The Bugle – match reports from 17 August

1st XI

Southgate v Uxbridge

Uxbridge won by 21 runs; Southgate 0 points

Uxbridge 171 all out (49.1 overs)

Ashley Sivarajah 5-96

Southgate 153 all out (37.4 overs)

Chris Blake 88

After a disappointing point at Brentham, Southgate returned home to face Uxbridge. With 4 games to go, we hoped that a winning run could push us up what is an extremely tight league.

Uxbridge won the toss, electing to bat first. They started positively, after Blakey had cleaned up their opener, their big West Indian came in and looking to get after the bowling. He particularly took a liking to Sivarajah, who had shared the new ball with Blakey, hitting him for 18 in 1 over, and they were well placed at 80-1 off 15 overs. However Ashley (5-96 off 22) bounced back magnificently, dismissing the West Indian and then bowling consistently well from the top end. We got into our favoured pattern of play with Ashley and the returning Woffinden (2-50 off 18) building pressure from both ends, and the Uxbridge middle order had no response, falling from 83-1 to 142-7. The 8th wicket partnership was an irritation as Ashley tired, but Rob was brought on from the top end, picking up a handy 2-9, and we were extremely happy to have bowled them out for 179 in 50 overs.

Tea was respectable for a home game, there have been recent improvements!

Blakey and Edrich opened up confident of knocking off the runs, but I fell in the 4th over adjudged LBW. If the initial plan had been to see off the West Indian and score freely off the rest, Blakey took no notice, hooking and pulling their main man to the boundary on several occasions. He was exceptionally well supported by Paddy, who was an ideal foil giving him the strike. However we too lost our 2nd wicket on 83 as disaster struck and Paddy was run out for 20. Faisal soon followed chopping on dabbing the left arm spinner and then Dunnett was adjudged caught off his glove sweeping. Meanwhile Chris continued smashing the ball to all parts and set about building another partnership with Adeel. Needless to say, at 137-4 chasing 180 we should have cruised home but the turning point came with Blakey run out for 88. From there Uxbridge got a sniff of winning the game, brought back their West Indian, and we barely made it past 150. Our last 6 wickets falling for 16 was an extremely disappointing and unacceptable collapse.

I strongly feel that we are a decent side and missing out on these wins on such narrow margins. Despite the collapse, out of our top 5 batters, 2 were run out and 2 felt hard done by with their decision. It’s all part of the game though and we are now in a relegation fight, needing at least 1 more win to guarantee safety. There is no reason why we shouldn’t get it at Brondesbury next Saturday. Tom Edrich.

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2nd XI

Enfield v Southgate

Draw; Southgate 4 points

Southgate 227 all out (49.1 overs)

Hadgie 60

Enfield 220-9 (50 overs)

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3rd XI

Enfield v Southgate

Southgate won by 18 runs; Southgate 10 points

Southgate 114 all out (38.2 overs)

Enfield 96 all out (44.1 overs)

R Bynoe 4-5

4.30pm. Ten overs into the second innings of Southgate v Enfield (at Edmonton). The “home” side are placed at a pleasant 53-0, chasing 115, with approximately 42 overs to go. Despite Dan PK’s best tempo-lifting efforts, the unsurprisingly gloomy fielders play on without hope or expectation.

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It’s a crunch match. Second (that’s us) v third, separated by a mere seven points. If what Adrian thought he heard from someone who said they had spoken to a representative of the league who indicated that this might, although then again might not, occur, is true then the fixture more accurately represented first (that’s us) v second. Rumour has it that high-flying MTSSC cannot be promoted and that if they win the division it will instead be the team in second who return to the Middlesex League proper. Crunch match.

The now finely tuned game plan in the Third XI is simple. We bat first, the top order get not very many, the lower order make sure we reach just about enough, and then skipper Mike and his trio of R’s (Ravi, Roy and Raymond) take ten wickets.

We started right on plan. Lost the toss, stuck in to bat, myself and Shiv-Raj first up. The fast, bouncy pitch took Shiv by surprise, out caught fending off a short one, while I got a jaffa (played the wrong line) and was well caught at first slip – a combined score of 8 for the opening partnership, only slightly on the low side of average this season. Ali added little more, 36-3.

