The Bugle – match reports from 25 May

1st XI

Southgate v Harrow Town

Southgate won by 7 wickets. Southgate 10 points

Harrow Town 18 all out (34 overs)

Southgate 109-3 (40 overs)

report to come

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2nd XI

Wycombe House v Southgate

Southgate won by 153 runs. Southgate 10 points

Southgate 259-5 (43 overs)

K Jankowicz 79, S Kalagara 60*, M Stratten 53*

Wycombe House 106 all out (32.3 overs)

A Carr 4-16, K Jankowicz 3-17

On a day in which Sage exposed a deep underlying man-crush on a fellow 2nd XI team mate, Wycombe House redefined the ‘under-throw’ and an optimistic home fan sold ducks to the opposition batsman, the 2nd XI were in pursuit of a win on the road to assert some early season authority at the top of the table.

After losing the toss, the Trees were inserted to bat on a typically green early season track. With some of the Southgate middle-order still crawling their way round a sticky North Circular, Jankowicz and Lassman waded their way through the overgrown outfield to the crease.

As Jankowicz punished some wayward early bowling, Lassman found the gaps to keep the scoreboard ticking at 5 an over. The pair ran especially well between the wickets, turning 1s into 3s and 2s into 4s; taking full advantage of some sloppy Wycombe fielding particularly in the throwing department. Bellwood and Berman were quick to coin the phrase ‘underthrow’ to describe some of the tame efforts in the deeper parts of the large outfield.

*underthrow- to concede runs in the relaying process when retrieving the ball from distance in the outfield.

It would seem the delayed middle order batsman had more success accelerating through Wembley than Paul had with the scoreboard, after succumbing to a straight full-toss. In came Joseph who continued to score at a steady rate before being run out for 30 odd by a rather shapely figure lying on the ground at long off. This brought Bellwood to the crease. Meanwhile, a home supporter on the sidelines was trying to sell ducks to a few off the visiting batsman. It would seem Bellwood obliged, departing without troubling the scorers. This brought Rae to the crease who also couldn’t resist, splashing out on one of the golden variety. As the crafty salesman went to replenish his supply of ducks, Carl continued to muscle the ball around the park before falling for a well constructed and powerful 79.

At a score of 150-5 after 35 overs both Stratten and Kalagara were relatively new to the crease, however they didn’t take long to settle. With the score at 220 Captain Joseph was contemplating an early declaration and an early tea, however it appeared the buffet had really opened eight overs earlier for the two batsman. With some elegant flicks and lusty blows, the two compiled a fine 100 partnership in less than 10 overs, scoring 53 and 60 respectively. At which point Sage spoke very fondly of a fellow unnamed team member’s physique. With 260 on the board, the declaration came and the hungry visitors could dig in to tea. The hosts provided a fair spread, including a well received debut appearance of chicken wings.

The new ball pairing of Kalagara and Berman asked some difficult questions of the Wycombe House upper order with probing lines. Kalagara was first to strike with some buffet bowling of his own as their opener flicked a wide full toss straight to Sage at square leg from the second ball of the innings. At the other end, a self-acclaimed superstar, alleged to have played at the highest level of cricket in Pakistan, looked rustier than an old tin can as he demonstrated a master class of hoiks and slashes, before losing centre pole to a Berman yorker.

The wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as the required total began to lose relevance. The opening pair soon made way for Sage and Jankowicz. Fuelled by man love, Sage bowled a nagging line with subtle variations on his way to a four-wicket haul, falling just short of a fifer as a caught and bowled opportunity went begging, despite an acrobatic face plant down the strip in an attempt to take the return catch. At the other end, as the slip cordon continued to grow with the team hungry for those early season fantasy points, Jankowicz made light work of the Wycombe House lower order, removing two under 13s with toe crushing yorkers on his way to three wickets.

