Bugle – match reports from 25 August

1s XI

Ealing v Southgate

match abandoned

Southgate 180 all out (56.3 overs)

Ealing 90-1

Ollie Wilkin 78 off 29 balls (5×6; 9×4)

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2s

Southgate v Harrow Town

Southgate won by 5 wickets

Harrow Town 197-5 dec (38 overs)

Southgate 198-5 (34.1 overs

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3s

Southgate v Ealing

match drawn

Ealing 200-6 dec (43 overs)

Southgate 110-7 (32 overs)

Saturday was a crunch fixture for the 3rd XI. Having collapsed to a disappointing defeat the week before against South Hampstead, captain Carter geed up the troops to produce a positive result. Fielding practice was sharp, and everyone was fired up. With rain forecast for the afternoon ahead, Mike won the toss and inserted the opposition. Josh and Abdul took the new ball, and after a wayward first over, Berman fired one in and was rewarded with a top edge that he caught himself to take the first wicket.

Meanwhile Abdul was right on the money at the other end, and their other opener was desperately swinging away with the only shot he knew how to play (over cow corner predictably enough). Abdul got a beauty to bounce and cut away taking a healthy edge to gully, however after a good dive forward the fielder was unable to hold on the chance. The batsman was unperturbed by the excellent bowling and continued to flail away at some tight bowling. The Ealing captain played sensibly at the other end, and this allowed Southgate to hold the brakes on with some sharp fielding and lower the run rate to under 4.

After 15 overs the rain came down fast, hard and cold and the Southgate men ran for the covers for the first time of many. After 10 minutes of heavy rain the sky cleared up, sawdust was spread across the crease and play commenced again after approximately 10 overs had been lost. Abdul continued to bowl well with no reward, and Rashed kept the batsmen guessing from the other end with some varied bounce. Another rain delay cut the overs down to just 75, and the dynamic of the game completely changed. The Ealing batsmen were running hard, pushing the Southgate fielders in the tricky ground conditions. The opener got to his 50 with a streaky shot that summed up his innings pretty well, and was soon dismissed by a good catch from Rashed at mid-on, as finally Abdul was rewarded for some excellent bowling.

The captain pushed on with the help of a young but talented number four batsman, but the introduction of Joe Steel accounted for him as a ball down the leg side caught the glove on the way to Ram behind the stumps. A good catch claimed the important wicket of the skipper on 45, and Southgate looked on target to bowl Ealing out for under 180. Mike came on to bowl from the other end, and after a few wayward deliveries found good lines and lengths, claiming two quick wickets, including one that flattened the off stump. However a useful left hander pushed through and hit some clean strokes through the off side, and assisted by a natural slogger they pushed the score (slowly) to 203-6 from 43 overs.

Leaving just 32 overs for the Southgate men to bat the decision to leave the declaration so late seemed a very defensive one from the Ealing captain, and it seemed there was no way (unless the bowling was of an awful standard) for Southgate to take 10 points from the must win fixture.

Adam Jouning opened the innings with Rishad to some pacey and accurate bowling from two young men who hit the deck hard and managed to extract life out the pitch where the medium pace of Southgate had failed. Rishad gloved behind in the third over and Shiv-Raj and Adam played through the tight bowling, occasionally finding runs. In the final few overs of their spells, the openers bowled some loose deliveries that were put away by the batting pair, however there just weren’t enough bad balls to keep the run rate above 3. Shiv missed out on a long hop, nicking behind to the keeper, and this triggered a mini collapse as 41-1 become 64-6. However Carter and Hassan met in the middle and soldiered through against tricky off spin and rib-tickling bounce.

Mike and Abdul’s partnership ensured there was no twist in the tail of Southgate’s innings, and their scores of 21* and 23* respectively brought us within 40 runs of the 4 point margin, an achievement against a good standard of bowling and fielding in fading light.

Also Adam Jouning’s innings of 27 played a crucial role in not exposing the middle order to the new ball and holding a firm resistance to the Ealing onslaught.

As hope of a heroic survival slips away, let’s hope Southgate 3s can pull of two wins in two to reward their commitment and attitude towards every game. Shiv-Raj Sharma.

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4s

MTSCC v Southgate

MTSCC 37 for 1.

Match abandoned – one point each.

With the club meet scheduled for 11.30am, Rohan and Callum Silva, Ollie Gray and Ricky are there on the button. By midday Marcello and Niroosh have arrived – for a 1.00pm start away at Middlesex Tamils. There is telephoned confirmation that Abdullah and Julius are making their way independently, but only nine on paper thanks to Dave Huntingford’s late promotion – and no sign of Delmore.

The two cars set off for the Post Office Ground, Greenford Road, Harrow with three bodies apiece. One goes direct, the other deviates to 20 York Road, Bounds Green in quest of Delmore. The four doorbells are pushed in succession and the last one produces a nude, middle-aged man at an upper-floor window who knows Delmore but can offer no information.  We rejoin the trail west and arrive at the MTSSC ground at 1pm – not bad in the circumstances. Ro and his charges have already arrived and received intelligence from a native that the game is at North Acton Playing Fields. So, not only will we be significantly late, we are also the only people in the side who know the true venue. We have no contact numbers to redirect Julius and Abdullah. The outlook looks bleak, verging on futile.

4.4 miles and some 30 minutes later we arrive at North Acton Playing Fields, scene of previous contention between the 4s and Acton, but at least without the pacifying influence of Lennie. We have driven through a downpour to get here and still cling to the prospect of a mutual cancellation.

The Southgate Six present themselves to an enthusiastic opposition – “the pitch is fine” –  with the optimistic assurance that three others are on their way (only partially true as Delmore was included to add some credibility – and might even have been just over the horizon, although more likely at the Notting Hill Carnival).

There is an 1987 League understanding that a competitive side must comprise at least seven players. With the rain holding off and a reprieve of a 2.15pm start for the rest of our team to arrive (!) we were on the verge of throwing the game when, miraculously, Julius appeared. So, game on.

Rohan Silva, today’s skipper, went out to toss, prepared for the inevitability that we would bat, lose six quick wickets in the mire and be consigned to a nil-point defeat at the hands of jubilant 10-pointer MTSSC. Incredibly he returned to the dressing room with tidings that we had lost the toss and were in the field! The inevitability that the weather would probably prevent the completion of MTSSC’s own innings let alone accommodate ours was amazing. Did they not care about an easy 10 points?

