Wishing everyone a very happy and successful New Year from everyone involved at Southgate Cricket Club.
With the news of Jacques Kallis retiring from Test Cricket it’s worthy of note that the South African legend graced the Walker Ground in a match between Middlesex and the Proteas prior to the 1999 Cricket World Cup.
For the full card click here http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/99/99919.html
See below some action shots of Kallis’ team mates Herschelle Gibbs and Mark Boucher from the match.
Graeme Swann who announced his retirement on Sunday is another international legend to have played on the hallowed turf of the Walker Ground!
In a fixture containing no fewer than a dozen internationals Swann opened the batting for Notts in a high scoring limited overs match back in 2005. Go here for the card: http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/82/82654.html
As the 4th day of the Perth Test Match between Australia and England moved towards it’s close it was interesting to listen into former England batsman Ed Smith recalling his battle with co-commentator Glen McGrath at the Walker Ground in 2004.
The match in which Smith was batting for Kent ended in a win for Middlesex by 119 runs with the Aussie great taking five wickets in the match. Interestingly twelve of the 22 playing in the fixture at Southgate were eventually capped at international level including current England opening batsman Michael Carberry, then a Kent collegaue of Smith who mate a duck and 1!
The full card is on cricket archive:http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/80/80006.html
Thanks to all who bought a ticket in the SCC Grand Fireworks Raffle.
The winners are as follows:
1st Prize – Signed Ashes Cricket Bat: Ticket 1351 (A Kataria)
2nd Prize – James Anderson signed cricket shirt: Ticket 1142 (Saman)
3rd Prize – Signed England Team Photograph: Ticket 1151 (Jennings)
Please contact Rob on 0779947767 to arrange collection.
Southgate Cricket Club has teamed up with the Stephen James Group to provide a stunning competition prize at the Walker Ground Fireworks Display on Saturday 2nd of November.
The challenge is to roll seven consecutive sixes on a dice and you drive away in a rather nice BMW 1 Series! Punters pay £5 to have a go and hopefully we can generate some much needed finance for the cricket club.
GRAND FIREWORKS RAFFLE
We are also running a fantastic raffle with some magnificent prizes on offer:
Prize 1 – An official fully autographed crcket bat with all of the signatures of the England and Australia Test Match Squads from this summer’s Investec Ashes Series.
Prize 2 – James Anderson’s test match shirt, signed by the man himself!
Prize 3 – A fully signed team photograph of the England ODI Squad
You may recall in the last game of the season the Second XI notched up an amazing victory against Ickenham, chasing down a total of 328. Well, this is how it happened, thanks to possibly the latest match report in history.
A reminder of the score…
Ickenham v Southgate
Southgate won by 3 wickets; Southgate 10 points
Ickenham 327-2 dec (45 overs)
Southgate 331-7 (53 overs)
K Jankowicz 80
M Hughes 75
S Ellis 40
The second team came into the final game of the season with nothing to play for but pride! The greatest prize of all. After winning the toss and deciding to bowl we were faced with an opening partnership that included their Kiwi overseas pro who smashed us for 90 odd off about 3 overs at the Walker Ground earlier in the season. We knew that an early wicket was essential and, 261 runs later, we had our well deserved wicket! Goldstone, the young Kiwi, was eventually out for 161, LBW to Jankowicz in a fantastic spell of bowling, ending one of the finest displays of batting that I have ever seen. Unlike the innings at our place, in which we dropped him second ball and went on to drop him three more times, this innings was literally chanceless.
At 45 overs Ickenham declared at 327 for 2 with the other opener, Crompton, not out for 119.
NB – Tea had some fantastic profiteroles.
So 328 from 55 overs was the target we had ahead of us. Jankowicz and Hughes strode out to the crease with the team feeling a strange sense of optimism over the huge task that laid ahead of us. Like theirs, our opening partnership got off to a fantastic start. Hughes played the most splendid innings for his 75. He showed an array of shots hitting 4s on the ground to all areas of the field with his only 6 sailing into sight screen from the best hit leading edge I have had pleasure to witness. Jankowicz lead the charge and used his feet to upset the length of the opening bowlers which allowed him to hit numerous 6s, including the biggest 6 I have ever seen – I swear the ball was still rising as it flew over the sightscreen to be lost forever!