Overall, the 2nd XI produced another solid performance with both bat and ball in another convincing victory. Undoubtedly, there will be sterner tests to come. Josh Berman

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3rd XI

Southgate v Twickenham

Southgate won by 60 runs. Southgate 10 points

Southgate 166-8 (50 overs)

P Robson 73*

Twickenham 106 all out (37 overs)

A Jouning 5-12

Desai 3-10

Introduction

Pitch: covered, dry, flat.  Opposition: late.  Captain: wins toss, bats.

Part 1

Hughes: Solid but got out.  Gunn: flashed new bat for effective 38.  A Jouning: after batting, found true calling as a bowler.  P Robson: unbeaten 73 following 10-year absence from crease.   D Robson: batted 5, very briefly.  Ashton, Wickham, Syed, Marett, Desai: contributed, supported and got us to 166. Captain: watched.

Part 2

Marett: picked wrong end to bowl – again. Carter: took wickets earned by Marett – again. Marett & Carter: got bored by edges going everywhere but to fielders.  Syed: acrobatic fielding, attempted to reach one.  Jouning & Desai: showed where openers went wrong, took 8-22 (Jouning: 5-12; Desai: 3-10).  D Robson: 2 catches.

Conclusion

We won.  We celebrated. Mike Carter

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4th XI

Match conceded, unable to raise a team

Mini Bugle – results from 25 May

Three wins from three!

An excellent day’s work from the club’s top three teams, with three thumping victories. (Not so good on the 4th XI front but you can’t have everything). I can’t remember the last time the Trees recorded a 100% record in league matches (again let’s pass over the 4th XI for now) but maybe you know better?

Here’s what happened…

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1st XI

Southgate v Harrow Town

Southgate won by 7 wickets. Southgate 10 points

Harrow Town 18 all out (34 overs)

Southgate 109-3 (40 overs)

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2nd XI

Wycombe House v Southgate

Southgate won by 153 runs. Southgate 10 points

Southgate 259-5 (43 overs)

K Jankowicz 79, S Kalagara 60*, M Stratten 53*

Wycombe House 106 all out (32.3 overs)

A Carr 4-16, K Jankowicz 3-17

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3rd XI

Southgate v Twickenham

Southgate won by 60 runs. Southgate 10 points

Southgate 166-8 (50 overs)

P Robson 73*

Twickenham 106 all out (37 overs)

A Jouning 5-12

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4th XI

Match conceded, unable to raise a team

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Match reports to ronhewit@gmail.com by stumps on Thursday please at the latest. After three wins, let’s have three equally excellent match reports.

The Bugle – match reports from Saturday 18 May

Read all about it. Or at least the bits fit to print…

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Bugle staff check each match report for spellling mistkeas and purr gramer before passing them to the editor

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1st XI

North Middlesex v Southgate

North Middlesex won by 4 wickets; Southgate 0 points

Southgate 201 all out (50.5 overs)

Tom Edrich 55

North Middlesex 203-6 (40) overs

Saturdays game away at North Middlesex will probably go down as a missed opportunity to chalk up our first win of the season. After good starts with both bat and ball we allowed the game to slip away, but not without a fight.

Losing the toss and being inserted on a cold and overcast day was not the disaster that it may sound as the pitch was dry and the outfield quick, with short boundaries straight at each end. An opportunity to put runs on the board and our hosts under pressure, we thought.

We lost an early wicket to a questionable LBW decision but then seemed to take control. In what must have been infuriating circumstances for the opposition quick bowlers, Tom Edrich found the perfect balance of playing and missing at every good delivery and some elegant shots to the ropes. His half century and the partnership with Alvin gave us the base to kick on.

The arrival of Blake at the crease signalled the intent to up the scoring rate and put the fielders under pressure. Blakey’s desire to ensure that at least a single was taken off every ball led to an entertaining period of running between the wickets that saw Edrich spend more time on his knees than his feet. Some replacement pads may be required following the huge numbers of dives he made to make his ground.

