The Bugle Week 7

Some disappointing results last weekend with only one side (3rd XI) picking up maximum points. The 1’s failed to defend 230 on a flat one at home , while the 2’s had their backs against the wall after the opposition managed to rack up 290 batting first and were rolled over cheaply. The 4’s picked up a draw alongside the development league on Sunday.

1st XI vs Shepard’s Bush (Home)

Southgate

229-8  ( Edrich 74, Mendis 67 )

Shepard’s Bush

231-3

After last week’s disappointing batting display at Uxbridge the 1st team were looking to put up a better performance with the bat at home against Shepard’s Bush. Having won the toss at Uxbridge the skipper was all set to bat only for a downpour to occur at 12.45pm which lasted 30 mins and so somewhat clouded his judgement but this week there was no sign of rain only blue sky with the sun beaming down on what was a hot , sultry afternoon. The wicket looked a very good batting surface so having negotiated the toss there was no hesitation in having a bat first.

The talk before the game and during the week was for the top order to take the responsibility and bat long to try set the platform for the team to put up a competitive total , somewhere in the region of 240/250. Edrich and Durgacaharan opened up and the Bush seamers bowled decent lines with the openers being very watchful. With the score on 16 Durgacharan failed to keep one out which nipped back sharply and bowled him , not  the start we were hoping for and strangely enough the only ball to misbehave throughout the day.

In at number three was Mendis our overseas import who strode to the crease with a purpose after having a really good week of netting. In truth the combination of indifferent weather/pitches and the somewhat on/off start to the season has not allowed Kusal to really get going but with the good weather set in for the last fortnight now was the time to start expressing himself.

So what transpired for the next 20 overs was a superb partnership of 118 between Edrich and Mendis whereby the ever watchful Edrich was rotating the strike and dispatching the loose deliveries to the boundary. At the other end Mendis was showing what a talent he is for only 19 and was dominating the Shepard’s Bush bowlers with a vast array of shots all over the ground . A couple of straight sixes into the sight screens were the highlight of his innings and after taking 12 of the first four deliveries of the spinner Mendis fell trying to clear the mid on once again only for him to not quite time it for a classy 67 . A great partnership between the two and more importantly Kusal’s first league fifty, with the score on 137-2  the team were in a great position to capitalise on the last 20 overs.

Mir came in at 4 and set about working the spinners alongside Edrich who was looking very comfortable at the crease, the talk was for Edrich to see it through while the skipper looked to up the rate. With the oppo toiling in the heat both set about putting more pressure on them by taking quick singles and dispatching the loose stuff. However Mir fell to a leg before appeal in the 35th over off the spinner with the score being 157-3, with 15 overs to go we were in a decent position to add 90/100 more runs and finish off at our projected score of 240/250.

Unfortunately this didn’t quite turn out the way we had hoped as Edrich soon fell a few overs later bowled for a very well constructed 74 of the spinner who was now getting into a bit of a groove. After that we didn’t really recover with guys coming in and getting out and with the next best partnership being  24 after the 118 stand it summed up our eventual score of 229 of 52 overs. Instead of getting 240/250 of our 50 overs and carrying some momentum through with us we ambled along to 229 of an extra 2 overs.

The 229 total at the end was very disappointing knowing that  3/4 of the bowling attack were missing and so we were going to have to bowl really well especially our spinners on what was now a very good batting track.

The talk before we went out was to build the pressure and really concentrate to try not let them get off to a flyer. It seems the Bush batters had other ideas and had realised that going after the new ball was the key and took their chances from the first over . With Sivarajah opening up at the other end due to the lack of seamers available he struggled to find a rhythm and boundaries started to flow . After 2 overs the skipper took himself off knowing that pace off the ball was going to be the order of the day and also to allow Sivarajah to come from his favoured end . Mendis bowled his off spin from the other end while Siva now came downhill but both failed to close out their overs and it was always a boundary or two involved. Mendis did manage to snare out the opposition skipper with a catch by Johnson at mid off (who looked to take out the umpire with his return throw, has previous ) with the score on 33. With the number three coming in we thought this was the chance to slow things down and put the pressure back onto the oppo . The very first ball Mendis fired one straight into the batsmen pads with his quicker ball, hitting him full on and an all mighty appeal went up knowing that it had hit him right in front, unfortunately the umpire was the only one who wasn’t convinced and turned it down much to the dismay of everyone.

After that the number three with the very assured and confident opener looked to take the attack to our spinners , Mendis had been whipped out of the attack and Johnson had been brought uphill. Both Johnson and Siva failed to find a groove and with the number three chancing his arm every ball, he managed to accumulate a succession of boundaries with a very dominant bottom hand.

We didn’t really recover after that and the game was heading in an early finish , however after drinks we did look to tighten things up and reduced the scoring which resulted in Siva picking up two wickets, the dangerous number three and the four. The opening batsmen (overseas) played a classy chanceless knock of 95 alongside their number 5 (41*) which ultimately guided them home by the 40th over.

229 was never enough on what was a very flat Southgate pitch ( not quite a road but a very good batting surface where not much was happening for either spinners or seamers ) and even though the top order batted well ( Edrich and Mendis in particular) we let ourselves down in ironically our strongest suit  this year the bowling department. Not having 3 frontline bowlers didn’t help and we really needed a bigger score to defend but all is not lost as we are only 20 points from the top in a very compressed table so have to start churning out results from now on.

Having played well in certain areas of the game throughout the season the 1st team haven’t put in a complete performance , something which we shall look to do at Eastcote this weekend.