Niroosh’s first ball would have satisfied Dale Steyn as it climbed off a length outside the off stump. Marcello attacked the off stump like a terrier and everybody fielded to the necessary 150% standard. Julius induced an edge that just fell short of slip, before getting another which carried sufficiently to be pouched low down by a diving ‘keeper.

We survived a bearable shower but as the clouds gathered and the thunder rolled, with the score at 37-1 after 13 overs, the heavens finally opened. Our kit bags were soaked by the time we could reach the boundary and everyone raced to the shelter of the solitary oak tree, which inevitably could only hold water off for a limited period. The game was abandoned by mutual consent and as the rain hammered down we ran the gauntlet to the changing rooms. Tea was promised in 45 minutes – and it was very well worth the wait! We carried our valuable point proudly home and spent the remainder of the day watching the 2s’ thrilling win! Ricky Gunn

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Mini Bugle – results from Saturday 25 August

1s XI

Ealing v Southgate

match abandoned

Southgate 180 all out (56.3 overs)

Ealing 90-1

Ollie Wilkin 78 off 29 balls (5×6; 9×4)

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2s

Southgate v Harrow Town

Southgate won by 5 wickets

Harrow Town 197-5 dec (38 overs)

Southgate 198-5 (34.1 overs

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3s

Southgate v Ealing

match drawn

Ealing 200-6 dec (43 overs)

Southgate 110-7 (32 overs)

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4s

MTSCC v Southgate

could someone send me the result please

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match reports to me – ron.hewit@gmail.com – by stumps on Wednesday please

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Bumper Bugle – results from 11 and 18 August

Well, Spain was hot.

That’s it for the weather report, now over to our cricket correspondent…

Here are the match results for 11 August

1st XI

Southgate v Winchmore Hill

Winchmore Hill won by 9 wickets

Southgate 111 all out (39.2 overs)

Winchmore Hill 114-1 (20 overs)

This fixture against champions-elect Winchmore Hill – the side that had comprehensively brushed us aside only two weeks previously – took place under the watchful eyes of the President’s Lunch attendees, who were treated to fabulous weather but not the closely fought spectacle they would have hoped for.

Southgate got off to a decent start with J Jouning playing positively and hitting some impressive strokes on the way to his 27. At the other end T Edrich and C Le Roux were removed in successive balls to bring T Allen to the middle. Tom anchored the innings for a number of overs from this point; a careful start developed into a top-scoring innings of 37 and he was not out at the lunch interval. However, with runs hard to come by and Winchmore’s attack a constant threat, inroads were made at the other end and by the interval Southgate had slumped to 89-7. T Allen was joined after the break by P Dunnett but their brief partnership was ended when the former was dismissed by an inswinger that may have been doing too much to hit leg stump. P Dunnett showed glimpses of what his indisputable talent is capable of, scoring a classy looking 15 before falling to the off spin of Hill’s captain, leaving Southgate all out for 111 inside 40 overs.

With so few runs to play with and a used pitch at our disposal, captain R Johnson elected to use the old ball and open with two spinners; himself and A Sivarajah. Filled with confidence taken from the previous encounter and the low target, the Winchmore Hill opening pair took the game to our spinners and were able to score freely. A Sivarajah was replaced by H Bajwa, but this did little to stem the flow of runs, and Winchmore steadily closed in on our total. C Le Roux bowled an excellent spell and a couple of well-directed yorkers nearly squeezed through Winchmore’s defenses, but ultimately his efforts went unrewarded.

With the Hill openers having raced to 100 without loss within 20 overs, the prospect of a second 10-wicket defeat to our local rivals within a month loomed large. It wasn’t to be though as Hadgie – bowling spin in the absence of a new ball – ripped a doosra past an advancing S Newman, and the ball clipped the bails to deny Dunnett a certain stumping. Unfortunately this only delayed the inevitable, and Southgate were defeated by 9 wickets.

In the changing room after the game we were treated to a 20-minute motivational talk from club legend Mickey Dunn. While the delivery was certainly unorthodox, the message that we’re currently not playing tough enough cricket was definitely valid. Although I do dispute that this means we’re a team of soft individuals, in the same way that I don’t believe that a team playing bad cricket is necessarily made up of bad cricketers. We are however a team bereft of confidence and belief at the moment and overcoming that obstacle is going to be key if we’re to record our first league win before the end of the season. Max Joseph

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2nd XI

Enfield v Southgate

match drawn

Southgate 228 all out (51.5 overs)

Enfield 192-9 (48 overs)

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3rd XI

Southgate v Edmonton

Edmonton won by 9 wickets

Southgate 158-7 (55 overs)

Ravi Desai 51
Marett 29*
Gordon 23
Carter 15

Edmonton 160-1 (30.5 overs)

This was a vital game if we were to stay in the County League, but the day before there were several cry offs and on the day, one no-show. This sums up Mike’s dilemma all season, never a settled side. The toss was won and we batted on a warm day and dry wicket, the first one this season. We struggled against some tight bowling and there seasoned opener took 5 wickets for not many. Ravi came to the wicket to join Marett and both took the score to a reasonable 158 – Ravi got his 50, Marett was 29 not out.
We opened the bowling with Julius and Marett and it was quite plain we were not going to get lbw decisions as the umpire was upset with Shiv for not giving everything that hit a pad. They got away to a good start as we dropped catch 30 or 40 of the season – we have dropped an average of 4 catches per match, which is not acceptable at any level. With that in mind the opener, dropped on single digits, was 50+ not out at the end (I had him lbw on 6 but it wasn’t given ). To maintain our league presence we need better availability and much better fielding. With four games to go and a maximum of 40 points there is still hope. Roy Marett

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4th XI

Somebody v Southgate

match cancelled

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And the results from 18 August

1st XI

Brondesbury v Southgate

Brondesbury won by 119 runs

Brondesbury 261-6 dec (59 overs)

Southgate 142 all out (44.4 overs)

Rob Johnson 85

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2nd XI

Southgate v Bessborough

match drawn

Southgate 256-8 dec (50 overs)

Jamie Wilson 66

Bessborough 196-7

Having missed a great portion of the current season through injury, I don’t have a deep context to draw on, but I’d guess Saturday’s game is a fairly neat microcosm of our season as a whole.  It now appears likely that Wembley and Hornsey will achieve the results necessary to deny us promotion, but we are now clearly the third best side in the division and those above us should be keen to avoid complacency.

