Bugle 01 – 12 May

Welcome to the first Bugle of the league season. Enjoy

1st XI taste defeat in first fixture of the Premier League

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2nd XI destroy Ickenham thanks to multi-plate teatime tactics. Astonishingly detailed teatime report follows…

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1st XI
Southgate v Finchley
Finchley won by 3 wickets

Southgate 63 all out (41.3 overs)
Finchley 64-7 (19 overs)

report to come.

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2nd XI

Ickenham v Southgate

Southgate won by seven wickets

Ickenham 179 all out (53.2 overs)
A Carr 14-52-3

Southgate 183 for 3 (39.4 overs)
S Ellis 77

Due to the tribulations of last season and the limited preparation we’d been afforded by the weather, Southgate 2nd XI were a little cagey before Saturday’s game. However, the way in which we dispatched our fellow relegatees (SpellCheck is telling me that’s not a word, but I’m sticking with it) should give us plenty of confidence to take into our next fixture.

Morale was given an early boost when Bob Cole kindly offered to officiate for us in the wake of his panel match being rained off. It was a welcome change from having to send a player to umpire at square leg, so on behalf of the 2nd XI I’d like to thank Mr Cole very much for his contribution.

Early inspections revealed the pitch to be remarkably hard at either end considering recent downpours, but the middle third had clearly been rained on. This meant that a full ball could be driven with confidence, but a short one could do anything. Thus A Carr’s first task as captain was to win the toss and insert the home side, which he did with aplomb.

D Woffinden demonstrated his trademark control and O Ali (2 for 58 from 18 overs) quickly found the rhythm with which he bowled throughout last season. A sharp stumping from S Ellis provided Southgate with a superb start and Ickenham found scoring options limited. Their number three quickly resorted to hoiking D Woffinden over cow corner, and for a time over half of Ickenham’s total had come from 6s. It seemed the inevitable conclusion of this passage of play would be Woffers having his man caught, but in fact it ended when the uninhibited batsmen (read “slogger”) hit one back at the bowler like a tracer bullet. Woffinden got a hand to it and instantly regretted doing so as he trudged off the field with a dislocated finger and figures of 5.4-15-2.

S Kalagara came on to complete the over and went on to finish with figures of 2 for 38 from 15.4 overs. He was making his league debut for Southgate and he achieved this admirable performance despite his boots capitulating mid spell. The silver lining to the cloud of losing our opening bowler was that we had a replacement set of spikes. A Carr was the fourth bowler into the attack and he continued to the death, which meant he suffered a little at the hands of the low-order axe wielders, but he did pick up three wickets.

Wickets didn’t really fall together until the end, but were taken regularly enough to mean that Ickenham were never able to get away from us. It was also encouraging to see the wickets spread between the bowlers, as Ali often shouldered the wicket-taking last year. P Robinson wrapped up the innings with a run out leaving the home side 179 all out. If all that sounds like it was a perfect performance then I have mislead you – there were numerous dropped catches, proving there is plenty of work to be done in training in the coming weeks. We were, however, in a strong position.

After dusting ourselves down in the changing room the 10 men of Southgate went to tea to find Woffers had returned to the fray. One of his fingers was encased in a shiny plastic box that looked as though it had come from the P Diddy range of hospital supplies, but his other hand held a recently compiled plate of tea. The teas were of a pretty good standard: there was a good sandwich to sweet ratio and sufficient quantities of each element. The highlight was the plate of strawberry and whipped cream tartlets. The only drawback was the size of the plates – someone commented that it was like trying to eat your dinner off a CD – but a few of the bowlers solved this problem and rewarded themselves for a job well done by employing a multi-plate solution.

Southgate’s run chase was the steady and accomplished effort that the 2nd XI was missing for most of last season. S Ellis and P Robinson opened the innings and had seen off the opening bowlers and got the score to above 40 before Paddy fell for 13, a dismissal that owed more to some irregular bounce than skill from the bowler. That brought M Joseph (30) to the crease and he and S Ellis (77) put on close to 100 for the secnd wicket, before falling in quick succession. Ellis’s innings was well paced – caution at the beginning giving way to some brutal hitting in the latter stages. T Edrich (33 n.o.) and M Hughes (7 n.o.) then came to the wicket and calmly knocked off the remaining runs with eight overs to spare.

As this game was between the two relegated sides from last season it can’t be considered a good guide of how Southgate will fair in this new division, but it is certainly a good start and one that we can take confidence from. Max Joseph

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3rd XI
Southgate v Kenton
match abandoned

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4th XI
Perivale v Southgate
match abandoned

2 Replies to “Bugle 01 – 12 May”

  1. My dear Lord of Straightbackyness

    I can only repeat my invitation for authors to compose a completely fictitious match report that includes all sorts of rudeness. What, for example, would his Lordship have made of the 4th XI’s match against the Perivale Phonetics?

    A formidable and unbroken spell of one wicket for 175 off 32 overs from the gasworks end by Straightback leaves the west-London in command and the Tree chasing just 354 for victory. Cometh the hour, cometh the collapse… Southgate nine down, 37 to get off the last over, Straightback and Hewit at the crease…

    Someone please fill in the blanks

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