FM

2’s report to follow………

3rd XI vs Old Actonians ( Home)

Southgate

217-7  ( Dangerfield snr 83*)

Old Actonians

120 all out

Saturday marked a crucial match for the 3rd XI against an Old Actonians team who were likely to be contenders for promotion, alongside ourselves. Clear skies and what looked to be a belter of a track awaited us, as Mike lost the toss and we were put in to bat.

With a silly mid off in place the opening bowler served up a juicy long hop which the skipper duly put away to the mid wicket boundary. The opening duo of Carter and Gordon batted patiently and rotated the strike regularly taking the score to 33 before Mike was well caught at point looking to up the rate. Gordon departed soon after and as Sharma continued to poke and prod, Sarfaraz timed the ball beautifully from the off, dispatching anything loose to the offside boundary with ease. After a long 5 overs of digging in, Sharma finally got off the mark, hit a boundary and then was brilliantly caught by the bowler. Geale’s stay at the crease was short lived as he fell to a good full length delivery, and Dangerfield wobbled out to the crease. Sarfaraz (23) fell soon after to another great caught and bowled, and Temple was bowled by an inswinging yorker. At 111-6 it looked like we were going to limp along towards 150, but Jeremy and Ankit had other ideas. After a couple of dropped catches, they looked to hit anything short to the boundaries, and rotated the strike well by keeping out the good deliveries. While our top 6 largely failed to take advantage of the great batting conditions, a partnership between the two amassed 91 runs in 16 overs, which put us in a great position when Ankit finally holed out for 28. Niroosh gave the strike to Jeremy for the final few overs who struck some huge blows to get us to 217-7 off 46 overs, with Dangerfield unbeaten on 83.

After a sufficiently decent tea, we walked out to field knowing that early and regular strikes would be the key to winning. Niroosh took the new ball bowled a nagging line and length to keep the batsmen wary around their off stump. A short wide one was thumped by the opening batsman, straight into the boot of Justin at short extra cover. Despite the pain, Justin had the presence of mind to catch it on the rebound and the batsman had to drag himself off the pitch after a combination of fortune and good pressure in the field. Niroosh had the other opener in his next over, as he looked to smash a full ball into the tennis courts, but only found Jack Stapleton at mid off who took an important catch in the context. While their number 3 looked for a big dig in, number 4 played some great drives down the ground before he was undone by the experienced Marett, who kept the ball full and bowled him through the gate. At about 30 for 3, we knew we could win the game. Marett trapped number 5 in front, and Justin plucked a brilliant catch over his head at short extra cover off a classic Mike Carter full toss, bringing a colt out the middle at 7. After some questionable defensive shots, he struck clean blows straight down the ground. Number 3 was finally dismissed by Niroosh in his second spell, as he finally looked to play an attacking shot and was well caught by Ankit at mid off. Numbers 7 and 8 launched something of a counter attack, until the captain threw the ball to Dangerfield. In his first over he took the wicket of number 8, caught and bowled. Niroosh persisted with a fuller length to the colt and got his reward with a good yorker to knock his middle stump back. Dangerfield took the final 2 wickets, LBW and caught simply by Ankit. A very good win for us, which we wouldn’t have thought possible at the start given how well the wicket played, and our depleted bowling attack. The bowlers were consistent in their lines and rarely gave width, and kept good pace up despite the heat. In our innings we were gifted 47 (!!) extras, however we gave up only 6, a fair showing of the consistency of our bowling and fielding, and the great work behind the stumps from Temple. However perhaps if one of our top 6 had managed to convert a start into a big score, it could have been a more comfortable win. I hope we can keep up the effort in coming weeks, and start working our way up to the top of the league.

Shiv-Raj Sharma

Southgate 4th XI v Bessborough IV (away)

Bessborough 260-5 dec (47 overs)

(Shaffick Babwah 3-38)

Southgate 171-7 (45 overs)

(Ricky Gunn 45, Graham Clark 32)

Match Drawn: Southgate 1 point

The opposition somewhat surprising opted to bat first, maybe thinking that the four who were yet to arrive for Southgate were county prospects. After half an hour’s play we were pretty much up to full strength but not before Bessborough had enjoyed a whirlwind start, thanks largely to a totally flagrant abuse of an LBW call which saw S. Heaney on about 15 progress rapidly to 77. The unsatisfactory nature of playing these sorts of teams in this competition had once again ignited fuses. Bessborough, as in the 3rd XI fixture last year, seemed incapable of running beside the wicket rather than down the middle. The usual polite requests were made, followed by pointing it out to the “umpires”. Finally, without the parental guidance of Mike Carter to cool things, a public statement was made by the visiting captain to remind them of how unsporting that action was and that in a more perfect world they would be penalised five runs a time for any further infringements. That seemed, in the main, to do the trick.

After the initial barrage the innings moved into a second phase where we stemmed the run rate and picked up a few wickets, largely due to slow left-arm Shaffick Babwah’s 3-38 in 9. Newcomer Dave Wakefield (but old-comer if you know Eastcote) bowled like a Trojan to take the other two wickets in his 15 overs but he and Julius Thomson suffered in a final onslaught from Wasi Ali (self-confessed 2s player becoming available late) who hit 66 batting at 7 in no time at all. 260-5 bore all the indications of being somewhat out of our reach.

Their bowling was generally tight and accurate although Mustapha’s careless shot would have disappointed him as much as it did me. Peter McLoughlin (14) and Ricky took the score to 70 before the latter was joined by Graham Clark and the two of them succeeded in absorbing overs as much as scoring runs. Although both fell (Ricky for 45 and Graham for 32) Shaffick batted 47 balls for a valuable 22 and Tom Clark and Julius saw the innings out with a little style. “I think we may have batted a bit too long” quote from a square-leg fielder to the umpire. Perhaps the others were more intent on filling their boots rather than winning points.

