The Bugle – match reports from 27 July

Firstly, a report on the 1st XI game against North Middlesex on 20 July

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1st XI

Southgate v North Middlesex

North Middlesex won by 97 runs, Southgate 0 points

North Middlesex 202-9 (50 overs)

A.    Siva Raja 4 for 60ish

Southgate 105 all out (36.2 overs)

R. Johnson 26*

It was a curate’s egg of a performance in the field. Having won the toss and inserted the league leaders it was vital that we kept their stroke players in check and restricted them to a chaseable total. With no Hadge to wobble it around (and to wobble around) the new, new-ball pairing of Blake and Bermans did exactly what was required of them. Blakey bowled perhaps his best spell of the season and was probably unlucky not to pick up more than the one scalp. A nerveless Josh Bermans meanwhile, bowled an accurate, one side of the wicket 5 over spell – a captain’s dream.

So with plan A going to plan it was time to unleash plan B. There is not much to plan B other than tossing the ball to David Woffinden from one end and Ashley Siva Raja from the other and telling them to bowl for the next 90 minutes or so. It is a pretty faultless plan on most occasions and so it proved again for at least 80 of those 90 minutes. Woffers tormented and tempted, bamboozled and befuddled, collecting 3 wickets with minimum fuss and no little skill. Ash bowled beautifully, comfortably his best performance of the year. Perhaps inspired by the presence of his father, the legendary Spitting Cobra, on the boundary he took the pace off the ball, got it above the eye line and gave it enough revs to consistently beat the outside edge. His figures of 4 for 60 in 23 overs were just reward.

Now here for the curate’s egg part. With the foot firmly on the jugular we let things slip. With North Middlesex 5 down for 120 we really should have taken advantage but with Evan Flowers, perennial thorn in our side, still there and recently joined at the crease by a fresh-faced youngster at 7, the game swung. The youngster was clearly unfazed by the Woffer’s bowling machine and rather as if facing a bowling machine in the school nets, he kept smashing Woffers straight back over his head for four. Missed chances then took their toll with both batsmen badly dropped, the runs started to pile up and the 160 run chase turned into a faintly respectable 202. There were some notable performances in the field, not least from Tom Allan who took three excellent and increasingly insouciant catches in the deep. His third catch was probably the best and the only surprise was that he didn’t pop on his slippers, light his pipe and pull up a chair before snaffling it. Rob Johnson also bowled well after a loose first over and kept the pressure on before the inevitable declaration came at the 55 over mark.

202 in 45 overs on the Walker Ground is a perfectly reasonable equation. Only 1 plan required in these situations: solid start, wickets in hand, mid innings acceleration, steady controlled finish for the loss of maybe 5 or 6 wickets. Best laid plans and all that. After last weeks heroics I suppose it was a lot to expect of Blake & Edrich (the new Compton and Edrich?) to repeat the trick, particularly after three sizzling hours in the field. Tom was adjudged to have nicked one to the keeper while Chris Blake, having started positively, lost an all-Australian battle, falling foul of a quick bouncer and popping it up in the air to short mid-wicket. Consolidation was required. Tom Allan and Phil Dunnett looked to be providing just that before Athers drilled one straight to extra cover.

Wickets then started to fall in batches. Jouners fell for the Aussie’s slower ball, whilst Phil, having looked good for 20, went to an outrageous Tom Nicholl slip catch – having failed with the bat I suppose it was almost inevitable that he’d contribute something pivotal. [N.B. for those with long memories, Tom Nicholl was the 15-year-old who scored an unbeaten century coming in at 9 for North Middlesex in a League fixture some years ago, helping them recover from 70 for 7 to 320 for 7 declared – the scars run deep]. With the impressive Aussie tiring and his equally impressive new-ball partner losing the zip of his first 10 overs it was now down to what else North Middlesex had in the locker. Sadly their locker was rather too full for our liking. We certainly didn’t expect a quicker, more aggressive clone of the Aussie to come charging in down the hill. Bowling straight and fast the “Bird”, cleaned up our lower order, taking 5 for 22 in 8 outstanding overs. Only Rob Johnson (26*) held firm, battling admirably while wickets tumbled all round him. We finished second, by some distance. North Middlesex were the better team, they took their chances, they dug in when they could have been rolled and they unfurled the best seam attack that we’ve come across this season. There is work to be done if we want to avoid slipping into relegation contention. It has been a frustratingly fractious few weeks off the pitch – it is now time to pull together and get on with the cricket. Jamie Jouning

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and now fast forward to Saturday 27 July


1st XI

Harrow v Southgate

Southgate won by 5 wickets; Southgate 10 points

Harrow 139 all out (45.3 overs)

D Woffinden 5-62

Sivarajah 3-46

Southgate 140-5 (35.3 overs)

I, like many others I’m sure, have got a bit blase about looking at the weather forecast in the past month. Then something catches my eye on Thursday as I walk past a newsstand. It’s a copy of the Daily Express, without a picture of Lady Diana on the front!  What must be so important to push some new half baked conspiracy theory to page 9?  Killer Thunderstorms. I bought the paper.*  It turns out they were due for Saturday.  As we were due to start a run of four must/should win games, the scenario of having one abandoned was not something I wished to dwell on.  So I turned to page 9 for some light relief…

There should be a word for use by a cricketer facing the same situation that we did on waking on Saturday morning.  I propose something like, Wellitssunnynowbuttheforecastisrubbishatleastweareplayingawaysoiwonthavetobotherwiththecovers.  However, many people gave their lives to ensure we wouldn’t be speaking German, so perhaps the least we can do is give their grammar a wide berth too.

I haven’t visited Harrow Town for a few years, but I can assure readers that the facilities are much improved, following an injection of money and effort.  It is a theme that you will be hearing more about at Southgate over the next few years and I would encourage you to get involved.

It was baking hot and brilliantly sunny at about the time that the first storm was due to roll in . It became clear we might be lucky and get a full game in.

Our warm-up round the ground revealed short boundaries and a quick, cracked outfield that without doubt would have had Ben Hartman fielding in a helmet at third man.

Dunnett duly won the toss and inserted the opposition with half an eye on trying to force a quick finish.

Blake and Berman bowled tidily once again, the former unlucky not to dismiss the opening left hander, Arshad, with a beauty that bounced a touch and was well dropped by your correspondent.  Runs were coming relatively quickly with pace on the ball and good value for shots, so Sivarajah and Woffinden were brought into the attack to slow things down.  The Harrow batsmen struggled immediately and soon enough found themselves 40-5, courtesy of a couple of loose shots, a suicidal single to Johnson at mid off and an unplayable ball from Woffinden.  Never did I expect to write those last words.

For the mathematically inclined (that might just be Berman), it felt a little like Algorithmic Batting.  If first 3 balls = dot, then swing.  If last ball = boundary, then dot. etc etc.

For those of you wondering the fate of Arshad, he was dropped once again by me at gully and went on to top score with a decent 48.  He formed a 40-run partnership with the number 6, both batting rather more sensibly against our slow bowlers than their comrades.  The pair were broken up by a wonderful catch from Setia, comfortably our best fielder of the day with a brace of catches and a classy runout, all at important moments.

Desai at number 10 took a liking to that most seducing temptress Woffinden and slapped 40 runs, mostly over Blake’s head at cow corner, before succumbing to his charms and falling deliciously into Jouning’s delicate embrace at short third man. He helped take the Harrow score from 80-8 up to 139 all out.  Woffinden took 5-62 and Sivarajah 3-46, both dominating the game admirably.

Tea was noteworthy for the quality and quantity of spread as well as the variety of options.  I believe there was plenty for all the players and umpires, as well a little left over for the supporters of both sides, which I think is important to help create an friendly and inclusive atmosphere.

During tea, the weather had closed in considerably and before long, spots of rain began to fall and dark clouds dominated the sky.

Chasing 140 can be a tricky task, particularly given our poor batting against North Mid last week.  Blake and Edrich got us off to a very useful start – a quick 30 off the seamers.  Two quick wickets followed and Harrow brought on their accurate slow bowlers Herath and Desai.  Jouning and Robinson knew that 65 were required at 20 overs to ensure we were ahead of the rate in the event of rain.

Drinks were taken at 18 overs in light drizzle, despite the umpires being asked whether it might be prudent to take them at 20 to ensure a result first and foremost.  I can understand why they were taken at 18 overs, but perhaps there should be scope within the rules for neutral umpires to use their discretion in such situations.

After drinks, Robinson walked past one to the relief of all concerned.  Johnson (21) and Jouning (41) took the score over 100 and the match was all but won.  It was left to Dunnett (23*) and Yeomans (3*) to see us home for a well deserved victory in 35 overs.

Within 30 minutes of finishing, the heavens opened.  Results elsewhere went our way with Shepherd’s Bush and Brondesbury only managing 4 each.  Thus we find ourselves fourth in the league with opportunities in the coming weeks to consolidate this position. Paddy Robinson

*Of course, I have never, ever bought the Express.

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2nd XI

Southgate v Wycombe House

Wycombe House won by 55 runs; Southgate 0 points

Wycombe House 161 all out (49.5 overs)

Southgate 106 all out (39.4 overs)

This weekend’s fixture began with mixed feelings of anticipation and trepidation for the 2nd XI. Anticipation at playing lowly Wycombe House and trepidation at the rain that was forecast to fall at Southgate prior to even commencing warm-ups. However by the end of the day those feelings had been well and truly reversed as both the rain and our batting failed to make an appearance.

The day started well enough, we welcomed Club Captain Faisal Mir back into the game after his spell on the treatment table and captain for the day Suresh won the toss and invited our visitors to bat on a well-used wicket.

