The Bugle – match reports from 22 June

A mixed bag of a weekend, but some excellent tea reporting to enjoy

.

.

..

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

1st XI

Southgate v Brondesbury

Brondesbury won by 91 runs; Southgate 0 points

Brondesbury 196-5 dec (46 overs)

Southgate 105 all out (45.3 overs)

.

.

2nd XI

Edmonton v Southgate

Southgate won by 157 runs; Southgate 10 points

Southgate 265-3 dec (45 overs)

Joseph 74*; Ellis 69*; Yeomans 50

Edmonton 108 all out (35 overs)

Edmonton

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

The last two occasions I had visited Edmonton had seen wildly different conditions and outcomes. The first visit was played on an absolute belter, with a gloriously short cover boundary (suitable for overly-ambitious driving); the second outing was on a bit of a minefield (run out by T Edrich for a blob). It was encouraging then that the 2s arrived on Saturday to see the outfield looking in good shape, although with questions abounding over the state of the pitch, which remained under covers until the first ball. Some peering and pontificating suggested bowl first; their skipper had similar intentions as we were put in on what turned out to be a pretty green one.

Karl and Yeomans strode out, starting carefully but rotating the strike with ease. This, it turned out, was largely due to Edmonton starting the game with eight players. As the opposition increased towards full strength, so did their opening bowler’s frustration with every single taken off his bowling (some more risky than others). Cue some comedy shouting at nothing or no one in particular. Southgate’s openers gradually began to be more expansive, but then both fell in quick succession, leaving Skipper Max and Matt to rebuild and lay a platform to go big later on (the attractively short boundary on one side remained). That they did with aplomb, rotating well and putting the (admittedly frequent) bad balls away – until Matt guided one straight to gully. A lesson in dabbing from A Durgacharan is clearly needed. That brought Scott to the crease, fresh from a run on the West End, and his sparkling performances transferred well to the cricket pitch, with his trademark bunting beginning to clear the ropes with ease. With Max starting to go big too, the pair put on a fantastic partnership – smashing over 120 in the last ten overs – demonstrating again the value of wickets in hand, and allowing for a positive declaration at 45 overs on 265 for three. Max and Scott ended on 70-odd and 60-odd red respectively.

After Berman’s assessment that the Edmonton tea was “about a 4 out of 10” – a similar rating to his of the Gate – tea surprised on the upside, with some solid mini sausages, chicken nuggets and pizza slices making a late entry.

Well fed, and emerging from our windowless (and by now rather unpleasantly smelling) changing room, the Gate were confident of securing 10 points. Early pressure and wickets would be key, and both Sam and Suresh did just that, to leave Edmonton three down in no time. Wickets kept tumbling, evenly shared between the opening bowlers and Sam and Josh following up, who also bowled with good control. At 40-odd for 5 it was effectively a matter of time, as clearly the Edmonton batsmen weren’t going to try and block out for a draw. Their number three played some strong shots down the ground, but fell to Sam trying to cut one, and after that Edmonton had very little in the locker. Credit to the bowlers, though, for maintaining their concentration and accuracy, amid some good aggressive fields from Max. I hadn’t seen big Karl bowl in a game before, but he came on and bowled beautifully, with a strong action, consistent lines and good pace (and entertaining encouragement from Wadders in the grips).

A resounding victory by over 150 runs for the Gate then. A solid team effort and a job efficiently done against a much weaker side that takes us to the top of the table. Tom Yeomans

.

.

3rd XI

Teddington v Southgate

Southgate won by 8 wickets; Southgate 10 points

Teddington 157 all out (47 overs)

Southgate 159-2 (30 overs)

.

.

4th XI

Friendly match as league oppo cried off

Details are scarce but here goes

Southgate v Old Citizens

Southgate won by 10 wickets

Old Citizens 117 all out

Southgate 118?

Marcello 70-ish*; 30-odd*

.

.

Development XI

North Middlesex v Southgate

North London won, and it happened a bit like this

On a day of highs and lows, the Southgate development XI had an eventful trip to North Middlesex. There was an optimistic feel to the start of the day as we seemed to have a strong, youthful side, which included last year’s club captain who, luckily, was able to pick up our umpire whilst stumbling to the Walker Ground, evidently feeling the effects of the night before.

With that out of the way, we were out in the field first, captain Edrich opened up with new RCB boy Berman and a turn of spin from Ashley, both starting well and piling on early pressure until one of the openers scooped one of Ashes’ to safe hands in the form of Will Dias, who took it with ease. Unfortunately this trend of taking catches wasn’t to be continued as numerous catches went to ground. Luckily, the lack of catching was in part made up by the astonishing ground fielding shown on the boundaries by Paul and Josh, who saved numerous runs throughout. This was not enough to prevent one of the North Mid batsmen reaching their century, even with the tight bowling from Ray, Setia and both the Dias brothers. Towards the end of the innings, North Mid were 2 down with about 175 runs on the board, their overseas Australian was threatening to cause utter mayhem, so who else does Tom turn to but magic man Marcello, who took the prized wicket with help from Rob on the boundary. He also took another wicket, and was consequently given the last over of the innings… which was leaked for 20+ runs (no thanks to me). Therefore, we were set about 260 to win our first game in this newly formed league.