Ricky Gunn

Sun 29th June

Development Squad vs Stanmore (away)

Southgate

218-9

Stanmore

130-8

Match drawn, Southgate 4 points

The Under 21s turned up on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon to Stanmore confident of a positive performance. With our pre match kickabout complete, Tom lost the toss and we were inserted on a heavily worn pitch.

The start was good with some wonderful shots off the bats of both Edrich and Hughes, before Mark was caught off a leading edge. Kusal ‘Handsome Boy’ Mendis came in at 3 and opened his account with boundaries around the ground, looking to dominate the bowling. The partnership between Edrich and Mendis lasted over 10 overs before Kusal was caught at extra cover looking to find another boundary. Saeed was looking good before being bowled by the left arm spinner, who soon also claimed the wicket of Setia with his quicker delivery. Meanwhile Tom had reached his half century, continuing his good form on a dusty, turning wicket. Sharma joined Edrich and looked to attack the spinners, hitting a few boundaries over the top and using the edges of his bat to good effect. Such was the ungainliness of his shots that frustration mounted for the Stanmore players, and misfields were taken advantage of with some positive running. Edrich was finally bowled by the leg spinner for a solid 73, bringing Dunnett to the crease. He and Sharma rotated the strike well, before an unfortunate miscommunication brought about Shiv’s run out for 33. Henry didn’t trouble the scorers, and Ashley completed his 3rd duck on the trot. Will Dias scored just 3 but importantly gave Phil as much of the strike as possible, which he used effectively through his late cameo of 42, including 2 wonderful straight sixes over the head of a bemused leg spinner. This took us through to 218-9 declared off 44 overs, bringing about complaints from the Stanmore captain (as most things that day had).

Tea was lovely; a good selection of fruit, sandwiches and pasta accompanied with some ice cream. During tea at least 5 new members joined the 850 following the ‘Kusal Mendis Fan Page’ on Facebook, and with this we took to the field.

Phil took the new ball and showed good pace early on, giving the batsmen very few run scoring options. From the other end, newcomer Henry Thompson bowled a wonderful line and length, frustrating the batsmen throughout his spell. His reward came with the score on about 25-0 after 9 overs when a nothing shot presented a simple chance to mid-on. In his very next over, number 3 chipped to the same place but the chance was squandered by a sprawling Sharma. However Southgate kept plugging away, giving away nothing to the batsmen who looked to be setting up for a big dig in. Ashley bowled to a field not often seen in limited overs cricket; 3 slips, a gully, 2 short covers and a short leg. Chances flew left and right of the fielders, but eventually wickets began to fall as number 3 was brilliantly run out by Mendis, throwing down the stumps. Some good fielding accounted for the next couple of wickets and W. Dias bowled a peach to dismiss the Stanmore skipper. At 70 odd for 4 after 25 overs we were right in with a chance of winning the game, however their number 5 timed the ball beautifully from the start of his innings, dispatching anything marginally off line to the boundary. Wickets continued to fall from the other end as some clever field placement and intelligent bowling restricted the hitting areas of the batsmen. Number 6 was dismissed with a great catch from Saeed at mid off, and Edrich running back from slip accounted for number 7. Ashley claimed the wicket of the impressive number 5, caught well by Thompson at fine leg and with 5 overs to go and 3 wickets left we were hunting the 10 points. Setia trapped number 8 in front, and bowled a tight spell which the batsmen barely survived through.

We failed to take the final 2 wickets despite great efforts in the field, but taking 4 points from a strong Stanmore team away from home was a good result. Hopefully we can convert this good form and team spirit into the full 10 points against Hampstead at home this weekend.

Shiv-Raj Sharma

The Bugle Week 6

Welcome to this week’s Bugle, week six saw a mixed bag with excellent wins for the 2nds and 3rds, a winning draw for the 4ths and defeats for the 1st XI at Uxbridge and U21 Development XI away to Winchmore Hill.
This week with souring temperatures and the longest day of summer to look forward to we are slightly short of man power, if you can sneak a game in on either day please make this known ASAP!

Junior Cricket – Help Needed

Ricky is always looking for people to help match manage colts fixtures. This could be as an umpire, scorer or manager! If you would be interested in helping out as a one off or on a more regular basis please contact Ricky directly. All assistance is most welcome and very much in demand, all of the fixtures remaining for the colts in 2014 are on the website http://www.southgatecc.com/colts-fixtures-2014/

If you would be interested in helping run a team next year, now would be a great time to come along and learn the ropes for 2015!

Summer Cricket Camps Confirmed

Once again in partnership with Revolution Cricket we are running two 4-day cricket coaching camps at Southgate in August. All information including prices and dates can be found via this link http://www.southgatecc.com/colts/

Cricket Week

Fixtures are being finalised for our cricket week on the 2nd 3rd and 4th of July. Keep an eye on the website for more details.

Match Reports Week 6

Southgate 1st XI v Uxbridge 1st XI

Uxbridge 184/8 (55)

Southgate 96 all out (41.3)

After spending two days at lords in the scorching sun and watching England post a mammoth total of about 575. It was time to prepare for our game against Uxbridge, and of course by Sod’s law it started to rain this put a halt to any pre-game warm-up and also delayed the start time.

Captain Mir won the toss and decided to have a bowl. Dave Woffinden and Suresh Kalagara were to open, the Uxbridge openers came out with a positive attitude and went all out against our opening bowlers. This forced the skipper to make a change and bring Micheal Stevens into the attack. Shortly after one of the openers appeared to have nicked off and wasn’t given out, Tom Edrich decided to share a few words with him between overs and he was to depart to Stevens only a few overs later.