The Southgate opening pair of Wadham and Kalagara soon had the batters in a spot of bother and through bowling tight areas they were able to score at just over a run an over. Suresh struck first by bowling a straight one that then bought what could only be described as “a mouth in pads” to the crease as he loudly informed us of how good he was, where he was going to hit the ball and instructed Suresh to fetch the two balls he actually laid a bat on. He fell to Wadham in the next over for one of the best single-figure innings ever witnessed.

The comedy continued as Suresh removed the remaining opener who forgot that if he wanted to bat two metres outside of his crease he would have to make his ground if he didn’t want to be run out.

A good start by us and we were massively on top. Wycombe House then found their way back into the game as their middle order set about rebuilding. They were very watchful against an accurate Sage and punished anything loose coming up the hill (which occurred too often unfortunately).

Sage toiled away in the manner that only he can: with ridiculous field placements, bowling in a hat, knees and hips clicking away on delivery stride and wearing those far too visible lucky pants. He bowled a very well controlled 16-over spell and was well rewarded with 4 wickets.

Matt Stratten got into the wickets column on his first bowl of the season, Suresh picked one up too and Wadham  finished with two for ten from his ten, including six maidens. Apologies but its the only chance I have had to stick some decent figures on here.

We went to tea knowing that chasing 162 was very much ‘on’ but my optimism soured when I reached the tea table and remembered I should have waited for an away fixture to have a break from my diet regime. Although I will give a special mention to the appearance of coronation chicken sandwiches.

Things didn’t start so well and we were soon two wickets down with few runs on the board. Olly Bellwood, promoted to number three to rest a stiffening Fais, played one of the best knocks I’ve seen from him. He found the middle of the bat very regularly, unfortunately he also found the fielders with the same regularity, and alongside Matt Stratten we rebuilt the innings to reach 50 without further mishaps.

Cue disaster. Our opponent earlier described as a mouth in pads was now a mouth in gloves as he kept wicket and he did so with the same circus approach as he batted. He was however incredibly good at putting ridiculous pressure on an ageing umpire. Without sounding bitter, these were some if the most untoward scenes I have seen on the cricket field and showcased the need for us to provide our own umpire. I lost count of the number of times this chap, along with a guy fielding at point and another at long off would run up to the face of the poor umpire demanding he raise his finger.

This however is by no way an excuse for the poor showing of our batting as 50 for 2 became 80 for 8 and just before the rain did decide to show itself we were skittled out for 106.

It was a real shame as we fielded pretty well and didn’t build on the start that Olly gave us. I did however indulge my day off from the diet by consuming a copious amount of cider and smashing a chicken burger.

Until next week… Samuel Wadham

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3rd XI

Twickenham v Southgate

Southgate won by 7 wickets; Southgate 10 points

Twickenham 97 all out

Southgate 101-3

Running late for the start of the game, stuck on Kew Bridge looking to the blues sky , I hoped Mike had won the toss and fielded first as tropical storms were due by 5pm (Daily Mail headline) . I arrived 5 minutes before the start to find out obstacle one was out of way: we were fielding. That left two obstacles: the Twickenham team and the weather. Niroosh opened the bowling with me on a pitch that was sandy brown, with the outfield covered in stringy grass, the worst this season by far.
Niroosh bowled very tightly and took two early wickets, then Marett found his line and length after a couple of overs and secure two more wickets – 2-25, one bowled, stump out of ground). Niroosh then removed another to end his very tidy spell with 3-11. He was replaced by Ray who is growing in stature every game I see him play, and he finished with 3-27.

Marett was replaced by Mike who fell into line and length. He had a couple of catches dropped, then went on to finish with 2-31 as we bowled them out for 97. Catches from Mike 2, Rikki, Will Dias and Ray with 1 apiece.

The sky’s were getting darker and darker so we had a nervous tea with one eye on the sandwiches the other on the sky.

We needed a good positive batting response and Paul, 11, and Ali Lynch, 17, got us off to a good start. Will Temple was umpire and gave Paul out lbw to a good left arm bowler, Rikki Uppal  played the shot of the day, a back foot square drive, then drove off the back foot a young quickie and was cleaned up for 19. By this time the rain had started and it was getting darker. Adam came to the crease and with no trouble elegantly struck the ball all over the park  with ease and was 30no. Ricky at that stage was his partner, helmetless and looking like an English Tendulkar gloving the ball for 4 over the keeper’s head 20/20 style. Ricky ended 7 no.
We finished on 101-3 off 17 overs, an all-round solid performance.

Will kept really well again and Paul and Will Dias’s fielding on that outfield was outstanding. Roy Marett (Old Spice)

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4th XI

no game, unable to raise a team

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Sunday Development XI

Putney v Southgate

Southgate won by 68 runs

Southgate 174

Putney 106

It was an early start for the team as the match was all the way in Putney in Sheen Park so most of us had to make travel arrangements on the tube, which was an extremely long and tiring journey supposedly taking 90 minutes. And with Josh as transport minister we got there 20 minutes early which was soon then made up for as Shiv somehow struggled to buy 3 items of food at Tesco (orange, drink and chocolate). Nevertheless we ended up at the ground 15 minutes late and got underway with no time to spare.

We lost the toss and were put into bat although that was Tom’s intentions anyway… With Phil and Marcello opening we were soon a wicket down after the first ball of the game.  Phil caught at slip. In came Tom and not long after Marcello was caught on 8. Ali (21) came to the crease and built a good 3rd wicket partnership with Tom (39) of about 50-odd runs. After being at 14-2 we set a score of 174 with hard-hitting cameos surprisingly from Josh for 31, then Ray (28*) and Ashley (21). There were a few interruptions from a dog that just wouldn’t give up playing fetch on the field and a car that decided to drive across the field as if there wasn’t a macth. For those reasons tea was a bit late.

Tea was extremely delicious however with fresh grapes, crisps and chicken sandwiches. Having re-fuelled, we went out to ball with Niroosh and Josh opening. Niroosh got the opening wicket but was dispatched by the following batsman whilst Josh as usual kept the economy low and as usual struggling to get a wicket. William got the key wicket of their number 3 batsman with a wide half-volley being tossed up into the air into Josh at mid-off and from then on began the onslaught. With Ashley taking 3 quick wickets and Ray taking the coveted wickets of Chris Rodgers and the captain, KFC became the motivation. So a hungry Matthew Dias took the last 3 wickets and ended the game as we bowled them for 106. The win was not as easy as it sounded but satisfying- especially after that long journey. We all soon enjoyed a celebratory, deserved KFC albeit in different places. Niroosh Sugumaran

Mini Bugle – results from 27 July

1st XI

Harrow v Southgate

Southgate won by 5 wickets; Southgate 10 points

Harrow 139 all out (45.3 overs)

D Woffinden 5-62

Southgate 140-5 (35.3 overs)

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2nd XI

Southgate v Wycombe House

Wycombe House won by 55 runs; Southgate 0 points

Wycombe House 161 all out (49.5 overs)

Southgate 106 all out (39.4 overs)

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3rd XI

Twickenham v Southgate

Southgate won by 7 wickets; Southgate 10 points

Twickenham 97 all out

Southgate 101-3

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4th XI

Southgate v ??

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please email the result of the 4th XI games to me at ronhewit@gmail.com or put them in the comment box below

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John Troughton

Please note that John Naughton’s funeral is on Tuesday 30 July

It is with much sadness that we record the passing of  popular Southgate CC member, John Troughton.

John Troughton has died at the age of 87.  He was elected a playing member in 1948 and was a good 2nd XI batsman but also played a fair number of 1st XI matches. John’s top score was his century (107) away against Stort in 1961.  He also contributed 60 to a second wicket partnership of 146 with Horace Wass (who scored 145 not out) for the 1st XI at home to Blackheath in 1952. His last game was for 2nd XI at Loughton in 1970.

John served on and chaired various committees (including General, House and Ground) from 1958 to 1970.  He was an Assistant Secretary from 1958 to 1960 and Honorary Treasurer from 1966 to 1970.

He was elected a vice-president in 1966.

A retired NatWest Bank manager, John was a regular supporter of club functions.

The funeral will take place at New Southgate Crematorium on Tuesday 30 July at 12 noon and afterwards at Old Fold Manor Golf Club.,

The Bugle match reports from 20 July

1st XI

Southgate v North Middlesex

North Middlesex won by 97 runs, Southgate 0 points

North Middlesex 202-9 (50 overs)

Southgate 105 all out (36.2 overs)

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2nd XI

Kenton v Southgate

Kenton won by 121 runs, Southgate 0 points

Kenton 216 all out (51.1 overs)

Southgate 95 all out (32.5 overs)

The week leading up to the 2nd XI game Vs Kenton was my least enjoyable as captain. Amid terrible availability and dealings with disgruntled players, we were still working to get 11 players together late on Friday night. The team we fielded included 6 changes from the previous week, 3 of which were different to the team published on Thursday and 3 were playing their first 2nd XI game of the season. Despite this I believed we were still capable of achieving a win in the same fashion as we had done in the home fixture – winning the toss before bowling first and restricting the opposition to a chaseable total.

The first half of the plan went well. As the coin came down tails Kenton were instructed to bat. In the absence of anyone who had opened the bowling for us thus far, O Bellwood took the new ball. His 5 overs removed one of the openers but were understandably a little expensive as this was his first league bowl of the season. T Yeomans (15.1-4-41-3) bowled with excellent control at the other end, and at drinks the score was around 105-1. Given the miniscule nature of the Kenton ground restricting to a little more than 4-an-over was a good effort. After drinks our persistence was rewarded and excellent spells from A Carr (12-4-41-1), R Bynoe (10-2-24-1) and S Faruqi (9-0-51-4) saw us bowl out Kenton for 216 in 51.1 overs. On a wicket that had shown little demons and small boundaries with quick outfield on all sides, this was a total equivalent to 170 at the Walker Ground. Given that in the home fixture we had chased 180 for the loss of 2 wickets in 40 overs, we were confident.