We were saved utter embarrassment by three scores of 20-odd. Marcello played attractively through the off-side, as he always does, before getting out, as he alwa…never mind. Rikki “I-didn’t-hit-it-I-promise” Uppal looked as solid as ever, but even he had to concede that his caught behind this week was definitely out. Raymond was the third twenty-maker, primarily because he’s very good at cricket.

Mohammad Hassan in what, on reflection, was a rather successful spell of bowling, took 5 wickets for 2 runs in 4 overs.  Perhaps Shiv-Raj adjudicated lbw calls with a slight over-eagerness, but we have only ourselves to blame for missing a heap of straight (and maybe not quite so straight) deliveries. Tea – little helpings, served on little side plates, sat at little chairs and using little tables – was little consolation to 114 all out. Enter boundary hitting opening batsmen, small outfields, and 53-0 in about ten. Where our story began.

Everybody knows what happened next. The twittersphere was on fire: stories of a remarkable comeback, a breathtaking victory, a turnaround on par with the greatest of cricketing achievements, think Headingley 1981, think a different league entirely from Chester-le-Street 2013.

We took 43-10 in 33 overs. Yep, that’s right, FORTY THREE runs for TEN wickets to win what was – as attentive readers will remember – a crunch match. 4 for Adrian, who catalysed the collapse by pegging back the scoring rate, inducing rash shots that had both openers caught in successive balls. 2 for Justin, who bowled a persistent, long spell, and found a great rhythm at the end. 4 for Raymond who, as I may have mentioned earlier, is simply very good at cricket.

A quick note to say that there is definitely something fishy about tenth wicket partnerships. Consistently they surpass the eighth and ninth wicket pairs in resilience, stubbornness, even talent. At 70-ish for 9, having comfortably claimed the wicket of the unimpressive number 10, we expected an easy conclusion. 20 runs later, and we weren’t so sure. Raymond came to the rescue, but it could have been so very different.

Moving forwards, we should take heart in the spirit we showed at the end of the game, once a couple of wickets inspired some belief and self-confidence. True, Enfield batted poorly, but we were excellent in the field (Ali Lynch in particular) and applied ourselves well in maintaining an intensity and aggression as victory became more and more likely. Let’s remember that spirit, and always play, no matter the game situation, in a similar vein. Innit. Paul Lassman

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4th XI

Southgate v North Middlesex

North Middlesex failed to turn up.

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Sunday friendly

Southgate v Cypos

Southgate won by 10 runs

Southgate 200 (40 overs)

Berman 60, Edrich 40, De Crescenzo 30

Cypos 190-2 (40 overs)

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Mini Bugle – results from 18 August

1st XI

Southgate v Uxbridge

Uxbridge won by 21 runs; Southgate 0 points

Uxbridge 171 all out (49.1 overs)

Ashley Sivarajah 5-96

Southgate 153 all out (37.4 overs)

Chris Blake 88

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2nd XI

Enfield v Southgate

Draw; Southgate 4 points

Southgate 227 all out (49.1 overs)

Hadgie 60

Enfield 220-9 (50 overs)

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3rd XI

Enfield v Southgate

Southgate won by 18 runs; Southgate 10 points

Southgate 114 all out (38.2 overs)

Enfield 96 all out (44.1 overs)

R Bynoe 4-5

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4th XI

Southgate v North Middlesex

North Middlesex failed to turn up.

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The Bugle – match reports from 10 August

1st XI

Brentham v Southgate

Draw; Southgate 1 point

Brentham 217 all out (55 overs)

Southgate 132-8 (45 overs)

Tom Edrich 71*

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After a disastrous result last week against Harrow St Mary’s the next stop for the Southgate bandwagon in search of ten points was in Ealing at the picturesque (when it’s not raining) ground of Brentham. The wicket looked like an absolute belter and the skipper was definitely toying with the idea of batting first if he had won the toss. Well the toss was safely negotiated and after much deliberation Mir decided to have a bowl. Apparently one of the umpires had failed to turn up and so we had to start with one umpire doing both ends.