The Uxbridge number 3 wasn’t in for long as he nicked off first ball to Stevens, he then proceeded  to practice the same shot just outside their club house. The partnership to follow proved to be quite important for Uxbridge as they continued to build their innings, for only Dave Woffinden to pick up his first of three wickets.

Finally after 5 games Ashley and Woffers were finally bowling as a pair and the Uxbridge innings started to collapse, Sivarajah with a quick  3 wickets and Woffers picking up another 2. This left Uxbridge 181 for 8 off there 55 overs.

After tea Southgate went out to bat with a new opening pair in Edrich and Mendis, after an elegant on-drive for 4, Mendis was dismissed trying to hook a short ball. Due a series of events our number 3 nearly got timed but skipper Mir chucked on his pads and went out to bat. All was going well ’till the fall of skipper Mir this then had a domino effect as the rest of the southgate batting order crumbled with Edrich chopping on and Stevens given LBW when leaving one. Phil and Suresh were going well by getting some runs on the board and not giving there wicket away, unfortunately Suresh was to fall and Woffers and Sivarajah followed not shortly after abandoning Phil with only 2 overs to go! After we had a chat about we have to focus on for the coming week where we play Shepherds Bush at home.

Ashley Sivarajah

Southgate 2nd XI v Bessborough 2nd XI

Southgate CC  113 all out 45.2

Bessborough CC 97 all out
(Sam Wadham 4-14)

Southgate win 10 points

The twos were up against Bessborough last weekend fairly confident after having beaten them convincingly  home and away last season.

Skipper Faruqi lost the toss and Southgate were put into bat.

We found ourselves at a similar situation to the week earlier at 50 for 4.

And like the week before it was faruqi who tried to dig the team out of trouble by playing some attacking shots and getting the score board to tick over.

Once again his partner was Kolekar who stayed at the wicket with him displaying a solid defence.
Faruqi was dismissed for 27 and the pair had put on a partnership of 44 taking the score to 94.
The last four batsmen to follow managed 8 runs between them and Amey Kolekar was dismissed for a marathon innings of a valuable  16 runs.

We had managed to scrape together 113 runs on what was a good track to bat on.
Bob Cole, our reputed umpire in the Middlesex circuit did say this was one of the best 2s bowling sides he had seen and a mention must go to their fielding and catching, taking 2 stunning catches at slip and  2 one handlers at mid wicket.

However that was no excuse for scoring 113.
But what’s done is done..
There was chat in our dressing room and a few words of encouragement going out into the field by the skip.

Omair Ali and Abdul quyyum to take the new ball….

Omair bowled with good aggression giving it his all, and Abdul up the hill bowled with great control moving the ball both ways…

We held our catches, kept the field tight and made life very difficult for them.
15 overs later they were 48 for 4, giving us some hope .

Abdul picking up  3 of the top order and Omair getting a well deserved fast bowlers wicket held at second slip by Adeel.

The only batsman to score any runs  (40)was dismissed by faruqi and Sam Wadham playing his first league game for the twos, despite being vice captain, bowled an immaculate spell of 14 overs for 14 runs and 4 wickets… Left arm over moving the ball in and out the batsmen had no idea what was coming at them. A match changing spell which could have caused problems at all level of cricket. It was a treat to watch!

Omair Ali had picked up 2 for the game and we managed to roll them over for 97.

It was a tense affair and a great team effort with a no surrender attitude.

10 points on the board and a great feeling however a lot of lessons to be learned as all 11 of us are aware we cannot get away with defending low totals every week.

The batting top order have a point to prove and will hopefully show their potential against South Hampstead away this Saturday.

Sam Faruqi

Southgate 3rds v South Hampstead 3rds

South Hampstead 112 all out (42.5)
(Mike Carter 4-11)

Southgate 115/1 (29.1)
(Matt Stratten 50* Ollie Bellwood 34*)

Southgate win 10 points

Southgate arrived at South Hampstead’s rented 2nd park pitch in drips and drabs, only to discover no pitch had been prepared (I actually missed playing cricket on a Saturday whilst at University). At 12.55- so much for a 13.00 start- the weary West Indian grounds men stumbled out to the middle to draw the lines somewhere where the outfield met the slightly shorter grass.

The opposition arrived at around 13.10 before opening up with two below average players, not looking to score at any respectable rate. Roy Marett bowled like Roy, keeping it tight, getting 2 wickets in the process. With South Hampstead at 20 (ish) for 3, it looked like it would be over in time for the Columbia game, strong favourites according to Paddy Power regular Marcello. However, Southgate lost concentration and the South Hampstead captain batted sensibly to push the score onto 70. Fortunately, like most teams in the 1987 cricket league a huge collapse ensued due to some hard work from James Dangerfield (2 wickets) and Mike Carter (4 wickets…somehow). South Hampstead finished on 112.

Marcello and Matt Stratten began the Southgate response, playing patiently on a pretty poor pitch. Marchy (20) looked comfortable, playing some good shots before getting cleaned up by the opening bowler. Ollie Belwood (31) and Stratten (50) then did well to guide the side to a huge victory over a very poor side. It is back to home comforts next week for the 3’s, and if not playing at grounds like we did on Saturday next year cannot motivate the team towards promotion, nothing will.