Tea was a solid and respectable effort with nothing really standing out as remarkable, but a wide enough spread to cater for everyone’s tastes and suitable volume of each item.

Unfortunately what followed the interlude was an insipid display from the visitors. We were bowled out for under 100 with only 2 players making it to double figures. Kenton have a decent slow bowler in D Sweeney – he has a good quicker straight one that accounted for O Bellwood and D Ashley – but he can be nullified, and he was able to prosper because too many the top order had given their wickets away before he came on. T Yeomans was unlucky to get a ball that shot along the ground, but the most the dismissals were due to poor shots. This does not necessarily mean poor shot selection – there full tosses and short and wide deliveries hit to fielders and Kenton, to their credit, caught well.

For a team chasing promotion this is clearly is not good enough. While it is true that Ickenham and Highgate failed to win, I fear that is a missed opportunity rather than a reprieve. We have now slipped to 5th position in the league, and as are still to play 3 of the 4 teams above us, promotion is still within reach. But greater commitment and application is absolutely essential. Max Joseph

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3rd XI

Southgate v Old Actonians

draw, Southgate 4 points

Southgate 213 -7 (48 overs)

S Sharma 54

A Jouning 48

Old Actonians 156-9 (44 overs)

R Desai 5-23

On an unusually overcast afternoon, Mike lost the toss and we were duly inserted. An interesting week, culminating in a frantic Friday, meant the 3rd XI’s batting order was rather changed, but did however remain strong. At 12.45, all eleven of the Old Actonians took to a team huddle on the far side of the pitch to discuss tactics. Meanwhile, the four present Southgate players set about moving sightscreens and putting the stumps in. Paul Lassman was requested to run back and get the bails. (Quite right, as does nothing else at the club) Meanwhile the remainder of the team ambled over at 12.53 and pre-match preparations were complete and we were raring to go.

Captain Mike and young Shiv opened up on a wicket that amazingly was tinged green. ( Thought we were in the middle of a heatwave) However, it was a good wicket and the outfield typically fast. The score moved steadily along and we made the much needed start, so often missing in previous games. However, I nearly stopped the game at one point, as someone had clearly nailed Shivs boots to the wicket, as he just couldn’t move when playing when his shots. I was about to run on and complain when someone reminded me that’s how he plays. Well in spite of this, Shiv proceeded to hit the ball hard and to all parts, as he and Mike took the first wicket total to over 70, with Shiv securing a quickfire 50 Mike was then the first wicket to fall, but a good foundation had been built, as A Jouning joined Shiv.

I promptly advised Shiv to think of himself back on nought and to build another score. Next over he tried to launch the spinner into space and was bowled. It was however a good 50 and I’m sure with a little work on his foot movement and decision making, he will go on to make a good number of runs at Southgate.

Marcello and Jouning A then continued the run accumulation, before Marcello went much the same way as Shiv.  Once again just after wise words from me. (Er, there seems to be a pattern here). But not before making a useful 16, including some good shots. ( My advice Marchy: “Value your won wicket more”)

Lassman and Jouning then continued to build a reasonable total, before Jouning managed to drill a full toss directly to a cleverly positioned mid off. ( Yes, he was in no man’s land). The fielder somehow managed to hold on to it and he went for 48. But this was turning into a real team effort, as Lassman scored a useful 27, before unluckily being run out in an attempt to move the score along. Cameos from Ricky Gun 15 and Ali Lynch 13, helped us reach a respectable 213 for 7 off 48.

Roy and Niroosh opened up well, but the wicket was reasonable and the outfield fast and so batsmen were rewarded for their shots. Niroosh tried to steal Roy’s injury limelight by complaining of a sore calf, but the 16-year-old soldiered on and with his economical action as well as reasonable control, I’m sure he can develop in to a good seamer. Roy continued to bowl deliveries that are too good to take wickets at this level and their score ticked along quite well. It became apparent quite early on that their burly Aussie was a potential match winner, as he hit the ball hard and cleanly. Fortunately it appeared he had been to the Marcello/Shiv school of batting, as he then tried to unnecessarily launch one off Parinda Kuleratne and was held by the safe pair of hands of Roy.

However, wickets weren’t tumbling and even 4 points seemed a distant hope. Captain Mike turned his arm and took a wicket and then Jouning A came on to bowl and cleverly decided not to use the tinge of green on the wicket. Sadly his spell of full bungers didn’t quite work. But cometh the hour, cometh the man. Enter “Revolution Ravi” Our sharp-turning off spinner proceeded to cause havoc, including two wickets in two balls. Putting it in modern speak, Ravi does put a lot of revolutions on the ball and when he gets his line right, ( off stump, Ravi), he can be almost unplayable.

The game awoke and suddenly the likelihood of four points for the opposition disappeared and Southgate looked past a possible 4 points and focused in on 10. A good run out from Ravi, an excellent catch from Paul Lassman in the deep, a good stumping from Shiv and a catch from Parinda and the wickets continued to tumble We had four overs to get the remaining wicket, but Old Actonians were now digging in. Ravi turned one “big”, the pad was struck, but the batsmen’s umpiring colleague gave it not out and with fielders around the bat, that was the closest we came to claiming the win. While it was disappointing not to get over the line, we really didn’t look like winning for most of the game and so it was a very good effort to claim the 4 points. Ravi bowled another great spell, 5-23 , with Roy 1-19 from 10, Parinda Kuleratne 1-24 from 5, Mike Carter 1-34 from 10, Niroosh Sugumaran (16 year old opener) 0-32. Adam Jouning

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4th XI

Old Actonians v Southgate

Old Actonians win by 5 wickets

Southgate 165-9 dec (45 overs)

Old Actonians 166-5 (35 overs)

The Southgate innings was based on a second-wicket partnership of 65 between Doug Gordon (46 runs, 53 years) and Liam Babwah (25 runs, 15 years) against quick and aggressive bowling. Will Dias made an excellent 34 guiding the rest of the team to a decent total, boosted by some strong hitting by Callum Silva.

In reply Old Actonians batted aggressively and we struggled to get control. Seven people bowled but with OA’s prepared to take chances with small boundaries and a fast outfield the outcome was inevitable, despite some excellent fielding from the younger members of the team. Doug Gordon

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The Hertgate Trophy

Geoff Blackmore reporting

Hertford 195 all out (Raymond Bynoe 3-41, Ashley Sivarajah 3-59, Tony Young 2-26) off 50.1 overs

Southgate 196 for 8 (Tom Edrich 72, Raymond Bynoe 31, Paddy Robinson 30) off 64.1 overs

Southgate CC won by two wickets and regained the Hertgate Trophy

Move over Chris Froome, Here Comes Tony Young…………

In 2012 the fixture moved to the Wednesday of the Hertford CC Cricket Week – to accommodate a three-day Hertfordshire CCC fixture – and Southgate lost the Hertgate Trophy for the first time since 2007. Back to it’s usual Monday ‘slot’ in 2013, on the day after Chris Froome triumphed at the Tour de France, the regular Match Manager assembled an excellent team in an attempt to regain the Trophy, which was originally presented by Robert Urquhart Cole to celebrate the one hundredth meeting between the two sides in 1995.

Even though there were a couple of changes over the Lords Ashes Test weekend, the afore mentioned Match Manager didn’t realise that a migraine suffered on a Saturday afternoon would stop someone playing on the Monday, and therefore at 11.15am the ‘brains trust’ set about establishing who might be able to get to Hertford at a ‘moments notice’ to make up the full eleven.

Worse was to come, as we lost the toss, and Steve Gale – the Hertford skipper, who scored 132 in the 2012 game – had no hesitation in deciding to bat, especially as the forecast was for it to be the hottest day of the year so far. With Danno having to work in the morning – and therefore not expecting to arrive until 12.30pm at the earliest – we took the field with nine of our own, and one sub fielder kindly loaned to us by Hertford.

After seven overs, in which Hertford had accumulated 35 runs and their opening bat had asked Raymond at first slip “…why we hadn’t brought a better team…”, Tony Young and his wife Sue, appeared at the boundary’s edge having cycled from Welwyn Garden City to watch the game. As the Match Manager was ‘otherwise occupied’, our scorer, Geoff Burton asked Tony whether he was prepared to play, and despite having fallen off of his bike, when trying to negotiate the boundary rope, he (rather surprisingly) agreed.

Even though we conceded nine runs in the over when we had just nine on the pitch – with the Match Manager off the field to assemble some kit to loan to Tony – when they came on the field we were at ‘full strength’, numerically, for the first time in the game. Soon after, with Tom Edrich, and others, winding up our one ‘medium pacer’, Josh Berman, he bowled an excellent head high bouncer, which Ash Abeywickrama hooked to deep backward square where Matt Dias made a difficult catch look very easy. As the batsman departed, we refrained from asking him about the strength of our side.

Four overs later, Raymond Bynoe, who had replaced Josh, trapped Hesh Abeywickrama lbw, and 74 for 2 off fifteen overs looked an awful lot better from our perspective. With Danno now on the pitch, Raymond and Ashley bowled well in tandem together, as we got a grip on the scoring rate, and the pressure of just seven runs in four overs saw Nathan Mead caught behind by Ricky Gunn off Ashley.