The opening partnership of Wadham and Blake opened up and soon found out how good the track was by going for 50 in the first ten overs. The two left handed Brentham openers had decided that throwing the kitchen sink from the very off was the way to go . In all fairness they knew their wicket and tried to put pressure on us from the off . The first wicket taken was to one of the best catches I’ve witnessed on a cricket field, taken by the precocious talent that is Tom Edrich. The Brentham opener absolutely laced a short wide ball off Blakey that should have gone for four on what was a lightning fast outfield only for Tom, at backward point, to catch it behind him with two hands, feet off the ground. A truly remarkable sight that will long stick in the memory.  The second wicket to fall at 53 was some clever bowling from Chris Blake, after consistently pushing the ball across the left hander with no luck Chris managed to bowl a full one swinging back in and completely bamboozled the Brentham opener. 53-2 at the 12th over saw the introduction of Haseeb who replaced Wadham. After his somewhat bizarre warming up technique ( reminded me of something Sage would do ) in the changing room with the assistance of my good self ( footage can be viewed on Southgate Facebook page ) the ” Dictator ” was ready to spring into action.  Has bowled a very good over to start with then followed up by an equally impressive next over, the word from the skipper was to close his end up. Blakey at the other end was told to run in and bowl aggressively and duly obliged. Both worked well in tandem and gave nothing thus stemming the run flow and built pressure. This pressure soon began to tell as the no.3 struggling to get off strike tried to take a quick single off Haseeb to our “gun” fielder  Edrich at point only for Edrich to fire it into Dunnett’s hand and for Phil to break the stumps ( not sure with what ? ) with the no.4 well short . The Brentham player at square leg gave his fellow teammate with Phil not being sure and that was that as far as we were concerned.

The Brentham skipper strode in at 62-3 not happy with the previous decision only to be told to get on with it by a few of us and get on with it he did. Confidently stroking the ball around the park and in some cases bludgeoning the long hops he set about trying to restore the good early work done by the openers.  Blakey continued to bowl well and in fact bowled his best overs at the end of his 10 over burst going for 31 with two scalps, a very good opening return. Ashley was introduced in the 22nd over and started of well alongside Haseeb who somewhat lost his line compared to his first few overs. This was duly picked up by the Brentham skipper who took 15 of the last over before drinks and forced the skipper to bring on Rob after drinks.

Together with Ashley both bowled superbly well with Ash trapping the no.3 just after drinks to leave Brentham 107-4. In the next 20 overs Southgate really put the squeeze on the oppo and gave them nothing, with Johnson bowling particularly well and trapping the Brentham skipper for a well made 46. He continued to take the next three wickets with Ashley bowling the no.9 to leave Brentham 191-9 after 48 overs. The next seven overs in my opinion were crucial to the result of the game and we just couldn’t finish them off and instead off chasing 200 of 50 overs (4 an over) we ended up chasing 217 of 45 overs (4.80 an over ) with the last pair batting the maximum amount of overs rather than looking for runs and therefore taking five of our overs.

Tea was taken and was somewhat disappointing, reminiscent of Sue’s concoction of adding onion in every sandwich. With the batters refuelled with enough onion and bad breath to blow away the French legion we set about our task of knocking off the 217 in 45 overs (4.80 an over ). Blakey and Edrich opened up and looked reasonably comfortable in the first couple of overs. However Chris in the third over managed to hand a relatively straight caught and bowled to the bowler who duly obliged, 3-1 . Alvin in at three looked in decent nick, timing two nice boundaries and steading things with Tom who was playing himself in. Then disaster struck 2 weeks in a row in quite comical fashion , Edrich punched one through the covers off the left armer and set off for a quick single. Calling Alv who was seeing where the ball had gone they ran only to find themselves meeting each other at the middle and after nearly colliding they managed to avoid each other. By this time the fielder picked up the ball and threw it to the keeper who took the bails off with Alv nowhere to be seen, out for 15. Something which was not needed and put us on the backfoot.

So not for the first time this season the middle order was asked to stand up, but it didn’t fire  – Phil at 4 adjudged lbw for a patient 13 , Tom Yeomans at 5 out trying to be positive caught at slip of the spinner and Rob at 6 bowled for 7. By the time Matt Stratten had gone in we were 95-5 of 28 overs needing 123 of the last 15 overs with 176 being the four pointer. By this time the opening left armer seamer was back on and with the spinner bowling tightly from his end things were looking tough. Matt perished dancing down to one which left the skipper in at 8 with the score on 102-6 after 33 overs. By this time at the other end Tom batted sensibly for his fifty getting it in the 32nd over , a good effort considering the rapid wickets falling at the other end. The skipper was in the mood to try and put some bat to ball and take it to the opposition knowing a quick fire 30/40 might change the face of things. Unfortunately he fell holing out to long on right on the boundary at 117 with 9 overs to go and it seemed events from last week were transpiring not quite in similar fashion, but near enough. Wadham in at 9 tried to put bat on one which struck him on the pads and was adjudged lbw 118-8 with 8 overs to go , enter the dictator , the team at panic stations.

