing if not!

Faisal collected 2 for 15, once again bowling well with an old ball and Rob J managed to pick up a couple of wickets at the death bowling better up the hill in his second spell.

MCC skipper Jeremy Dangerfield called time on the innings on 231/9, which we felt was attainable providing the batters played positively and played well.

Opening up, Creese and Watkins looked good and it was a shame to see the latter depart for 20 caught 1st slip from a good one. Creese looked solid and was joined by Southgate new boy Clark Emmons fresh from his maiden ton for the second XI the day before. There followed a partnership of 70 in good time with both batsmen looking in control of their game, rotating the strike intelligently and hitting the bad ball effectively. As the MCC attack toiled there was time for tea but as we resumed there were still plenty of runs up for grabs.

Clark went for one big hit too many and was snapped up by Singleton in the unaccustomed position of cow corner off Alvin’s bowling. He was replaced by Tom Yeomans who began in slightly scratchy fashion but sensed the urgency as the last 20 were called and suddenly found his rhythm with some sweetly timed boundaries.

At the other end, Creese was focused, treating good balls with due care and attention while hitting the bad ball exceptionally hard. It was quite a treat to watch him smash the ball to all corners of the Walker Ground and he went to a well-deserved ton with a boundary. He then hit the next ball so hard it fairly whistled through extra cover before many fielders had even seen it. That shot was one for the memory, as was a Yeoman’s extra cover drive which oozed class and authority.

The eventual win was by a comfortable 8 wickets with Matt Creese 115 not out and Tom Yeomans 68 not out. Overall a really enjoytable day, great to get a win over the MCC and hugely encouraging to see some good young cricketers playing for the club on a Sunday. Rob Johnson

Siva takes 8-for as Habs Boys beat MCC

Well done to Southgate left arm spinner Ashley Sivarajah took 8 wickets for his school Habs Boys in a defeat of the MCC mid-week. His spell of 21 overs, 7 maidens, 8 for 52 rightly earned him man of the match in the schools first victory in the fixture since 2007.

Southgate host MCC in an all day fixture on Sunday.

Rolty refuses “hot” chicken…

First mention of Delmore in 2011 season reports!

Rolty’s magic bat fails (again)


Southgate v North London, a friendly played some time between the end of last season and now.

Southgate 3rd XI 167

North London 168 -3

North London won by seven wickets. We were third

Things we expect

Shiv Sharma hit the ball hard – 47 runs worth
Doug didn’t – 1 runs worth
Stokes got a wicket
Marett got a wicket

Things we do not expect

Delmore takes blinding catch
Gunn has day off

Not sure which of the last two items were the bigger surprise.

PS Hottest chicken ever served for tea. Rolt goes hungry. Actually, that is the biggest shock of the day.

Lord Straightbreak

2011 subs

No, that isn’t a reference to a large fleet of submarines, Southgate CC  needs your money

A reminder that annual playing subscriptions are now due: £80 working adult; £50 student/concessionary.

Thank you to those players who have already paid and especially to the honorary members and vice-presidents who continue to support us year in and year out. The generosity of our members and sponsors meant that we covered our costs last year ,but we need to finance a new sightscreen and shelter on the back ground, a mobile cage net for the colts, update the scorebox and finance repairs to the covers.

If there are any of you who feel the website has been worth visiting but have physically “drifted away” from the club, please contact Ricky Gunn on ricky@gunn1.com or write to him at 27 Colne Road, Winchmore Hill, London N21 2JG to become an honorary member.

There are also a few vice-presidents whom we have not heard from for a while so please relive your memories of Southgate with a donation for old times’ sake.

Thank you for all your contributions.

Trees tumble out of ECB Club Championship

ECB National Club Championship 30 April

Brondesbury 278 (all out)

Faisel Mir 5-25

Southgate 225/6

Rob Dawson-Goodey 52

Brondesbury win by 53 runs

The 1st XI hosted Brondesbury in the first round of the ECB National Club Championship at the Walker Ground, and on yet another sunny April day Southgate opted to bowl first.

Arshad Bhatti and Hadgie shared the new ball and bowled nicely without success against the experienced Tommy Simpson and the promising Will Vanderspar (actually William Gordan Rufus Vanderspar, if only I’d checked in advance!) put together a 75-run opening partnership.

With the mandatory 15 overs of fielding restrictions relaxed Alvin took a sharp return catch in his first over, with Simpson foxed by a subtle lack of turn.

With Robinson providing some tidy off-spin from the Adelaide end Brondesbury ran well between the wickets and accumulated another very useful 50-odd runs before Alvin collected Vandespar lbw for 58.

