Southgate CC lost a thriller against Holtwhites away from home on Sunday despite a heroic innings of 96 from Tom Edrich. Unfortunatley with results elsewhere going against the Trees this means hopes of a place in the final this weekend have been dashed.
Holtwhites made 204 all out and in reply SCC fell just six short despite some big hitting from Josh Berman at the death.
Southgate move into game three of the Jim Conroy trophy eyeing a win that would take them through to the final of the competition. After rain forced game one to be abandoned at Edmonton the Trees won a closely matched t20 at Enfield on Sunday and will travel to Holtwhites Trinibus on Saturday 21st for the final group match.
As ever all support is grately appreciated, the match starts at 12:30, 40 overs per side.
Club President Peter Jouning is organising the 2nd SCC Christmas Lunch on Sunday December 1st. After a highly successful inaugural event in 2012 this year’s lunch with once again include a football match between the Under 30s and Over 30s and club awards will be presented during the afternoon.
For more information please contact Peter on firstname.lastname@example.org
Southgate CC enter the post season fixtures with two matches in the Jim Conroy trophy on Saturday 14th verses Edmonton and Sunday 15th verses Enfield, both matches are away games 40 overs per side and 12:30 starts.
match reports from the last league games of the season – but where is a report from the 2nd XI game that on paper at least was the run chase of the century?
Southgate v Harrow
Southgate won by 7 wickets; Southgate 10 points
Harrow 141 all out (47.4 overs)
Southgate 143-3 (35.5 overs)
Chris Blake 81
With little to play for other than mid-table pride and prestige, a sun-kissed Walker ground welcomed a Harrow outfit ( flying high third in the league ) looking to conclude the season in positive fashion. With a light cloud covering and a green tinge to the wicket, the conditions seemed favourable to seam bowling.
Mir’s youthful Southgate team took to the field as a result of the skipper winning the toss and electing to bowl first. His decision was soon justified as Blakey and Faisal (who I might add has made an astonishing and quite remarkable return from an injury which would normally rule you out for the season) made early inroads into the Harrow top order with Faisal asking probing questions with pace and accuracy from the Adelaide end and Blakey steaming in with good bounce and carry from the Waterfall road end. Blakey claimed the first scalp with a sharp catch from Dunnett ( who was struggling with his fingers after a long season). Faisal was soon rewarded for his hard work claiming the wicket of the other opener shortly after rushing him up, the score after 10 overs 24-2. A good start for the Gate thanks to some good hostile bowling.
Berman replaced Blake after 13 overs with Blakey slightly straining his groin and bowled well in tandem with Faisal, mounting great pressure on the Harrow middle order. Ashley came on in the 18th over after the skipper reeled off 8 overs on the bounce, fair effort for your second time bowling after such a debilitating injury. Ashley and Berman bowled really tight just as the captain ordered with the former claiming 2 wickets while the latter landed his first 1st team wicket, leaving the Harrow tail in a precarious position at 60-5. Rob replaced Berman at the Waterfall Road End, after his allotted 7 over spell (1-17) and offered very few scoring opportunities. However on the one occasion he did offer some less accurate bowling, a full bunger (which he claims is part of his repertoire these days ) and was snaffled by Berman on the cow corner boundary. It was quite amusing to see Rob annoyed with himself thinking he may go the distance and cursing himself only to realise that there was a fielder placed out there for him. Ashley ( 3-28 ) and Rob (3-25) bowled really well and we restricted Harrow to 91-8. Haseeb accounted for the 10th wicket despite taking some stick for his efforts and Harrow ended up with a miserly total of 140.
A great effort from the boys although the skipper was less than amused with the last two wickets putting on 50.
Tea was interesting. With the title-chasing thirds coming in at the same time as us after bowling out the oppo for 117 alongside preparations for a 40th birthday there was real confusion as no one knew whose food was whose and what was going on. So Sue fired up the fryer and chips and chocolate cake went down well with all concerned (even with Jouner’s girls) and everyone eventually got fed.
In response, Blakey got the innings off to a quick start, with clear intentions to get on with it early ahead of a big night out!