Everyone sat and watched intently as Haseeb walked to the crease, carrying probably the best piece of willow in the side ” the crowd favourite” as someone coined the phrase went in and looked very accomplished. Batting out the good balls and even caressing a few through the covers , Haseeb relaxed a few of his teammates and alongside Edrich 71* managed to see out the remaining overs . Southgate ending up on 132 of their 45 overs and getting 1 point, probably what we deserved.

It leaves us seventh in the table but only 19 points behind third place Harrow in what is a tightly compressed league. With four games to go it is imperative we try to win all four starting at Uxbridge at home this week.

Just like to mention what a thoroughly mature innings Tom Edrich played for his years. To carry your bat in an innings is no mean feat and I’m sure will only stand him in good stead for the future. Already surpassing 500 ( and more to come ) league runs in his first proper season as an opener is a remarkable effort.

Well done Tom continue the good work. Faisal Mir

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2nd XI

Southgate v Highgate

Highgate won by 4 wickets; Southgate 0 points

Southgate 125 all out (42.1 overs)

Ollie Bellwood 48

Highgate 128-6 (38 overs)

Southgate 2nd XI entertained league leaders Highgate knowing that a win was required to keep alive hopes of a league title and probably of promotion. The day started well with M Joseph winning the toss and with the sun shining he elected to bat on an unused wicket – a rare commodity at the Walker Ground this season.

Unfortunately, another poor batting display unfolded. Highgate have the division’s leading wicket taker; an overseas player with good pace for the level and a consistent line. This made scoring difficult at one end, but as he finished with 3 wickets from 14 overs, more could’ve been done to generate runs in other areas. There were a number of soft dismissals and generally a lack of application from our undoubtedly talented side. Ollie Bellwood (48) was the only player to excel. He saw off the opener and was the only player to take on his short ball, pulling him into the leg side on a number of occasions. He also rotated the strike well and punished the loose balls offered by the spinners. When Bellwood fell to a bowler that had a little of the Woffers about him, the innings lost momentum and eventually Southgate were all out for 125 in 42.1 overs.

We felt as though they were 40 runs short of a competitive total, but having bowled and fielded well all season we quietly contemplated the task at hand while an air of complacency exuded from the away table.

With J Berman (5-1-16-1) restored as S Kalagara’s (10-2-39-3) opening bowling partner, Southgate got off to a good start with the latter clean bowling numbers 2 and 3, before the former took a sharp caught and bowled to dismiss a hard-hitting opening batsman. Spin was introduced first with S Faruqi (11-4-21-1) and then R Desai (9-3-24-1) who both bowled with good threat and control. Southgate reached their halfway point – 5 wickets – with Highgate on 53, still a little short of theirs. Highgate’s number 7 threw caution to the wind, and amassed a few boundaries before mishitting a R Desai off-break straight up in the air and O Hassan made good ground to hold the catch. The big hitting strokes had moved Highgate onto 90-6 at the drinks interval.

With Highgate taking little risks, the 7th wicket pair slowly chipped away the runs required. K Jankowicz was introduced and produced a couple of inside edges that evaded the stumps, but Highgate eventually passed the modest total in 38 overs. The overseas player who had previously done damage with the ball guided them home; batting very cautiously and talking his partner through it. Highgate appear to rely heavily on him and having been relegated from Div 2 last year I imagine they will struggle on their return if they don’t entice him back or recruit another player of his calibre.

All in all, we were poor with the bat, and good in the field. If results go our way there is still an outside chance of clinching promotion in 2nd place, but we absolutely must find a way of mustering competitive totals.