On a scorching summer’s day we won an extremely valuable toss and proceeded to assemble a very competitive score.  The wicket, despite being used for a second time, made for a good game of cricket and, while certainly more helpful to batsmen, still gave occasional encouragement for both seam and spin.

Southgate’s openers gave the deceptive impression of men who had been playing regular cricket as an unlucky Billy Dean was smartly caught at point having raced to 23 and Jamie Wilson top-scored (as well as providing the firm foundation for a big team total).  In truth, at 193-3 from 30 overs with a confident Woffenden/Bellwood partnership at the crease, we were eyeballing something in the region of 300.  But the dismissal of those two in quick succession triggered a mini-collapse.  It required a smart effort from 8, 9 and 10 to bat the final overs at a decent rate to help us reach the consolation prize of 256 for 8 from our 50.

The abiding memories of Bessborough’s efforts in the field were polarised by an admirable seam-bowling effort in tough conditions and some tremendously inane chirp.  There were two young men primarily responsible for this brain-pollution and the team’s own umpire wore a solid line in world-weary acceptance, having presumably been subjected to these tortuous banalities for the majority of the season.  Perhaps more so than the absurdly self-congratulatory Usain Bolt, that man deserves a gold medal.

Our 256 looked a decent target, but that perception was briefly challenged.  After the restart our two opening bowlers, feeding off each other it seemed, proceeded to supply the two proficient opening batsmen with a steady stream of hittable length balls.  That both bowlers returned to bowl much better spells with the older ball made this start even more frustrating.  But, after an opening period at ten per over, Bessborough could have been forgiven for feeling very confident about reaching our total and leapfrogging us in the league.

Fortunately for us the run-rate never quite got low enough to be ignored and tighter bowling coupled with a solid effort in the field eventually got to the more dangerous of the two openers.  Having scored more than two thirds of the partnerships run’s with some confident strokes, he popped one up in the air and was “safely” caught by Billy Dean at mid-off.

The remaining period of the game is what leads me to suggest that our season can be summed up by this fixture.  Having had the upper hand for the majority of the game, we had weathered the openers’ barrage, and were now presented with a real opportunity to close out the match.  That we were only able to take 7 wickets can be put down to a few factors; a trio of disappointing dropped catches, a slight shortage of intensity in the field, and the bowling of four or five good balls per over.

We can rightly feel unlucky that our opposition chose to abandon victory so soon in proceedings, a strange decision in the circumstances, but the truth is we got roughly what we deserved in this match.  However, I don’t want to sound too negative, so I’ll finish by saying that we have a solid unit with ready, willing replacements in most areas of the team and it won’t take much to turn us into a side that plays good, winning, cricket. Onwards and upwards! Ollie Bellwood

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3rd XI

South Hampstead v Southgate

South Hampstead won by 16 runs

South Hampstead 155 all out (51 overs)

Mike Carter 16 overs 7-52

Ravi Desai 16.4 overs 2-36

Chris McLean 9 overs 1-33

Southgate 139 all out (39 overs)

Ram Mahbubani 27

Sal Syed 26

Shiv Sharma 19

Ollie Gray 14

With four league games remaining and with a fighting chance to avoid the drop from the Middlesex League, the 3rd XI side this week was once again hampered by poor availability and, as such, a few players had to be drafted in from the 4th XI.  Still, on paper, we looked like a strong batting side, albeit a little weak in the bowling department … but we should know by now that one cannot always go by what a side looks like ‘on paper.

We were playing away to South Hampstead, so one would be forgiven for thinking the venue would be in the vicinity of South Hampstead, right?  Wrong!  In much the same manner as RyanAir or EasyJet flights land at airports that are nowhere near the city they claim to be flying to, the game was played on council maintained grounds all the way over in Greenford just off the A40 (close to the Northolt Airfield). Not surprisingly, by the scheduled start time of 1pm, we were still four players short as they had gone to the SHCC home ground in Kilburn and were now hastily making their way to Greenford.

Being a typical council ground, there were three pitches side-by side, with our game on the middle pitch, which meant short and almost over-lapping boundaries. The wicket itself was nothing to write home about but we were lucky enough to have – at one end only – a sightscreen that can best be described as a sail, made of white tarpaulin flimsily attached to a wooden frame. The only good thing about the ground was the pavilion, with modern and clean changing rooms and a nice bar & balcony area.

Skipper Mike Carter won the toss and chose to field. On the hottest day of the summer, with the combination of a dry outfield, a very short boundary at one end and only four bowlers at our disposal, our aim was to restrict the oppo to a manageable total.  Our attack was led by Josh Berman and Chris McClean, who both started off well bowling tight, line & length deliveries to make it difficult for the opening batsmen to score.  Chris eventually managed to get one nipping back to bowl their No.1 out cheaply, but their No.2 stood firm and kept the scoreboard ticking over.  Chris & Josh kept toiling away in the heat but no further breakthroughs were forthcoming… it was soon time for a change.

The skipper then brought himself & Ravi Desai on at first change, and this seemed to have an immediate effect.  Ravi frustrated the batsmen from one end with his trademark off spin, interspersed with fizzling top spinners, while at the other end Mike started picking up wickets at regular intervals with his accurate medium-paced bowling forcing the batsmen to play their shots. This included the prized wicket of the No.2 who, having scored 44, played a cover drive straight into the reliable hands of Mark Hughes at short mid-off; Mark did extremely well to hold on to the catch as it had been struck fiercely. It wasn’t long before Mike had a 5-wicket haul under his belt, while poor Ravi was still looking for his first at the other end. The pair kept going and eventually Ravi managed to entice the batsman to step down the track and Ricky Gunn duly obliged with a very clean and stylish stumping.  By now the score was around 140 odd, and we were well and truly into the tail.  Ravi picked up 1 more wicket but was unfortunate to have missed out on more as there were a number of dropped catches off his bowling; while at the other end the skipper seemed to be having all the luck as he picked up a further 2 wickets to finish off on an incredible 7 for 52 off 16 overs!!!  At the drop of the final wicket, we had bowled 50.4 overs and restricted the oppo to 156 which looked like a very gettable target.

The interval was a welcomed break from the searing heat.  In the pavilion, with lively reggae music playing in the background, we were treated to a variety of sandwiches along with traditional scones with clotted cream & jam.  A perfect English spread on a perfect English summers day. And to wash it all down there were jugs of chilled milk that, not surprisingly, were emptied very quickly. On such a hot day, and the final day of Ramadan, it was definitely not easy for yours truly to hold my resolve and not break my fast.

