Southgate 1st XI secured a comfortable 5 wicket victory on Sunday at home to Holtwhites Trinibus.
Southgate welcomed back a number of regulars for their first outing of the season as well as two debutants and were asked to bowl first on a dry surface. Hadgie and Faisal Mir were entrusted with the new ball, both bowled tidily with Hadgie picking up an early LBW and Faisal building up some good pace.
Debutant Haseeb Bajwa impressed and was unlucky not to have a wicket with his second ball as Creese uncharacteristically spilled a chance at mid-wicket. This unfortunately was to set the tone for a poor catching display in which probably half a dozen went down.
Creese bowled 7 overs up the hill and picked up a wicket courtesy of an excellent take at mid-on, Holtwhites’ Ali Malik (brother of Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik) hit some sweetly timed boundaries in a brisk 37 but was lured out of his ground and stumped by Scott Ellis off the impressive Bajwa who with another wicket LBW finished with tidy figures of 2-23 from eight overs.
Captain Johnson entered in the attack and bowled two overs of absolute dross with the Holtwhites’ skipper taking full advantage in depositing him for four maximums in the first 2 overs, however as is sometimes the way with leg spinners an Ellis stumping precipitated a change in fortunes for the skipper with the next ball – a googly – bowling number seven through the gate. With good bowling from Amir Mapara and Tom Yeomans down the hill a spectacular collapse ensued with HT all out for 167 in the 39th over. Having gone for 24 in the first two overs Johnson somehow ended up with the remarkable figures of 5/30 from 7.4 with four stumpings for Scott Ellis.
After a brief shower during tea Alvin Durgacharan and James Watkins set about chasing down 168 with Watkins looking in excellent touch striking a 6 and 3 fours in his 23 before unfortunately playing on. With Durgacharan going smoothly along his way, Johnson played a positive cameo of 29 before playing across a Malik leg-break and Creese hit a typically fluent 21.
Alvin was however the stand out with a responsible 59 and some important time spent at the wicket, his untimely dismissal with 20 odd required was followed that of Faisal Mir for a quick duck but the reliable Tom Yeomans and Hadgie steered the ship home in style with 8 overs to spare.
Next week Southgate entertain Harpenden on Saturday in an all-day fixture and visit Hampstead in the Kingfisher National Club Championship.
All three matches versus North London CC on Saturday have been cancelled because of the bad weather.
Thank you all for your support and sponsorship for my run and for Tommy’s – http://www.tommys.org/.
I’m delighted to have finished in 3hrs 49 mins and to have raised more than £1,100 for Tommy’s. I was one of about 20 runners out there raising money for Tommy’s, including one lady who spent most of the last six miles just in front of me but who I pipped at the post when her boyfriend proposed to her 50 yards before the finish line!
The support from the people of Brighton, as well as the travelling support from the friends and families of the runners, was amazing. A fantastic event. Even my promised John Wayne walk has been relatively short lived.
Thanks again, and for anyone thinking of running a marathon, I would heartily recommend it. The camaraderie and encouragement from fellow runners, the buzz from the achievement and the opportunity to raise some money for a worthy cause have made this one of the best things I can remember doing.
All the Best
… and for your light entertainment, here’s what Mile 26 looked like …
Southgate enjoyed a strong performance in their opening fixture against the Wandering Crows at the Walker Ground on Sunday.
Welcoming 6 debutants and 4 players from our burgeoning link with Middlesex University Captain Rob Johnson won the toss and elected to field first.
Wandering Crows comprised players from the Essex leagues and a number of talented overseas imports from Captain Greg Harris’s player agency. On a good deck Kiwi Jamie Glenn and former Cambridge University batsman Mark Bott got the season off to a rollicking start with 100 up inside nine overs with the ball disappearing in all directions across a very fast outfield.
The introduction of spin changed the momentum of the innings with 3 wickets for Johnson and a superb tandem spell of off-spin from Martin Williams and Mark Muir. Good accuracy combined with some subtle variation produced the excellent figures of 4-22 and 2-21 respectively and the Crows finished on a disappointing 193/9 in 40 overs with Glenn making 102.
On balance it was a highly encouraging fielding and bowling effort with terrific spirit on show from the Southgate XI to overhaul a desperate position after 10 overs.
In reply SCC lost the early wicket of James Watkins but the experienced combination of Paddy Robinson and Rob Johnson built a solid foundation with a stand of over 100. As both players grew in confidence and fluency the rate increased with some clean striking from Johnson and a rare Walker Ground maximum from Paddy over mid-wicket.
Both were to perish caught long off, Johnson for 67 and Robinson 54 thus leaving the job unfinished with overs running out. This however allowed for a stylish 35* from Phil Dunnett and positive 14* from Ollie Rix as they timed the chase perfectly to give Southgate a 7 wicket victory to with an over to spare.
In conclusion, a really worthwhile and competitive start to both the season and hopefully some new Southgate CC careers. Despite the bitter cold and a hail storm a thoroughly enjoyable opening fixture, I hope we’re able to welcome the Wandering Crows to the Walker Ground again in 2013, albeit on a much warmer day.
Senior Nets will commence on Tuesday 17th at 18:30 and will take place each week at the same time.
If you would like to attend and to please contact Rob Johnson.
Saturday 14th of April will be the Southgate Cricket Club ‘Cricketforce’ day. This annual event is vitally important to get the ground operational and looking it’s best for the start of the summer.
Over recent weeks events similar to this one have been taking place throughout England and Wales and with our first match on Sunday it’s really important that we get as many members there as possible on Saturday.
Equipment will be provided but if you can bring some gardening gloves and anything you have which may be of use such as a wheel barrow or power tools it will be appreciated.
Please get down to the club for 11am to get involved!
As my mid-life crisis gets into full swing, I’ve taken the drastic step of signing up for my first marathon and in less than two weeks I will be “running” the Brighton Marathon.
In addition to the obvious amusement my training (and post training John Wayne swagger) have been generating I thought that I should also use this as an opportunity to raise some money for a worthy cause – Tommy’s (a charity that supports with premature birth, still birth and miscarriage).
If you would like to support me, whether through a kind word, by resisting the chance to point and laugh or by making a donation, it would be gratefully received. My Just Giving page is http://www.justgiving.com/David-Woffinden.