The only other thing worth reporting is that in the changing room after the game J Berman revealed that his Mum cuts his toe nails as he “…just can’t manage it for some reason”. A coffee table book documenting some of Mr Berman’s best outbursts will be published in the winter to raise money for the club. “You Must Be Joshing” will cost £6.99 and will be available in all good bookshops, as well as some rubbish ones. A Kindle release will be scheduled to coincide with the beginning of the 2014 cricket season. Max Joseph

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3rd XI

Wycombe House v Southgate

Southgate won b 5 wickets; Southgate 10 points

Wycombe House 163 all out (48.2 overs)

Southgate 164-5 (35.4 overs)

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, the Port Elizabeth Express Justin van der Weide knocked one of the openers over early, done for sheer pace. Skipper Mike Carter, sportingly opened the bowling from the opposite end with a little less penetration. Adrian Carr and Raymond Bynoe were introduced after a slow start. Once deciding that bowling to a field of 9 mid-wickets was a bad idea, Adrian finished up a 20-over spell with the respectable figures of 3-60. Wickets fell due to pressure built by the Marrett-Carr bowling partnership with Raymond coming in at the end to finish up tidily to restrict Wycombe House to a defendable 163 all out off 48. Roy and Raymond finished with 2 wickets a piece. Catches were held by birthday boy Will ‘the finisher’ Temple, Ricky Uppal, Ali Lynch and Marcello De Crescenzo. The latter with a sharp run out as well.

In chase, Southgate replied with two early booming drives from openers Ali Lynch and Seb Rae spooning to slip and cover. Number 3 and 4, VVS Lassman and Ricky Uppal rebuilt cautiously until VVS fell to a ball that drifted and turned. After playing a few confident strokes, a young naive Uppal followed example from England’s Stuart Broad by not walking after possibly gloving one through behind. Umpire Marrett was occupied wishing wicket-keeper Temple happy birthday on various social networking platforms at this point, Ricky survived.  Runs flowed with Ricky and Raymond at the crease. Ricky falling for 56 to the unusual dismissal of backing up too far and being run out. Raymond finished things off in style with Justin, 5 down, in the 35th over. Ray finishing on 57*. Ricky Uppal

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4th XI

match cancelled; unable to raise a team

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Sunday Development XI

On Sunday the Development XI took on Stanmore in the shield semi-field in a 40 over, pyjamas and pink ball contest.

After some decidedly average directions from the Stanmore website we arrived at ground in slightly more of rush than planned to find Ash already well on the chirpse with the opposition who we had already been on the end of a losing draw to earlier in the year. With our usual skipper Tom watching the Ashes having his own revenge clash with an economics exam the next day Phil was standing in as captain, he won the toss and chose to bowl.

Josh and Ash kept them to a quiet start before Phil introduced himself to the attack. Josh was visibility feeling the pressure of a wicket keeper bowling faster than him and finished his spell with an interesting 11 ball over showing Phil that what he lacked in pace he made up for in endurance. Matt Stratten came on and bowled tidily picking up one important wicket thanks to a great catch from Mark Hughes and another later thanks to a stumping from Ricky Gunn. After Phil finished up he introduced born-again seamer Marcello into the attack who, despite his calls for 5 slips and a gully, bowled well with good variations picking up our second wicket. Our efforts were helped as VVS Lassman and Gunn combined to snatch a vital wicket with a run out. After a short burst from Josh the final ten were left for Raymond and Ash to split and despite our best efforts in the field they accelerated well and with the help of a few snicks found their way to 203-5 from their 40 overs.

Tea was marvellous and the selections of ice creams available were appreciated by all present. SCC might also want to look into who supplies Stanmore with their squash as it was a hit with both teams.

Mark and Ali opened up with Mark getting us off to a strong 50-0 start before he chipped one back to the bowler and departed for a well-played 33. Ali, who had looked decidedly less comfortable having walked into a few bouncers early on, followed quickly to another soft dismissal. This left Phil and Matt at the crease who looked comfortable until, following the pattern Matt chipped to cover. The balance of the game swung when Phil was given out thanks to a dubious bat-pad decision. Our suspicions about the decision were confirmed when their Aussie overseas player, who appeared to be a specialist fielder having had woeful attempts with bat and ball, taunted the incoming batsman about having the umpires on their side. Raymond held the innings together from this point and was supported with cameos from Marcello and Josh before leaving himself and Ash with 9 an over required for the last 5. The lack of fielding restriction in this pseudo-limited-overs contest meant that Stanmore positioned all 9 fielders out of the ring and a combination of this and an excellent death spell from their opening bowler left us needing 15 from the last over of which we managed only 9 – a sad end to a good day’s cricket.