Unfortunately, Edrich at the other end, cut more shapes than cricket balls on Saturday and was soon to be adjudged LBW, sweeping with the score on 89-1.This left the run chase in the capable hands of Jouning and Blake, 52 to get off plenty quite straightforward. However a bizarre sequence of events were about to take place . Firstly the Harrow bowlers adjusted their lines and stemmed the run flow of Blakey’s bat so much so that it took Jouners 24 balls to get off the mark. Then after getting off the mark Jouners seemed to be grabbing his arm in pain. Everyone seemed confused as we didn’t see him take a blow but later found out an underlying injury to Jamie’s elbow surfaced and resulted in him coming off the park in agony (great way to get a red inker in the final league game).
Enter Adeel at 4 with 40 odd still to get. With both batters now playing the only way they know positive, the score was being wound down .
However not for the first time this season Blakey fell for a 81, a superb innings with scoring all around the park including a number of huge hits over deep square leg. Karan entered at 5 with the score on 127-2 but sadly chipped out for a second ball duck, which left Rob scrambling for his pads.
It had seemed Adeel and Rob had passed the 141 required to win the game with a single , however late drama was to ensue as the umpire’s score did not tally with the scoreboard and a committee meeting then took place at the score box for about 5 minutes with the umpires and the scorers. Eventually it was found that an extra run had been added by the scorers so play still needed to be resumed.
Everyone on the sideline couldn’t quite figure out what was going on until the skipper politely enquired to the umpires what was going on ( photographic evidence can be viewed via Haseeb ).
The true total was achieved via byes in rather strange circumstances as Rob tried to club one out of the ground only to miss it and the keeper doing the same .
A very professional and clinical performance to the last league game and more importantly another 10 points which meant we finished off with 72 points. A respectable finish in the league only 2 points off finishing third.
In summary, Southgate were by far superior in all three departments, claiming a comprehensive 7 wicket victory. We fully deserved to finish the season on a positive note and there are plenty of encouraging signs to carry forward into next season. I for one thought it was the best atmosphere I have played in all year and shall be working hard in the off season to get another opportunity.
The beer flowed long into the night alongside some expertly organised pizza from Faisal, which went down a treat with everyone at the club.
Then the 1s, 2s and 3s (a good 20+ of us) later celebrated the success of the 3rd team gaining promotion and the end of the season at Tiger Tiger in Piccadilly Circus, with Dunnett top-scoring for the first time this season!
Roll on 2014 . Josh Berman
Ickenham v Southgate
Southgate won by 3 wickets; Southgate 10 points
Ickenham 327-2 dec (45 overs)
Southgate 331-7 (53 overs)
K Jankowicz 80
M Hughes 75
S Ellis 40
Southgate v Indian Gymkhana
Southgate won by 5 wickets; Southgate 10 points and promotion
Indian Gymkhana 117 all out (36.5 overs)
Southgate 119 for 5 (31.3 overs)
The last game of the season went much like the 17 weekends before, in that, in rather regimented fashion, we professionally rolled over the opposition and knocked off a small total. Each of the bowlers took a few wickets, all the fielders held their catches and the opposition played around a lot of straight balls.
Indeed, sitting here on a Sunday afternoon reflecting on the last 18 weeks, it strikes me as bizarre that we have, without ever looking like winning the division, somehow come out champions.
A month and a half ago, we were 40 points behind in second, closer to the drop zone than we were to the front-running Tamils. Then, a remarkable run of seven wins out of the last nine (excluding the rainy Bank Holiday weekend) and a truly season-turning performance against Enfield saw us comfortably cruise to the title.
Up until Thursday of this week, the Saturday game plan was built around giving the bowlers a bat and the batsmen a bowl with the safe knowledge that a technicality would see us promoted.
Then an email landed in my inbox:
“The League Committee Disciplinary meeting of 2/9/13 ruled that MTSSC 3 had broken Playing Conditions f. by not letting the Wycombe House umpire stand through-out the match of 15/6/13 (10 point penalty imposed)”
This made things interesting.
With only one point between us and the Tamils, we suddenly had something to play for (other than our pride and for the love of the game of course…).
An early-morning downpour didn’t dampen the spirits and we were handed a somewhat fortuitous toss victory when the opposition stand-in captain called correctly but then failed to make up his mind on what he wanted to do. Handing over the decision to five of his players (all batsmen), they unanimously elected to bat first. After this fine display of democracy, we gladly took to the field and bowled them out for 117.