Onto our innings: with 49 overs to get 157, and with a team full of batsmen, the skipper decided that he had already played his part with the ball and so dropped himself down the order… all the way down to No.11, thinking that he would not even need to bat.  Sadly things did not go well for us right from the start, as our openers Mark Hughes and Doug Gordon were both adjudged LBW cheaply within the opening 5 overs.  Sal Syed and Shivraj Sharma then steadied the ship by seeing off the opening attack, with Sal hitting their opening bowler for a straight six in his final over.  The first change of bowling brought on the oppos talented 13-year-old off spinner who had performed well in the corresponding fixture at the Walker Ground two weeks before. He promptly had Sal caught behind which brought Ollie Gray to the crease.  Shiv, by now growing in confidence, started playing his strokes and hit a couple of boundaries, and together with Ollie started to get the scoreboard moving again. The pair looked steady until Shiv got one unplayable, pacey delivery that cut back through the gate and hit the stumps. This then triggered the almost customary mini-collapse, which saw Josh, Ricky and Chris lose their wickets in quick succession for not many runs.  We were scoring at a reasonable rate and had plenty of overs in hand; however with only 3 more wickets in hand, we still needed around 55 runs.  Ollie and Ram Mahbubani then took up the strike and reduced the required target to around 40 when Ollie was caught.  Next up was Ravi, feeling very confident with the bat after scoring an impressive 51 the previous week. He supported Ram who, by now, had his eye in and was scoring freely. Things seemed to be going well until there was a mis-field, and having already run a single, the pair decided to go for the second run.  Ram was comfortably home but sadly Ravi was run-out. At this stage we needed around 30 off 13 overs.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man: enter Captain Carter, the last man. The stage had been truly set for a memorable Captain’s innings.  We could all visualise the headlines;  “Carter takes 7 wickets, hits the winning runs & carries hit bat to earn 10 points”.  Ram and Mike looked comfortable and played responsibly, blocking the straight ones and scoring off the loose ones.  By now, the required target had been reduced to just 14 runs needed off 9 overs when another one of those unplayable deliveries sneaked through Ram’s gate and looked to be going over the stumps but somehow managed to just kiss the top of the bails on its way.  The contact was minimal but just enough to dislodge the bails… and with that it was game over!

So close and yet so far, this defeat really hurt as it was against our closest rivals who are also fighting for survival.  It was a crucial game for us to win.  We have to focus on the positives as we still have three league games left, all of which are at home.  We need to capitalise on our home advantage win all three games to have any chance of staying in the League. It is achievable and it certainly ain’t over yet, so let’s keep fighting.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish ‘Eid Mubarak’ to my teammates who celebrated the end of Ramadan on Sunday.  I’m confident, now that Ramadan has ended and people returning from their holidays, the availability for all the sides for the remaining fixtures will be better than has been of late. Sal Syed

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4th XI

Osterley v Southgate

match cancelled

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I have a couple of match reports from 11 August that I’ll upload later today or tomorrow, and please send match reports for Saturday to ron.hewit@gmail.com and I’ll upload them later in the week

Kumara stars in Sri Lanka t20 Premier League

Former Southgate star overseas Chathuranga Kumara was today selected in the newly formed Sri Lanka Premier League and made a great start taking the man of the match award on debut. The 20 year old from Colombo who opened the bowling for Southgate 1st XI last summer was respresenting Wayamba in their second match of the SLPL at the Pallekele stadium in Kandy against Uva Next.

Taking the new ball against the experienced West Indian Shiv Chandapaul, Kumara played a key part in the dismissal of 3 international players bowling Upil Tharanga, running out Pakistan’s Shoeb Malik and taking the 9th wicket of Umar Gul to finish with impressive figures of 3-33.

Featuring in a match containing a dozen international players and taking the man of the match is a great achievement and everyone at Southgate CC wishes Chatty good luck for the t20 campaign.

Match scorecard:

Wayamba United innings (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Tamim Iqbal c †Tharanga b Oram 0 3 0 0 0.00
View dismissal Kamran Akmal b Senanayake 36 32 5 0 112.50
View dismissal Mohammad Hafeez c Shoaib Malik b Umar Gul 1 4 0 0 25.00
View dismissal DPMD Jayawardene* b Oram 9 7 2 0 128.57
View dismissal Umar Akmal c Oram b Rajapaksa 13 11 2 0 118.18
View dismissal LD Chandimal c †Tharanga b Oram 17 23 0 0 73.91
View dismissal TAM Siriwardana c Fernando b Umar Gul 28 19 5 0 147.36
View dismissal K Weeraratne c Prasanna b Fernando 24 17 2 2 141.17
View dismissal I Udana c Prasanna b Fernando 5 3 1 0 166.66
SAC Kumara not out 1 1 0 0 100.00
MKPAD Perera not out 0 0 0 0
Extras (lb 8, w 5) 13
Total (9 wickets; 20 overs) 147 (7.35 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-0 (Tamim Iqbal, 0.3 ov), 2-3 (Mohammad Hafeez, 1.1 ov), 3-18 (Jayawardene, 2.5 ov), 4-44 (Umar Akmal, 5.3 ov), 5-82 (Kamran Akmal, 11.5 ov), 6-90 (Chandimal, 14.2 ov), 7-131 (Siriwardana, 18.2 ov), 8-142 (Weeraratne, 19.3 ov), 9-146 (Udana, 19.5 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
View wickets JDP Oram 4 1 6 3 1.50 (2w)
View wickets Umar Gul 4 0 48 2 12.00 (1w)
View wicket PBB Rajapaksa 2 0 13 1 6.50
View wickets CRD Fernando 4 0 43 2 10.75 (1w)
View wicket SMSM Senanayake 4 0 22 1 5.50 (1w)
S Prasanna 2 0 7 0 3.50
Uva Next innings (target: 148 runs from 20 overs) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal S Chanderpaul c Chandimal b Udana 11 11 0 1 100.00
View dismissal EMGDY Munaweera c Chandimal b Kumara 26 19 3 1 136.84
View dismissal WU Tharanga b Kumara 5 12 0 0 41.66
View dismissal Shoaib Malik run out (Kumara) 5 9 0 0 55.55
View dismissal SHT Kandamby* c Chandimal b Weeraratne 12 19 0 0 63.15
View dismissal PBB Rajapaksa lbw b Perera 2 4 0 0 50.00
View dismissal JDP Oram run out (Jayawardene/Udana) 26 19 1 2 136.84
View dismissal SMSM Senanayake b Perera 0 2 0 0 0.00
View dismissal S Prasanna lbw b Udana 19 10 3 1 190.00
View dismissal Umar Gul c Udana b Kumara 6 5 1 0 120.00
CRD Fernando not out 0 1 0 0 0.00
Extras (lb 6, w 7, nb 2) 15
Total (all out; 18.1 overs) 127 (6.99 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-30 (Chanderpaul, 3.1 ov), 2-49 (Munaweera, 5.6 ov), 3-54 (Tharanga, 7.4 ov), 4-63 (Shoaib Malik, 9.3 ov), 5-67 (Rajapaksa, 10.3 ov), 6-83 (Kandamby, 13.4 ov), 7-85 (Senanayake, 14.2 ov), 8-117 (Prasanna, 16.4 ov), 9-126 (Umar Gul, 17.4 ov), 10-127 (Oram, 18.1 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
View wickets I Udana 3.1 0 19 2 6.00 (1nb, 4w)
View wickets SAC Kumara 4 0 33 3 8.25 (1nb, 1w)
Mohammad Hafeez 4 0 33 0 8.25
View wickets MKPAD Perera 4 0 20 2 5.00
View wicket K Weeraratn