The passage of play that followed saw a flurry of wickets to a mixture of poor shots and some straight “arm ball like deliveries” from a bowler whose celebratory dance made Gangnam Style look like the Hokey Cokey. Unfortunately we had to witness it on seven occasions. The only positive part of this period for us was Rob Johnson stopping between overs to shout to the boundary and check we had told the tea ladies to prepare the hot food for tea.

The hot tea came and went and a new approach was tried as we started fielding. Hadgie opened with his miserly left arm seam and Ashley was given a go with his slow left arm to try and gain early wickets. This worked as our hosts found themselves 19 for 2 and we were in the game.

What followed was a period of 20 or so overs where we effectively lost the game and will leave us rueing missed opportunities. Several dropped catches mixed with a tendency to concede at least one boundary an over allowed North Mid to take the game away from us.

A couple of late consolation wickets were not enough to turn the tide back in our favour and the game was lost with overs to spare. We move onwards to a T20 and league double header this weekend where we will aim to get off the mark with not one but two victories! Samuel Wadham

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Woffinden: the new Botham

A typical champagne moment

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2nd XI

Southgate v Kenton

Southgate won by 8 wickets; Southgate 10 points

Kenton 186 all out (54.5 overs)

S Butt 99

David Woffinden 26 overs 70 for 7, including a hat-trick

Southgate 187-2 (39.5 overs)

Max Joseph 78*, Jamie Jouning 50, Woffinden 43*

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I haven’t penned a match report for many years, partly because as a captain I’ve been able to delegate to someone else, but perhaps more significantly I’ve been fully aware that I do not have the literary genius of a Paddy Robinson or a Paul Lassman. However, having effectively played in Saturday’s game as a spectator due my inflamed knee, I thought if ever I was going to pick up my pen it should be now.

Proceedings started with a deja vu moment, circa 1999 1st XI, upon arriving in the car park at the same time as Messers Jouning & Dangerfield; by this time the youngsters were already well into their fielding drills. Shortly afterwards captain Max duly won the toss and correctly elected to take the field, which compelled me to get changed before tea.

Two nominees, and I’m still undecided which one to go for, soon presented themselves for the “Champagne Moment”. After being dropped the ball before, one of the openers playing an immaculate forward defensive was comprehensively bowled by a perfect Woffinden swinger that started on leg and hit off. Then an over or two later, off another sublime Woffinden outswinger, Jamie Jouning diving to his left at slip held on to the ball only inches from the ground.

Upon the fall of the first of these wickets a very confident No 3 had strolled to the wicket and hit his first ball for what might be described as a “very long single”. The guy clearly looked a class act, so in my capacity as a spectator at square leg I asked the umpire about him. I was told he was “a bit of a pinch hitter”.

After Woffinden’s next over, which he blocked for a maiden, the “Pinch Hitter” turned to our keeper and slips and said, “How are you supposed to play this bloke ?”

For the next 30 or so overs Woffinden maintained his immactulate control and regularly chipped away at the Kenton batting, assisted only by a couple of run outs, the first of which was due to a massive throw from Josh Berman – perhaps a late contender for the Champagne Moment. Various seamers were being rotated from the opposite end, but it’s fair to say that no one really looked like taking wickets even though good lines and lengths were generally bowled and the scoring rate was kept in check.

Relying almost entirely on what was now a very watchful innings from the “Pinch Hitter” it was clear that a declaration would not be forthcoming and that we would have to bowl them out or they would keep us out there for the full 55 overs. It was thus the perfect time for Woffinden to pop up with a hat-trick – an even later contender for the Champagne Moment – including the “Pinch Hitter” bowled attempting a reverse sweep on 99 in the 54th over.

When the 10th wicket finally fell in the 55th over we headed to tea with a target of 187 in 45 overs. Woffers led us off the field having taken an incredible 7- 70 during an unbroken 26 over spell. I cannot recall having ever seen such a single-handed bowling performance countered by such a single-handed knock. Two truly great individual performances.

At tea I was able to take full advantage of my spectator status and gorge myself on four king prawn sandwiches and a large slice of chocolate and cream cake – probably the best tea that Sue has ever provided – Ollie mate you picked the wrong week to go to Ibiza!!!