Messrs Desai and Marett went head to head to see who would end up with the higher wicket tally this season whilst Mr Carr – whose six-for last week saw him taken out of the front line attack and relegated to second change – watched from mid on.
It was Niroosh, however, who made the early breakthroughs, claiming the scalp of both openers: the first a high catch taken finely by Shiv (never any doubt…) and the second taken very simply by Will behind the sticks.
Then it turned into the Marett show. The three middle-order batsmen all were all rolled over before Ravi got a chance to pinch a couple at the other end. Sage eventually got a go and took 2-6 from five before the skipper had a brief spell, resulting in a bloody nose for the opposition top scorer who shortly after, confidence knocked by this fine display of pace, swing and bounce (yep, that’s how I remember it), chipped the ball to a juggling Seb who un-sportingly decided to catch it after giving him a glimmer of hope. One final stumping of the season for Will and it was innings over.
The captain decided that, with the victory absolutely necessary, he would lead the side out with the bat. After having contributed one run to the total and given the opposition an early boost, it was business as usual for the Southgate batsmen. Shiv hit some boundaries at one end while Paul “batted like his cat had just died” (Ali Lynch – 7/9/13) at the other. However, this characteristically steady but important innings from Paul saw the run rate tick along and the enthusiasm slowly sap from the opposition. Shiv got caught, of course, and then Alex came in to unsympathetically punish the poor bowling to all parts. With the quite rapid opener – who bowled 7 overs 1-9 – seemingly resting himself for next season, it was a simple affair to knock off the remaining total. A standard cameo from Will (the finisher) Temple saw him edge ever closer to a 50 average for the season before a rank wide delivery and byes saw us home.
After a quick team photo (sadly without an Angus Fraser photo bomb) and a couple of pints down us (thank you to Skippy’s Catering), the result of the Tamils against Bessborough was confirmed: they hadn’t won. We had and that put us top, champions and a ‘non-technicality-achieved’ promotion back to the county league. Job done. Mike Carter
Three excellent victories on the final Saturday of the league season, the 3rd XI are league Champions and gain promotion, an amazing chase of 331 in the 2nd XI fixture, and a comprehensive win for the 1s. Well done chaps!
First, the big news – Southgate, led by Tom Edrich, won the final of the Middlesex Cricket Board Development Shield
Here’s how it happened…
Southgate Development XI v Brentham Development XI
Southgate won by 8 runs
Played at Uxbridge CC on 1 September 2013
Southgate won the toss and batted
SCC 200/9 (40) – Setia 54, Berman 40*, Johnson 39
Brentham 192/9 (40) Sivarajah 3-29, Johnson 2-19, Berman 2-32
A heroic effort from the Southgate CC Under 21s saw them claim the Middlesex Cricket Board Development Shield in a thrilling match on Sunday at Uxbridge Cricket Club.
This was the culmination of the first full edition of the Development League after a successful pilot last season with eight teams was expanded to a 21 team county-wide competition with North Middlesex and Osterley contesting the Cup Final and Southgate taking on Brentham in the Shield.
SCC’s passage to the final was far from straightforward and a narrow defeat to Stanmore in the semi-final looked to be the end of the road for Tom Edrich’s young side. However a registration infringement led to our being given the opportunity to progress to the Shield Final on a wonderful day at Uxbridge Cricket Club.
The number two ground was in magnificent condition with a lovely flat wicket and lightning fast outfield, so after winning the toss Captain Edrich had no hesitation at all in batting first in this 40 overs per side match.
With full coloured clothing, names and numbers on their backs and blue pads the Southgate opening pair of Phil and Marcello played magnificently against the new pink ball with a succession of perfectly timed cover drives racing to the fence, combined with solid defensive play where required.
Unfortunately both were to perish in quick succession with Edrich in at three and Rob Johnson coming in at four. It may be worth clarifying at this stage the playing conditions of the Development League where at least 7 of the 11 players must be Under 21s, allowing for four senior citizens. One overseas player is permitted but is counted as one of the seniors regardless of age. Seniors and the overseas may only bowl five overs; only two of the four may bat in the top 6.