Bugle 11 August

1s and 3s lose, 2s come close to 10, but end with 4

Click here to check out the all important league tables during these final weeks of cricket.

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1st XI v Winchmore Hill (home)

  • Southgate 111 all out in 39.2 overs
  • Winchmore Hill 114-1 in 20 overs
    Newman 55, Alleyne 54*

Winchmore Hill win by 9 wickets, Max Joseph tells how:

Saturday 12th August saw Southgate 1st XI host a championship-bound Winchmore Hill side that had comprehensively brushed us aside only 2 weeks previously. This daunting prospect was to take place under the watchful eyes of the President’s Lunch attendees who were treated to fabulous weather but not the closely fought spectacle that they would’ve been hoping for.

Southgate got off to a decent start with J Jouning playing positively and hitting some impressive strokes on the way to his 27. At the other end T Edrich and C Le Roux were removed in successive balls to bring T Allen to the middle. Tom anchored the innings for a number of overs from this point; a careful start developed into a top-scoring innings of 37 and he was not out at the lunch interval. However, with runs being hard to come by and Winchmore’s attack a constant threat, inroads were made at the other end and by the interval Southgate had slumped to 89-7. T Allen was joined after the break by P Dunnett but their brief partnership was ended when the former was dismissed by an inswinger that may have been doing too much to hit leg stump. P Dunnett showed glimpses of what his indisputable talent is capable of, scoring a classy looking 15 before falling to the off spin of Hill’s captain, leaving Southgate all out for 111 inside 40 overs.

With so few runs to play with and a used pitch at our disposal, captain R Johnson elected to use the old ball and open with 2 spinners; himself and A Sivarajah. Filled with confidence taken from the previous encounter and the low target, the Winchmore Hill opening pair took the game to our spinners and were able to score freely. A Sivarajah was replaced by H Bajwa, but this did little to stem the flow of runs, and Winchmore steadily closed in on our total. C Le Roux bowled an excellent spell and a couple of well-directed yorkers nearly squeezed through Winchmore’s defenses, but ultimately his efforts went unrewarded.

With the Hill openers having raced to 100 without loss within 20 overs, the prospect of a second 10 wicket defeat to our local rivals within a month loomed large. This déjà vu was broken however when T Hadgie – bowling spin in the absence of a new ball – ripped a doosra past an advancing S Newman, and the ball clipped the bails to deny Dunnett a certain stumping. Unfortunately this only delayed the inevitable, and Southgate were defeated by 9 wickets.

In the changing room after the game we were treated to a 20 minute motivational talk from club legend Mickey Dunn. While the delivery was certainly unorthodox, the message that we’re currently not playing tough enough cricket was definitely valid. Although I do dispute that this means we’re a team of soft individuals, in the same way that I don’t believe that a team playing bad cricket is necessarily made up of bad cricketers. We are however a team bereft of confidence and belief at the moment and overcoming that obstacle is going to be key if we’re to return our first league win before the end of the season.

Max Joseph

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2nd XI v Enfield (away)

  • Southgate 228 all out in 51.5 overs
    Woffinden 65
  • Enfield 192-9 in 48 overs

Omair Ali explains, in a mammoth effort of more than 1500 words, how the 2s ended a run of four consecutive wins with 4 points:

Big congratulations to our heroic Olympians and the nation for the fantastic memories during the games of London 2012, which will go down as one of the greatest in history. The feel good factor of being part of something which was appreciated the world over can only lead to greater things in times to come. We can take this buzz and energy into the rest of the cricket season. The 2nds have been playing some great cricket this season, albeit in the third division, and on Saturday we travelled to Enfield. It was a perfect day to get to the ground early, have a few supplements and warm up in preparation for an important game to push for promotion. There was no warm up in the end! Enfield’s picturesque ground looked perfect on arrival (11.30 am), the Covers had already been removed from the wicket revealing a belter of a track which would be good for batting. If there was any moisture in the wicket it would have totally evaporated with the sun baking down on the pitch. Before this game we were in 3rd position on the table, 6 points behind Wembley and had won four games in a row. This game would be crucial in sustaining the pressure on Wembley who have been consistently winning each week.

A hard day was in store for the quicker bowlers and the wicket would possibly help the spinners and slow bowlers later on in the day. Captain Sage always says “this pitch will help the slow bowlers today” on any type of wicket and on any type of day. Today everyone agreed with him, although it is true that the wicket would help anyone who bowls well on it! Enfield won the toss and elected to bowl first to the delight of our captain and the rest of the team. Instructions before the game were to convert 20’s into big scores and reach a score of 220 plus. Our openers then proceeded to get 20 each and then get out; they had put on roughly 45 in the first 10 overs. This was actually a pretty decent start which included some crisp drives and good running between the wickets by Suresh and Alex. The early impetus provided was capitalised on by Dave Woffinden who scored a high tempo 60 with other batsmen chipping in around him to push the score towards 160 odd for the loss of 6 wickets. After the fall of Woffers’ wicket another couple of wickets fell quickly to leave our score at 173-9 from 38 overs. This was not good! On a wicket like this we needed a score of 220 plus. We were now in danger of being bowled out and also letting the opposition eat into our overs. However, Omar Hassan (our wicket keeper) and David Huntingford had other ideas, the 10th wicket pair put on 50. This was a quality partnership with Omar playing some nice shots without looking to hit the ball hard and David also outlining his talent by defending resolutely and playing attacking shots when required. This crucial partnership pushed our score above 220. The pair were batting so well it was decided to let them have another over not realising we were already on 51 overs. In the end score was 228 all out. It was only a little while later the captain was enjoying a nice sandwich and cup of tea when it dawned on him and the rest of us that we had in fact played out 52 overs. Would this crucial over come back to haunt us later in the innings?

