1st XI win promotion to the Premier League

Many congratulations to Rob Johnson and everyone who has played for the 1st XI this season – Saturday’s draw against Acton earned the four points to guarantee promotion. Another four points against Enfield in the last game of the season next Saturday would be enough to clinch the championship.

Here’s how it happened…

Southgate v Acton

match drawn

Southgate 190-6 (55 overs)

Samitha Kumara 65*

James Watkins 50

Acton 133-9 (41)

Samitha Kumara 5-37*

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Meanwhile…

2s

The 2nd XI lie third bottom of Division 2, five points clear of second-bottom team Winchmore Hill. To avoid the drop, the 2s need to achieve a better result than the Hill next Saturday. We are at home to fifth-place Kenton while Winchmore Hill are at home to already-relegated Ickenham.

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3s

The 3s are safe from relegation from Division 3. Not exactly mid-table respectability but heading in the right direction.

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4s

Does anyone out there know what’s happening with the 4s? I suspect another relegation may be looming…

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Match reports to rhewit63@yahoo.co.uk please. I’ve hardly had any reports in the last few weeks so please let’s make an effort to end the season with a bang.

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And finally…

The last Bugle attracted a lot of comments from people, which is always welcome but please let’s keep things businesslike out there. If you have issues you wish to raise the best route is to use the proper channels: club president Peter Jouning, club chairman Ben Hartman or cricket chairman Adrian Carr.

Mini Bugle – results from 20 August

Rain wipes out league programme (almost)

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1s

Shepherds Bush v Southgate

Southgate 18-1 (11 overs)

match abandoned

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2s

Southgate v Indian Gymkhana

Southgate 42-2 (12 overs)

match abandoned

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3s
Southgate v South Hampstead
Match drawn
South Hampstead 208-6 (30 overs)
Southgate 107-5 (30 overs)
A Kennedy 66*
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Uxbridge v Southgate
Match abandoned (probably, but if anyone knows differently let me know)
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A report from the 3s game would be nice, so if someone could oblige please…
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Random match report from previous matches
Sunday friendly – Southgate v Cypos
(not sure of date. And Cypos? A west-London club: Can You Play on Sunday?)

Southgate won by 5 wickets (with four balls to spare)

Cypos 199-7 (40 overs)

Delmore Walters: 8-2-31-2

David Huntingford: 8-2-38-2

Southgate: 200-5, 39.2 overs

Tom Edrich: 61
Paul Lassman: 45
Marcello DeCrescenzo: 27
Also: Will Temple got 4 dismissals (3 catches and a stumping
A glorious day at the Walker Ground saw a Southgate Sunday XI take on Cypos.  With both teams strong on batting, short on bowling and the pitch looking as flat as morale in the Indian dressing room, it was certainly a toss to win. That we did not.

However, an enthusiastic and committed young side fielded well as the bowlers kept things tight for the first 20 overs.  Although wickets were few and far between, the opposition struggled to make the most of the conditions and Delmore Walters and David Huntingford helped themselves to a couple a piece while Berman, Carter and Packer chipped in with one each.  Particular merit goes to Alfie who stuck at it for his full eight overs, bamboozling batsmen with his left arm chinamen.  The visitors finished on 199 from their 40 overs, leaving even the lesser mathematicians among us able to work out that we needed precisely 5 an over to win.  That we did do.

A confident opening stand from Edrich and Hughes saw us marching towards the hundred without loss of wicket and all was looking fine and dandy until the inevitable mini top order collapse.  Hughes (61), Edrich (21) and Carter (not enough) all departed to leave the game in the balance but captain Lassman (45) and an ever chirpy Marcello (27) kept us up with the run rate almost all the way to the end.  An unfortunate run out later and it was down to the journeyman Mike Lurie and keeper (3 catches and a stumping by the way) Will Temple to finish it off with a comfortable four balls to spare.

Sadly though the win did come at some cost.  Bowling rapidly down the hill, Josh drew a thick outside edge from the opening batsman Gerrard who watched on as the ball shot straight to, and through, the hands of Rohan at first slip.  One hospital trip later and Rohan returned to watch the victory, swollen eye and fractured cheek bone not wiping the smile off his face (morphine anyone?) as the team got over the finish line.  We wish Rohan a swift recovery and hope to see him back to full fitness as soon as possible. Michael Carter

Geoff Slipper Memorial Match

Southgate Veterans v Southgate Compton Veterans

Southgate won by 6 wickets

Southgate Compton Veterans 112-8 (30 overs)

Southgate Veterans 113-4 (26.4 overs)

Sunday 7 August saw the resumption of the annual veterans match against Southgate Compton. The game wasn’t played last year coming, as it did, at the time of the perennial organiser Geoff Slipper’s untimely funeral. In consequence, the fixture has become the Geoff Slipper Memorial Match and his name will be perpetuated in the honour of an amicably competitive cricket match among people who play for pleasure and enjoy good company.