Two wickets were nearly three as Johnson was close to being castled by the Brentham oversea’s first ball and the momentum began to swing further in Brentham’s direction as Edrich fell cheaply by his high standards leaving SCC 41-3 with plenty of overs to bat.
Karan Setia handicapped by a heavily strapped up left hand from Saturday’s league match rose to the occasion beautifully with good attacking intent and some eye-catching shots all around the wicket. Having put on 60 odd together the day before it was to be another key partnership with 84 runs coming up in only 13 overs. Karan played beautifully for 56 with 11 fours and he is a very exciting addition to the Southgate batting line up.
Sparky Hughes fell 2nd ball LBW and was replaced by Ray and with plenty of time remaining a period of consolidation followed as the man from Barbados rightly played himself in. With about eight overs to go it was time to kick on and sadly RJ perished to an outstanding catch from a top edged pull.
With eight overs or thereabouts left, the score was 147/6 with Josh Berman joining Ray at the crease this was a key moment in the match and Southgate needed to play intelligently and effectively to get a competitive score on the board.
Josh played possibly the decisive innings of the match from a Southgate perspective mixing some cleanly struck attacking shots with lots of singles. Ray batting in a hoody (hood tucked in) despite the very warm weather had earlier assured us that he was ‘accustomed to much higher temperatures and he certainly warmed to the task playing a couple of nice shots to get to 17 before he went caught and was replaced by Ashley Sivarajah.
With only a few overs to go Josh decided to open his shoulders firstly with a slog-swept bunt of Hartman proportions that disappeared over the pavilion and into the Bowling Green. This was later surpassed by a magnificent straight six which landed half way towards the main square and despite a Lassman golden in the final over Niroosh managed a single to give Josh the strike and some final over power hitting brought about a total of 200 for 9 wickets in 40 overs with Berman 40* from 22 balls with four 4s and two 6s.
Not the score of 220 to 240 that we’d hoped for but we’d batted the overs and we’d accelerated well in the closing stages as per captain Edrich’s instructions, we knew it was certainly something to work with.
Edrich opened with pace from Josh and spin from Ray, it was a good idea and both started well, however the Brentham opener Hitchcock looked in excellent touch and began to go over the top with a couple of mighty fours and sixes.
A good Brentham start was starting to look like a flyer and it was no surprise that for the second time in two days Southgate looked to Ashley Sivarajah at the key moment. As he had done on Saturday he changed the game by dismissing both openers, including the danger man for a meaty 44.
Johnson came on at the other end and took two wickets, the first bowled and second courtesy of an outstanding take at long off by Ashley making very good ground to his left. Another wicket to Siva caught by Bynoe meant that Southgate had taken five wickets for nine runs and Brentham were in big trouble. They did however have both their first XI captain and formidable batsman Luke Budden and Kiwi overseas Tim Duncraft due in at 6 and 7 to steady the ship.
Two significant Brentham partnerships of 48 and 50 followed, with Edrich on occasion putting all of the fielders on the fence as the Southgate 5thand 6th bowlers Niroosh and Karan came into the attack under significant pressure. Both did well to restrict boundaries but despite our ultra-defensive fields Budden still managed to hit a number of boundaries on the way to an excellent half century.
With the match finely balanced a juggling DeCrescenzo catch at deep square leg accounted for Duncraft and with Berman back into the attack an excellent slower delivery bowled the number 8 and a very well taken catch at cow saw the back of Budden.
With 19 runs needed from two overs it wasn’t yet our game and as the stocky number ten smashed Setia in the direction of the nets at long on cheers erupted for what looked a magnificent six. Ashley Sivarajah had other ideas though taking a quite breathtaking catch that combined both the presence of mind and balance to ensure he didn’t fall backwards over the rope.
A good final over ensured the game was won and Southgate could be very pleased with their efforts on the day. A really competitive and good game played in an excellent spirit by two good sides. Credit to all of the bowlers who did a great job, Dunnett whose wicket keeping was of the highest standard on the day and the batsman who get us a competitive score on the board. The captain Tom Edrich marshalled proceedings with a calm authority throughout and deserves a lot of credit for the success of the side. Thanks are due to all who helped and played throughout the season and to Andrew Parkin for scoring on the big day.