After tea the Southgate run chase was one of the most comprehensive I’ve ever seen. A 55/45 split is a massive imbalance and so to win with nearly 5 overs remaining is testamont to the fine knocks from Jouners (50), Max ( 78 not out) and Woffers (43 not out). A thoughly good victory, hopefully the first of many this campaign.

Last year Hornsey and Wembley were quickly identified as our probable promotion rivals but this year it is difficult to see who, if any, the likely challengers will be. Kenton, as one of the teams relegated from Division 2, might have been expected to be up there ,but not on this showing, and I would likewise be surprised if Highgate, the other relegated side, put up much of a fight. It’s actually interesting to see Edmonton who spent most of last year fighting to avoid relegation as the early season pacesetters. Adrian Carr

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3rd XI

Old Actonions v Southgate

draw; Southgate 1 point

Old Actonions 261-9 (46 overs)

Mike Carter 7-60

Southgate 238-9 (53 overs)

Paul Lassman 71

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4th XI – match conceded, Southgate unable to raise a team

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Mini Bugle 18 May

Results from league games on Saturday 18 May. Some fantastic individual performances but sadly the results didn’t all go the right way

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1st XI

North Middlesex v Southgate

North Middlesex won by 4 wickets; Southgate 0 points

Southgate 201 all out (50.5 overs)

Tom Edrich 55

North Middlesex 203-6 (40) overs

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2nd XI

Southgate v Kenton

Southgate won by 8 wickets; Southgate 10 points

Kenton 186 all out (54.5 overs)

David Woffinden took a hat-trick

Southgate 187-2 (39.5 overs)

Max Joseph 78*, Jamie Jouning 50

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3rd XI

Old Actonions v Southgate

draw; Southgate 1 point

Old Actonions 261-9 (46 overs)

Mike Carter 7-60

Southgate 238-9 (53 overs)

Paul Lassman 71

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4th XI – match conceded, Southgate unable to raise a team

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Match reports to ronhewit@gmail.com by stumps on Thursday at the latest; earlier please if possible

The Bugle – 11 May

The Bugle's staff photographer is off having his eyes tested so there are no photographs of the weekend's action. Here is a picture of a cat instead

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Welcome to the second (updated) Bugle of the season with a report on the first XI game.

It’s probably a good time to remind people of the club’s top award – the Scribbler of the Year Award for the best match report of the season. Kindly donated by Derek Honnor, this is now in its fourth year and frankly it’s the only piece of silverware worth winning.

Please send your match reports or any other snippets of news or views to me at  ronhewit@gmail.com

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Southgate 1st XI

Southgate v Shepherds Bush

match drawn: Southgate 1 point, Shepherds Bush 4 points

Shepherds Bush 174-6 dec (43 overs)

Southgate 70-4 (21.2 overs

As you all may know the start of the 1st XI’s pre season has been pretty torrid, losing our newly appointed skipper for most, if not all, of the season is probably the worst possible start. Nevertheless it has given us extra incentive to really pull together and give the best we possibly can, and that started with a tough first game at home to Shepherds Bush.

I rocked up at the ground with Mr Durgacharan in his flash new Jaguar, where I was then greeted by an old friend, Mr James Watkins, who has gone on to pastures new with the much more local (for him) Shepherds Bush, and I think we all wish him all the best with them. As the young and newly appointed captain it was very pleasurable to win the toss and of course we all know what happens then. We bowled. I know. Shock. Horror.

Starting with newly recruited Samuel Wadham and the stalwart that is Hadgie, the Bush boys slowly but steadily got into their rhythm and it was hard to get them out of it, however we stuck in there and did make it difficult for them. Omair Ali also had a trundle from the Adelaide End and bowled a very admirable line and length that troubled their batsmen at times. However, when they were 111-0 (I think) the heavens opened and forced us off for around 24 minutes, which I think left the game evenly balanced. The Bush then came out and were in two minds, whether to stick or go big, they did neither and Ashley Sivarajah and Rob Johnson pounced. Both bowled extremely well and put the pressure on the Bush batters. With Johnson picking up 3-31 off his 11 and Ashley 3-57 off 14, both I’m sure will be very pleased with their contributions with the ball.