For the previous four weeks the team and officials had lain unchanged and almost forgotten until Alan Jenner advised that Middlesex Over 50s were scheduled to play Suffolk in the last 16 of the inter-county knockout competition on the same afternoon. This was followed by David Lowen reporting a damaged calf muscle performing for the 4s against Richmond. Then there was the realisation that Lennie hadn’t been seen for six weeks and was unlikely to emerge from his underground bunker before Sunday. The final XI was in doubt until the morning of the day, but Chris Langford, Adam Jouning and Andy Hicketts heroically answered the last-minute call. John Dent was going to be in attendance anyway and was on standby with kit, but expressed some relief that his services were not in the end required.

Thus it was that the 2 pm start was heralded by light drizzle at 1.30, degenerating to a heavy downpour by 1.50. When the clouds broke, Ricky and Inky Day went to examine the wicket and toss for innings. The fact that neither possessed a coin served to underline the tenor of the event: Inky: “What would you have done?” Ricky: “Well, we would probably prefer to field first.” Inky: “We would have batted.” So civilised! You wonder why there is so much conflict in the world. Argentina: “You know the Malvinas just off our coast?” Mrs T: “Yes, what of them?” Argentina: “We were wondering if you fancied letting us have them back, you know, holiday resort and all that.” Mrs T: “Well, I must say they cost us an arm and a leg to maintain and are a devil to administer at this distance. Let’s strike a deal.”

The 40-over encounter had become 35; no, I hadn’t brought a ball; and the game began at 14.28.

The eventual first ball of the day from Roger Hill to Keith Walker popped off a length, surprising both batsman and ‘keeper Gunn as the edge off the bat’s shoulder escaped the grasp of the head-high gauntlets and the ball fell harmlessly to earth. The outcome somehow seemed ethically acceptable. To have executed the catch would have both exceeded the otherwise notable talents of the ‘keeper in question and created an inappropriate anti-social overture to the day’s cricket.

Further drama was to follow when Compton’s other opener and ground adviser, a Mr Stephen Martin, rashly took on Peter Madden at deep long-off for a third run. While the ball limped gently back to the bowler the batsman suddenly found himself limping in excruciating agony as some supernatural curse unleashed a thunderbolt hamstring injury.

This event clearly threw Compton off the rails as their prized batting asset was compelled to sit on the sidelines, comforted only by Sky Sports and a well-stocked bar. Umpire Cole found himself exercising his index finger twice in successive balls to the benefit of an accurate Hill who, after Chris Langford’s intervening over, took three wickets in four balls to finish with 3-21 in seven overs.  Lockjaw and Micky Medwin generally kept up the pressure though neither was rewarded with a wicket. Pat Draper converted a number of potential fours into singles by virtue of being strategically placed at third man, a tip that Mahendra Dhoni might consider next time Ian Bell reaches the crease.

After an hour’s play a further 30 minute break for rain saw the match mutually rearranged to 30 overs a side which all but Roger Hill knew since he was concerned that wife Chris was in Enfield which, according to reports, was in the process of being razed to the ground by insurgents, so he was diverted on his mobile and returned late to the field.

Batsmen 6, 7 and 8 all got into the 20s batting stoically against some largely accurate bowling, but it was Chris Marshall as ever who, having established where off stump was (to the relief of his ‘keeper who was fending off bats in the face down the leg side) took 1-13 in 7 overs. Knowing that the quest for quick runs at the end was imminent, Adam Jouning bowled in the right place and cleaned up with 3-11 as Compton closed on 112 for 8.

(Refer to earlier note re Roger) On the completion of the revised scheduled 30 overs, Roger headed to deep square in the direction of the Cockfosters Road and by virtue of having his back to the rest of the participants progressing promptly to the pavilion and tea, found himself somewhat temporarily adrift from reality.

The tea itself was unhurried and well stocked, the homemade double layer jam sponge and two chocolate gateaux providing sustenance which only veteran cricketers could truly appreciate. It was good to have Pat Slipper and a large number of friends present at Geoff’s match and the spirit and camaraderie were exactly as one could have wished.