Another catch for Ricky, this time off Raymond, slowed the scoring rate further, although, it brought Hertford’s centurion last year, Steve Gale, to the wicket. He played watchfully, whilst punishing the very few odd balls, offered by either Raymond or Ashley, and when Ashley bowled opener, Pat Stokes, for 73, Hertford were left at 136 for 5.

In attempt to get Tony Young into the game, he was brought on just before lunch, and a stumping off his third ball, meant that he had taken his first Hertgate Trophy wicket, one ball quicker than his only ever First XI League wicket, which was taken on his fourth (and last) ball in the First XI League against Shepherds Bush, over thirty years ago.

After lunch, Raymond and Ashley continued to exert control and this led to the ‘pivotal’ moment in the game – Ricky’s brilliant catch off the inside edge to dismiss Steve Gale for 25 – for Ashley’s third wicket, which meant Hertford were now 156 for 7.

With Steve Gale departed, Tony was given a second spell, and despite a dropped catch first ball, he repeated his third ball of the over ‘trick’, to take another wicket with a comfortable caught and bowled. Even though Hertford added thirty-one runs for the ninth wicket, we were still ‘in control’ and eventually wickets for Matt Dias and Raymond – courtesy of catches by Ashley and Tom Edrich – meant we bowled Hertford out for 195.

With plenty of overs in which to chase the target, Tom Edrich and Paddy Robinson settled any nerves, as they took the score past 50 before Paddy was dismissed for 30, caught at square leg. Even though Tom Allan was caught and bowled by Steve Gale for 12, Tom and Josh took us to within fifty runs of victory, when Josh was dismissed for 17 – caught by James Mead at point.

Ten balls later Tom’s excellent innings ended, when he was caught down the leg-side for 72. Dan Ashley, Matt and Ashley all came and went – caught playing ‘expansive’ shots – and whilst we were still thirty runs short of victory at 166 for 7, with Raymond and the tail to bat, there were still seventeen overs of our innings remaining.

After Tony Young went to the wicket with an assortment of borrowed equipment, we were still ‘favourites’, although the Hertford match reporter thought that “…even though Raymond Bynoe marshalled the tail well, and farmed the bowling, taking just a single off some overs seemed to condemn the game to a most unlikely draw…”.

This was never going to happen, or be allowed to happen – as there has never been a Hertgate Trophy fixture drawn. However, with a target of just over two an over, singles and the occasional well struck four, kept the score board ticking along at the required rate, and this needed no further ‘intervention’ from the Match Manager.

When the partnership had reached 29 off fourteen overs, and with the scores level, Raymond decided to win the game with one final flourish, but was caught for an excellent 31. However, three balls later, Tony (9*) played a ‘late cut’ to third man, a shot which had already had brought him runs, and we had won by two wickets, with seventeen balls to spare.

Bob Cole presented ‘his’ Hertgate Trophy to the winning captain, and means that we have won the Trophy twelve times in nineteen years, having lost six games, with a ‘no contest’ in 2004. More recently, we have won five of the six Trophy games played in the Hertford Cricket Week.

Whilst in relative terms, this was a low scoring game – compared to those recently – this was down to some excellent bowling on both sides, with Raymond and Ashley exerting control whenever I needed it.

The Hertford Match reporter, nominated the leg-side catch, by their fifteen-year-old keeper, to dismiss Tom Edrich, as their ‘champagne moment’. However, ours was, without a doubt, at the other end of the age spectrum, when our sixty-four-year-old keeper, Ricky Gunn caught Steve Gale – whose First XI League average in 2013 is 68, including three centuries – via an inside edge. Even though Raymond, Ashley and Tom could all lay claim to our ‘Man of the Match’ Award, the recipient is Tony Young, who arrived to watch the game, but was persuaded out of retirement to take two wickets and see us home to victory.

With five teenagers in the side – Tom, Ashley, Matthew, Josh and Raymond – this contributed to an excellent performance in the field, led by Ricky Gunn behind the stumps. Can I say a big ‘thank you’ to all of the side for playing in the fixture, and of course to Bob Cole and Geoff Burton, for umpiring and scoring, respectively. Finally, of course, we must yet again, thank the players, officials and supporters of Hertford Cricket Club for their fantastic hospitality.

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The winning Southgate CC team, Hertgate Trophy July 2013

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Geoff Blackmore (right) receives the Hertgate Trophy

Mini Bugle – results from 20 July

1st XI

Southgate v North Middlesex

North Middlesex won by 97 runs, Southgate 0 points

North Middlesex 202-9 (50 overs)

Southgate 105 all out (36.2 overs)

see the league table here

http://www.middlesexccl.com/Default.asp?DivisionNo=2&WeekNo=201311

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2nd XI

Kenton v Southgate

Kenton won by 121 runs, Southgate 0 points

Kenton 216 all out (51.1 overs)

Southgate 95 all out (32.5 overs)

see the league table here

http://www.middlesexccl.com/default.asp?DivisionNo=6&WeekNo=201311

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3rd XI

Southgate v Old Actonians

draw, Southgate 4 points

Southgate 213 -7 (48 overs)

S Sharma 54

A Jouning 48

Old Actonians 156-9 (44 overs)

R Desai 5-23

see the league table here

http://cricketleague.play-cricket.com/leagueTables/divisionTable.asp?id=10058799&seasonid=26

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4th XI

Old Actonians v Southgate

Result unknown. Could someone let me know by email, or post the scores in the comment box below. And if you know where we can find an up-to-date league table please share with the group

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match reports to copy wrangler Peter Jouning as soon as you can please

The Bugle – match reports from 13 July

A fine collection of match reports

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1st XI Shepherds Bush v Southgate

Match drawn; Southgate 4 points

Southgate 287-5 dec (50 overs)

Chris Blake 115

Tom Edrich 115

Shepherds Bush 239-8 (50 overs)

D Woffinden 4-45


Hot, hot, hot.

Skipper Dunnett simply couldn’t handle the jerk chicken that formed the centre piece of the fantastic spread at Shepherds Bush on Saturday.  More on that later, but first let’s talk about the game.

Having won the toss, the Bush made the somewhat surprising decision to bowl first on the hottest day of the year.  In theory a solid cricketing decision, but in practice one they would live to regret.

New opening partnership Blake and Edrich made their way to the crease across a parched outfield and from ball one looked to put pressure on the Bush fielders.  Singles were picked off and both batsmen got full value for attacking strokes.   The bowling was tidy, but the wicket was good and a solid platform started to be built.

Tom was first to his 50 and a couple of overs later Blakey joined him.  Two players, of differing styles being comfortable and confident in playing their own game.  With the 100 stand in the bank, Tom worked 10 consecutive singles and Blakey’s bottom hand came increasingly to the fore.  The run rate began to accelerate, but other than the Sobersesque switch from left arm seam to slow left arm by the opener from the leisure club end, the Bush attack looked too one-dimensional to slow it.  A variety of seamers were rotated and all toiled manfully, but in the face of such a comprehensive batting performance they were running in with hope rather than expectation.

It was less nervous nineties, than selfless nineties.  Both batsmen using their feet to spinners and seamers alike, on their way to maiden 1st XI league centuries.  Blakey first to raise his bat, shortly followed by Tom.  A 217 run first-wicket stand and scores of 115 apiece.  As comprehensive a performance as I can remember.  Great batting, leaving time only for brief cameos from the middle order, including Karan Setia on his 1st XI league debut, and a brief discussion on the pros and cons of running down the middle of the pitch, before the declaration at 285 for 7 from 50 overs.

It appears to have become fashionable in match reports of late to commend the away tea and to lament the comparison with our home fixtures.  I will simply add this: it was a pleasure to tuck into a home-prepared spread, served with a smile by someone who clearly takes pride in what they do.

Former Southgate star D Disorderly walked out to face the new ball, with Hadgie swinging it (on his way to another miserly opening spell), Ashley Sivarajah spinning it (2 for 55) and Tom Allan and Rob Johnson talking it up.  It was going to take a Magnum performance to chase down Southgate’s score.  Not quite 405, but he would need to take the attack to the bowlers.  In the end, he settled for a Featherlite touch and left the biffing to his opening partner.

Woffers came on first change and it wasn’t long before a lofted drive spiralled to cover, delivering the Bush’s overseas Aaron Johnson to the crease and his first ball out of the ground.  Sadly for Jouners (who had been looking forward to a Johnson/Woffinden duel all day, “he won’t have seen anything like Woffers before”) but to the relief of everyone else, a thick inside edge lofted gently to the Haseeb at square leg.  76 for 2 off 20, leaving an enormous amount of work to do, but the Bush kept on coming.

Skipper Dishon led the way before running out of luck and lives, stumped by his opposite number in Ash’s second spell and that should have been that.  But the Bush kept on coming.  Phil switched the bowling around, off spin gave way to leg spin, slow left arm, to right arm pies to right arm “pace”.

A quick flurry of wickets and the Bush were 8 down with 9 men round the bat.  Out came the block and despite the ball beating the bat and finding the edge we couldn’t pick up the last two wickets and had to settle for 4 points. Woffers, Scribbler of the Year 2012

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2nd XI Southgate v North London

Southgate won by 5 wickets; Southgate 10 points

North London 125 all out (45.2 overs)

S Kalagara 5-38

Southgate 127-5 (42 overs)

On the hottest day of the year so far, 11 determined team players arrived at the Walker Ground with only one thing on their minds… 10 points against North London CC. Having under performed over the past couple of weeks in all aspects of play we were not going to let this slip. Heat or no heat the intensity and the fire in our bellies (six packs) was evident from the warm-ups…

Max won the toss and with no hesitation said we will chase… With a look in his eyes at the opposition saying  we are gonna chew you up and spit you out.