Having watched North Middlesex CC win comfortably on the other ground against Osterley we assembled for the presentation in front of the pavilion where Angus Fraser the Middlesex CCC Director of Cricket spoke of how enthused he and the county are to support the competition. Edrich was presented with the shield and following a photo call we retired to the bar to catch the last ten minutes of the football whereby the captain celebrated with a can of Fanta. Well done to all. Rob Johnson
now Saturday’s match reports in full(ish)
Ickenham v Southgate
Southgate won by 7 wickets; Southgate 10 points
Southgate 270 all out (54.2 overs)
Chris Blake 88
Rob Johnson 54
Ickenham 199 all out (39.5 overs)
With the sun shinning and there being no chance of the game being called off like last week against Brondesbury, the Southgate 1st XI arrived at Ickenham fired up, knowing that if we avoided defeat then we would have successfully avoided relegation and passed on this fate to our opponents Ickenham. With the stakes being so high for both teams, the toss was of great importance. Unfortunately the toss did not go our way and we were put into bat, which ruled out the possibility of us blocking out for a draw in the second innings.
As usual the highly successful opening partnership of Blakey and Edrich opened up. From the offset Blakey tore into the opening bowlers, determined to get us off to a great start and Edrich provided great support, looking solid and rotating the strike. Edrich fell for 33 with the score at 112 and Blakey having passed 50 at this point. Jouners came in next to join Blakey and got straight into the action launching a couple of sixes. At this point we were looking good for a really big score of around 300, however this soon changed with the loss of Blakey for an excellent 88 who was unlucky not to clear the rope as he holed out to long on. The next man in was the skipper Faisal who kept the run rate ticking. What seemed evident so far was that this pitch did not suit the seamers and was far more suited to taking the pace off the ball. Ickenham realised this and turned to their main spinner, who stopped the scoring and picked up the wicket of Faisal, who was trapped LBW for 15. The score at this point was 165-3 and subsequently there was a mini collapse with the spinner taking two more quick wickets and also Jouners falling to a seamer for an excellent 36. The score was now 193-6 with Johnson and Setia at the crease. These two put on 61 for the next wicket and batted most of the remaining overs, with Johnson batting brilliantly and dispatching the ball to all parts of the ground to bring up a well deserved 50. Setia then fell with only a couple of overs remaining trying to be clever and paddle sweep the ball, but instead looked like a moron by top edging the ball straight up in the air to the keeper. Soon after Johnson was run out for 54,and the rest of the wickets fell quickly leaving us all out for 270 off 54.2 overs.
Highly satisfied with the performance so far the boys went into tea knowing that a good job had been done so far and that all of the pressure was on Ickenham to knock off these runs in 45 overs. But no complacency was shown, as the boys knew that this was an easy pitch to bat on with short boundaries.
Blakey opened up the bowling and had a new opening partner in Faisal who felt his ankle was well enough to bowl properly. Unfortunately the Ickenham batsmen came out swinging the bat and with a bit of luck were off to a flier going slightly above the required run rate. It was clear that pace was not the way to go on this wicket and Faisal quickly turned to the dynamic duo of Woffers and Sivarajah. Straight away the duo started to create pressure on the batsmen by bowling lots of dot balls and giving away no boundaries. This subsequently led to the wicket of their star batsmen who tried to smash Sivarajah out of the ground and was left with his stumps being disturbed. Soon after the other opener fell to Sivarajah thanks to a fine catch on the boundary by Edrich. Woffers soon joined in the wickets and the score had gone from 88-1 to 133-7 with Sivarajah having four wickets to his name and Woffers having three. At this point we were looking quite comfortable until their number eight came in and took a liking to Sivarajah and Woffers. Faisal soon turned to Bawja, who took the crucial wicket of their number eight with the help of Johnson taking one of the catches of the season at long off diving at full length. Bawja then quickly ran through the remaining batsmen with a great quicker ball to pick up the last wicket and seal all 10 points for Southgate and, more importantly, avoid relegation.