Tea came and went, we won’t mention that too much, and the new partnership of Edrich and Yeomans set upon the very appealing score of 174 in 43 overs. Yeomans started wel,l taking the attack to the Bush bowlers. Edrich on the other hand was hungover and looking slighty slow, especially when they decided to bowl it at his head. After a good start from Edrich and Yeomans the latter perished, which bought Alvin to the crease. The opening bowler didn’t know that  you DON’T bounce Mr Durgacharan. He did and Alvin punished him to the square leg boundary. Our new man Blake was soon in with Alvin, replacing the hungover Edrich who I advised to go to bed, and as all the Bournemouth pre-season boys know, Edrich gets in some ways with the help of one of two lagers. Hahaha sorry Edrich. Blake, who is still getting used to English conditions, started very brightly which our 35 (ish) year old club legend Alvin didn’t solely appreciate when he had to push for a tight one. However, the rain threatened but not before Blakey perished and the new skipper played probably the worse shot he will play all season (my sincere apologies). The rain finally came and that was that. Southgate finished on 70-4 and could only take the one point, however with Alvin and Rob at the Crease I firmly believe we would of got very close if not chase it down. Anyway we move on to North Middlesex and hopefully the first 10 points of the season. Phil Dunnett

Ps. Apologies for the boringness and lack of innovative ways for this match report but I am currently in the last week of acquiring my degree which has seen myself being inundated with copious amounts of uni work where I can only sneak in a half hour in the library for a match report.

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Please note that Phil Dunnett sent a picture in with his match report to illustrate how hard he is studying at university. Unfortunately it has no place in a family website because of the debased nature of its content. It is disgusting. Terrible. Really, it is. I have sent it to the local police.

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Southgate 2nd XI

North London v Southgate

Match drawn: Southgate 4 points, North London 1 point

Southgate 305-8 dec (50 overs)

Adil Saeed 110*

North London 106-1 (36.4 overs)

Saturday’s game will not go down in the history books, though some may argue that it would find a suitable home in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, such was its nature.  If you haven’t visited Piccadilly Circus’s famed house of curiosities, don’t bother, it’s a tourist trap that promises much, delivers little, and leaves you feeling like you’ve wasted valuable leisure time (and money).  Which brings me to the details of this particular fixture…

It was with a positive sense of anticipation that Southgate’s men arrived at the Shepherd’s Cot for the first league game of 2013. A new captain and two or three new faces gave the side a fresh feel, and there was a renewed sense of confidence after a rebuilding season last year.

With clouds overhead and the air heavy, we felt the toss would be important.  We were right, though not for the right reasons (more later), and having lost were inserted to bat in tricky-looking conditions.  That we found ourselves closing in on 100 without loss owed more to the profligacy of the North London bowlers than any particularly flamboyant shots, though messrs Jouning and Woffenden deserve credit for ruthlessly dispatching a string of longhops and full tosses to the boundary (and over it).

A top-edge from a pull shot by Woffenden triggered a mini-collapse.  Jouning and Joseph were caught smartly and loose shots from 5 & 6, (author clears throat), left us 110-4 and revising our desired total from 250 to 220.

220, did I say? We ended up with an astonishing 305 thanks to a splendid unbeaten century from Adil Saeed, able support from Berman, and brutal late-order hitting from Quiyum.  This is where the story becomes a little curious…

Now, our opponents were not to know that we were short on bowlers, and so you can understand them approaching our hefty total with caution, but I believe we can be rightly frustrated that they chose to accept a losing draw before taking the field.

In fact, so poorly concealed was their desire to kill the game, that two of their batsman spent 10 overs in the middle before scoring.  The remaining man (for we only took 1 wicket) could only be motivated to play shots by the “insult” of a bat-pad man on the offside.  After feigning concern for the safety of our close fielder, he eased the ball to the rope three times in one over including a sizeable maximum achieved with very little effort.  This from a man who took 36 overs to score an unbeaten half-century.