On the resumption of play, Cliff Waller carried on where he had left off two years ago (many will recall his 98 not out on his annual return to the crease) with a cover drive for four first ball and ten off the first over. For a long time Pat Draper seemed to identify with those at the pavilion by enjoying the spectacle of Cliff rapidly accumulating runs before almost unexpectedly unleashing four boundaries himself and then getting stumped for 24. Cliff was joined by Andy Hicketts who not only enjoyed happy reminiscences of playing football for Compton for 15 years and scoring over 100 goals but had also lost none of his run-scoring powers. Cliff was bowled for 43, but with the score already reading 83, the game was alarmingly close to the end. However, Roger Savage and Peter Madden gamely surrendered their wickets to alleviate the Compton lads’ embarrassment before Hicketts (27 not out) and Adam Jouning administered the coup de grâce.

The game was largely forgotten as the action moved to the bar for an extensive work-out of the right arm. Many thanks to Ian “Inky” Day and the lads at Compton for their marvellous hospitality and to Bob Cole and Geoff Burton for umpiring and scoring respectively, and to the ever-tolerant Daphne who safely conducted Messrs Burton to their respective homes. Ricky Gunn

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Mini Bugle – 13 August

A mixed bag this week…

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1s

Southgate v Harrow

Southgate won by 5 wickets

Harrow 206 all out (49.1 overs)

Matt Creese 5-60

Southgate 208-5

Faisil Mir 79*, Jamie Jouning 52

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Eastcote v Southgate

Eastcote won by 5 wickets

Southgate 220-6 (50 overs)

Ollie Bellwood 100

Eastcote 225-5 (48.2 overs)

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Uxbridge v Southgate

Uxbridge won by 137 runs

Uxbridge 266 all out (46.4 overs)

Southgate 129 all out (39.4 overs)

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Southgate v Ealing

Southgate unable to raise a team

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Match reports to rhewit63@yahoo.co.uk by 6pm Wednesday please

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Bugle week 14 – 6 August

If only…

No report from the 1st XI. As the lad Kipling once said, If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same then you should be able to put together a few words to describe what happened.

And nothing from the 3s – can any of you lot actually write?

But what’s this? The first ever match report from Delmore. Read on, cricket fans, read on…

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1s

Southgate v North Middlesex

North Middlesex won by 3 wickets

Southgate 156 all out (52.5 overs)

North Middlesex 160-7 (46 overs)

report to come

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Darts giant Andy Fordham. It was either that or a picture of a tie

2s

Barnes v Southgate

Match drawn

Southgate 190-9 (50 overs)

Barnes 190-9 (50 overs)

The 2nd XI arrived at the picturesque Barnes CC in their now customary ‘sporadic’ fashion, which has recently evolved to include the absence of multiple players at the time of the toss. This tactical ploy to force our hand into batting first when we win the toss might have to be reassessed if we are ever asked to take the field with seven players.

Luckily we were spared this fate for another week, and P Robinson and D Pyzer-Knapp strode out to the middle as the remaining team members arrived. Unfortunately it wasn’t too long before the latter was striding back, but Robinson was in fine form, stroking bad balls to the fence and calmly negotiating the better stuff. Support was offered by M Joseph, who played an effective if never fluent innings, and at drinks the Trees found themselves on 90/1. In the over after drinks Joseph decided that enough was enough and ran himself out in farcical fashion, departing for 40. Robinson wasn’t too far behind, pulling a slow left-arm long hop in loopy fashion to mid on. When S Ellis’s dismissal meant that three wickets had gone down for less than 20 runs, minds turned to the previous week when 90/2 had been converted to 135 all out. Previously, conversation had been buoyant – a game of “Former Test Umpires – Dead or Alive?” produced “David Shepard?”… “DEAD!”; “Dicky Bird?”… “ALIVE!”; Dave Orchard… “Oooh, tricky one” (he’s alive at the time of writing) – but now a nervy hush descended over our benches.

We needn’t have worried. Useful quick-fire contributions from the middle/lower order – R Bynoe 18, V Katyal 16, T Rowe 15 and S Faruqi 15 – helped us to the competitive total of 190/9 when the Skip called the final pair in at 50 overs. However, our strength in depth was nothing compared to what we were presented with at the interval. Tea opened up with a solid top order in the mould of a Ploughman’s  – French bread and soft rolls accompanied by ham, salami, brie, cheddar, salad and pâté. The stylish middle order comprised of sausage rolls, scones, malt loaf and a cameo from a pork pie. The swashbuckling tail closed the innings with a glittering array of cakes and fruit.