We made sure to let them know that our grapes were thoroughly sour by kicking up a fuss about the umpiring and the legitimacy of them fielding 2 overseas players. Stanmore go on to face Brentham in the final. Ali Lynch

Mini Bugle – results from 10 August

1st XI

Brentham v Southgate

Draw; Southgate 1 point

Brentham 217 all out (55 overs)

Southgate 132-8 (45 overs)

Tom Edrich 71*

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2nd XI

Southgate v Highgate

Highgate won by 4 wickets; Southgate 0 points

Southgate 125 all out (42.1 overs)

Ollie Bellwood 48

Highgate 128-6 (38 overs)

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3rd XI

Wycombe House v Southgate

Southgate won b 5 wickets; Southgate 10 points

Wycombe House 163 all out (48.2 overs)

Southgate 164-5 (35.4 overs)

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4th XI

match cancelled; unable to raise a team

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The Bugle – match reports from 3 August

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1st XI

Southgate v Harrow St Mary’s

Harrow St Mary’s won by 64 runs; Southgate 0 points

Harrow St Mary’s 242-8 (52.5 overs)

Southgate 178 all out (46.4 overs)

Chris Blake 64

Saturday’s game against Harrow St Marys was key  for the Southgate 1st XI as a win would keep us in the promotion race in such a tightly compressed league. To add to this we had the return of the Club captain Faisal Mir after his injury back at the helm and was a great sight to see him back on the park.  Although not able to bowl this year but able to bat after a  good rehab & netting his Mir ( sorry had to get that in !) presence was enough to give the side a boost.  For the record I would like to mention what a cracking job vice captain Phil Dunnett has done in his absence during some rather testing times  !

Onto the game, Cpt Mir had won the toss and duly inserted the opposition. We had Samuel Wadham ( downhill ) and Chris Blake ( up the hill  ) opening up and with the very first bowl off the Harrow St. Mary’s innings the opener slashed at a wide one from wadders which flew past 2nd slip. Faisal to the amazement of all dived to his right and nearly took a blinder just getting his fingers to the ball. It surely would have been one of the greatest comebacks and catches seen at the Gate and showed what a remarkable comeback he has made.  Both Blakey ( inspired move to bowl him up the hill, best his bowled in fact all season  ) and Sam bowled tightly keeping the score down to 86 for 4 off 25 overs. A fantastic opening spell of controlled bowling from Wads and a probing length from Blake. After drinks Johnson and Sivarajah came onto bowl, southgate continued to keep the oppo down and after 40 overs the score read 145 runs for four wickets. We would have taken that . However the last 12 overs proved to be fatal as the Harrow St Mary’s lower order managed to add 100 more runs in this period due to some ill disciplined bowling.  This was very disappointing considering we had kept such good standards on the field for the first 40 odd overs.

The boys went in for tea very disappointed knowing that we should have restricted them to under 200.

Now onto our chase it started off it bit shaky as we lost 2 wickets in the first 10 overs.  Edrich snicked off and Alv on his return was trapped lbw. However we were not worried as we were above the required run rate thanks to a positive innings from Chris Blake . We were in a strong position as we went into to drinks 124 for 3 ( sadly Blake departed for a good 60 to the spinner just before drinks ) which meant we needed 119 runs off 23 overs. Johnson’s innings at 5 was brief playing round one and top edging it to mid off to a straight one from the spinner.

To be honest we were very slow after drinks and allowed the spinners to bowl at us which put us under pressure and with every over the rate was climbing . Karan Setia at six entered the frame and immediately injected some impetus into the innings alongside a steady Phil Dunnett. Then suddenly after a disastrous call for a second run Karan Setia ran himself out, shame as he batted really well.

Now the rate had climbed dramatically, Paddy in at 7 came and couldn’t quite get the spinners away. Unfortunately Phil after his hard graft and well constructed 42 fell to an edge caught behind. Stratten on his 1st team debut didn’t look at of place and tried to up the pace but got a decent delivery. The skipper entered at 9 where now the rate had shot up to 9 an over for four points. The plan was now to ensure the oppo didn’t get 10 points so we started to block out.

However with four overs to go Paddy drove one to mid off only for him to drop it and then set about cursing himself for dropping such a simple chance , with the skipper at the other end Paddy thought he could sneak a quick single to really test the achilles out so called Fais to run. This turned out to be disastrous as the mid off quickly picked up the ball which was right next to him and threw the stumps down with the skipper not even half way down the pitch !