There was a quick change around, much too quick for Suresh who wanted a bit more time to let the food settle in the stomach before bowling. Suresh and O. Ali proceeded to open the bowling. The former was never really allowed to settle and was picked off by the attacking opening batsmen, who by now had reached roughly 30 from the first 6. Ali on the other end settled into a rhythm and bowled in some decent areas drawing a sharp edge to the keeper who couldn’t hold on, and in the process damaged his finger. This wasn’t to cost us as Woffers picked up the opener and also grabbed another two more for himself before Ali finally registered with a wicket in the scorebook. The score was now 65-4 of 19 overs when Sage came on and after a few overs picked up a wicket to leave them 5 wickets down and to chase roughly 130 runs in 26 overs. The batsmen settled down and were looking comfortable against Woffers and Sage. The game then went into a negative phase for us as the batsmen started playing some shots. We could have looked to attack and pick up another couple of wickets and blast the tail out, instead we tried to contain the run flow of the now settled batsmen. With the partnership growing it was important to change the bowling and give Woffers a deserved rest and take the captain off who at this stage was not penetrative enough. In the end the captain himself did come off. Both bowlers possibly bowled a few too many extra overs.

Adrian then brought on our spinner for the day: Sam Faruqi, one of the leading wicket takers for Southgate 2nd XI last year in the 2nd division. This bowling change immediately paid dividends as Sam snaffled a caught and bowled to dismiss Enfield’s dangerous batsman for a well-made 60 and the partnership was broken. We were beginning to finally sense victory again so the captain brought himself on at Woffers end to try and take the last few wickets and win the game. We now needed 4 wickets in 8-9 overs to win the game. It was again looking like a draw was on the cards until Sage picked up two wickets in the over (He nearly kissed the umpire for giving him an LBW – seriously) and Sam picked off another to leave Enfield nine down with the score on 180. With one wicket remaining and only 4 overs left the captain decided to throw the ball to O.Ali who had little chance to loosen up and was expected to run in full steam and blast the wicket out. After a couple of sighters for the batsman a quick-ish delivery wide of the stumps was snicked behind to 2nd or 3rd slip (can’t remember clearly). We all began to celebrate another victory until we realised the umpire had decided to inquire from the neutral square leg umpire (Enfield’s player) whether it was a bump ball. Both umpires were unsure and the decision was not out. At this point I did think about a bump ball a couple of weeks ago against the same opposition which was given in our favour.  On that day Sage’s favourite umpire gave the decision only for our players to shout out afterwards that it was bump ball.  Why appeal, accept the wicket and then afterwards say it is a bump ball?  This was clearly more out than the wicket that was given on that day. That was 10 points gone and the chance of promotion now looks slim. The number 11 got off strike and Enfield’s middle order batsman blocked out the last 2 overs and we ended up with a winning draw. Very frustrating! Was that extra over of batting crucial in the end when we were looking for that final wicket? We cannot say. In the end a combination of factors deprived us of an important win.

This had been an excellent game of cricket where everyone contributed but for the author this game seemed like a loss. After personally witnessing the pain of relegation from the final game of last season, Southgate needed to bounce back. This now looks very difficult as Wembley are 12 points ahead with 4 more games to play. Relying on other teams is never good and the pressure will be eased on Wembley with the gap now widened. At this stage each game should be treated like a cup final. It was crucial we won this game against the bottom of the table side. It was not to be but we will continue our charge for promotion hoping that a bit of luck goes our way. The difference between the 2nd division and 3rd division is very little. Well done everyone.

Omair continues with this plea:

Please can all Southgate members make themselves available for as many games as possible? At present the 1st XI have low availability which is affecting the rest of the club. Players from the 2nds are being drafted into the 1st XI and obviously 3’s players into the 2nd XI. This in turn means the 4’s were unable to field a side for 2 weeks running.

  • The 2nd’s are aiming to get promoted.
  • The 3rds are struggling to survive in the 3rd division. If they are relegated it will be a sad day to see the 3’s playing in the 1987 league.

The 2nds need an umpire for the last 4 games of the season. This could be crucial in our chances of being promoted”.

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3rd XI v Edmont0n (home)

  • Southgate 158-7 in 55 overs
  • Enfield 160-1 in 30.5 overs

No report submitted on Edmonton’s 9 wicket win. The 3s now need at least two wins in the final few weeks to keep their place in the Middlesex Leagues; come on lads, we’re all behind you!

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4th XI: Southgate unable to raise a side

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Tuesday XI v Hertingfordbury (home)

  • Southgate 275-5 declared in 59 overs
    Edrich 64, Bellwood 50
  • Hertingfordbury 218 all out in 45 overs
    Robinson 6-49 (a stunning career best, “by a long way!”)

A report will follow, I promise.

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The Bugle – results and match reports from Sat 4 August

1st XI

Southgate v Brondesbury

match drawn

Brondesbury 226-5 dec (44 overs)

Southgate 151-4 (42 overs)

Hadgie 67*

Robinson 54*

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A series of showers reduced the vital bottom of the table clash with Brondesbury to just 86 overs and in the reduced circumstances stand-in skipper Jamie Jouning was pleased to win the toss and insert the visitors. With Rob Johnson away managing the Test at Headingley on behalf of the ECB it was unfortunate that Southgate produced their worst fielding performance of the season as Brondesbury cruised to a good total of 226 -5 after 43 overs. Lethargic, casual and performing dives that Tom Daly wouldn’t do in his worst nightmare, Southgate were run ragged by Bron’s middle order and with our help they turned ones into twos and twos into threes. Bron’s opening batsman scored a splendid century, which was greeted with great enthusiasm by his teammates, as it was their first League century of the season.  Sixteen-year-old Ashley Sivarajah, with his left arm spin, was the home team’s best bowler, although Faisal Mir bowled a good spell, until pulling up with a strained hamstring. Towards the end of the innings Alvin produced one of our better pieces of fielding on the boundary before sliding into the covers and obtaining a very nasty gash on his shin. He was taken to hospital and was obviously unable to bat, and may miss much of the rest of the season. We wish him well.