Tea was an absolute delight. I wasn’t aware that some clubs could produce the standard of the lunch which North Mid supplied, the choice from chips to samosas to barbecue chicken wings was pure heaven compared to what we were used to.

After such a beautiful tea, Tom and I opened the innings up for the Gate, and initially got off to a solid start, until both Tom and I were caught looking to going over the infield and push things on, bringing Ray and Rob to the crease, until a calamitous mix up between the two caused Ray to be run out and heading back to the clubhouse. Joining Rob in the middle was Paul, who seemed quite relaxed with the idea of keeping 0 next to his name, knowing it wouldn’t affect the fantasy selection or incur -10 points. Rob departed with a huge top edge, allowing Karen to join Paul on the strip, with the plan seemingly being on survival rather than accumulation, the plan on the sideline however was completely different, as Marchy, buoyed by his 79 not out from the day before, was planning all sorts of carnage for when he entered the creese. His chance was soon given to him as Paul was dismissed, his innings started very un-Marchy like as the first ball was left outside off stump as he analysed the bounce and the carry  of the deliver. The next ball was considerably straighter and give him all sorts of problems, sending middle stump cartwheeling away… at this point we were all but looking for the win, and the point would be a solid accomplishment for the day. The bright spark of our innings was the unselfish innings of Karen who had reached 40 without looking nervy, or at any point under threat of getting out. And during the last few overs, he and Will Dias were very solid, and very much earned our point.

It was a decent day at North Mid, and hopefully our first 10 points are only 1 week away. Mark Hughes

.

.

.

Just two match reports this week – a bit disappointing. This is not the way to win the Scribbler of the Year trophy, gentlemen. I’m not bothered as I still get paid my massive salary whether I have to edit two reports or 20, but if you want to get your fat little hands round a trophy this year this could be your only chance. In a word, get your fingers out.

Mini Bugle – results from 22 June

1st XI

Southgate v Brondesbury

Brondesbury won by 91 runs; Southgate 0 points

Brondesbury 196-5 dec (46 overs)

Southgate 105 all out (45.3 overs)

.

.

2nd XI

Edmonton v Southgate

Southgate won by 157 runs; Southgate 10 points

Southgate 265-3 dec (45 overs)

Joseph 74*; Ellis 69*; Yeomans 50

Edmonton 108 all out (35 overs)

.

.

3rd XI

Teddington v Southgate

Southgate won by 8 wickets; Southgate 10 points

Teddington 157 all out (47 overs)

Southgate 159-2 (30 overs)

.

.

4th XI

Friendly match as league oppo cried off

Details are scarce but here goes

Southgate v Old Citizens

Southgate won by 10 wickets

Old Citizens 117 all out

Southgate 118?

Marcello 70-ish*; 30-odd*

.

.

Match reports to ronhewit@gmail.com by stumps on Thursday please

.

poetry to stir the soul

Thanks to Tom Allan for this. It was buried in the last Bugle but surely deserves a wider airing

.

Play up, play up…

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Vitai Lampada – Adapted for the Modern Era Bugle

.

There’s a breathless hush in Gatting Way to-night
Eighty Four to make and four points to win
A bumping pitch and a blinding light,
An hour to play and Alvin in.
And it’s not for the sake of a Gray Nicolls bat,
Or the selfish hope of a season’s fame,
But Philip’s hand on his shoulder pat
‘Play up! play up! and play the game!’

The sand of Uxbridge is sodden red,
Red with the wreck of a square that broke;
The Gatling’s jammed and Gandolfini dead,
And the lower order blind with old Hadgie smoke.
The overseas quickie has brimmed his banks,
And Australia’s far, and Blake a name,
But the voice of Faisal rallies the ranks:
‘Play up! play up! and play the game!’

This is the match that year by year,
While in her place Division One is set,
Every one of her teams must hear,
And none that plays it dare forget.
This they all with a joyful mind
Bear through life like a ball in game,
And falling fling to Shepherds Bush behind
‘Play up! play up! and play the game!’

Sir Henry Newbolt and Thomas Allan

.

.

Play well tomorrow gentlemen, play well

Bugle – Week 6

With some bad weather around it’s another mixed bag of results with the highlights another excellent effort from the 1s and a promising start by our new development XI on Sunday. Match reports below.

There is also more sad news this week with the passing of John Morris from Southgate Adelaide, John Morris passed away on the Greek island of Crete on Tuesday 18th June 2013 from complications due to the heart attack he suffered eleven days previously. He was 66.

As an integral part of Southgate Adelaide Cricket Club since joining in 1990 and a friend to many at SCC who I’m sure all join me in passing on sympathy to his family.

Now on to the cricket and beginning with someone who clearly has too much time on his hands:

Uxbridge 187-6 Dec (45 overs)

Match Drawn (Southgate – faster rate)

*Southgate 99-3 (20 overs)

Southgate (4pts) at Uxbridge (1pt)

Vitai Lampada – Adapted for the Modern Era Bugle

There’s a breathless hush in Gatting Way to-night
Eighty Four to make and four points to win
A bumping pitch and a blinding light,
An hour to play and Alvin in.
And it’s not for the sake of a Gray Nicholls bat,
Or the selfish hope of a season’s fame,
But Philip’s hand on his shoulder pat
‘Play up! play up! and play the game!’