Will Dias

Southgate IV v Old Actonians IV

Southgate 205-4 dec (46 overs)

Ricky Gunn 72, Anupam Dixit 31, Christian McLoughlin 23*, Ankit Patel 22

Old Actonians 138-6 (46 overs)

Match drawn: Southgate 4 points

Important note to all players: believing you have sent a text to your captain on Friday evening that you are crying off for the next day is no guarantee that the message is received (let alone tolerated!).

With eleven men including groundsman Jack and Delmore (if he turned up, unlike last week when he was desperately needed) we were not brimming with match-winning talent. On the strength that Abdullah Munawar would make a big bowling contribution Southgate tentatively chose the batting option, especially as Abdullah was predictably late arriving. Ricky’s iPhone has no evidence to show that a text was received that he was never destined to arrive.  However, Mustapha Mirza unexpectedly turned up to watch and ended up with a game, so many thanks to him for stepping in.

Ricky and Doug took advantage of some loose deliveries and a generous helping of extras to compile 90 for the first wicket in 24 overs before Doug let loose with what was perhaps meanly described as “his first attacking shot” and got caught for 19.  Ankit Patel announced his arrival by instantly hitting a four and a six in a cameo 22. Ricky finally holed out at extra cover for a reasonably responsible 72 but qualified for the reward of a pint of Tribute from Sue. However, the revelation of the day was yet to come when Anupam joined colt Christian McLoughlin at the wicket. Remarkably this heretofore introspective but often technically correct batsman threw off ten fallow cricket years to unleash a series of front foot drives, often well wide of the wicket, to score a rapid 31 before getting caught. He returned to what was pretty much a standing ovation. Christian meanwhile progressed to a creditable 23 when we declared at half-way on 205 for 4, the score being boosted by 36 extras.

With no Abdullah we were reliant on Ankit with the new ball who exceeded expectations with some brisk away-swingers, returning excellent figures of 15-5-22-2.  Shaffick Babwah bowled 13 overs of controlled left-arm spin, and Doug at the end picked up 2-17, pleasingly bowling the Actonians’ number three who had refused to attempt a shot in anger for an hour and a half but, on discovering he had 33 and with overs expiring for a maiden 50, unleashed a series of boundaries which might have made the game more interesting for all of us earlier in the innings.  Bowled for 49 – pity. 138-6 in 46 overs may have produced 4 valuable points but was not the culmination of an exciting game.

Delmore excelled with his industrious groundfielding and bowled the one player who was becoming a bit of a thorn in our side (albeit the leg-side). After a seven-over spell and the message “Thanks Del, have a break; Ankit next over” it was with some sense of confusion that the next ball from that end was delivered by Delmore. I suppose it’s what you call enterprise – or selective deafness. Ankit and I looked at each other, shook our heads and Del continued his very tidy spell of 1-22 in 8.

Great work and encouragement in the field as ever from Graham Clark, many thanks to Jack Stapleton who minded the mid-on spot (although a bouncing rugby ball might have presented fewer problems) and for John Stone’s specialist defensive roles in the gully/short-third area.  Thanks too for the valuable contributions from just the two colts this week, Christian and Mustapha.

Ricky Gunn

Middlesex Development League U21s

On the back of a memorable finals day at Uxbridge last year, the Shield holders travelled to local rivals, Winchmore Hill to kick-off the new campaign.

Eager to get in and set an imposing total, aware of  Hill’s vulnerability to a monumental collapse Edrich duly elected to bat. The innings started on a positive note with the skipper making light work of some early wayward bowling. Unfortunately, his partner Hughes soon prevailed after edging in to double figures. This brought Mendis to the crease who looked to accelerate the scoring before being snaffled by a sharp catch in the cordon. The relatively senior figure of Stevens sought about repairing the early damage and did just that. Leading from the front, Edrich and Stevens shared a  valuable 3rd wicket partnership plundering anything loose across the quick outfield to the rope, accounting for a partnership in the region of 100.

Having brought up his half-century Edrich was soon on his way back to the hutch, shortly followed by Setia. De Crescenzo departed without troubling the scorer, despite some promising chat to suggest otherwise from the pavilion benches prior to his short-lived cameo. This brought the experienced heads of Mir and Stevens together; Stevens now starting to push on, with the scoreboard approaching the 30 over mark. The pair began to pile on the runs with Stevens working the field well and some more aggressive straight swatting from Mir.

Stevens soon fell  after a running mix-up for a chance-less  60 but the lower order failed to press-home our advantage from a strong position. Some late order hitting from Mir helped push the score to a competitive 217 from 40 overs.

New ball pairing Berman and Stevens failed to find a consistent line and length with an explosive start from the Hill number 1. ‎The latter accounting for his less potent partner. The score rattled along to 120 in no time at at all with the batsmen looking to dominate 1st change Sivarajah from ball 1. Our defence was not helped by two expensive overs from Dias, at which stage it seemed proceedings wouldn’t last til the 2nd innings drinks break. Yet, the orange squash remained on ice and rightfully so, as Sivarajah settled into a decent line and length. This coupled with Mir’s part-time off spin restricted the flow of runs resulting in a flurry of wickets, including the opener for a belligerent 90.

At 170 odd – 5 with10 overs remaining, the game was Hill’s to lose, but the Southgate boys had a sniff, induced by knowledge and first-hand experience of Hill’s likeness to tumbing dominoes  batting second. Stevens deputised for Mendis behind the stumps but the Hill middle order stood firm against the spin duo of Mendis and Sivarajah – slowly anchoring them towards the target. Mir returned at the death to bowl and snared the Hill number 7 (for the 2nd time) but his efforts were in vain as the Hill crossed the line with an over to spare, in a hard fought match.