The boys can be extremely proud of their performance against Ickenham and can now look forward to a more leisurely game next week against Harrow at home. Also having avoided relegation the boys can look forward to next season and can hopefully push for promotion to the premier league. Karan Setia
Southgate v South Hampstead
draw; Southgate 4 points
Southgate 214 all out (50.5 overs)
S Kalagara 57
South Hampstead 169-9 (49 overs)
Sameer Faruqi 6-29
An exciting Bugle first now, with two match reports in one
Southgate 2nd XI vs South Hampstead (H) 30th August & vs Enfield (A) 16th August: A Tale of Two Near-Misses
So, having failed to meet my promise of filing a match report for our game away at Enfield before leaving for holiday, I volunteered to double up with a report for our subsequent home game, the penultimate game of our season. Fortunately for me, the story of the two games turned out to be virtually identical, so I will now make an ambitious attempt to recount that twin narrative in this dual match report. Pay close attention, as I’m not sure how smoothly it will go:
Southgate lost both tosses and were asked to bat first. On both occasions, Mark Hughes was the first man to be dismissed, albeit with the score at 70 vs Enfield, a little better than in the first over vs South Hampstead.
In both matches, a wobbly middle order was rescued by an individual innings of quality. Against Enfield, that innings came from Hadgie whose 60-odd came at the cost of a twisted ankle, and against South Hampstead there was a late order assault. We recovered from a precarious 80 for 7 with Kalagara providing the majority of the fireworks, reaching his 50 in the final over of the innings.
So, in both games a total in excess of 200 was reached against the odds and as a “wise” man once said, it’s never easy chasing 200 in club cricket. As such, we took to the field with a positive attitude. Twice, though, we were soon feeling a little deflated as our opponents made hay with a flurry of early boundaries.
It’s to all our credit that in both games the breakthrough came as a result of good team pressure in the field and skilled, disciplined, bowling. Josh Berman’s efforts were notable on both occasions, and we should give thanks to our spinners Ravi and Sami who have bowled consistently well this season.
From positions of vulnerability, we had taken important clusters of wickets and put ourselves in the driving seat. That we finished both matches with our opposition nine wickets down should not, therefore, be of too much concern. My feeling is that we have learnt some valuable lessons in this period which will stand us in good stead for next year.
Those following the league table will be aware that between these two matches, a rain-cancellation put paid to our fading hopes of promotion. There are a few reasons why we haven’t quite achieved our objective this season, most of which are a result of our own doing. While there’s little to gain by discussing that here, we should certainly aim for a thorough pre-season and we can make the relatively minor progress required.
I look forward to enjoying a stress-free final match against good quality opposition during which we can set a positive tone for next season. It was also nice to have a few drinks with our triumphant third XI after the South Hampstead match, and I hope we’ll repeat the atmosphere with as many players as possible this coming Saturday. Ollie Bellwood
South Hampstead v Southgate
Southgate won by 7 wickets; Southgate 10 points
South Hampstead 135 all out (35.2 overs)
Adrian Carr 6-46
Southgate 136-3 (37.2 overs)
Southgate v North London (40-over friendly match)
Southgate won by 2 wickets
North London 145-7 (40 overs)
Southgate 146-8 (38.4 overs)
The 4th XI played a 40-overs friendly against North London Vs, who were similar mixture of boys and old f*rts. NL were inserted and the Southgate bowling was spot on throughout. The pick of the bunch was Henry Thompson with figures of 8-0-20-2. Henry bowled with real zip and would have been delighted to see the leg stump of the opener cartwheeling backwards. This set the tone. Shaff Babwah bowled a very tight spell of 8-3-14-2 to keep a lid on things, but Callum Silva, Jack Lisamore, James Dangerfield and Ravi Martin all bowled very well. There was real maturity in the way they coped with an aggressive middle order who tried to impose themselves. A target of about three and half was as good as we could have hoped for and it could have been even better if we’d held a few catches.
The reply centred around a fine innings of 72 by Dan Pyzer-Knapp. Dan batted sensibly against an accurate opening attack and a good young leg spinner and accelerated against some less tight stuff. It was looking as if Dan would see us home when he miss-cued a long hop. At this point it looked to a fairly tall order for the young batsmen with 25 still needed, but Ravi Martin and Jack Lisamore batted beautifully, taking singles when they were on offer. Twelve was needed with three overs to go. A four off the first ball was a big relief and a three later in the over left the target in site. A single and then a four through the field finished things off with more than an over to spare.
It has been a tough year in the 4s as we’ve struggled to get sides out, but this was day to inspire optimism as several Southgate colts played significant roles in winning a good game of cricket. Doug Gordon