The sand of Uxbridge is sodden red,
Red with the wreck of a square that broke;
The Gatling’s jammed and Gandolfini dead,
And the lower order blind with old Hadgie smoke.
The overseas quickie has brimmed his banks,
And Australia’s far, and Blake a name,
But the voice of Faisal rallies the ranks:
‘Play up! play up! and play the game!’

This is the match that year by year,
While in her place Division One is set,
Every one of her teams must hear,
And none that plays it dare forget.
This they all with a joyful mind
Bear through life like a ball in game,
And falling fling to Shepherds Bush behind
‘Play up! play up! and play the game!’

Sir Henry Newbolt and Thomas Allan

*Southgate 132-4 (33.3 overs)

Match Abandoned

Enfield

Enfield (1pt) at Southgate (1pt)

This week the 2nd XI entertained Enfield looking to bounce back after the disappointment of a defeat by Highgate that cost them their place at the top of the table. After winning the toss and electing to bat there was an early blow when R Bynoe was bowled in the first over. T Yeomans (70*) and M Joseph (27) then set about rebuilding and had advanced the score to 74 before the captain was bowled by J Sena who had earlier dismissed Bynoe.

Their partnership was interrupted by a rain interval that claimed 6 overs from the game, and a heavier downpour stopped the game at 132-4 after 33.3 overs. An early tea was taken and after the covers were removed it became apparent that they had leaked despite the best efforts of the players to secure the tarpaulin over the holes. This resulted in a frustrating situation where the 2nd XI had to wait for the damaged wicket to dry out while the games on the Adelaide and the back pitch had resumed.

During this break It became clear that the longer the break went on the harder it would be for Southgate to get the 10 points. Furthermore, since Southgate had paced their innings expecting a 50 over game, the most likely result was a winning draw for Enfield. Despite this, Enfield seemed remarkably keen to cancel the fixture. At one point it occurred to Southgate that the Enfield captain might be using reverse psychology, as the more reluctant he appeared the more keen the Southgate contingent were to press on with a game that clearly favoured the opposition. These suspicions evaporated however when the Enfield skip arrived at the ‘final decision’ inspection at 5:20 pm in his shorts and training top when it had been agreed that everyone would be in their whites/pads ready to start at 5:30 if possible. The best explanation we could come up with was that Enfield must’ve had social drinks organised at their ground that evening.

The silver lining on Saturday’s clouds is that Highgate transpired to lose at Ickenham, so their lead over us at the top was reduced to 3 points.

Max Joseph

Middlesex Cricket Board Development League

Hackney U21 v Southgate U21

Arriving at Hackney Marshes for the newly formed development league was an interesting experience, as it took a 15 minute walk across the marshes to find the ground. As I arrived just in time for the toss, 25 minutes before the start we only had 4 players there. Therefore it was a brave option to bowl first having correctly called tails, with the risk of penalty runs if we could not start on time.

Positive news followed as Paul and Ashley turned up and news that Jez was on site with our remaining 3, 15 minutes before the start. Unfortunately ‘on site’ didn’t mean a great deal as the marshes contain 82 sports pitches in all, and we were right up one end. When they did arrive 2 minutes after the start time, Ray was the first to be ready so we took to the field for the first over with 7. The remainder joined us for the start of our 2nd over and we were up to our full allocation (of 10).

Adventures over, Ashley and Matt Dias opened up with the ball and bowled extremely tightly building pressure as their runs came at no more than 2 an over. Ashley picked up a couple of wickets as the pressure told and they were in a difficult position at 25-2 off 12 overs. Will replaced his brother at one end and we realised the lively nature of the pitch as he was our only seamer for the day, with several balls even bouncing over Shiv’s head. Will and Ray continued to build pressure, chipping away with a wicket apiece, before the restrictions meant they had to be replaced, by Stratten and James Dangerfield. Both picked up 2 wickets each, James with a beauty of an off break turning through the gate hitting the top of off 2nd ball of his spell. However one of their lower order players struck the ball more cleanly than anyone else in their team, and Ashley was brought back to slow the runs down. It was left to Matt Dias to pick up the final 2 wickets, both caught and bowled. We had bowled them out for 160, a good effort but maybe 30 more than it could have been with a few more catches being held.

Tea was also eventful; a 25 minute round trip to their main pavilion across the marshes was required to get there. Our opposition had planned for this eventuality much better than we had, all climbing into cars and driving over. Fortunately the cake on offer made this an extremely worthwhile trip and the walk back was much harder than the walk there.

When the first ball of the innings hit me on the shoulder playing a forward defence, I realised this would be a difficult chase. Things looked even worse when we were quickly in trouble at 30-4 with myself Stratten Ray and James in the hutch. Jez and Lassman then came together, with Jez the initial aggressor making 26 but it looked like our last hope had gone when he fell leaving us at 60-5. A run a ball was required, and Shiv came in at 7 playing some exceptional shots all around the wicket and keeping us up with the run rate. Like Jez, he fell when well set on 23, while Paul had intelligently set his stall out to bat through at the other end. Paul and Ashley then built a partnership which included Ashley’s first adult 6 and from nowhere we were cruising to victory, with the runs coming at 10 an over. With just 15 needed off 2 overs, Ashley fell LBW and it was left to Paul (35) and Will to make sure we got the remaining couple of runs for 4 points and then block out for the draw.