To take the match to the penultimate over was a good effort ‎in the absence of an elusive 11th man after a blistering start from the Hill in reply. The extra 20 runs (1/11 of 220) that ‘TBC’ may have saved in the field or scored with the bat would have proved to be the difference. Our fielding was average at times and provides scope for improvement. Suffering defeat at the hands of local rivals is never a positive outcome but did not detract from an enjoyable game of cricket.

Josh Berman

Summer Coaching Camps Confirmed

Southgate’s hugely popular summer coaching programme returns in August with two 4-day Revolution cricket camps at the Walker Cricket Ground. The camps once again build on Southgate’s excellent coaching partnership with Revolution Cricket.

Week 1 August 4th to Aug 7th (Monday to Thursday)

Week 2 August 11th to Aug 14th (Monday to Thursday)

To sign up please follow this link for full details on the courses: Revolution Summer Cricket TMCC SCC Courses 2014

Any queries please contact Steve Selwood on 0208 1663170 / contact@revolutioncoaching.co.uk

The Bugle – 31st May The MIRaculous comeback !

Read all about the MIRaculous 1st team victory against Winchmore Hill in one of the most enthralling and exciting games ever to be witnessed at the Walker which left many a spectator on the edge of their seats and caused some to fall off. It was great to see all of the members connected to the club in great spirit after the game especially a jubilant and buoyant president who has suffered at the hands of Winchmore on presidents day a few times and remarked that this victory will go down in Southgate folklore.

Reports from a victorious 2’s to come alongside the 3’s who drew and the 4’s who unfortunately came second.

Here we go ………………

Southgate CC 1st XI vs Winchmore Hill (h)

Southgate 81 all out in 37 overs

J. Jouning 23

Winchmore Hill 74 all out in 27.2 overs

D. Woffinden 4 for 20

M. Stevens 3 for 33

F. Mir 3 for 5

It’s a funny old game, it really is, although I’m not sure the Hill would have necessarily been full of mirthful glee following Saturday’s extraordinary chapter of events. Let me start with a little context.

The Hill, local rivals, recent Premier League champions, SCC colt poacher (well, they nabbed Thorpey years ago) former home for a year to current SCC captain, F Mir. To say that Southgate have come off second best in recent encounters would be verging on the libelous. For second best read not at the races, not on the same pitch, third in a horse race of two. We have saved some of our most inept performances for the Hill, and on at least 3 occasions hand delivering them on President’s Day at either the Pauline Ground or our own Walker Ground. All day games finishing before lunch, 1.00pm starts failing to reach tea. A calamitous collapse for less than 70 and a subsequent chase that took all of 5 overs and finished with a six so huge that I’m pretty sure neither the ball nor it’s deliverer (a leg-spinner who’s name I’ve forgotten) have ever been seen since. These are painful memories, memories that need exorcising, wiping, eradicating. Would Saturday provide the requisite tonic, the much need soothing balm?

Well at about 3.30pm with the SCC innings in tatters at 81 all out, the answer appeared to be a pretty definitive no. Okay, so we’d lost a pretty vital toss and had been inserted on a wet, green tinged track that was sure to offer movement and purchase for any half decent seamer. Okay, so the Hill bowlers used the conditions well and caught their catches, a couple of brilliant ones. Okay, so only three batsmen made it to double figures and only one into the twenties. Okay, so we’d contributed to our own downfall by gift-wrapping a couple of needless run outs. Okay, so we were at least 70 runs short of a competitive total. Okay, so the first over of the Hill’s reply went for 10, former Middlesex pro, Scott Newman looking in ominous form and appearing anxious to finish the game inside the first 4 overs.

Well cricket is a funny old game, it really is. Step forward the Woff. (no relation as far as I know to the Hoff, other than a rhythmic one): pro slayer, wicket taker, gravity defier, the only bowler in world cricket seemingly capable of stopping the ball mid flight. Introduced intelligently by the skipper after only 2 overs, I ‘m reasonably certain that neither opening bat had ever seen his like before. Time waits for no man and so it proved for Newman, who unable to control his desire to smash the Woff into East Finchley, ran past one and was stumped by half a pitch. At the other end, young Michael Stevens (he’s actually not that young any more, but he was the last time I wrote a match report in which he featured – old habits die hard and all that) entrusted with the new cherry, was making it talk, nay, he was making it sing. The Hill batsmen, failing to accept that scoring freelyon this track was not especially easy, employed a fatally flawed 3 card trick: block, whack, get out and young Michael took full advantage picking up 3 vital wickets, twice hitting the poles in spectacular fashion.

The Woff meanwhile, was now just beginning to work up a sweat, befuddling, bemusing, bewitching – no two balls are the ever quite the same, despite appearances to the contrary. And having stood at 1st slip to him for close on 95% of his overs in the last few years I speak with a reasonable degree of authority. Watching the Woff bowl from this, or any other vantage for that matter, really is a joy to behold – it is utterly compelling stuff.

Wickets just kept on tumbling and at 40 for 7 we had gone from underdogs to favourites, a glorious passage of play, as intoxicating as it was unpredictable. But then came the hold up, the slow down, maybe there was still life in this game – the ceremonial parade to victory was not going to be without its streaker, its protestor, its political agitator. Two seasoned campaigners were together and realizing that occupation of the crease was the order of the day, they put their big shots back in the locker only to unleash them when the ball demanded it. Runs started to tot up, 40 went to 50, 50 to 60. We needed a change. Phil muttered under his breath how nice it would have been to call upon the tail blasting capabilities of Fasial Mir, who’s hamstring was struggling to cope running between the wickets, let alone steaming in off a long run.