After losing the opening pair Southgate never fell far below the required run-rate but did keep losing wickets. Each batsman made a contribution including a trademark, rapid 40 from Ellis, including 24 from an over (no biggie).
But it was left to the youngsters to finish it off and De Crescenzo, making his 2nd team debut, made a valuable contribution near the end before Stratton and Kalagara, unbeaten on 23 and 24 respectively, finished off the best run chase of the season. Kalagara hitting a final 6 to end the game with over four overs to spare.
It was a great honour to be elected club captain after being backed by the senior and younger members within the club and the emphasis was going to be on change. The vision is to try to build a squad good enough within 2/3 years to achieve promotion into the top league and consolidate our position in that league. I’ve been part of the squad for the last 3 occasions when we have been relegated from the Prem within the last 10 years, only surviving the 2003 season the rest we’ve been relegated in the same season. The plan is to build a side good enough to ensure our position in the Prem as ultimately it’s where you need to be playing as a cricketer and a good breeding ground to attract more top quality players.
So leading into the season after a good pre season of planning and winter netting the aim was to throw the youngsters in at the deep end and give them the chance to take their opportunities and become match winners. The three in particular whom I’ve played with in the last few years who are the central focus and nucleus to my plans are Phil Dunnett ( appointed vice captain ), Tom Edrich ( who showed us glimpses of his talent the previous year ) and Ashley Sivarajah (who bowled well in the last 2 years). All were to be given the prime slots in the side after discussing their roles with them in the winter with the combination of myself and the other senior players contributing.
However in the very first competitive game of the season in bizarre fashion a freak injury to my achilles struck when batting in a run chase in the National against Colchester and East Essex at home ruling me out potentially for the rest of the season. Bitter pill to swallow and all sorts of thoughts running through my mind in regards to my best laid plans. However much credit must be given to my young vice at the time Phil Dunnett who after discussing and encouraging him stepped up and agreed to skipper the side . Knowing my plans and that I would be there assisting him on and off the pitch albeit with one leg was more than enough for Phil to agree.
And so to the season:
97, the chief destroyer Dave Woffinden with a 6 fer alongsie Ashley who bowled well. Edrich seeing it through with another good 44 not out was pleasing. What was encouraging at this point from the sidelines was that the team after a loss were putting the record straight by winning in the very next game but ultimately consistency proved to be a real problem throughout the season and the second half would portray that.
All fixtures the following week were a complete wash out and so the remaining two games we needed to get maximum points to salvage some pride and get up that table , back to back wins not achieved all year.
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Southgate Cricket Club 200 Club Draw Results October 04 2013
Thank you to all who participate in the above. Your support is much appreciated and is a significant contributor to much needed Club funds.
The first draw of 2013 was held on October 02 and the winners are:
1st Prize £300 Mike Molloy
Mike is an extremely loyal cricket club honorary member who not only supports Club teams every week but also many Club activities as well.
2nd Prize £100 Mrs Doreen Leithead
Mrs Leithead is the widow of a former player, Chris, and kindly agreed to support the 200 Club after his death.
3rd Prize £50 Faisal Mir
A welcome bonus for the 1st XI captain after a difficult first season interrupted almost entirely by a serious leg injury in early May.
The second draw for this year will take place at the Christmas Lunch in the pavilion on Sunday 01 December. Please put this date in your diary now.
Regarding the 200 Club, it has been mooted that we might increase the number of draws from 2 per annum to 4, meaning prizes of £100/£75/£50 each time instead of the current £300/£100/£50. I would appreciate your personal views on that and we will react accordingly.
The lunch will be preceded by a football match between Under30’s and Over 30’s
(last year won comfortably by the Seniors, 6-0.)
After lunch the Club’s Annual Awards ceremony will be held when various cups and trophies will be handed out to deserving recipients.
Last year’s lunch was most enjoyable and accurately described by one senior SCC member as the ‘perfect blending of the generations’.
I would like to repeat that atmosphere again this year and hope as many youngsters and ‘oldsters’, with their partners , will attend again.
I look forward to seeing you then.
SOUTHGATE CRICKET CLUB