It had been a good experience to play in the Marshes, and there were plenty of encouraging performances by our youngsters. A few more catches being held or a big innings by one of the top 4 would have seen us leave with a win, but it was good to start with a positive result regardless. We go to a strong North Middlesex next week, with more of our young guns back after the end of exams. Unfortunately Dunnett is still unable to escape from under the thumb, but there is no reason why we can’t pick up the 10 points.

Tom Edrich

That’s it for this week, I don’t appear to have anything from the 3s game?

On Saturday morning a few of us are going up to the club to watch the Lions v Australia, come along if you can and on Saturday night there will be a gathering at the club house to celebrate some birthdays and hopefully some points too. Hope to see you there!!

For the rugby fans out there perhaps this video will amuse!

England Cricketers support the Lions

RJ 21/06/13

Excellent Winning Draws for 1st XI and U21 Dev XI

Southgate CC 1st XI managed to grab a good four points in a rain affected match away to Uxbridge. Having inserted the opposition Southgate CC’s bowlers performed well early on to restrict Uxbridge with Rob Johnson collected three wickets and Tuan Hadgie bowled with excellent economy.

Following a long break for rain play resumed with Uxbridge batting a further seven overs to make 187/6 (45) this left 20 overs to Southgate who made 99/3 which comfortably ensured a four point winning draw, Chris Blake make 42*.

The 2nd XI fell foul to rain and were abandoned leaving Tom Yeomans high if not completely dry on 70*.

The 3rd XI lost to Enfield chasing 162 for victory they were 90 all out.

On Sunday in the first fixture in the Middlesex Cricket Board U21 league the Southgate XI led by Tom Edrich gained a four point winning draw making 149/8 (38) in reply to Hackney’s 161 all out (41.3).

Full reports on all matches to follow later in the week.

Bugle: Week 5

This weeks Bugle begins with the sad news of two recent deaths, Russell Collins who did the catering at the Club for many years and was a fine club cricketer himself in his day, for Shepherds Bush and Mill Hill and Johann Machee Maciejewski, a former SCC player and very regular supporter of the 1st XI for many, many years. Both will be sorely missed and the club flag has been flown at half -mast as a sign of respect to both.

Week 5 was a mixed bag with two excellent wins for the 1sts in the league and cup, a comprehensive win for the 3rds and defeat for the 2nds and 4ths. Read on for all of the details!

Sat 8th Jun 2013

Brentham 1st XI 214/9 (53)

Southgate 1st XI 217/3 (45.3)

Edrich 50

Blake 72*

Southgate won by 7 wickets

Saturday’s game at home is probably one of the best team performances I have seen from the 1st xi in the last year! Having won the toss, we stuck Brentham into bat. From the off Brentham opening pair decided to attack our opening bowlers. Both Hadgie and Blakey bowled very well and were unlucky not to pick up any wickets as the batsmen were riding their luck. A lot of shots were not timed and were landing just over the infield. On came Dave Woffinden and Rob Johnson, luck still wasn’t going our way as the opposition slowly accumulated runs in the same fashion. Finally one of the opener’s top edges a delivery of Rob Johnson, with the ball rising there was loud call from Ashley Sivarajah closely followed by a call from senior player Jamie Jouning. Jamie Jouning took the catch comfortably but there was a motion of tension as all sort could have possibly gone wrong with fielders running into each other or both leave the ball for the other to catch. From then on Rob Johnson and Dave Woffinden continued to bowl well up until drinks. Brentham went into drinks a wicket down with a run rate of 4.5-5; they looked set for a big score with one batsman on 40 odd. After the short break Ashley Sivarajah came on the bowl up the hill and picked up a wicket within the first few deliveries after drinks. Haseeb Bajwa bowled very well getting there batsman on 40 odd to edge through to wicket keeper Phil Dunnett , after a bit of juggling the catch was taken everyone went up however the umpire remained put with hands in pocket. Was this a sign that it wasn’t going to be our day, Ashley continued to bowl consistently up the hill and picked up 3 wickets, Bajwa was unlucky not to pick up a wicket. Dave Woffinden came back on down the hill for a second spell where he picked up 3 wickets. Brentham found themselves 190 odd for 7 off 44 over when suddenly luck started to go our way Ashley Sivarajah bowled a filthy long hop which deserved to go for 4 however due to great fielding by Tom Edrich not only did he save 3 runs he managed to get run out with a direct hit from the boundary with only one stump to hit. Another run out came shortly after Rob Johnson hitting the stumps from mid-on, Brentham slowly crawled to 215 in their 53 over.