Never run on a misfield could have been ringing in Paddy’s ear especially with a skipper returning from an Achilles injury . Sue as charming as ever welcomed Fais back who was not amused at the slightest.

Wads went in and with the Harrow St Mary’s tail up fell fending one off his glove to the close catcher. Now 9 balls to go and the team thinking how did we mess this up ,Ashley went in to save the day . Unfortunately the very next ball he was adjudged lbw and the Harrow St Mary boys were ecstatic.

There are a lot of positives we can take from this game but also a harah lesson as we learnt how quickly a game in our favour can suddenly change but it’s safe to say it wasn’t our strongest performance. We have to looked to next week against Brentham where 10 points is essential. Ashley Sivarajah

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2nd XI

Bessborough v Southgate

Southgate won by 64 runs; Southgate 10 points

Southgate 168-9 (50 overs)

Bessborough 104 all out (28.5 overs)

Saturday saw a fired up Southgate 2nd XI travel to Bessborough, determined not to let their title charge slip.

As usual, Max lost the toss and we were inserted onto a grassy but firm track. Hughes and Lassman opened up, but it was extras that kept the scoreboard rolling along.  The start was cautious, but exactly what was needed after the collapses at the top of the order in recent weeks. Paul fell soon, but Max joined Mark and the pair batted sensibly through the tight spells of opening bowling.

With Sage more interested in Pietersen’s batting, Mark was bowled for 20, and Bellwood, Hassan and Kennedy all provided useful quick runs batting around the captain (43) as we looked to accelerate on to a competitive total. Useful hitting from Kalagara pushed the score along, but we lost wickets in the search for quick runs. Sage went in with 3 balls to face before the declaration, with a mismatch of kit and muddy shoes having moonwalked through a conveniently placed puddle in front of the pavilion. He greeted the bowler with the first 6 of the Southgate innings, a lusty blow over mid on. This was a good note to declare on, but unfortunately he didn’t shut up about it all through tea.

Tea itself however was impressive, with a large spread (enough to feed two teams twice over), well-filled sandwiches some delicious spring rolls.

With a total of 168 to defend, we knew that early wickets would be very important to stunt the Bessborough run chase. What we didn’t know was how early those wickets would come. Suresh’s first ball, a leg stump half volley, was flicked straight into the hands of Ravi. The next ball became the talking point of the afternoon, as Suresh went onto a hattrick with an absolute peach hitting the top of off stump. He had a wicket in his next over as well, as the number 4, frustrated by the fact he hadn’t scored a run in 3 balls, pulled towards midwicket where Sam Faruqi took a good catch. Carr from the other end bowled number 5 and the remaining opener, and at 25-5, Southgate were in the driving seat. Wickets dried up but Ravi and Suresh kept tempting the big shots (which kept coming), with the latter bowling far too well for the batsmen at the crease. After being dropped twice, number 7 was bowled by Ravi and Suresh trapped another in front to complete his 5 wicket haul, a fine effort in a very important game. With Faruqi warming up to begin a long spell, Desai took the final wicket caught excellently by Hassan at slip, to complete a convincing victory for Southgate. Ravi finished with figures of 3-27 and Suresh had 5-36 off 15 overs, of which a third were maidens.

Let’s hope we can carry this good form and momentum into the crunch fixture with Highgate at home next Saturday. Shiv

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3rd XI

Southgate v Bessborough

draw, Southgate 1 point

Bessborough 224-6 (46 overs)

Sanjeevan 74, F. Singh 54, C. Dinesh 54

Roy 2-31 (11)
Me 1-46 (9)
Ray 1-48 (16)
Julius 1-23 (6)

Southgate 164-3 (46 overs)

A Lynch 96*

Will 19*
Ray 21
Me 13

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Southgate won the toss and elected to bowl.