Jamie opened with Paddy Robinson and although the former was unfortunate to be given out caught off his thigh pad, against a high-quality new ball attack Southgate soon found themselves 29-4. The Brondesbury captain, a South African, and Giles Buchanan, the son of former Australia and Middlesex CCC manager John Buchanan proved to be a formidable opening attack and Tom Allan, Tom Yeomans and Faisal all succumbed to their aggressive bowling.

However, at this stage the game changed as cricket reared its own peculiar and extraordinary face. Paddy – steadfast, resolute, determined and showing enormous concentration, was joined by Hadgie, who had a definite point to make about his personal batting ability. Paddy correctly chose a defensive route and scored just 6 in the first 15 overs, while Hadgie was his usual bristling, aggressive but technically correct self. Amazingly the pair took their team to total safety, reaching 151-4 at the close, with Paddy 54* and Hadgie 67*. Bron’s backup bowling was not quite of the standard of the opening pair, but even when they returned for a final onslaught Paddy and Hadgie stood firm, very firm. Jamie Jouning

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2nd X1

Bessborough v Southgate

Southgate won by 93 runs

Southgate 183 all out (49 overs)

Bessborough 90 all out (31.2 overs)

The 2nd team were put in to bat a very soggy wicket and got off to a solid start, however lost two fairly quick wickets. This brought Lassman and Hughes D’Aeth to the crease. The pair proceeded to put on a large partnership and capitalised on some loose bowling, until Hughes D’Aeth was out for 45, soon followed by Lassman for a well crafted 41.

At this point the team needed fairly quick runs, and some good cameo’s such as from the lower-middle order (19 quick runs from Omair Ali) built around a neat 25 from Jouning the team got to 183 all out. Not as big a total as was looking possible from the middle of the innings.

The opening pair from Bessborough then proceeded to throw their hands at anything and quickly got to 35 off 6 overs. However their luck was not to last and Omair Ali (3-13) took 3 quick wickets to expose the hosts vulnerable middle order. Great spells from Adrian Carr (4-9)  and Haseeb Bajwa (2-31) then put paid to Bessboroughs’ batting line up, who didn’t seem to want to hang around, leading to a convincing win by 93 runs.

Harry Hughes D’aeth

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3rd XI

Southgate v South Hampstead

South Hampstead won by 3 wickets

Southgate 144 all out (47.2 overs)

South Hampstead 145-7 (42.2 overs)

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4th XI

Osterley v Southgate

Game cancelled

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Please file match reports to Paul Lassman – paul.southgatecc@gmail.com – I’m off to Spain.

Bugle – match reports from Saturday 28 July

1s flop, 2s and 3s sail to victory, 4s force winning draw. Young Len Stokes makes promising debut

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Len Stokes, legend

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1st XI

Winchmore Hill v Southgate

Winchmore Hill won by 10 wickets

Southgate 85 all out (31.1 overs)

J Thorpe 5-36

Winchmore Hill 86-0 (10.5 overs)

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2nd XI

Southgate v Enfield

Southgate won by 3 wickets

Enfield 148 all out (49.1 overs)

Southgate 149-7 (39.1 overs)

Adeel Saeed 50*

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3rd XI

Edmonton v Southgate

Southgate won by 39 runs

Southgate 244 all out (48.4 overs)

Jouning 64

Lassman 34

Kennedy 26

Hughes 18

Mahbubani 18

Extras  32

Enfield 205 all out (48 overs)

Harry D’Aeth 3-28

Ashnaad Khan 2-35
Mike Carter 1-26
Ravi Desai 1-31

Sam Faruqi 1-48
Stating the obvious, this was a game the 3rd eleven really needed to win if avoiding relegation was to remain a possibility. Edmonton’s 2nd ground is small, with a good wicket and after losing the toss and being inserted, it was clear we needed to amass a good total.

Mark Hughes and captain Mike Carter opened up and appeared to have us off to a good start, until we lost our captain in the eighth over. Mark then followed not long after for 18, chasing a wide one, having again looked good and apparently set for a decent score.

Alex Kennedy then moved the scoreboard along, forming a partnership with Adam Jouning, batting at three. With the help of a fast bowler, (at least he thought he was fast), Alex scored quickly as he was fed a host of short balls that he expertly pulled for four.

Kennedy and Jouning looked set for a long partnership and between overs discussed the merits of running well between the wickets. The next over a mix up led to Alex being run out by half a pitch. (The neighboring A10 is noisy, so let’s blame it on that). However, it had been a useful 26 scored quickly.

Adam Jouning remained at the crease and after a clearly talented Harry Hughes D’Aeth managed to hit a full toss straight to silly mid off, Paul Lassman came into bat and another useful partnership was formed. With the score at around 200 off 40 overs, Jouning had begun the charge for the last ten overs, before managing to paddle one out to the fielder on the mid wicket boundary and he went for 64. Paul Lassman, who had helped to steady the ship, scored a very useful 34 and with some brief cameos, notably Rams quick 18, Southgate reached 244 off 48.4 overs.

This was a total that seemed a little light on such a ground, but with this 3rd eleven side apparently bursting with bowlers, as well as batters, we went out to field with confidence.

Young Ashnaad Khan and Ravi Desai opened the bowling and after a few overs of free-scoring runs, the wickets began to come. However, on such a pitch we couldn’t afford to let any partnerships form and fortunately we continued to take wickets when we needed too.

(It should be mentioned there was some interesting running commentary from Edmonton, both on and off the pitch during the game, but Southgate remained focused throughout and fortunately saw the funny side of it).

Edmonton, to their credit, continued to bat positively, with one particular batsmen managing to hit a white van on the A10 with a swing over mid wicket. However, it seemed to be all or nothing with Edmonton and with eight overs left, we needed one more wicket to secure the victory. A dropped catch in the slips led us into an increasingly nervy last four overs, but we were not to be denied and finally bowled Edmonton out for 205.