Frustrations aside, it was an encouraging performance in many ways.  On more testing surfaces, new-ball bowler Forden should be able to cause real problems, and it’s always nice to get a team total of 300+. We will commence our first home game next week with as much confidence as we began this one, if not more. Onwards and upwards, folks. Oliver Bellwood

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Southgate 3rd XI

Southgate v MTSCC

Match drawn: Southgate 1 point

Southgate 139-9 (50 overs)

MTSCC 115 for 9 (35 overs)

Pre-match training involved moving the sightscreens – both conveniently located near the nets – into position, followed by removal of the three covers. Was appalled to notice some vandal had sprayed his initials BTM on the one I was pushing.

We batted – whether by design or insertion I know not, but probably the latter – and although we flattered to look sound against an accurate attack lost both openers by the 10thover for 22. Michael Millar, making his return to the cricket field for the first time since a handful of games in 2008, confidently edged a boundary at each end before locking in to a reassuring innings of 19. (Yes, Mike, batting probably is like riding a bike …)  During the rain interruption I became conscious of an earlier misconception while noticing more initials on the covers now lined up on the square: TOP, MID, BTM …

Sam Ashton, having narrowly failed to run out both himself and Paul, batted nicely for 16 and Paul an accumulative 19, but we found ourselves at an awkward 59-5 before the old guard stepped in. Occupation of the crease seemed the order of the day so recent grandfather Gunn (25) and Roy Marett (15 not out) duly occupied, interspersed only by the transient shooting star spectacle of Marcello (18) until our 50th over expired at 139-9.

When Middlesex Tamils batted, Roy was on the spot from the start, showing all the indications of making the opposition batsmen look totally at sea but not getting a wicket till June. A bottom edge just missing the off-stump and evading both ‘keeper and slip seemed to confirm that inevitability. Meanwhile Matt Milne crowned his arrival at Southgate with two wickets in his second over, one a superb overhead catch by Sam in the covers, the other dragged on to the stumps.  The presence of Justin Geale at slip was significant in that three decidedly un-3rd XI catches – the last being one-handed high to the left – contributed considerably to Roy’s highly merited 4-33 in 17 overs.  MTSSC were decidedly on the run but were assisted by three rain breaks (each time necessitating covers intervention in the pouring rain). Ravi Desai’s first ball turned four feet and he enjoyed a magnificent spell to take 3 for 37 in 10 overs. At 100-9 we just needed one more chance to beat them and the rain. The number 11 had only arrived at teatime and had been courteously permitted to bat. Not only did he score 10 not out as they closed on 115-9 before the final downpour arrived but he had been caught off his glove by a diving sexagenarian only to be rescued by his umpire and the belief that the elastic of his glove did not constitute the hand holding the bat.  We had no choice but to play on but our good fortune on the day and any semblance of dry weather had finally run out. Ricky Gunn

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Southgate 4th XI

Game conceded, unable to raise 11 fit men or boys.

Mini Bugle – 11 May 2013

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Results from the first week of the league season. It rained

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Southgate 1st XI – this year playing in MCCL Division 2, 1st teams

Southgate v Shepherds Bush

match drawn (Southgate 1 point, Shepherds Bush 4 points)

Shepherds Bush 174-6 dec (43 overs)

Southgate 70-4 (21.2 overs

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Southgate 2nd XI – this year playing in MCCL Division 3, 2nd teams

North London v Southgate

Match drawn, Southgate 4 points, North London 1 point

Southgate 305-8 dec (50 overs)

Adeel Saeed 110*

North London 106-1 (36.4 overs)

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Southgate 3rd XI – this year playing in Middlesex 1987 League, Division 1

Southgate v MTSCC

Southgate 139-9

MTSCC 115 for 9 (not sure how many overs but not enough).

Match abandoned as draw. Southgate 1 point.