Unsurprisingly, A Carr declined the new ball, instead opting to consume a handful of sausage rolls for 10 overs at mid on. During this time we managed to dismiss one of their opening pair, in the midst of a frankly poor fielding display in which mistakes and lazy efforts were rife. O Ali and T Rowe were replaced by A Carr and R Bynoe and we managed to stem a flow of runs that had started to come too freely. The newly added pressure started to reap rewards and we went in to the drinks break knowing that we were well in the game.

S Faruqi came on after the break and his leg spin partnered with the offspin of R Bynoe (17-2-2-45) provided a crucial 10 overs during which the required run rate rose to five per over, and wickets fell to leave the last of their batsman and the first of their tail at the crease. The latter was their captain who bears more than a passing resemblance to darts giant Andy “The Viking” Fordham and on a small ground it seemed likely that at some point he would bludgeon a six. With the oppo still requiring five an over the six came and R Bynoe was swiftly removed from the attack, leaving O Ali (10-2-44-2) and A Carr (14-4-44-4) with the tasks of finishing proceedings. We entered the last five overs needing two wickets for victory and Barnes needing around 25 runs. The tension was palpable and panicked attempted run outs and desperate appeals ensured an exciting climax for the neutrals (of which there were none. Including their umpire. That’s not fair; he wasn’t a cheat, he just wasn’t very good).

A Carr took a wicket in his final over, meaning we needed to keep the last pair to six or less in the last over to grab 4 points, or take 1 wicket for all 10. O Ali bowled a no-ball early on, which gave them a sniff (Ohms had the 2nd XI player of the year wrapped up in mid-June, so you can’t really criticise him for this), and it came down to Barnes needing two off the last ball for victory. They scrambled a single, which meant that both sides had scored 190/9 from 50 overs.

After much deliberation it was decided that this was not in fact a tie, instead just an equal run-rate draw. It was a brilliant game played between two sides playing in the right spirit, and three points apiece was probably the right result. However, it was pointed out by A Carr afterwards that it would have been in the interest of both sides for the oppo to have gone for a second run off the last ball and been run out, causing a tie and therefore 5 points for each side. Max Joseph

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Harrow v Southgate

Match drawn

Harrow 230-6 (51 overs)

Southgate 152-7 (49 overs)

report to come

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Delmore (probably)

4s

Southgate v Lohana

match drawn

Lohana 235 all out (45.3 overs)

Southgate 141-5 (46 overs)

I think the game was a good match and Southgate play well and two catches which they never walked for but Southgate bats very well and I Dell bowler got two wicket and A Rolt caught slip and D Gordon bats very well also and I Henley bats very well also but it was a good game. Delmore Walters

Doug has added some qualifying points about a game where there were clearly elements of  controversy. Without prejudice, it helps reflect the pleasure of the day and makes us realise what a wonderful game cricket is and why we all love playing it. Ricky Gunn

The two issues were:

–          Opener didn’t walk after gloving it, but then bowler or wicketkeeper didn’t appeal. (As an aside, Marcello didn’t walk when he got a much more obvious edge and Del didn’t give him out. You could say this was a response to the first incident, but not exactly the moral high ground.)

–          Their captain talked incessantly. Mark Hughes had an argument with him but they made up. (BTW Mark batted really well). It meant that Ian Henley and I pulled away several times as the bowler ran in. Henley sorted him out by asking him when he should take his stance for several balls and he got the message.

They were very gobby. The result was that Henley batted for a draw with 20 overs to go when he would have normally had a slog. Hence they got a draw and not a win.

The highlight was when one of the main verbal protagonists dropped a dolly catch. Henley said to him ‘well at least your sledging is better than your catching’. Doug Gordon

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The 200 Club – who won what

A quick round-up of the winners of the 200 Club draws

April Draw

111      Richard Fone £100

147      Derek Jenner £50

42        Ron Hewit £25

135      Geoff Blackmore £25

July Draw

203      V Bishop-Laggett £100

25        Valda Madden £50

175      Derek Parmenter £25

Bob Cole’s XI v Cockfosters

While not strictly a Southgate Cricket Club fixture, you are cordially invited to come and support Bob Cole’s XI during the Cockfosters CC Cricket Week.

The game is due to be played on Thursday 11 August, starting at 11.30am, at their ground in Chalk Lane, Cockfosters – opposite Cockfosters Tube Station.