After tea the Southgate boys got off to a flyer with Tom Edrich and Alvin Durgcharan both smashing the Brentham bowlers all over the place. Tom Edrich played some cracking shots through the off side. Tom cracked on to get a very good half century; he was looking like he was going to get a century until he was early on delivery which just floated to mid-off. Alvin continued to bat steadily with Blakey who went in at number 3. All was going well with Alvin and Blakely settled and playing shots, Blakely managed to clear the side-screens with some big hits. Suddenly there was chaos as Blakely hit a shot over the infield which looked like it was going for 4; both batsmen collided when running in between the wickets. Blakey and Alvin both unsure which direction to run in and having thought the ball had gone for 4 resulting in Alvin getting run out. Adeel Saeed came in and hit a quick fire 32 with Chris Blake smashing the ball all over the ground. Next in was Jamie Jouning who helped see the team home with a cameo of 17* not out and Blake finished on 72* not out. All in all its was a great team effort and it was nice to finally get 10 points after a year and a bit!

Ashley Sivarajah

1st XI Cup

Osterley 202 all out (43.5)

Southgate 203/3 (39)

Edrich 52

Johnson 71*

Sunday marked the beginning of Southgate 1st XI’s cup run, having been given a bye in the first round. The team turned up on a typically grey and chilly Sunday afternoon, as skipper Dunnett was given a fright by umpire Cole who was under the impression that no overseas players were allowed to take part. With the rules reread over and the crisis averted, Phil won the toss and promptly inserted them into bat, confident in our ability to chase on what looked like a good pitch, with a little rough for the spinners.

Sam Wadham took the new ball down the hill and held a tight line. One of the openers connected with two heavy blows, before Wadham claimed him, trapping him in front. The two batsman began a rebuilding job, having to work hard for a 94 run partnership against some tight bowling and sharp fielding from the Southgate boys. Finally the pressure built after just 6 runs were taken off 20 balls and Johnson managed to entice a leading edge with a flighted delivery (read: a full bunger), and Wadham at extra cover made no mistake.

The Southgate spinners kept up the pressure as they accounted for the next 6 wickets, and only one cameo of 41 gave Osterley brief hope of a big total. Eventually they were bowled out for 202, which seemed at least 50 runs short of par. Sam Faruqi finished with 3 wickets, with Ashley, Hadgie and Johnson picking up 2 each. This was backed up by some neat glovework from Dunnett, who claimed 3 catches behind the sticks.

A solid, if underwhelming, tea was enjoyed against the backdrop of a thrilling Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand encounter. The Osterley boys seemed keen to get back out, and there was a humorous threat of the Southgate openers being timed out.

After the first few overs, it seemed like that was the only way they could’ve been given out as Alvin and Tom asserted their authority over the Osterley quicks, with attacking shots all around the ground. Alvin was eventually given leg before for 22, and Johnson strode out to the, middle nursing a slight back injury. This however did not inhibit his ability to call, as booming echoes of ‘Yes!’ were heard all around far and wide. The running that followed was risky, but relieved much of the pressure being applied by the Osterley ‘medium-fast spinners’. Tom continued to make his half century, continuing his good form from Saturday, and was soon caught behind for a well-made 52. Hadgie was LBW after a brief stay at the crease, but any suggestion of a Southgate collapse was dismissed by some dominant batting from Dunnett and Johnson to bring the game firmly into Southgate’s grasp. Both carried their bats through to the end, with scores of 29* and 71* respectively.

Overall it was a comfortable victory for Southgate, who bowled tightly, fielded to save every run and executed a great run chase. Let’s hope we can carry this form through to the next round of the cup, where we will meet Eastcote on the 30th of June.

Shiv-Raj Sharma

2nd XI

Southgate 154 (43.4)

Highgate 158 (33.5)

Rob

This unfortunately got overlooked.

However Highgate have posted a fairly “Neutral” report on Playcricket which you could probably put in The Bugle.

Adrian carr

3rd XI

Wycombe House 94/10 (39.2)

Southgate 101/3 (24.1)

Southgat win by 7 wickets

No report filed to date, I’m keen to understand how we got to 101/3 chasing 94?

Bessborough IV v Southgate IV

Southgate 196 for 5 declared, 46 overs

Doug Gordon: 96

Paul Clark: 42

Sal Syed: 29

Bessorough IV 200 for 6, 35.4 overs

Maru Sandara: 9.4-4-19-2

Sam Ashton: 12-0-61-2

Southgate’s 4th XI season finally got up and running on the 8th June. With a lot of last minute effort from all concerned, we finally managed to get an eleven out. Twelve even seemed a possibility at one stage on Friday night, but in the end, Delmore did not make the meet time.

Yours truly won the toss, and with two of our very late call-ups (Saturday morning) not expected at the ground until around 2.00 / 2.30ish, I opted to bat first. Doug and Sal were going well; putting on 70 for the wicket before Sal inexplicably dolled up a return catch to Bessborough’s second change bowler.

This brought in Paul Clark at number 3 and he and Doug when on to put on 112 for the second wicket. Paul looked as though he would take the role of senior partner until the oppo skipper put the brakes on Paul’s favoured pull shot having placed a scout out on the mid-wicket boundary. Doug looked as though he was on for a ton, before he inexplicably missed a straight one and was bowled and Paul looked on for a fifty before was out LBW not long after Doug’s wicket. Peter McLoughlin and Peter Davis looked comfortable at the wicket towards the end of our innings. However, the scoring rate had dropped significantly, so I opted for the attacking, but dangerous option of declaring at half-time.