The team talk in the dressing room was more of a sergeant gathering his troops to stand up and fight including “Put your flipping phone away” when Josh decided to check a text message he just received midway through Commander Maximus’s attacking game-plan strategy speech.

Josh and Suresh bowled an immaculate line and length with the new ball, not allowing their top order settle, forcing them to play rash shots.

Followed up by Sam Wadham, Sage and Sam Faruqi, there was no respite for their batsmen. Our ground fielding and catching was probably the best it has been all season and apart from their opener, who got 40-odd, none of their batsmen had a clue  at what Commander Mad Max’s men were firing at them. Suresh ended up with a well deserved   5 for 38, Sage 2 for 18 and Faruqi 3 for 29 and our target was 125 off 54 overs.

Our openers mark Hughes (in the team based on great recent form against good opposition bowling) and a fiery Karl Jankowicz negotiated the first 5 overs with solid defence. However North London did have  a very decent left-arm  spinner who opened the bowling and has played more games for their first XI than their seconds this season, managed to lure Karl into an expansive cover drive only to find the edge. 10 for 1.

Any thoughts of “Chasing a low total is not always easy” seemed to disappear  the way Commander Sergeant Mad Max and our young gun Hughsey played the next 13 overs. Well-calculated shots, minimal risk and good singles got us to 38 off 18 overs until there was a yes, no, wait, yes oh b*****ks all within the space of attempting a run. With Commander Sergeant Major Mad Maximus run out for 15 and Hughsey gone for 14, we were 38 for 3 off 23 overs. Overs were not the issue, it was all about application, which Matt Stratten carried on to provide with a patient 10 before he too, was caught at slip.

Enter Oli Bellwood with Scott Ellis at the other end. The ball started to get dispatched to all parts of the ground. Cover drives, short arm jabs, reverse sweeps, swipes across the line, you name it… Scott scored an entertaining 39 and Oli guided the ship home with a good 22 not out. We reached our target with 10 overs to spare and five men down. A well-calculated run chase against some decent bowling. Every man in Southgate colours made themselves count and contributed on the day. Great team effort…

Bring on next week. We are ready and waiting.

Quote of the day…

Omar Hassan, having missed the game due to having to babysit, turned up during our innings, looked at the score board, and said  “Hmmm. 125? Did they declare???”

Suppose you just had to be there…

Yours sincerely, probably the best number 11 in the world. Sam Faruqi

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3rd XI – MTSSC v Southgate

Southgate won by 35 runs; Southgate 10 points

Southgate 185-8 (50 overs)

P Robson 46

MTSSC 150 all out (40 overs)

P Kuleratne 4-65

Well at least one game of cricket this weekend was exciting and nerve-racking. While England cantered home early on Sunday afternoon by a comfortable margin of 14 runs (boring!) the day before Southgate 3s had a much closer shave, nearly throwing away a seemingly wrapped-up victory. All those spectators packed into Trent Bridge should have made their way down to Harrow if they wanted to watch a properly exciting game of cricket.  And with MTSSC top of the league and Southgate chasing them down, this game took on an importance and intensity that was sorely missing from the Test match in Nottingham.

I’ve been stalling from actually beginning to explain what happened so far because I don’t have the scorebook and so am not entirely sure of the team scores, let alone the individual contributions. And also because I don’t know what MTSSC stands for.  I sadly have little propensity for remembering things that might be relevant here, especially as I spent most of the afternoon getting my tan on and therefore this match report will be based on what I think may have happened, propped up with a bit of judicious story telling here and there. There’s my disclaimer.

Captain Carter won the toss and elected to have a bat. The cons: the wicket was nasty and we were swiftly a couple down with not very many on the board. The pros: we wouldn’t have to field in the sun.

We lost a few early wickets with some guys being bowled and some others being caught and maybe some others somewhere else. But I do know that after a while Adam Jouning and Pete Robson found themselves at the crease and began applying themselves well. Adam batted very nicely, especially against the spinners, hitting hard and straight until he slashed at a wide one and was caught at point for 20-something. ‘Blimey! Did I only get 20-something?’ he exclaimed as he came off. I don’t know. Maybe. The rest of the team was busy tucking into a series of extremely large plates of chips. NB Word of warning: Shiv accompanies his chips with chilli sauce rather than ketchup. This is a dubious combination and should be viewed with suspicion.

Pete was joined by Raymond and continued to bat well, mixing some cheeky edges along the floor with some impressive biffing straight back down the ground. Ray kept the runs coming and we passed the hundred mark somewhere around the fourth plate of chips. Although our batsmen kept getting in, no one could really go on and make a big score. New man Kuleratne gave the innings another shot in the arm towards the end of the innings and with valuable contributions all the way down we finished on a very creditable 185-odd for 9-ish.

Tea was impressive. There were at least one and a half platters of sandwiches left at the end. Chicken nuggets were an inspired shout and our top order ate more cakes than we scored runs.

After applying liberal amounts of sun cream and ensuring the Haribo were ready and waiting for the first wicket, we strolled out knowing that to keep our season alive we had to take all ten MTSCC wickets. Kuleratne and Carter opened up. After a couple of predictable slogs over long on, their opening bat managed to smash one down Roy Marett’s throat and their number two was out shortly after slicing one to point. I’ll fast forward to the second to last over because I can’t remember exactly who took the wickets, but do recall Will Temple, who kept excellently, taking a really sharp chance off Roy, and Paul Lassman reacting quickly at point to affect a run out. Kuleratne, Marrett and Byrone all shared the wickets around more or less equally, I think.

Anyway, they found themselves nine down with about nine overs left in the game. Their last-wicket partnership made Haddin and Pattinson’s effort look tame. The overs ticked by and the ease with which they were playing was getting a bit concerning. Four overs to go; three overs to go; 12 balls, 11 balls; ten balls; nine balls; eight balls. Suddenly Raymond managed to sneak a ball through their number eleven’s defences and we won what was undoubtedly the closest and tensest game of cricket this weekend.

Roy wrote on Facebook that we had won by 35 runs. I’ll take his word for it. Season alive. Pulitzer please. Alex Kennedy

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So what does MTSSC stand for? Post your answers in the comment box below and the first correct answer will win a batting masterclass with Len Stokes.

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4th XI

Southgate v Hampstead

Hampstead won by 103 runs

Hampstead 266-9 dec (45 overs)

Southgate 163 all out

The 4th XI gave a very strong Hampstead team a decent game. Hampstead batted first in the baking heat and the first three batsmen went along a 7 an over, clearing the short boundary several times. But we dragged it back and kept chipping away as wickets went down at regular intervals. It was a great credit to Southgate’s young bowling attack that they stuck at it in difficult conditions. There were first senior wickets for Henry Thompson and Jack Lisamore, who both bowled very consistently, and further good contributions from Nirsoosh Sugamaran and Will Dias. Shaffick Babwah added some control with accurate left-arm spin towards the end and an innings that could easily have got out of hand turned into a creditable effort.

In reply we lost wickets regularly. Marcello DeCrensenzo started well and Ricky Gunn made a good 39. Justin Geale chipped in and the lads spent some valuable time in the middle. Doug Gordon

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Sunday Development XI

Southgate v Winchmore Hill

Southgate won by 4 wickets (possibly5)

Winchmore Hill 134 all out (43 overs)

Southgate 134+ for 5 or 6

Niroosh and Will Dias came onto bowl, Niroosh picked up a wicket clean bowling the other opener. Will Dias bowled well but was unlucky not to pick up a wicket. Since things weren’t working out for one of the Dias brothers skipper Tom Edrich decided to give the ball to Matt Dias, who shortly picked up a wicket as the batsmen nicked off to Phil Dunnett. After Niroosh had finished his spell Raymond Bynoe came on and picked up 2 quick wickets putting Winchmore hill under more pressure. In came the opposition skipper who quickly add a some runs to the scoreboard. Both Sivarajah and Berman came back on for a second spell with Sivarajah picking up another 2 and Berman picking up 1, leaving Winchmore hill all out for 134 in 43 overs.

Southgate went into tea knowing that we should be able to knock the runs off in their 37 overs. Once again the teas at Southgate were well below satisfactory as there was enough food to cover both teams and only 3 different types of sandwiches. Southgate went out to bat with Phil Dunnett and Marchy Decrescenzo. Both started off positively but Marchy was first to go as he nicked off to the keeper giving the opposition a bit of hope. Next in was Tom Edrich and both him and Phil both batted aggressively as they carried the team towards the total of 134. Tom was next to fall as he was bowled with only 40 runs to get. Ali Lynch was our number 4 he came and made a quick 27* and with only 1 run to get Phil Dunnett who was on 57 top edged a long hop, this let Karan Setia to come in and hit a four off his first ball to win the match. Ashley Sivaraja

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That’s it – a full set. Thank you gentlemen and thanks to chief copy chaser Peter Jouning

Southgate v Hertford for the Hertgate Trophy

The Hertgate Trophy was presented in 1995 by former Southgate CC President, Robert Urquhart Cole and is contested by teams representing Southgate CC and Hertford CC during Hertford CC’s Cricket Week. The latest fixture will take place on Monday 22 July with an 11.30am start at Hertford’s ground in Balls Park, Hertford. Having won the Trophy in the first four fixtures played in the Hertford Cricket week – between 2008 to 2011 – Southgate are looking to regain the Trophy lost in a 77-run defeat last year.

The team to represent Southgate will be selected from:

Geoff BLACKMORE – capt.