The team selected to represent Bob Cole’s XI is:

Geoff BLACKMORE (Southgate) – capt

Dan ASHLEY (Southgate)

Richard BISHOP-LAGGETT (Southgate)

Adrian CARR (Southgate)

Alvin DURGACHARAN (Southgate)

Shaun FLOOK (Old Owens)

Jim GATTING (Winchmore Hill)

Alex HILL (North Middx)

Jeff HURRELL (Hertford)

Faisal MIR (Southgate)

Chris THOMSON (Hertford)

Adam VINSON (Loughton)

Umpire             Bob COLE

Scorer              Geoff BURTON

All cricket lovers are welcome to attend – for the whole day, for the afternoon, for the early evening or even just in the bar. If you want to join the team plus selected guests, for lunch at Cockfosters, please contact Bob Cole on 07770-365338 in advance so that arrangements can be made.

Creese Heroics Lead 1s to Victory

The Good!

Harrow Town 239 all out (49.5 overs)
Creese 9-65

Southgate 240-4 (45.4 overs)
Creese 111 not out
Mir 53

A heroic all round effort from Matt Creese led Southgate CC first XI to a handsome victory on Saturday away to Harrow Town.

The outfield was rapid and the boundaries small, and having won another toss Southgate’s bowlers and fielders faced up to a ferocious assault from opening batsmen Abid Javed.

Having failed miserably to defend something in the realms of 280 in the last match of 2010 we were prepared for bit of pongo but this had the potential to take the game away from us very quickly.

Bowlers were rotated but the result was the same with a boundary or two each over and the total reached 100 in the 17th over.

Despite this opening salvo, the Southgate attack maintained their concentration and the captain maintained his belief that 1 wicket would change the momentum in the match. 23 overs in and the brakes were gradually applied and by the 26th over Captain Vic Jadenath was back in the shed caught and bowled by Creese. The explosive Javed moving to an excellent hundred but Creese had settled into a spell which was to change the game.

Matt’s 10th over cost him 10 runs but at this stage he still had the highly respectable figures of 3-42 with Javed in the back pocket, smartly grabbed at extra cover by Chatty to leave the hosts 177-3 after 34.

Faisal had worked very hard indeed to restrict the scoring from the opposite end while Matt maintained a disciplined line and length and together they applied pressure to the HTCC batsman causing mistakes, errors in judgement and wickets.

Faisal deserved something for his efforts and duly received an LBW, this was quickly followed by another Creese return catch and at the 38 overs mark Town had lost 5 wickets.

The momentum had been wrestled back by Southgate and one at a time the Harrow Town batsmen were dismissed, stumped Dunnett, bowled, caught Hadgie at long on, bowled and then caught Alvin at long off.

HTCC all out for 239 in 49.5 overs when 275 looked a par score, and bowling figures of 17.5 overs, 3 maidens, 9 for 65 to Matt Creese.

Considering two weeks ago he’d been completely out of sorts with the ball and low on confidence, he’d taken 16 for 113 in 32.1 overs in two games and we had a chance.

Batting second is our preference but considering no side had scored more than 200 against us in the league this was unchartered water in 2011.

Harrow’s new ball attack was a testing one with their veteran Pakistani formerly of Kenton, Karachi and somewhere in the Birmingham league making the ball talk. Alvin was again sawn off LBW and Watto out to one that looked a better shout so at 22-2 we were at the foot of an uphill struggle.

Enter Creese at 3 wearing hiking boots and Mir at four on turbocharged quad bike. This year the dynamic duo have dug us out of trouble memorably against Brentham and again against Highgate. After their good work earlier in the day with the ball it was now time for another magnificent partnership with the bat.

Faisal announced himself with a flat hook shot for 6 and played at his scintillating best with a back foot punch arguably the shot of the match. Creesey was in the bubble, determined, patient, watching the ball closely and manoeuvring it into the gaps. Occasional bad balls were put away with crisp efficiency and he reached a well deserved 50 which kept us up with the rate and in the game. Faisal was equally impressive and moved to a high quality 53 at a similar fluent rate. As the Harrow Town spinners began to find a line and length scoring became more difficult and Faisal was annoyed at himslelf to be bowled dabbing a sharply turning off-break with 95 still to get inside the last 19.

The spinners were tidy and one of them had a doosra of sorts, but Chathuranga at number 5 wasn’t bothered by that and rotated the strike skilfully to allow Matt plenty of the bowling. His craftly 16 in a partnership of 52 provided the ideal foil and when he went caught, Phil Dunnett was sent in with similar instructions, look for the single and give Matt as much strike as possible, be there at the end.