It’s a funny old game, it really is. Adrenaline seemingly coursing through his wooden leg, Captain Long John Mir, marked out his run. Steaming in for the first 3 paces and hobbling in for the rest, the skipper produced a truly devastating spell of controlled, fast, late swing bowling. The dangerous number 9 was beaten for pace all ends up, LBW in front of all three. 8 down, 12 runs required, game on. A difficult chance at short midwicket went begging off the Woff and the game swung back the Hill’s way. The skipper was having none of it, another quick inswinger accounting for De La Rey. 9 down, 7 runs required. A number 11 in a team of number 11’s at the crease but protected by his marginally senior partner. A big, appeal off the skipper correctly turned down, another dropped catch off the Woff – was that it, had we missed our chance, was the game up? Not according to Faisal – he was having none of it. No longer certain if he should run, hop, limp, shuffle or sprint to the crease, he went freestyle, but it barely mattered, such was the arm speed he was generating. The poor unfortunate number 11 didn’t have a hope, another late inswinger following him on his retreat to square leg and clipping the leg stump on its way.

Cue riotous and utterly joyous celebrations from the home side !

The Hill are not the formidable side they were once were, that is clear for all to see. They do however, still possess some very good players and you’d expect them to chase down a target of 81, 99 times out of a 100 and almost as a matter of course. To win in such thrilling circumstances takes some beating that much is for sure. If there’s anyone in the 1st XI who didn’t wake up on Sunday morning with a spring in their step, then they’re made of cooler stuff than me. It’s a funny old game, it really is.

JBJ

2nd XI v North London

North London 173 all out (45 overs)

Southgate 174/8 (40.4 overs)

(Southgate 10 points win)

Saturday 31st May, 2014: a date that will live in Southgate cricket folklore. While the 1st XI’s successful defence of 81 represents an obvious curate’s egg, the 2nd XI can boast a match arguably more unusual.

We started convincingly enough. Despite clear skies overhead, captain Sam Faruqi opted to bowl first on a damp surface and the new ball brought 2 quick wickets. Then, at 7 for 2, Bellwood made a hash of a sharp chance at second slip and things began to get weird.

Firstly, the recipient of the drop decided his luck was in and proceeded to swing like a wonky windmill. More often than not, this tactic brings an early shower but this time a quickfire, and highly agricultural, 40-odd had us ruing our luck. And, while our happy hitter’s partner played with more assured stroke-play, his more cautious style was a better fit for the pitch and he deservedly passed 50 before continuing a little fortuitously into the 70s despite hand cramps that seemed genuine at first before giving way to some slightly embarrassing histrionics. His demise, bowled playing a reverse sweep against Faruqi, would have been a bizarre moment on a less madcap day.

A combination of luck and persistence had brought that partnership to an end, but the regularity of the remaining wickets was the result of a long tail teamed with some good discipline on our part, particularly Ravi Desai’s well-judged spell of old-fashioned slow bowling. However, the final total of 173 was, depending on your viewpoint, somewhere between 20 and 100 more than it should have been.

The Southgate innings began in a similarly unremarkable fashion to that of the home side, but this time it was the bat dominating. Karl Jankowicz took the initiative, swatting away the odd bad delivery here and there to take the partnership well beyond 50 before he lost his partner, the less confident Hughes. Jankowicz then played one shot too many, and Scott Ellis was disappointed to fall LBW shortly afterwards, leaving us 70-3 with the chase in the balance.

At this stage, North London swapped their opening seamers for two more and the new pair bowled a slower pace which, when added to consistent line and length, required a patient approach from no. 3 Joseph and Bellwood, batting at 5. The latter had, in the build up to his innings, yo-yo-ed up and down the potential batting order with an unpredictable back injury which lent an appropriately strange feel to the atmosphere on the bench.

These two looked to be weathering the tough patch but the growing calm was shattered as Joseph clipped one crisply to square leg and ran. Bellwood hesitated momentarily before sending him back but it was just enough to swing a close decision the way of the fielding side. So; game on again, and it flowed and ebbed in equal measure before exploding into surreal drama. Bellwood and Berman getting on top; Bellwood bowled by a part-time swing bowler; Ali’s harsh-looking LBW leaves Berman and Quiyum at the crease requiring 43, but what next?

The first strange thing to happen was that North London’s skipper brought his openers back on despite an improved offering from his change bowlers; what followed was truly bizarre. The bowler returning at the top end responded verbally to some balcony teasing and proceeded to send down what can only be described as the worst over ever bowled. I have marked out the pitch map of this over which, astonishingly, brought a wicket for the cost of just 2 runs. Where a delivery is identified more than once, it resulted in multiple bounces! It should also be noted that the bowler was asked to continue his spell after this offering.

*Ball 6 went on to hit the batsman’s front pad and then the stumps. There was a long delay before no ball was signalled by the umpire

In a tense finale, Berman was dispatched after a small, but valuable, knock before skipper Faruqi farmed the strike well alongside youngster Nirhoosh to bring us home with two men still in the hutch. In truth, it wasn’t a high-class game of cricket, but a win is a win and we’re off the mark for the season.

To seal the surreal deal for the day, Highgate put our 1st XI’s efforts to shame by defending 65 (an enthralling contest punctuated by some stirring fisticuffs), and Faruqi led his men back to Southgate for a drink without telling them about the terrific offer of fried chicken and chips from the culinary experts at North London. You owe us one, skip!

Southgate 3rd XI v Edmonton 3rd XI

SCC 170/7 (46)

Amey Kolekar 78*

Edmonton 152/8 (46)

Carr 4-64

31st May 2014, with a clear forecast, it was a perfect match day. Both sides were pumped up for the game as the previous outing especially for Southgate cc was a wash out. Players were hungry for a good game of cricket. The pitch was damp and extremely slow. With the thick grass in the outfield both the captains new it was going to be a difficult batting track and bowling first was the key.