Tom ALLAN

Dan ASHLEY

Josh BERMAN

Raymond BYNOE

Tom EDRICH

Sam FARUQI

Ricky GUNN

Paul LASSMAN

Paddy ROBINSON

Karan SETIA

Ashley SIVARAJAH

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Umpire       Bob COLE

Scorer       Geoff BURTON

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All cricket lovers are most welcome to attend – for the whole day, for the afternoon, for the early evening or even just in the bar. If you want to join the team plus selected guests, for lunch at Hertford, please contact Geoff Blackmore on 07747-042567 in advance so that arrangements can be made.

Mini Bugle – results from 13 July

And the results of Saturday’s league fixtures are…

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1st XI Shepherds Bush v Southgate

Match drawn; Southgate 4 points

Southgate 287-5 dec (50 overs)

Chris Blake 115

Tom Edrich 115

Shepherds Bush 239-8 (50 overs)

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2nd XI Southgate v North London

Southgate won by 5 wickets; Southgate 10 points

North London 125 all out (45.2 overs)

S Kalagara 5-38

Southgate 127-5 (42 overs)

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3rd XI – MTSSC v Southgate

Southgate won by 35 runs; Southgate 10 points

Southgate 185-8 (50 overs)

P Robson 46

MTSSC 150 all out (40 overs)

P Kuleratne 4-65

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4th XI

Southgate v Hampstead

Hampstead won by 103 runs

Hampstead 266-9 dec (45 overs)

Southgate 163 all out

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Sunday Development XI

Southgate v Winchmore Hill

results to come

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4th XI match report already filed, please send the others to Peter Jouning by stumps on Wednesday.

A Monster Bugle – match reports from 6 July and beyond

A bumper bag of match reports for your comfort and pleasure. Thanks to everyone who has written one, and thanks to PMJ for taking on the job of organising a system to ensure we have a report written for every game during the season

Right, here goes. Enjoy…

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1st XI

Harrow v Southgate

match drawn; Southgate 1 point

Harrow 207 all out (51.4 overs)

Southgate 200-6 (50 overs)

Tom Edrich 72

Jamie Jouning 52

We arrived at Harrow on Saturday morning in good spirits coming off the back of a convincing win against Ickenham the previous weekend and with it being a stunning day to play cricket. What followed was a cracking game, with an unsatisfactory outcome.

In the absence of a scorecard on play-cricket I will have to be vague and use my memory for the details so apologies for any mistakes! Blakey opened up with Hadgie after Harrow took the positive approach of batting first, and despite not doing a lot wrong, Harrow got off to a bit of a flier with some attractive shots. It was clearly a day for slow bowling, with Woffers and Ashley coming into the attack and embarking on spells of 20 overs+ each. The initial breakthrough, however, came from an excellent relay runout from Adeel and Blakey, as they looked to run 4 to the long boundary. Woffers and Ash quickly brought the run rate back below 4 an over, where it was to stay for pretty much the entire innings, while chipping away at the wickets column. Their skipper batting at number 4 played intelligently for 80 odd but we stayed disciplined in the heat and fought hard. Hass came on as Ashley started to tire and picked up a nice little 3-for at the end as we bowled them out for 207 in the 52nd over.

Tea was again exceptional, as we are coming to expect at all away games in this league.

In reply we started off steadily, with Alv the initial aggressor hitting their left armer back over his head twice. However he fell LBW to their offie for 21 and Blakey joined Edrich at the crease. Another partnership built, albeit slightly slowly, as we both struggled to get the ball away consistently. Blakey was then caught at slip when well set on 20odd, and after Adeel came and went cheaply, Jouning joined Edrich at the crease with around 108 needed off the last 20 overs. We kept the board ticking nicely and with 60 to win off the last 10 with 7 wickets in hand, we were strong favourites. However a few quiet overs led to Edrich holing out to long off for 72. Rob came in at 6 but he and Phil both fell playing big shots, with Jouning who finished on 52* and Hadgie left to try and get us over the line. We eventually fell short on 200-6 off 50 overs.

After the game we thought that was at least enough for 4 points, but soon discovered that their 51.4 overs didn’t get rounded up to 52 and so we only had 1 point, which left a bitter taste. Having said that, we should have got the 10 points regardless of this adjustment. Many arguments could be put forward as to where we lost the chase, but ultimately we just weren’t ruthless enough in the important moments to get the job done, despite playing an awful lot of good cricket over the 102 overs. Tom Edrich

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2nd XI

Southgate v Ickenham

match drawn; Southgate 4 points

Southgate 238-8 dec (50 overs)

Karl Jankowicz 85

Karan Setia 44

Patrick Robinson 44

Ickenham 214-7 (50 overs)

Karan Setia 4-40

Sameer Faruqi 2-47

After a week of frustration due to the loss the previous week to South Hampstead, five of the second XI made it to the ground early for a practice with the sun shining. A good 45-minute training session later we were in for a bite at the bar for the Lions decider, which seemed to have gone the right way after all!

Having been forced to plan B for the last few weeks, Max won the toss and decided to implement plan A – bat first. There were a potential 19 points at stake with Ickenham top of the table and a lead of 9 points before start of play.

The openers continued the good start we have enjoyed for most of the season with an opening wicket partnership of 81 scored at a brisk pace before Karan fell for 44. Karl continuing his excellent first season with an 85 and Paddy scoring 44 (playing only the second game of the season) kept the scoreboard ticking along. With the top four back in the dressing room at 183 and a solid base for the rest of the team to accelerate, we lost our way in the last 10 overs and only managed to get to 238 for 8 after 50 overs, a disappointing end to the innings.

After a couple of weeks playing away and getting used to excellent teas we were brought back to earth by a disappointing home spread. A short tea session followed up with the skipper reiterating the importance of collections all 10 points from the game.

Their No1 batsman, who has scored most of their runs so far this season, continued his good form and scored at a very good pace with almost one or two boundaries every over  – although we did help his cause by dropping him five times. Karan and Sam Faruqi came onto bowl and straight away put a brake on the scoring rate and picked up valuable wickets with Karan picking up the dangerous opener. The wicket not offering a lot to the medium pacers, the spinners kept plugging away, had Southgate back on top and gunning for a win. Ickenham needing to score at 7 an over for the last 13 overs, Suresh was brought back into the attack only to concede 19 in one over and make the game a lot more tense than it should have been. Quick bowling changes from the skip ensured Southgate obtained a winning draw against the team at the top of the table. Excellent bowling spells from Karan (4 wickets @ 2.5 runs an over) and Sam Faruqi (2 wickets @ 3 runs an over) are worth a special mention.

With most of the lads keen on a promotion this season and more importantly wanting to win the league, it’s time to roll our sleeves up, bat long and most importantly hold onto catches and any half chances that come our way.

10 points off the top of the table and 6 behind second spot means the second XI need to go on a winning run, which we have shown we are capable of earlier in the season. Suresh Kalagara

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3rd XI

Indian Gymkhana v Southgate

Southgate won by 4 wickets

Indian Gymkhana 160 all out (36 overs)

M Carter 3-27, R Desai 3-28

Southgate 161 for 6 (51.3 overs)

M Hughes 51, R Bynoe 37

After the car containing myself, Mark Hughes and Raymond Bynoe arrived at Boston Manor Playing Fields, Southgate’s first challenge was to find the pitch. It soon became apparent that it was at the end of a dirt track that was like a stage of an off-road rally, but was ultimately negotiated with ease by Big-E. Following a short walk to the pitch we spotted Sage next to the strip practicing his action, obviously envisaging all sorts of carnage on what was an unrolled, uncovered minefield of a pitch. Although this was nothing compared to the stumps, which looked like they once belonged to the legs of a coffee table.

It seemed an ideal pitch to bowl first on, but  Indian Gymkhana won the toss and decided to bat. Captain Carter handed the new ball to Sage and Marett, who bowled well for little reward against a dynamic pair of opening batsmen (a chubby boy and an old man). After battling through the pain barrier Marett’s spell (1-30) came to an end and was replaced by Carter. This change brought about a crucial wicket with the batsman spooning it to long off, much to the despair of the umpire who had been providing some rather loud and desperate coaching from the bowler’s end. Wickets began to tumble after this, leaving Indian Gymkhana reeling at 60ish for 4. Little did Southgate know that waddling in to the crease at number six was their loud-mouthed umpire who hit hard through the line on his was way to 43. He was eventually dismissed, caught brilliantly on the boundary by Lassman, after being frustrated by Desai, who bowled very well for figures of 3-28. Despite the batsman insisting on patting the pitch down after every ball the Gate managed to bowl Gymkhana out for 160, mainly due to some tidy work from Bynoe and Carter (2-33) and (3-27) respectively. Tea was probably better than most have experienced at the Walker Ground this season, however not memorable enough to have its own paragraph. 4/10.

The Gate opened up with Sparky and Shiv, the latter who had already prepared his excuse for getting out in the form of a barely visible scab (which required a bandage that covered his whole arm). Shiv started positively but was soon out, caught (obviously). Both Lassman and Robson provided Hughes with good support, but both found scoring difficult on a tricky pitch. Meanwhile, with the Gate on 75/2 Hughes had somehow managed to contribute 50 invaluable runs to the cause before handing an absolute dolly to point. Like Lassman and Robson, Lynch managed to get himself in before getting out cheaply. It was at this point that I joined Raymond Bynoe at the crease. Ray batted intelligently, waiting for the bad ball and dispatching it to the short boundary, including a meaty six. Ray finally fell on 33, leaving it to Carter and myself to ensure that the team came away with an important victory. Will Temple

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I have also included the view from Southgate 3’s loyal (and only) supporter – Ian Hughes

Arrive at the playing fields around 12.35, immediately remembering that we have been here before and that facilities are fairly much none-existent.