Things started extremely well for us when Bessborough batted. At the end of Sam Ashton first over, they were 1 for 2: one opener clean bowled first ball, the other opener gone to a good catch by Graham Clark at extra-cover. Maru bowled there number 4 a few overs later and the oppo were 25 for 3. Tea had not been ready earlier, so we broke at this point. After tea, there was an element of consolidation from Bessborough, but Peter Davis then bowled their number 5 and we had them at 75 for 4 after 18 overs. Still looking good from Southgate’s point of view. However, we were always giving the oppo a couple of duff balls each over and their numbers 3 an 6, with plenty of time, once again consolidated and took the score on to 162 before yours truly bowled their number 3. Maru came back on and took another wicket to leave them on 170 for 6. It looked as though it was game on again, but their numbers 6 and 8 patiently saw Bessborough through to the win.

Yours truly was a perhaps a little too adventurous with the declaration. However, still an enjoyable game where the balance continually swung between the teams and played in the right spirit by both sides.

Southgate had a very promising debut in senior cricket from U15 colt Tom Clark, who fielded extremely well and showed great promise as a seam bowler and the club look forward to seeing a lot more of Tom in the senior sides throughout the rest of the season. My grateful thanks also to Tom’s dad, Graham; Peter McLoughlin, who both acquitted themselves extremely well, and Maru for making themselves available at the last minute. Hopefully, they will all be available on a regular basis for the rest of the season.

Changing facilities on Bessborough’s back square were a little limited with no power or water going to changing rooms in the council shack that looked as though it had been lifted directly from a concentration camp. Therefore, I copied up the book and settled the tea money with the Bessborough skipper and made my way back to Southgate for a shower and a beer. I arrived at just gone 8.35pm to find the car park looking strangely empty. Not a single soul was to be found. 8.35om on a Saturday evening, with two sides at home and the bar completely empty: not a single player (or any bar staff for that matter) was there!

Duke of Marlboro

Harrow Town – Missing report

I consider myself extremely fortunate to write a report on Southgate 1st XIs first league win since September 2011! We entertained a Harrow Town team, who Faisal has been trying to instill in us are the sort of side that we should be looking to go out and dominate in this division.

The day started well, with captain Dunnett winning the toss and sticking them in on a wet one after some midweek rain, also making the decision to open up with our overseas recruit Blakey. Along with Hadg they got to work setting the tone for us in the first 10. This was despite the first over being exclusively dot balls down the legside – we may have still been there now if it was a T20 game.

Anyway Blakey’s pace and bounce were a bit too much for some of their top order and with Hadg whirling away from the bottom end, we soon reduced them to 21-4. A brief period of consolidation followed as these two came to the end of their spells, and were replaced by Wadham and Woffers. This new bowling partnership continued to build pressure with wickets falling in regular intervals. As many teams do, Harrow Town struggled to find a middle ground between blocking and slogging against star man Woffinden (4-27). A few lusty blows from their number 8 were enough to force us into bringing back Blakey to see off the tail, and we had bowled them out for 108. More importantly, given the start to our reply, we had left ourselves 66 overs to get them!

I can’t really remember what tea was like, sausage sandwiches were probably the highlight though.

We started slowly, and were quickly in trouble when Yeomans pulled to square leg and Alvin nicked behind in the same over, leaving us at 12-2. Fortunately Blakey came in and took some pressure off myself, with his usual strong hitting down the ground. However, he fell for 28 to Harrow Town’s cunning left arm spinner and we were still precariously placed at 49-3. In came the skipper and together with Edrich (46* off 129 balls) we steadily knocked off the rest of the runs, counting down in 10s and basically agreed to block out their left armer (13-6-17-1) and score at the other end.

It was a good performance to end the drought of league wins, but we know that to push up the table we have to replicate these standards and be more consistent. Hopefully we will improve as the season goes on, being a relatively young side.

Tom Edrich


Weekend Results – Double Success for 1st XI

Southgate’s 1st XI enjoyed a memorable weekend with 7 wicket wins in both the Middlesex League and Middlesex Cup this weekend.

Overseas star Chris Blake came to the fore with a sparkling 72 not out in the defeat of early table toppers Brentham Cricket Club as SCC chased down 215 in good style. After excellent work from all of the bowlers in restricting the visitors it was Tom Edrich (50) and Alvin Durgacharan (41) who laid a solid platform with the bat, Blake came in at 3 and they were then well supported by the aggressive Adeel Saeed (32) and a cameo from Jamie Jouning (17*).

Sunday saw the dangerous Osterley visit the Walker in the 45 over Middlesex Cup. Once again fielding first the Southgate bowling attack did very well to restrict an aggressive Osterley line up and with some late wickets managed to bowl out the visitors for 202, a score which looked 40 or 5o light of par.

In reply it was Tom Edrich who again led the way for Southgate with a half century, Rob Johnson at number three made 71* and cameos from Durgacharan (22) and Dunnett (29*) brought about another comfortable victory.

The 2nd XI had an unsuccessful visit to Highgate despite some spirited bowling defending a low score and the third XI enjoyed a commanding 6 wicket victory in their home fixture.

The 4ths were also defeated despite an innings of 96 from Doug Gordon.