Matt’s a fit lad, but even he was now blowing a bit and the chance for a lapse of concentration was always there, but it never came. What did come was the sort of acceleration we needed to take the game away from Harrow Town. On 99, amid much subtle encouragement along the lines of, ‘keep batting’, ‘get them in singles’, ‘don’t slog the spinner’, Matt hit the single that took him to a magnificent and memorable ton.

This wasn’t an easy innings, this wasn’t a pushover. This was competitive cricket, a key game and a chase of 240 on a tricky day and against some tricky bowling away from home, this was a proper knock.

When Dunnett had gone in we needed 43 to win and his 16 not out was important for him and the team, getting a side over the line chasing takes a lot of determination and composure, seeing what Creese did at close quarters would be an education to any cricketer.

To my knowledge it’s a first in the Middlesex League to score a ton and take 9 wickets in the same match and I’ll wager no-one has done it for Southgate, one for Ricky to confirm in due course.

Regardless of that, the weight of this contribution, in terms of this season may only be judged in a month or so.

Many text messages were sent and praise was duly forthcoming from across Europe, Jamie Jouning on holiday in France was on the edge of his seat, Allan (T) was jubilant at a wedding in Poland and Hartman from his Cottage in Holland immediately stated that he was personally commissioning a Bust of Matt Creese to be made immediately, with an Oil Painting to follow.

Ten points at this stage of proceedings was vital and I hope allows us to approach Saturday’s home match with confidence. Sadly for us ML Creese can’t be with us but I challenge everyone playing for us on Saturday to raise their game.

Rob Johnson

The Bad

Brentham 191 all out
Creese 7-47

Southgate 115/9
Creese 47

Brentham are always a handful and so proved on Saturday with Southgate required to hang on for a gritty draw against their 4th placed rivals.

Having won the toss once again I had little hesitation in fielding but despite excellent bowling from our Sri Lankan maestros and a couple of early breakthroughs there was some steely resistance from the Brentham middle order and a couple of scores over 60. It wasn’t flamboyant but they stuck in and batted time which allowed them to get into the realms of a competitive score.

After a scratchy month with the ball Creesey settled into a good spell which eventually brought back his confidence not to mention the rich rewards of a 7 wicket haul no less. He kept it simple and pushed it through which worked well on a painfully slow a used wicket.

We were slightly bemused by Brentham’s ploy of playing out the 55 with out having much of a bash but they finished on 191 which would be good chase if they bowled well.

The opening attack for Brentham did a really good job, bowled intelligently and gave us very little to hit, this combined with plenty of noise, some well channelled aggression and some total nonsense put our batsman firmly under pressure.

We were unable to break the stranglehold and only Creese looked at all fluent, but no-one else really stuck with him long enough to counter attack properly and we slipped badly behind the rate.

With the introduction of left arm spin we briefly accelerated with Matt starting to move up through the gears and punish some loose stuff. Perhaps with good support from the lads down the order Matt could have biffed us up to 163 and 4 points but he uncharacteristically ran past a straight one and we were doomed. A bowling change however to their 2nd left arm spinner had worked and he sneaked in with 4 for next to nothing and to be fair ragged it.

Resplendent with newly acquired ‘Mongoose’ batting gloves Arshad strode out at number 11 with the job of seeing us to a miserable 1 point but importantly denying Brentham of a full 10. With the entire Brentham team crowding him he saw off 6 balls and with Jeremy facing the next 5 from the seamer they managed to scramble a cheeky leg bye to ensure Jez faced the spinner for the last over of the day, this was negotiated without incident and we live to fight another day.

Ultimately as was the case against Enfield two steady scores of 60 odd contributed to a potentially match winning position bowling second, we must take note. We must also practice as hard as we can before next week against Harrow Town, this side of our preparation has dropped away completely and is showing in our overall cricket but specifically our batting and fielding. We need to put this season to bed and will only do that with a little more effort mid week to get ourselves fully ready.

Rob Johnson

The Ugly

4th XI v Kenton IV
Kenton IV 207 for 6 dec (48 overs)
Southgate 88 all out (38.5 overs)
Kenton (10 pts) won by 119 runs

Historical note: a “first” for the back ground was the inconvenient removal of three pitch covers, but thanks to the Kenton players, this was satisfactorily achieved. They may even have been impressed …!

For the second match running we fielded only ten players. As any contemporary skipper does these days, on winning the toss we put them in. However, this was not in order to control the game after tea but to give the opposition a chance to enjoy a game of cricket, unlike the oppo in our 9 wicket defeat a fortnight ago.