Hughes (Jnr), Temple and Raymond scurry off to find their team-mates, leaving Hughes (Snr) to pick a spot on the boundary (not hard as there was only one other spectator) to set up his chair.

Gymkhana win the toss and decide to bat. The clock is turned back as we open up with Roy at one end and Sage at the other. Roy takes some stick from one of the openers early on, prompting Shiv, fielding at long leg, to advise me that this is a “250 wicket” – time will tell methinks. It was certainly very, very hot and just when it looked as if the more aggressive of the two openers was set, Roy got him caught by Skipper Carter. Mike then replaced Roy and took two quick wickets (both caught). At this point we had them 40-odd for 3 and things were looking promising. The remaining opener held up one end and the new (big guy) batsman started to dish out some punishment with fours and sixes being struck all too rapidly. Raymond came on to try and control the situation and bowled the remaining opener – the big guy carried on his blitz, however, and I was beginning to think back to Shiv’s 250 quote when Paul took a fantastic catch on the boundary to dismiss him, off the bowling of Ravi. Mike then got another wicket and they were 90 odd for 6 – the “250” looked a long way away from there. As is often the case, however, we were unable to finish them off as quickly as we would have wished and two lower-order batsmen added another 40 odd before they were all out for 160 off 36 overs. Ravi finishing with excellent figures of 3 for 38 off 6 overs while Will’s keeping was very neat and tidy on an unpredictable surface.

Tea (I am told) was pretty decent given that it emerged from two car boots and the task of chasing down the 161 needed for victory was about to commence. Mark opened with Shiv who was soon attempting some of his more outward going shots (slashing hard outside off stump) – Shiv did not last long however and was out caught – trudging back it was clear that all was not well and he had in fact picked up a hand injury in their innings which made batting a fairly painful experience.

Paul came in at three and he and Mark proceeded at a reasonable pace (with Mark somewhat dominating the scoring) until Paul was out with the score at 62 (Mark 40 at this stage). Mark went on to 51, but with at least one Hughes thinking of what might be he got caught off the very next ball. There then followed a period of people getting to double figures and then getting out. The run rate was tumbling and Gymkhana must have set the record for the slowest over rate this season and they were mainly using spinners! – numerous and perplexing field alterations coupled with some of their team lying on the ground and taking an age to get back up and an increasing lethargy amongst their whole team turned the remaining 20 overs into the equivalent of a trip to the dentist for root canal treatment – it genuinely was excruciating. There was a game to win however and despite their unsporting behaviour (which included moaning about the drinks running out – remember whose responsibility it is to provide these) concern was building in the away camp when Will (first bat for over 18 months) joined Raymond (only just in himself) with around 60 still needed (and loads of overs remaining). Raymond applied himself perfectly dispatching the bad ball and was well supported by Will until with 7 needed he was out LBW for 33. Mike went in but the 4 that calmed the nerves and then the winning runs were scored by Will. All in all a good team performance with excellent application shown by a number of players in particular.

Very few wins have felt so good – I could not believe it was gone 19.30 when we left but 10 points and the richly deserved victory made the journey back home ok.

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4th XI

Southgate v Turnham Green and Polytechnic (friendly)

Southgate 253 for 6 declared (43 overs)

Marcello 89

Doug Gordon 52

Jeremy Dangerfield 33

RBL 31*

Turnham Green and Poly 95 for 9 (40 overs)

All 40 overs bowled by Colts, 2 x 13-year-olds, 1 x 14-year-old and 2 x 16-year-olds)

James Dangerfield 12 overs, 4 maidens, 4-20

Naroosh Sugumaran 13 overs, 2 maidens, 4- 26)

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Middlesex Cup, game played on 30 June

Ickenham v Southgate

Ickenham won by 45 runs

Ickenham 240 (45 overs)

Southgate 200 all out

A young Southgate team travelled to Eastcote’s picturesque, sun-bathed ground with intentions of progressing through to the next stage of the competition.

Captained by Dunnett, we bowled first. Blake and Hadgie took the new ball and it was Hadgie who made the opening breakthrough, accounting for the wickets of batsman 2 and 3 with successive deliveries. Sivarajah and Berman replaced the openers after a short while, both bowling tidy spells.

On the small ground the run rate continued to rattle along as the

Eastcote overseas batsman started to pick the gaps and make use of the short boundaries before a majestic run-out from Blake at extra cover ended his innings. Shortly after, a superb diving catch from Stratten at extra cover off the bowling of Sivarajah had the hosts in a spot of bother. After a great catch on the boundary by Edrich, tipping the ball back inside the rope to avoid conceding 6 runs and a tidy spell from Stratten, Eastcote were looking down the barrel at a score in the region of 160, with the scoreboard reading 120-8. However, some late-order hitting and a drop in intensity from the Trees, saw Eastcote get

back into the game, posting a respectable 240.

Tea was delightful.

What followed was less so….

Durgacharan and Edrich were quickly out the blocks, reaching 60 without loss before the latter was dismissed. He was soon followed by Dunnett after a poorly judged single to cover. Blake and Durgacharan looked to stabilise the innings, but the middle order provided little apart from Setia, who played some classy shots on his way to 45ish. After his dismissal the run rate had soared as Sharma continued to find more air than ball, by which point tail-enders Berman and Sivarajah had little to play for. Josh Berman

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Southgate Cricket Week

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Southgate v MCC

MCC won by 39 runs

MCC 209 ALL OUT ( 59.2 OVERS)

MATT CREESE 62

JIM GATTING 52

TOM ALLAN 40

ALVIN DURGACHARAN 23

RYAN CORNS 4-47, SAM FARUQUI 3-35, ROB JOHNSON 3-38

SOUTHGATE 170 ALL OUT

MARK HUGHES 37

C ST HILL 33

MATT CRESSE 4-25

JIM GATTING 3-23

The MCC returned to the Walker ground for its biennial fixture and as usual, the visitors’ side contained a large number of Southgate or ex-Southgate stars and an ever less mobile Southgate captain.

With the toss duly ‘won’, MCC batted and the opening pair of Alvin and Jimbo Gatting put together a solid 58-run opening partnership against the controlled opening attach of Suresh and Josh B, before the introduction of spin in the form of Sam (green eggs and ham) Faruqi produced the first wicket. Alvin was rapped on the pad playing a (very) long way forward but Geoff ‘Blackers’ (they give them out on Hawkeye, so that must be out too) Blackmore raised the finger without hesitation. Cue Creesey. Returning to his true home ground with tales of only making Radlett’s 2s(!!!!),  Matt carefully played himself in, but when Jimbo departed, again to Sam, he started to play more expansively. With Tom Allan, 74 was added for the fourth wicket and a 300-plus total looked likely, with the usual ‘stack of batting still to come’. However the Southgate side and its post-lunch, all-spin attack of Ray Bynoe, Rob J and Winchmore Hill overseas guest, Ryan Corns, put the brakes on and proceeded to clean up the middle and lower order for only 50 or so more runs and the innings closed at 209 all out, just shy of 60 overs. A great session from the home team.

The Southgate reply was opened by Lancashire League guest St Hill (sorry can’t remember his first name but boy he looks a good player!) and  Mark Hughes. MCC probationer J Oram took the new ball and while James toiled away manfully,  it looked like MCC would need his namesake, Jacob to remove our friend from the north, as he started to dispatch the ball very hard to most parts of the ground. Mark gave great support and played very sensibly , particularly against Jimbo. (Many of the MCC side were very complimentary and amazed to hear he plays in the 3s and 4s!!)

Anyway, MCC needed a wicket. Cue Creesey. Well nearly. The plan to take the pace off the ball worked immediately with Mr St Hill popping a straightforward return catch but remarkably, Matt goobed it! Fortunately Jimbo go him out of jail with an LBW next over, thanks Coley and all was well. 60 for 1 soon became 98 for 4 as the spinners took control and when they had a breather, sadly Omar Hassan and Suresh fell victim to Jamie Wilson’s filthy medium pace, in an attempt to chase down the 6 and a half an over needed in the last 15 overs. Josh and Ray batted well in adding 31 for the 8th wicket but the re-introduction of Creesey with 8 overs to go saw the last 2 wickets fall in successive balls with Southgate 39 runs short of their victory target.

A very enjoyable day and a proper, competitive game of cricket. Thanks to Bob Cole and Geoff Blackmore for umpiring, to Don Shelley for scoring and Sue for the catering. Jeremy Dangerfield

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Southgate v Hertingfordbury

Southgate won

The final day of Southgate Cricket week was a home fixture against Hertingfordbury. With the weather set to turn fair for a few days, the warm up was reminiscent of the 2nd XI circa 2008-10: non-existent.  It quickly became apparent that younger members were on day two of their five-day test match.  Unfortunately, Ashley Sivarajah had rejected an ice bath after day one in favour of rehydrating on JD on the rocks at 2am in Watford.

Doug Gordon does a toss in a most amenable manner – five minutes after the start time, token coin toss, negotiation on the result, no allocated finish time. It really is a welcome break from the fixed league rules.

Following said negotiation, Hertingfordbury, which always seems to have two more syllables than strictly necessary, batted first under a glorious July sky. Berman and Bellwood struggled to find a consistent line and length, the former making the first breakthrough with the mystery straight ball. From 40-0 in 12 overs, the introduction of spin from Sivarajah and Bynoe utterly changed the game and the opposition had no answer to the control in flight and pace, nor to the vicious turn and bounce from a well-used wicket.