Edmonton cc won the toss and did exactly expected. They put southgate cc in straight away without hesitation. Southgate cc captain Michael Carter had a good previous game and was confident of putting a good show. Openers Ankit Patel and Doug Gordon tried to give Southgate a steady start. It was going to be a difficult task as the pitch was damp and scoring runs was not easy.  The Edmonton opening bowlers was right on the money. They made southgate batsmen work hard for scoring runs. Southgate opener Ankit Patel broke the shackles by scoring two quick boundaries. As things just started to look comfortable for Southgate Edmonton bowler took his first pray. Adam Jounings joined Ankit Patel at number 3. Before they could repair the damage Edmonton gave southgate another blow by dismissing Ankit Patel. Southgate cc was tottering for 22 for 2 in nearly 10 overs. In walked Kolekar at number 4 position. Jounings and kolekar started the damage repair by treating the ball on its merit. Jounings looked very comfortable at crease and started accelerating the run rate by hitting couple of boundaries. On the other hand kolekar gave Adam Jouning a good solid stand by being cautious and steady. As things started getting back on track Jouning departed on his personal score of 18. Southgate was 56 for 3. Kolekar was joined by Sarfaraz at number 5. Kolekar and Sarfaraz took charge of the situation with good positive approach. The pair played some gorgeous cricketing shots and accelerated the run rate. Sarfaraz played a little cameo of 22 before getting out to a miss hit at covers. It was left to last batting pair Kolekar and Southgate captain Michael Carter to get some valuable runs. The pair did not disappoint and got those crucial runs for southgate in a difficult situation. Captain Michael Carter too scored a quick fire 20 and departed. Kolekar completed his half century with some quality cricketing strokes. Kolekar realizing that there was not much of batting left stepped up and started accelerating by some massive hitting. Kolekar and Roy Marrett together took southgate to a respectable 170/7. Southgate declared their innings in 46th over with Kolekar remaining not out on 78.
With a challenging total on board it was a difficult task ahead for Edmonton cc. The pick of the bowlers for Southgate Roy and Callum started the proceedings. Soon Edmonton got their first blow. Their opener dragged the ball strait on stumps while trying to play a pull on Callum’s bowling. With an early breakthrough southgate saw the chink in the armour of Edmonton. Roy, most experienced bowler in the southgate lineup beautifully exploited the conditions and and clinched 2 for 22. Southgate vice-captain Adrian Carr stepped up and took 4 wickets for 64 runs in 17 overs. Southgate captain Michael Carter contributed by taking one wicket giving a good all round show. The only resistance showed by Edmonton cc was by their captain and number three batsman scoring valuable 55 under pressure to take their side to respectable total of 157/8 in 46 overs.
The game ended in a draw. At one point it was anyone’s game. At the end of the day it was a fantastic game of cricket.
Amey Kolekar

Southgate IV v North London V

North London 147 all out (50 overs)

Southgate 110 all out (36.5 overs)

Southgate (0 pts) lost by 37 runs

An anticipated casual trip over and down Muswell Hill became a Krypton Factor maze as the 4th XI pioneered their way to the Douglas Eyre Sports Ground at Walthamstow (historically an ancient parish in the county of Essex; interestingly, we play in a Middlesex League). This was no mean feat as SatNav ended in an impenetrable vortex at Tottenham Hale shopping centre.

The pitch looked decidedly uneven, with a very short boundary at one end. A good toss to win – which “heads” achieved once again, so seven of the side took the field plus Henry’s dad Peter and the opposition’s Max who subbed until Abdullah, Shaffick, Liam and Julius finally arrived.

Henry Thompson bowled like a dream with rapid in-duckers bemusing the batsmen to distraction. Half-way through the sixth and final over of his permitted stint (of which four were maidens), this was clearly the best spell seen for a very long time with no wicket – until he deservedly hit the stumps with the fourth ball. Liam Babwah (1-23) bowled a tidy spell but it was Abdullah Munawar’s return after two years that caught the eye. After a cobweb-removing first over he bowled like a metronome (16-5-23-4) and nobody could put an effective bat on him. Julius Thomson (2-42) supported him well, Tom Clark hit the middle stump in a short 1-13 spell and Henry picked up a second at the end (2-13) but somehow North London just scraped enough runs to make the target a bit uncertain for us. They had been assisted by some very generous LBW decisions, one of which cost us a 31 stand which may have seriously influenced the result but our ground fielding lapsed a little and their last three wickets made 32 runs which was disappointing. However, 50 overs was two and a half times more than some of the side had ever fielded before.

With 42 overs at our disposal we got off to a bad start with the skipper exuberantly carving a long-hop into the hands of cover in the second over. Mustapha Mirza (15), Liam Babwah (20), Henry Thompson (12) and Shaffick Babwah (12) endeavoured to keep some momentum going. 129 was the four points benchmark if we could survive but suddenly we found ourselves at 79-9. Heroically, Julius (19 not out) and Abdullah clawed their way to 110 with 31 balls left before Abdullah did a Strauss-v-Bollinger-at-Adelaide-2010 and left a ball which “I thought was going to miss the stumps”. A very relieved North London V side celebrated with some justification, not having won for two years.

Given the state of the side in 2013, this is nevertheless a monumental step in the right direction and Graham Clark’s infectious enthusiasm in particular has kindled a positive attitude throughout the team. If we can get our other batsman back from the 3rd XI we should be better equipped to compete on level terms.

Ricky Gunn