In that respect the plan was successful, although for the first 24 overs we restricted Kenton to two runs an over at the expense of one wicket (caught almost predictably by Matthew Dias at mid-on) while Alex Habberley and Ford Roy sustained quite an accurate attack. Heroes are only human and they gave way to our three 14-year-olds, a 15 year-old, and ageing juvenile Alan Rolt. Although Alfie Packer picked up two wickets it was Rolty who caused a minor panic in the ranks with 2-12 in four overs. Their best batsman was also a bowler so his arrival at 7 was a result of giving lesser mortals a chance up the order but his rapid 64 saw our fleeting interest in the game slip inexorably away as they finally passed the 200 mark.

In reply, we lost Matt early, Ricky stuck around for a bit (18) and Mel considerably longer (42 not out). No-one else achieved double figures although Marcello crashed two fours (to augment his two earlier catches) and with nine down, the innings was over at 88.

Too fed up to even consider reinstating the covers – but it didn’t look like rain.

Ricky Gunn

Sunday XI v Old Owens.
Southgate 174 for 5 (30 overs)
Old Owens 177 for 3 (23 overs)
Old Owens won by 5 wickets.

In terms of the game, only 8 turned up (no Sultani or Delmore). The opposition had the same problem so we decided on 9 a side with a sub fielder. Won the toss, batted first. In our 30 overs got 174-5. Tom Edrich got 109* retired so Will Dias batted last over. Alfie Packer also batted well for 26*.

Everyone bar Tom bowled, no one brilliantly. Josh Berman and Matt Dias were the better two. Unfortunately, they had a West Indian lad who whacked it to all corners. 177-3 in 23 overs. We could’ve won if it weren’t for him, he just sped them up way too much for us!!
Both captains were in agreement that it was a bit embarrassing and shambolic with only 8 a side, and a club like Southgate should be doing better than that. Can’t just rely on lads under 17. Need a few more experienced 2s and 3s players or you might as well not bother with the games.

Dan Pyzer-Knapp

The Hertgate Trophy

Southgate 244 all out (Chatty Kumara 57, Dan Ashley 50, Tom Edrich 40, Raymond Bynoe 29, Adam Vinson 22) off 53.4 overs

Hertford 215 all out (Adrian Carr 5-50, Phil Dunnett 2-10, Raymond Bynoe 2-55) off 58.5 overs

Southgate CC won by 29 runs and retain the Hertgate Trophy

In 1995 to celebrate the one hundredth meeting between the two sides, Bob Cole (our President that year) presented the ‘Hertgate Trophy’ to be played for in all day game on an annual basis between the two clubs. When Hertford organised a Cricket Week in 2008 (to celebrate 125 years of cricket at Balls Park) we were invited to play the first game of the Cricket Week for the Hertgate Trophy. The first three games have produced at total of over 1,750 runs – with Southgate scoring 357, 286 and 267 respectively – and we have been victorious by the ever decreasing margins of 40 runs, 16 runs and 8 runs.

Even though some of the previous combatants were unavailable – a week before the game a squad of twelve had been assembled. We then had a ‘work commitments’ cry off which took us down to bare eleven, and a day later, as I had been offered the services of the Club’s new Barbadian, Jeremy Dangerfield was allowed to negotiate his release. Finally there was just one cry off as a result of injury on the Saturday (a pleasant change from recent years!!), and my thanks to Ricky Gunn, who arranged an excellent replacement.

During the rain on the previous Thursday at Lords, Bob – in panic mode – offered an opinion “…you know we don’t have to bat first at Hertford…” and the Match Manager almost had a heart attack as this went against everything he had ever learned at the Robert Urquhart Cole’s ‘School of Captaincy’ during the 1980’s when it was preached that you could control a (declaration) game by batting first. For the second year running Chris Thompson (who captained the opposition in both 2008 and 2009) was not playing, so we were pleased to see Bob’s old friend Cliff Cavener (still playing for Hertford’s First XI in the Home Counties Division One East) in charge of the opposition, although it mattered little, as we won the toss and decided to bat.

Two of our five teenagers – Tom Edrich and Raymond Bynoe (recently arrived from Barbados) -accumulated steadily before Tom was dismissed for 40 in the twenty first over, quickly followed by Scott Ellis. You will have heard of the ‘commentator’s curse’ – well our version was the ‘match manager’s curse’, as they brought Brad Dawson, a thirteen year old seamer, into the attack against our two overseas players. No sooner had the phrase “…I bet Bob gives one of these two out lbw to the little lad…” been uttered, than next ball he did – leaving us at 89 for 3. Twenty minutes later, when Shiv-raj Sharma was out, and lunch was fast approaching; Dan Ashley was concerned that yet again he might suffer the ignominy of a first baller in the two minutes before lunch. Fortunately for Dan, Bob Cole was hungry and he removed the bails at 115 for 4.