One Ex-Etonion wannabe professional cricketer was replaced by another, with the powerfully built Ajay Sangha at four, he talked a good game, hit the ball very hard and struggled to run in the heat (good luck in Delhi, lad) but for all of his nonsense looked a decent cricketer.

After good spells from Durgas and Paddy, Rob and Faisal took the responsibility of bowling at the death with contrasting fortunes. Faisal bowled really well and collected 5-25 with some good tight, death bowling, your correspondent sadly had a pretty average day and bowled far too many loose deliveries.

With wickets tumbling rapidly the Bron tailenders were caught with their trousers off, not to mention their batting pads, and after a lengthy delay and no little confusion both were comically and unusually timed out, meaning that Southgate had dismissed the visitors inside the 45 overs. The target set was a formidable 279 to win in 45 overs.

The Southgate innings showed promise but in truth the run scoring was kept firmly in check by some excellent seam bowling early on. Tom Parsons, who took the new ball up the hill, has played for Kent 1st XI and is currently playing for Middlesex 2nds , he used the new ball to good effect, taking the wickets of Jamie Jouning and Tom Allan. In tandem with Toby Sharp down the hill they set a miserly tone in the powerplay overs.

Jonathan Newell was the better of the two spinners and bowled intelligently to take 3 for 39, he was well supported by Sangha who kept it very tight, only conceding 24 from his allotted 9 overs.

At this stage realistic hopes of victory were very slim, but it was wholly encouraging to see a maiden 1st XI 50 for Rob Dawson-Goodey, who hit a memorable six into the tennis courts and showed us a glimpse of his talents. In a partnership of 95 with the skipper, Rob D-G took centre stage and was only dismissed with a handful of deliveries left.

Ultimately defeat by 50 odd runs was a fair result and certainly no disgrace to the Southgate XI who tried their utmost on the day. With fewer extras, slightly better bowling at times and we could have been chasing 250, which could have been possible had someone had a good day with the bat, but good luck to Brondesbury who look a formidable team in 2011.

In these circumstances I think football managers typically say it’s time to concentrate on the league, so roll on Saturday at Highgate and good luck to all! Rob Johnson

For full scorecard visit:

http://southgate.play-cricket.com/scoreboard/scorecard.asp?id=11170394

But we won this one…

40-over friendly, Sunday 1 May

Southgate v Cockfosters

Southgate won by 18 runs

Southgate won the toss, chose to bat.

Southgate 275-5

Durgacharan 85

Emmons 57

Dawson-Goodey 37*

Cockfosters 257-9

Vinson 3-35

With one new ball to share between the two teams in the final pre-season fixture, Captain Paul Lassman confidently strode out to the middle, won the toss promptly declared that we’d bat first.  Later,  reports suggested that a coin may or may not have been used, and that Paul went to great lengths pointing out areas of the pitch that were likely to ‘do all sorts’ with the new ball…

However, this was clearly enough for the opposition captain, who was unable to see he was standing on a road, and he opened the bowling by pitching it short against the opening pair of Clarke & Alvin, who dispatched the shining Duke to all parts.

Emmons strode on to what an unnamed fellow Middlesex University student described as an “arrogant” 57 against a mediocre attack, while Alvin took his time getting to 50 before letting loose a flurry of shots to end up with 85.

The opening partnership provided a perfect base for the middl order of Andy Grayson, Omar Ali, Rob Dawson-Goodey and Matt Thornton to snatch themselves some useful 20s and 3os to bring the innings to a close on 275-5 off 40 overs.

Fresh from a hearty lasagne, the opening bowling partnership of Aussie seamer Matt Thornton and (presumably tactically picked) slow medium wobbler Mike Carter set about restricting the reply.

Captain Lassman’s half time declaration that this was “the best fielding side he’s ever put out” was surely a temptation fate couldn’t resist, but two fine catches from the Lord Mayor of London Boris Johnson (who may or may not have been a professional lookalike) and one from Omar Ali proved the law of sod wrong.

In addition to a strong fielding performance, a string of wickets from first change bowlers Adam Vinson and David Huntingford saw Cockfosters reeling at 76-4 at the half way stage.

Then opposition captain Tony Sayers strolled in at number 7 and hit a casual 125 in the next 15 overs – featuring three huge sixes hit into the pavilion – to take the score within spitting distance of the Southgate total. Fortunately, overseas experience and a quality catch in the deep by young gun David Huntingford ended the Gayle-esque innings.  A couple of leg-stump yorkers from one-day bowling specialist Rob Dawson-Goodey put an end to the opposition hopes as the day drew to a close and the gusting wind and maddening bell peels drove the teams to the cricketing equivalent of the 19th hole.

In summary, a good first win for this scribbler to preside over and a much deserved win for a hard working Southgate side that stuck to their plans and never gave up.  A quality team performance. Mike Carter