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Southgate 4th XI – this year playing in Middlesex 1987 League, Division 5

no fixture

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Would the designated writer for each game please file their copy to Ron Hewit by stumps on Thursday at the latest. To this email address please – ronhewit@gmail.com.

It goes without saying that the extensive SCC community wants their match reports to contain hard facts, steely insight, fearless comment (the Bugle lawyer will be the final judge of what constitutes fair and decent in this context) but also jokes, witty asides, good spelling and grammar and, finally, in-depth analysis of the tea.

Please note that any match report found to contain references to a batsman hitting /dispatching/knurdling/swatting etc etc the ball/balls/bowlers/the attack etc etc to all parts will be banned for life.

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Look out for the full Bugle on Friday (probably) but sooner if scribes get their words to me sharpish.

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Captain on Road to Recovery

SCC Club Captain Faisal Mir is out of hospital and on the recovery trail after undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon. The injury – sustained whilst batting in the ECB National Club Championship fixture against Colchester and East Essex – will rule the Southgate all-rounder out for most of the season with wicket keeper/batsman Phil Dunnett taking the captains arm band in the meantime. Mir had started the season in fine form with 52 against Harpenden and had just completed another half century in the cup fixture when the injury struck taking off for a run. Having been carried off the field and taken to hospital it was confirmed that a complete rupture of the Achilles tendon had been sustained requiring surgery as soon as possible.

“It’s bitterly disappointing but was a freak incident. All throughout the winter I have been talking with my vice Phil Dunnett and ex captain Alvin Durgacharan who know my plans and are happy to take the reigns as Phil being Captain and Alvin advising with his vast experience on the field.

The vision shall stay the same to base the team around and give the best opportunities to our younger players who now I believe are ready to step up and become match winners. Three in particular Phil Dunnett, Tom Edrich and Ashley Sivarajah. These three alongside our other good young players are the future of the club and I firmly believe with the older experienced guys and our new overseas Chris Blake can fulfil their potential this year.

It’s a big challenge for the team this year but I feel it’s time for Southgate to look to move into another direction and look to build something for the years to come . I shall still be involved with selection (and shall be liaising with Alvin and Phil on a regular basis regarding selection) as well as attending games.

The plan is to try and get myself fit and onto the park somewhere near mid-August, the operation went well and now is the time for recovery and rehab.

I wish all the sides the very best for the opening league fixtures especially the 1st XI with deputising captain Phil Dunnett and Alvin Durgacharan who I’m sure will rally the boys and be there somewhere near the top at the end of the year .”

Southgate 1st XI open their league campaign with the visit of Shepherds Bush Cricket Club to the Walker Cricket Ground on Saturday at 1pm.

Southgate v Southgate

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Former Scribbler of the year Paddy Robinson reports on the Southgate CC pre-season inter-club friendly

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Southgate B 228-9 (45 overs)

Southgate A 211 all out

Southgate B won by 17 runs

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I felt like Mike Gatting on Saturday (particularly after tea).  A beleaguered ex-captain turns up to another game where the selectors have fielded a large number of debutants.  Unfortunately, efforts to improve my French and dig out the Black Tie were wasted as I had misunderstood my conversation with the Chairman and these were not in fact, Debutantes.

Fortunately, it turns out the new players have other assets and last Saturday offered a glimpse of the future.  They can play! And no one claimed to have played International U19s!  It was thrilling to introduce myself to the largest collection of new talent I had seen since Freshers week 2002.

For the record, despite the worst record for many years as Captain, I did not stand down due to an evening of Chicken Fricassee with a barmaid.  It was however, heartening to see the current incumbent take a relaxed approach, arriving 40 minutes into the match.

By that stage Chris Blake had led a vigorous warm-up for the majority.  Of the two to miss out, steam was already emanating from Max Joseph’s ears in traffic on the A406 and Carr, having spent so long immaculately steaming his pair of beige slacks that morning, did not want them to go unnoticed.