At 65-5 and the talented left-handed opener dismissed for 29, drastic action was required to avoid finishing before Andy Murray was due on court. Enter Doug Gordon, stage Adelaide End. With obvious risk to his bowling average, he selflessly sent down 8 overs for 52 and helped moved the score on to 135-5.

Once the skipper decided enough was enough, Bynoe and Desai cleaned up the tail, taking the final five wickets for 30 runs.  Special mention to Will Temple, with two catches and a smart stumping.

The run chase was simple enough, with Mark Hughes (76*) anchoring the innings brilliantly, for an 8 wicket victory. Unfortunately, the cost of food meant the club subsidised the game and we will be forced into abandoning all day friendly games at home, I fear. Paddy Robinson

Mega Bugle – your catch-up special

Firstly an apology for the lack of a proper Bugle last week – the editor had one of his turns and had to have a lie down for a few days. Nothing serious, unfortunately. The publisher

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OK, first up is a report on the 1st XI’s game against Brondesbury on 22 June

Southgate v Brondesbury

Brondesbury won by 91 runs, Southgate 0 points

Brondesbury 196-5 (46 overs)

Southgate 105 all out (45.3 overs)

Southgate verses Brondesbury was for the neutral the stand out fixture in Division 2 week six, and it was unfortunate that this eagerly awaited contest was in doubt with rain forecast intermittently during the day.

With toss won and new ball in hand it was initially ball in glove followed by rapid and expert removal of bails which lead to the early dismissal of the in-form James Overy. As the drizzle fell there was a stoppage followed by a restart some good tight cricket with Bron newcomer and former Eastcote batsman Simon Butler playing nicely. With a wet ball Woffinden’s accuracy remained but the swing was compromised and on occasion reversed but Bajwa performed admirably at the other end finding the edge without luck and keeping their overseas player Miller very quiet indeed. A brace for Woffers and one for Haseeb brought about a finely balanced position of 114-4 and SCC would have had eyes on more quick wickets but there followed quite a counter attack.

Big Sam Smith in at six played the innings of the day with his 61* from 45 deliveries memorable for some exceptional hitting after a scratchy beginning. This ten overs of carnage was the worst Southgate has performed on the field in the league this season and poor fielding only accentuated an increasingly powerful Brondesbury position. With 45 overs gone they declared on 196/5 from 46 overs believing this to be the halfway point with overs lost to rain. In truth bowling with a wet ball wasn’t easy but the fielding performance was below par from SCC, the lower order batting from Smith in particular was impressive and took them to a very good position at tea.

Bron had three decent seamers including Smith plus their captain Fosbury’s leggies to call upon and with the drizzle having abated set about their task with relish. Southgate’s batting disappointed but if truth be told this was in the face of some excellent bowling with a dry ball on a pitch that did plenty. Edrich was the only batsman to face more than 50 deliveries and the rest perished in variety of ways, Mason and Smith both picking up 3-21.

We didn’t bat well but the last ten overs of the first innings changed the game. Food for thought for the rematch at their ground. Rob Johnson

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And now match reports on league games played  on 29 June, plus the Development XI game on 30 June

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1st XI

Southgate v Ickenham

Southgate won by 7 wickets. Southgate 10 points

Ickenham 97 all out (39.2 overs)

D Woffinden 6-22

Southgate 99-3 (28 overs)

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2nd XI

South Hampstead v Southgate

South Hampstead won by 7 wickets. Southgate 0 points

Southgate 128 all out (39 overs)

South Hampstead 129-3 (28.4 overs)

No jokes this week, I’m afraid. I don’t feel much like cracking a gag.

If we didn’t know already from our experiences last season that this would be a scrappy little league to get out of, we certainly do now.  I hope we can look back at this match and reflect upon it as a positive turning point in our season.  There can be no excuses here; we have the talent, and we are capable of overcoming obstacles like those presented to us by South Hampstead on Saturday.

I have just glimpsed at the league website and the summary of our scorecard looks like an absolute drubbing.  128 all out plays 129-3 from 28 overs has the appearance of a smooth run chase.  In truth, the match never looked that way; our batting collapse (from an opening stand of almost 40), was down to a combination of some good seam bowling on a slightly sticky wicket and a catalogue of fairly unseemly shots.  The stand-out lesson to be learned, and one we need to learn immediately, is that we must bat according to the circumstances.  The par score on that wicket was 180, not 250.

As such, while we may never have gone odds-on during our efforts in the field, it’s fair to say our opposition were never comfortable and even a modicum of scoreboard pressure could have really told.

So, to the judges’ scorecard: batting 3/10; bowling 6/10; fielding 5/10.

Must do better; can do better; will do better.

moisturiser - careful now

PS No jokes, but here’s a curate’s egg in the shape of Sam Wadham’s moisturiser (pic attached). I’m not sure what this means, but I have heard that pregnancy can play havoc with the hamstrings. Oliver Bellwood

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3rd XI

Southgate v South Hampstead

South Hampstead won by 45 runs. Southgate 0 points

South Hampstead 138 all out (35 overs)

Ravi Desai 5-29

Southgate 93 all out (45.2 overs)

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4th XI

Chaseville v Southgate (friendly)

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Sunday Development XI

Southgate U21 Development XI v Stanmore U21 XI.

Match drawn – Southgate 1 point

Stanmore 226-9 dec (38 overs)

Southgate 128-9 (42 overs)

R Bynoe 66*

Pre-match: Stanmore began turning up shortly after 12.30 in striking burgundy kit. The umpire, Fred Janaway, seemed to show great interest in our as yet undocumented team list so we started to dream up names. By 13.30 (the official start-time) most of the team had materialised. Fred would have loved to quote chapter and verse at us but intuitively saw it would have been a pointless exercise as we bore all the hallmarks of a desperate and disorganised side. Sufficiently disorganised that on totting up the players in the changing room we had eleven – and Manu hadn’t even turned up, which was helpful as Delmore had no intention of standing down for anyone and was prepared to keep wicket if Ricky would do the honourable thing and umpire. Raymond duly won the toss and inserted the oppo with a view to controlling the game after tea – a seemingly optimistic view at the time. Even having taken the field (all in traditional whites with the exception of the skipper, and with a wary eye for the errant Manu), new signing Sabu Abraham explained to Fred that he was now standing down for his friend Rajoy Jacob to whom he had promised a game. More crossings out on the team card but at least we now had a square-leg umpire.

15 minutes late, the match got under way in hot sunny conditions. 15 overs later at 103-2, Stanmore were showing signs of threatening 300. Their first 6 batsmen all got going but nobody exceeded 41. We in the meantime demonstrated remarkable variations in fielding techniques ranging from shots disappearing between fielders’ feet to some superbly executed catches, notably Raymond’s slip catch off an aggressive opener and Matt Dias’s balletic leaping catch in front the bottom sightscreen. A similarly situated tragi-comedy later occurred when Mustapha Mirza and Alastair Lynch competed for the same catch with results that can only be described as sickening – the thud, crack and yelps of pain and retribution at a time when we needed a wicket. The fate of the ball requires no further explanation.

Raymond’s master stroke turned out to be the introduction of Marcello into the attack. (This may not be the time to dwell on his non-appearance at Chaseville the day before, thus lending a new interpretation to “selecting your fixtures”, i.e. after selection rather than before.)  The born-again off-spinner collected 4-37 at a useful time, and with Raymond turning the screw with 3-19 the brakes were very firmly applied to the Stanmore express, helped, dare I add, by three stumpings at a time when statistics for the ‘keeper were looking bleak. Four wickets fell for the addition of only two runs and Stanmore declared after 38 overs at what they believed to be 230-9 but, as it turned out inconsequentially, could only be found to add up to 226. Raymond skippered excellently, handling the fielding in a very mature manner and using seven bowlers to good effect.

The batting in Southgate’s reply was less compelling and somewhat more predictable, this justifying the skipper’s decision to field first. Will Dias and Mustapha compiled 17 before an early collapse reduced us to 38-6.  However, Raymond held the innings together with a patiently constructed  unbeaten 66, receiving unexpected support from a 33-ball 7 by Delmore, the 4th highest score in the innings, in an 8th wicket stand of 33.  Remarkably, Stanmore seemed to forget why they were there, and only brought in close fielders for our last man Rajoy’s first ball, being the last ball of the penultimate over. This he obligingly chipped into the air to their captain for whom one could only feel some sort of embarrassed compassion as it slipped through his fingers to allow Raymond the luxury of the final over. Hardly glorious, but another point!

Fred umpired both ends, was consistent and fair in his interpretation of the laws once one accepts that leg-side deliveries are not generally acceptable in this competition, and was meticulous in keeping the scorers in step. Overall, a personally enjoyable initial experience to the world of the pink ball, an example of which, incidentally, resides in a bush in the direction of the church. Ricky Gunn

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Ok, thanks to everyone who contributed with the pen. That brings things up to date, but look out for reports from matches played in Southgate Cricket Week coming very soon, and reports from matches played on 6 July later in the week.

If you have written a match report and are puzzled why it hasn’t appeared on the website please let me know. It probably got lost in my inbox. Send it in again with details of when it took place and who was playing and I’ll post it on the website. After all the Scribbler of the Year trophy is at stake here.

Also, it’s very hard to track down results for games played by the 4th XI as the 1787 League website is really bad when it comes to reporting the results of games in the lower leagues, so if someone could send me the result of the game the day after it is played (even if it has been downgraded to a friendly for whatever reason). Thanks all, now go away. Here is a picture to inspire sportsmen and women everywhere – Fred Perry, the last British chap to win Wimbledon while wearing slacks.

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