The wickets were shared around, but special mention should go to Ashnaad Khan, who bowled a tidy spell of 2 for 35 whilst seemingly battling injury and also to Harry Hughes D’aeth, whose modest self description, ( I can bowl a bit of seam up), took a very useful 3 for 28 at the end with some very accurate bowling. Onwards and upwards. Adam Jouning

Southgate 244 all out from 48.4 overs

Edmonton 205 all out from 48 overs

Ashnaad Khan 2-35
Ravi Desai 1-31
Mike Carter 1-26
Sam Faruqi 1-48
Harry D’Aeth 3-28

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4th XI

Twickenham v Southgate

match drawn

Twickenham 158 all out (49.2 overs)

Naroosh 3-20

Stokes 3-38

Southgate 142-8 (42 overs)

Partha Dave 48

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A cameo role or cameo appearance (/ˈkæmi/; often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance of a known person in a work of the performing arts, such as plays, films, video games[1] and television, often appearing as themselves. These roles are generally small, many of them non-speaking ones, and are commonly either appearances in a work in which they hold some special significance (such as actors from an original movie appearing in its remake), or renowned people making uncredited appearances.

The points in this match were settled by a cameo partnership. The role was small (about 5 overs) especially quiet as it involved Julius Thompson, who is as akin to wild bouts of noisy enthusiasm as Mark Cavendish is to Olympic gold medals. The cameo came at the end and was set up by a very good performance by many young Southgate cricketers.

A very warm day in London decreed that captain for the day Partha Dave should win the toss ensuring that we bat first. He did neither. Sweat was rolling down the back of my neck midway through the second over and I was at slip! Naroosh and Dave Huntingford shared the new ball with distinction. Naroosh picking up the opening bat, who informed us later that he gets a lot of runs in midweek cricket (presumably on Playstation by the look of his technique) leaving David to bowl well without success at their two best players.

Often in such situations, there is a tendency for heads to go down as a stand develops, but the young men of Southgate (plus Gunn and Stokes) on this occasion stuck to the task with boyish enthusiasm. After 13 overs ECB rules meant both both bowlers had to be changed, although frankly neither of them deserved to come off. Enter Stokes and Thompson. The runs started to dry up as ever when these two are bowling, inducing a rash blow from the number 3 that was well held by Huntingford in the covers. Batsmen 4 and 5 weren’t much better than Delmore and when the fourth wicket fell the Twickenham answer to the Bounds Green Lara strode to the wicket. Looked like Delmore, batted like Delmore, but when he raised his bat having reached the significant milestone of not out 1 we realised it was Delmore. Twickenham had persuaded him to play. Del, being the true Southgate man that he is, then talked himself in at number 6. Both bowlers immediately started bowling poorly as the excitement of a free wicket overwhelmed all their usual disciplines. A former West Indian test player in his own lunch-hour to boot. Mazhar ruined everyone’s entertainment by dismissing the closest thing SCC has seen to Viv Richards (not that one, the Botany Bay tea lady) in a long time and was promptly sent to Coventry by everyone over the age of 21.

Gunny then pulled off a very good stumping to dismiss the opening ba,t who was annoyingly still in and punishing all bad balls viciously. Fortunately there weren’t many, so when he was dismissed for a well played 40 SCC were in the box seat. Except that he wasn’t dismissed and Gunny went into apoplectic rage. Captain Dave had cleverly positioned himself at long off at this particular juncture and Gunny’s tirade left the player and umpire in no doubt that he disagreed with the firm but incorrect not out verdict.

So Mr Irritating’s innings continued. Partha spilled one at midwicket of the returning Straightbreak so we had to watch this guy bat for another 5 overs. Fortunately, the old git of a left arm slow bowler finally turned one past the outside edge to end the pain. Gunny gleefully removing both bails and 2.5 stumps in a movement more reminiscent of a third-rate 80s slasher movie.

Now we were on top (especially with Delmore out) and the innings closed with the number 11 playing for the turn (except that they only had 10 men) and being bowled middle and leg. Annoyingly they amassed 20 runs for the last wicket in about 10 overs, which made the chase 158 off 42 when 140 off 50 looked on (and fair)

The Southgate innings started with a crescendo of strokes from Marcello’s bat and some equally powerful ones from Partha. (Did I really type that?) After Marcello, Ollie Gray and Sal had all departed in quick succession the task of rebuilding and getting us close fell to the captain and the keeper. Partha made a chanceless 48, forcing his partner into a supporting role. The oppo had two competent bowlers in their side and in the middle of the innings the runs dried up a bit. This was down to good bowling rather than poor batting. These guys must get tired soon, I remember thinking, but they didn’t. Partha got a good ball and departed for a well-made 48. On came Twickenham’s answer to Dave Woffinden, causing Nadeem and then Ricky to hole out to deep fielders just when it looked like they were going to win it for us. Somehow we had slipped to 100-6 from the relatively strong 80-3 with 21 overs left.

Not to worry, said the young lads. There is still Stokes to bat. Meanwhile, Stokes had spent 15 minutes trying to get his pads on, 14 of which were spent standing over the cricket bag not daring to bend down in case it proved impossible to straighten up again. After 25 years at Southgate I finally found that I had something in common with Steve Rowe. Bowling long spells when you are 50 years old is not a good idea.

Will Dias was given out either LBW or caught, (he wasn’t sure, but if he didn’t hit it the umpire said he was plum) leaving the cameo to start. Not only a match-changing innings, but played out in front of the Twickenham first team who were now enjoying their lager hoping we could add to the victory earned by the space cadet XI on the main ground.

For those that know him, Julius Thomson is a quiet lad in the extreme. When you bat with him, though, he is a willing and able partner. (Note to captain, are you sure he needs to bat 9?) With 50 required off 8 overs to win, 7 wickets down, bowlers on top and the geriatric Stokes at the other end, there was only one sensible strategy. You guessed it. Attack and try to win it. Thompson and Stokes shared a rapid partnership of 34, of which Thompson’s contribution was a highly encouraging 34. This took us way past the 4-point total and even the crowd were starting to sense an unlikely win. It was not to be as Julius was stumped trying to smash another boundary. It was a superb, uninhibited effort by a young man who is to be congratulated for his enterprise (but mildly criticised for expecting a man three times his age to run two 2s off successive balls).

Huntingford and partner then managed to see us home to a well-fought winning draw. 10 balls. 2 wickets left. No alarms. Handshakes all round except for Delmore Iscariot and Nadeem for getting him out cheaply and ruining the fun. Lord Straightbreak

Sunday

Southgate v Old Olympians

Southgate won by 25 runs

Southgate 202 for 8 (40 overs)

S. Syed 38

A. Khan 37

S. Sultani 27

A. Devkamalth 25

M. Mirza 23

Old Olympians 177 all out (36.4 overs)

A. Packer 2-25

(Match finished at 8.35)