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
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
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
Pitch: covered, dry, flat. Opposition: late. Captain: wins toss, bats.
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.
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.
We won. We celebrated. Mike Carter
Match conceded, unable to raise a team