After lunch we had a treat in store as Chatty and Danno scored 91 in ten overs, but they were both out in the same over. Mention must be made of Dan Ashley, who scored his 50 off just 27 balls – not having picked up a bat since the 2010 season!! I had hoped that our 2009 century opening partnership of Alvin Durgacharan and Phil Dunnett – batting at seven and eight – would take us to a significant score and prompt a declaration, but when Alvin was adjudged lbw, it was left to Adam Vinson and Geoff Blackmore to bat a little longer so that we would not have to bowl seventy plus overs back. No sooner had Adam’s entertaining knock of 22 come to an end, than Sage played four one handed shots (just like the winning six at the Hill around twenty years ago!!) but he did not connect with any of the four balls and was eventually bowled.
As Hertford did not open with their first XI players, Chatty was saved for later (albeit he was never used) and the new ball was entrusted to Phil and Adam. In his fourth over Phil made the initial breakthrough, with a low catch behind the stumps by Scott Ellis. Then in his next over Alvin took a catch at second slip. At this point we could not keep Alvin out of the game as he then ran out their number four and then caught their opener off Raymond via Scott’s deflection. With Hertford at 32 for 4 and tea fast approaching, the decision to bat first (and control the game) had been justified whatever Bob’s views were the week before!!
Some of the younger members of our side were a little ‘perplexed’ by the captain’s team talk in the obligatory on field ‘huddle’ after tea. The view that “…we could probably bowl the opposition out for less than 100, but this is a social all day game, and I’m not going to force the opposition to have to attempt to ‘block’ at 80 for 9…”. Despite some blank looks, he added “…however, when they’re at 180 for 9, we’ll start by encouraging them to go for it, and if that fails, by blasting them out – make no mistake we’re here to win…”.
Sam Pavey and Pat Stokes led Hertford’s fight back and during this partnership, Sage decided to overtake the Match Manager in a chase to the boundary – but as he did not save any runs, it was totally pointless, even if many thought it amusing!! When they had taken the score to 86, Sage had Stokes brilliantly caught at slip by Raymond. Then when he bowled Pavey – followed by the obligatory ‘fist pumping’ celebration – some members of our team thought it a little ‘over the top’, but there was more to come.
This brought Cliff Cavener, Hertford’s skipper, to the wicket, and he and Hesh Abeywickrema (Ashley Sivarajah’s friend) took advantage of our attacking fields whilst adding 60 runs in ten overs. Despite the score now being 155 for 6 with twenty one overs to bowl, we were still ‘in control’ of the game – even if that control was being challenged by Cavener who had scored ten boundaries.
Our re-introduction of Sage paid immediate dividends as within three overs Cliff Cavener’s cameo ended in Tom’s safe pair of hands and Hesh’s innings was ended by Danno’s superb diving catch at extra cover. However as Hertford now required around four an over for the last fifteen overs (my mythical 180 for 9 was actually 180 for 8) they believed they were still in with a chance and James Frost’s 33 off 27 balls meant they were. However, Raymond then had him caught by Alvin (his third catch of the innings) and this brought Brad Dawson to the wicket. Two fours in his first three balls meant that they were still playing for the win. Two overs late Sage bowled young Brad and completed a Southgate victory by 29 runs. However, this time Sage’s ‘fist pumping’ celebration brought public rebukes from his captain and both umpires.
Bob Cole presented ‘his’ Hertgate Trophy to the winning captain. This means that we have won the Trophy eleven times in seventeen years, having lost five games, with a ‘no contest’ in 2004. There have been some fantastic games in that time – but no draws – and this was yet another excellent contest between two (relatively) evenly matched sides. Yet again, our side only had four players the ‘wrong’ side of thirty, with four teenagers – Shiv-raj, Phil, Tom, Chatty and Raymond – in the side, and this contributed to an excellent performance in the field led by Scott Ellis behind the stumps. Can I say a big ‘thank you’ to all of the side for playing in the fixture, and of course to Bob Cole and Geoff Burton, for umpiring and scoring, respectively. Finally, of course, we must yet again, thank the players, officials and supporters of Hertford Cricket Club for their fantastic hospitality.
Geoff Blackmore

Apologies!

Ron left me in charge of the Bugle and we seem to have gone without reports for the 2s victory last week and also the 3s match. I hope these will be fothcoming later in the week along with the latest reports.

Stay tuned Bugle Fans!
Jonners