I’m not sure who won the toss, but this being an internal warm-up match and Carr was captaining and he always bats first, I suspect the “B” team won, thus Robinson and J Jouning found themselves striding forth into a beautifully presented Walker Ground.  It looked in the best pre-season condition I have seen for many years.

Kalagara and Marrett hit a good line and length immediately, as each are prone to do.  Only Woffinden can match it and had he been playing too I would have refused to bat, rocking back and forth in the changing room instead, my mind haunted with images of my inability to hit the ball off the square (I have a huge catalogue of such images).

Both openers scraped their way to 17, before each was undone by Marrett (6-1-15-2).

To flog relentlessly the Gatting analogy, much as I would like to think the ball from Marrett that undid my scratchy innings was the ball of this century, it was not actually the case.  More like a waft outside off, with one lazy eye on the ball and the other firmly focussed on the cherry bakewells.

From 41/2 off 12 , it seems there must have been a substantial change in the pitch, for the next three batsman, Bellwood, Saeed and Jankowitz, cruised their way to 50.  The latter was less Tom Cruise, more Liam Neeson, bludgeoning his way around, including a monumental 6 up the ground. At 179 from 35 overs, we were well placed, however, Setia 5-0-22-2, helped drag us back, along with Ashton being run out for the second time in two weeks for 0.  On being given another chance, he backed up a little too far and was unlucky the direct hit missed to earn him an enviable 3 run outs in 2 games.  We felt 228/9 in 45 overs was a decent pre-season effort.

In reply, the A team got off to a flyer.  Carr had managed to think ahead and under the guises of fair play and giving everyone a go, instigated a retire at 50 policy.  In reality, he was mindful that Blake could win the game in 20 minutes if left unchecked.  Thus as the club’s newest Aussie dispatched every bad ball, plus a substantial number of good ones, to the fence, it was heartening to see him wander off for 50*.  Occasionally you need a good performance from the opposition to keep you grounded. Like fog at an airport.  Carr, buoyed by his retirement policy, started to bowl off his long run and it worked. 13-2-31-4, including one field placing disagreement, two fistpumps and a hattrick.  As an aside, keeping to Carr is tough at the best of times, but Syed coped admirably for a part-timer.

This however, brought together the formidable 2nd XI management team of Joseph (26) and Kalagara (50). They took full advantage of some buffet-style bowling from your correspondent and were motoring to victory.  This was only kept in check by wicket taking deliveries from Saeed (2-36) and Geale (2-14).  Despite an entertaining 21 from Desai at number 11, the game was all over when he was run out by a direct hit with the score on 211.

It was one of the most entertaining pre-season matches I have played in, perhaps because of the excellent company, the sun was shining and I hadn’t driven 2 hours to Tring or Tunbridge. Best of luck for the season.

Paddy Robinson

2013 Cricket Summer Camps Confirmed

Southgate Cricket Club is delighted to announce a partnership with Revolution Cricket Coaching to provide summer holiday cricket camps at the Walker Ground in 2013.

Revolution Coaching headed up by former Derbyshire CCC player and Middlesex League legend Steve Selwood have a high level team and are all fully ECB qualified and CRB checked:

“Our ethos is all about having a positive outlook with a strong emphasis on enjoyment and building self belief, whilst grounded in sound technical skills. We pride ourselves in professionalism and modern thinking.” Steve Selwood

The courses which are open to 6-14 year old will take place on the following dates:

Monday 29th July to Thursday 1st August

Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd August

Courses cost £120 for the week or £40 per day

For more information please contact:

contact@revolutioncoaching.co.uk

0208 1663170

www.revolutioncoaching.co.uk


League Season Begins!

Southgate CC commences the league season on Saturday the 11th of May with the following fixtures:

1st XI verses Shepherds Bush (home)

2nd XI verses North London (away)

3rd XI verses Middlesex Tamils (home)

4th XI verses Hampstead (away)

Note to all players please ensure your availability has been confirmed to the Teams Secretery Paul Lassman by 2pm on Tuesday.