At 1 o’clock we had 9 players. With Delmore having his usual half pint of fosters in the bar watching the ashes unfold unaware of our shortage of numbers. We then took the field with 9 players Roy went to bowl the first over and then realised that his brother was in the area and made everyone wait for him to make a phone call, however he didn’t mention that he hadn’t spoke to this brother for over 10 years or so it seemed from the way he took a seat and just listened to him. At around half past 1 we finally started with Roy from one end and Mike from the other both bowling tight lines to start with but with 9 in the field men singles were easy to come by. F Singh then began to play a more expansive game which got him to his fifty, I still pretty confident that they told us a pack of lies saying he got a double hundred the week before. So came a bowling change starting with Ray who as always bowled very well however the captain must have been feeling slightly rough and or temporarily lost his vision because he then said to me fancy bowling some spin my first ball turned from off stump to miss a set of stumps next to the actual ones to give a wide and then the carnage began 2 6’s and 3 4’s followed by another ball that hit the rough turned and bounced sadly on the wrong line. Julius then replaced me and bowled an excellent line and length and was unlucky to have 2 wickets as the father from the father and son duo dropped potentially the easiest catch you go get fielding at point. Ray bowling well at one end was helpful, Mike then came back on and with me at an all time low after being smashed about looking to drown my sorrows with another movie night dropped a basic catch at cover. My day gets a lot worse than this.

Tea was distinctly average.

We then went out to bat with Ali Lynch and Mike opening up, the captain making sure he gets value for money in opening the batting and the bowling knowing that 220 odd would be difficult they got off to a steady start and Mike then got out bringing Me to the crease after already having a shocker with both the ball and fielding trust me to miss a straight one first ball Lynch said it nipped back was pretty much the worst delivery to get first up I think my mind was wondering on the Monsters Inc Film. Ali continued to bat positively, he was just about dropped every over but you need some luck. Ray was in at 4 and looked solid until he hit a low full toss straight to square leg and this bought in Will Temple who did not play one cut shot!! His gym pumping iron must be really be working. He batted with Ali really well and could of got a few more if Ali didn’t take the strike looking for his 100. In the end Ali didn’t get his hundred we didn’t get the runs and settled for a point.

Hope everyone who went Charcoal Grill enjoyed themselves. Forget to mention the guest appearance from Lord Berman himself, returning after his Dads fathers 50th Tea party.  Marcello De Crescenzo

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4th XI

match cancelled, unable to raise a team

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and finally

An Invitation XI representing Southgate CC Past President Robert Urquhart Cole is scheduled to play in the Cockfosters Cricket Week on Thursday 15th August 2013, with an 11.30am start.

The side will be selected from:

1. Geoff Blackmore (Southgate) capt

2. Ben Hocking (North London) wkt

3. Dan Ashley (Southgate)

4. Richard Bishop-Laggett (Southgate)

5. Adrian Carr (Southgate)

6. Ryan Corns (Winchmore Hill)

7. Jim Gatting (Winchmore Hill)

8. Gihan Herath (Harrow Town)

9. Alex Hill (North Middlesex)

10. Tony Sayers (Enfield)

11. Chris Thompson (Hertford), and

12. Chris Stevenson (Perth).

Umpire: Bob Cole

Scorer: Geoff Burton

Whilst this is always an excellent (and social) day of cricket, this year we are pleased to include Chris ‘Rocket’ Stevenson, who is in the UK on holiday from Australia. Rocket played for Southgate in 1981 and 1982, whilst studying law at the University of London – his official title is now ‘His Honour Judge Christopher Stevenson’.

Chris was a member of Bob Cole’s side that won the Bertie Joel Cup in 1982, and he left Southgate a ‘lasting’ memory when presenting the ‘Rocket Trophy’ for the player who scored the most League runs in a season – currently held by Max Joseph, who scored 377 runs in 2012.

All are welcome – the bar opens at approx. 11.00am – and if you want to join the team, and Rocket, for lunch, please give me a call on 07747-042567 before 11.00am on the day of the game.

Geoff Blackmore

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Mini Bugle – results from 3 August

results from Saturday’s matches

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1st XI

Southgate v Harrow St Mary’s

Harrow St Mary’s won by 64 runs; Southgate 0 points

Harrow St Marry’s 242-8 (52.5 overs)

Southgate 178 all out (46.4 overs)

Chris Blake 64

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2nd XI

Bessborough v Southgate

Southgate won by 64 runs; Southgate 10 points

Southgate 168-9 (50 overs)

Bessborough 104 all out (28.5 overs)

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3rd XI

Southgate v Bessborough

draw, Southgate 1 point

Bessborough 224-6 (46 overs)

Southgate 164-3 (46 overs)

A Lynch 96*

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4th XI

match cancelled, unable to raise a team