Full details of all matches to follow later in the week!

All match reports into Rob J by 5pm on Wednesday please.

The Bugle – match reports from 1 June

Words and pictures special!!

.

.

1st XI

Harrow St Mary’s v Southgate

Harrow St Mary’s won by 6 wickets; Southgate 0 points

Southgate 115 all out (38.3 overs)

Harrow St Mary’s 118-4 (30.4 overs)

.

.


My first visit to newly-promoted Harrow St Marys CC came following an early-morning trip to the Ageas Bowl home dressing room, Southampton travelling, as I often like to do, in a large Luton van. My 7am start and much humping of England kit was done with the relishing thought of a SausageMcSomethingorother on the way back followed by a commanding ten points from the Gate 1st XI. Having missed last week’s long awaited victory to move house and then been cynically run out by Edrich and umpire Blake in the T20 I was a) raring to go for a good game of cricket and b) becoming quite accomplished with the rear tail lift on my white van.

Having quickly assessed my 3.2metre Luton van as being too tall for the drive thru I managed to park it at the nearby McDs and was pleased to be met by two friendly female members of staff on arrival. It was here, however, that I was hit by my first disappointment of the day – I’d missed the McDonald’s breakfast window by approximately 7 minutes. I milled around briefly wondering whether I could stomach a Big Mac pre-11am and decided that was too much even by my standards.

I promptly got in the van, headed north and reassessed my options. An alfresco brunch at the northbound Fleet services on the M3 was my plan B and I have to say it has one of the best outdoor seating areas on the circuit. It’s obviously no Oxford (where the water feature alone sets it apart from most) but one of the best settings I’ve seen for a quick bite on the run. Anyone heading south should give it a try. [This would of course entail turning right over six lanes of traffic and the central reservation so please don’t try this. I’m only saying – Ed]

Fleet Service - be careful what you ask for. Please Mr Fleet Services lawyer this is a joke and in no way a comment on the food, drink and trinkets on sale at your fine establishment. Thanks

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

With a Zinger somethingorother consumed I returned to the road and thanks to some last-minute directions over the phone from my dad, who was Googling Harrow St Mary’s from Yorkshire, I arrived a solid ten minutes before kick-off.

Harrow St Mary's changing facilities, or possibly the inside of Rob's van

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Harrow St Mary’s relocated to their present ground on Headstone Lane in 2009, a venue once the home of Old Millhillians and in the sunshine it was looking great. A glance at their website explains an impressive journey and it is clear how much time and energy is going into Harrow StMary’s CC, with plenty of sponsorship, junior success and investment. I particularly enjoyed the large sponsorship Toblerones.

Toblerone - out on its own etc etc

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

As the home side took the field for a pre-match huddle I enjoyed St Mary’s veteran bowler Aalok Soni taking the field with a cup of tea, which he subsequently positioned within easy range of his fielding position at fine leg. Whether it was Lucozade in a mug, some sort of special sports tea or indeed coffee I forgot to ask, I might try and find out when we see them for the return leg.

Anyway I felt quite the ‘Sage’ wearing my jeans and T-shirt and with kit bag in the car as we sat down to watch the first over bowled by Haran Dharmaraja. It was an eventful one, too, with Edrich hitting a glorious cover drive only to leave alone a good nip backer to lose some furniture.

This was the start of an excellent spell by Haran who clearly did a good job last summer too with 41@ 14 a-piece in Division 3 last summer. He and accounted for the unlucky Yeomans, who again got an LBW that may have been overturned had we voted in DRS at the AGM, and Alvin caught at 3rd slip after a brief period of rebuilding with Blake. It’s not often you see one taken at 3rd but it was a good spell of seam bowling with a consistent line and length and followed up immediately with Dunnett’s demise bowled first ball. Your correspondent negotiated the hat-trick without alarm and set about a rebuilding job with Chris Blake at a precarious 32-4 (or 4-32 from his end)

A steady partnership of 15 followed, then the introduction of some crafty leg-spin changed that as first Blake padding up to a googly fell for 23 and Johnson failed to clear deep mid-on for 7 leaving the innings in disarray at 71-6. Meanwhile, Jouners at 7 survived an early half chance to play with some excellent composure and common sense.

Unfortunately our lower order did a reasonably similar and lacklustre effort to number 1-6 and we were in the tea room for 115 with Jamie stranded on 30-odd red.

Tea was absolutely splendid.

In reply Blake with the new ball in hand struggled to control some exaggerated swing and Hadgie didn’t find his best line and length as young keeper/bat Nishanth Selvakumar a contemporary of Ash and Tom E set to work in positive fashion. Woffers bowled immaculately and picked up a well-deserved three wickets and Haseeb picked one up courtesy of a sharp grab from Jouners at slip. We tried, but in conclusion our 115 was 50 short probably.

It’s a fascinating league table that includes wins for nine of the ten teams and no stand out performer thus far, numerous teams are being dismissed cheaply it would appear. For Southgate it was a horrible day at the office and perhaps a wakeup call – underestimate no one in this league as anyone can beat anyone, it would appear. 175 would have been a winning score I fancy and perhaps some slightly smarter negotiation of the situation at four down was what we needed.

We retired to the lovely upstairs bar above the changing rooms for a pint and watched some cricket on the television wondering about what could/should have been. Haseeb flogged a couple of cricket bats to the opposition lads and one youngster was instructed in how to correctly pull a pint of larger.

Pulling

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

I hope we all learned something. Rob Johnson

We are now seeking sponsorship deals with the following: Luton vans, McDonalds, Toblerone, Lucozade and the Fleet motorway service (northbound).

.

.

2nd XI

Southgate v Bessborough

Southgate won by 122 runs; Southgate 10 points

Southgate 235-4 (48 overs)

Paddy Robinson 106*

Adeel Saeed 100

Bessborough 113 all out (38.4 overs)

Sameed Faruqi 5-11

S Kalagara 4-41

.

.

3rd XI

Bessborough v Southgate

match drawn; Southgate 1 point

Bessborough 198 all out (47 overs)

Roy Marett 5-64

Southgate 111 for 9 (46 overs)

Lord Denning, Master of the Rolls, began his dissenting judgment in the Court of Appeal case of Miller v Jackson by stating that ‘In the summertime, village cricket is the delight of everyone’. Lord Denning, however, was not witness to Southgate 3rd XI’s game against Bessborough on Saturday.

The ground, admittedly, was extremely delightful, apart from the occasional siren but we were in Harrow so that was to be expected. It took a good fifteen minutes to get into the ‘changing room’, which was hidden behind a padlocked corrugated iron protective shield, upon which were scrawled various male appendages and words the meaning of which escape me. ‘It’s like Alcatraz’ commented Ricky on the high level security given to this changing room. Finally we managed to break in. Now I happen to have been to Alcatraz and I can assure you the cells there are drier, more welcoming considerably more spacious and better lit than the dungeon in which we found ourselves. There was apparently a hole in the ground round the back, but no one really wanted to investigate. I’ll wait till tea thanks.

Captain Carter won the toss and decided to bowl. Marrett and Mike began accurately enough, but that didn’t really matter because the Bessborough team have developed a new shot which makes a mockery of accuracy. It involves front foot splaying outwards, and the bat hoiking the ball from wherever it is directed to mid-wicket, whatever length, whatever line. It was ugly, certainly not delightful. It was also extremely effective, especially as the openers enjoyed an almost indecent and certainly unsporting level of good fortune in plopping the ball into the area of midwicket where the fielders are not. Roy managed to get a deserved wicket when an opener decided to hit the ball on the off-side. Foolish! The number three knew better and started peppering midwicket again.

‘The ball will find a fielder soon’ came the cry, ‘They’re all in the air aren’t they?!’ They were and it did, but we dropped it. I’m not sure how many we dropped in the end, but there were a few.

Ricky, however, managed to cling onto one behind the stumps from Roy. The batsman didn’t want to go, the umpire didn’t want to give him, but everyone was so incensed that the umpire panicked and eventually after a good 30 seconds of ‘Oh come on! WHAT?!?! He middled that one!’ he raised his finger.

Ravi Desai came onto bowl and did very well, him and Marrett desperately trying to find an answer to the midwicket hoik. Slowly we managed to peg them back (the lower order batsmen still trying the swipe but missed it more regularly than those at the top), and suddenly a very deserving Roy had taken 5 wickets and Bessborough were bowled out for 198.

Tea was reasonably delightful, plenty of stuff and a wide variety of biscuits.

Mark and Seb opened up for us after tea and instantly we could all see the problem. They played with a straight bat and a high elbow and all that stuff colts are told. Bessborough’s innings showed the way to go. Sadly we didn’t learn and due to technical accuracy and some admittedly very good Bessborough bowling we found ourselves 60-odd for 7. Undelightful. Mike Carter batted nicely, but other than that we struggled.

Soon Roy Marrett was striding out to join the stoic and determined Ravi Desai at 9th drop. ‘Just 63 balls to block out Roy’ we called after him. He managed 60 before edging to slip. Dropped! Delightful! We managed to escape with a draw. Just. Roy and Ravi managed to drag us there with both the bat and the ball, but improvement is advisable. Maybe we should start practising the hoik. And catching.

.

.

Please send match reports, pictures, lifestyle tips and motorway services tips for 1 June, 8 June and 15 June to Rob Johnson. I really am off to the Tuscan villa now

Mini Bugle – results from 1 June

1st XI

Harrow St Mary’s v Southgate

Harrow St Mary’s won by 6 wickets; Southgate 0 points

Southgate 115 all out (38.3 overs)

Harrow St Mary’s 118-4 (30.4 overs)

.

.

2nd XI

Southgate v Bessborough

Southgate won by 122 runs; Southgate 10 points

Southgate 235-4 (48 overs)

Paddy Robinson 106*

Adeel Saeed 100

Bessborough 113 all out (38.4 overs)

Sameed Faruqi 5-11

S Kalagara 4-41

.

.

3rd XI

Bessborough v Southgate

match drawn; Southgate 1 point

Bessborough 198 all out (47 overs)

Roy Marett 5-64

Southgate 111 for 9 (46 overs)

.

.

I’m off to my Tuscan villa for a couple of weeks so please send match reports to Paul Lassman or Rob Johnson.

Ciao