The Bugle – Week 16

A bumper edition this week, many thanks to all correspondents.


The first 200 Club draw of 2014 was held at the Club on Saturday 16 August and the winners were:

£300.00……..Shaun Flook…… ( no. 222)

£100.00……..Valda Madden …(no.25)

£50.00……….Tony Young …..(no.155)
Many thanks to all who enter this important contributor to Club funds.

The next draw will be at the Christmas Lunch at the Club on Sunday 07 December.

Anyone wishing to enter please contact Peter Jouning


Middlesex Development League – Shield Final

Southgate Under 21’s play Indian Gymkhana at Barnes Cricket Club on Sunday, 11am start. Please get along to support the boys if you can.


1st XI vs Shepherds Bush

SCC won the toss

Shepherds Bush 242ao (51)
Michael Stevens 6-103
Southgate 128-8 (39)

SBCC 4 points
SCC 1 point

Scorecard: http://southgate.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11887488

League Table: http://www.middlesexccl.com/default.asp?DivisionNo=2&WeekNo=201416

An important fixture between 2nd and 3rd fighting for promotion saw a roller coaster of a game this week for the 1’s away at Shepherds Bush. The game repeatedly swung both ways before ending in a very boring draw which could be crucial when points are counted up in just 2 games time.

After winning the toss and deciding to field Southgate made a fantastic start with Skipper Faisal Mir clean bowling Sheppard Bush’s overseas pro who decided to leave one that swung late straight onto middle stump. The pressure did not last for long though as Jack Brydon at number 3 for the Bush came in and attempted to hit everything out of the ground. Due to some short bowling for a little while this came off and he raced at almost 10 runs an over until finally Mir struck again with a beautiful in-swinging yorker trapping the number 3 LBW for 49 (31 balls).

At this point the score was 60 for 2 and we were only into the 7th over. Some tidy bowling from Stevens (6-105 from 23) and a very economical spell from ash meant that we got the run rate down.  Wickets began to fall and the Bush were left at a vulnerable 192 for 8.  We were in high spirits. The skipper said no more than 205 and this felt extremely likely at the time…oh dear. Bush’s Number 7 Howell opened his shoulders and it started to rain boundaries like they were going out of fashion! We eventually took the 10th wicket in the 51st over leaving us a target of 243 in 49 overs.  Game on!

After a steady first 8 overs, at which point we were 30 for 0, the rains came. What? This wasn’t written in the script, or in Karl’s weather app which insisted it wasn’t raining even as drops of water covered the screen.

Overs were reduced and we went back out with 31 overs to hit 185 to salvage a winning draw.

The pitch which had been relatively slow with no real flavour in the 1st innings (Faisal having had the Bush’s opener snicked 3 times before all falling short of the slips who were already dangerously close) suddenly came to life! Stevens hit a nice 33 and Johnson fought back with a gutsy 23 but wickets kept falling and the run rate kept creeping up and up. A flurry of boundaries by Kalagara gave us a little hope for an over or 2 until he was caught on the boundary for 30 leaving us still 60 runs short with 8 wickets down.  We made the decision that giving them 10 points was not worth the risk and Mir batting at an unusually low number 10 teamed with Johnson to build a brick wall and bat out the final 7 overs for 1 point.

This leaves us in 3rd place 10 points behind top and 2 points behind the Bush in 2nd. All to play for with 2 games to go!

Scott Ellis


2nd XI vs South Hampstead II

SCC 143ao (46.1)
Durgacharan 44

SHCC 145-8 (38.5)
Scorecard: http://southgate.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11887509

League table: http://southgate.play-cricket.com/league_table?id=1494&season_id=72

The 2s were at home to a bottom of the division South Hampstead this week.

For the last 3 years it was always the same pattern of we never managed to beat South Hampstead away but always had a winning result at home.

Unfortunately I lost the toss again.

I think that is 5 in a row now.

We were inserted to bat on a good track. Alvin and Mark Hughes opened up with some solid defence and took the score to 23 when Hughsey nicked one to the keeper. Amey at number three then built a steady partnership with Alvin until he was dismissed for 15, First ball after drinks.

25 overs into the game now with Alvin looking good there was talk of 220 being a good target. After Alvin got out for 44 Adeel chipped in with a useful contribution of 33. We were now 128 for 4 with 12 overs to go. A good platform was set by the top 4 for the rest of us to go on.

That was not the case. We crumbled to 143 all out in 47 overs
.

Some good bowling from the opposition medium pace bowler who bowled a good line and used a batsman friendly track well by bowling accurately and to his field. M Choudhry finished with figures of 17 overs, 5 for 47.

The 2s have been in this position a few times before and have made a real fight out of it.

We did so this week as well.

Abdul and Wadders with the new ball made the ball zip around. They got to a lucky 30 before we got the breakthrough. I picked up another at 50 and then Ravi spun his web. 71 for 4.

Wadham came back into the attack and we had them in trouble at at 85 for 7. The equation was now they needed 50 or so with three wickets left. Team at the bottom of the table who needed a win.

Out walked their captain who was a regular ones player until a couple of years ago, and played with good calmness, rotating the strike and kept the scoreboard ticking.

I tried a few bowling changes to try and get the breakthrough until Ravi got his 3rd wicket with their score on 115. With two wickets to go and them needing just under 30 we had a slight chance again.

It was as if they had reversed the batting. Their number nine looked better than their top three and confidently hit a few shots taking the pressure off their skipper on the other end.

Unfortunately this pair took them home, despite some confident appeals from our bowlers, especially a caught behind which a few boys around the bat were convinced was out.

It was always going to be a very difficult score to defend. Another 25 runs on the board from our end and the game could have had a different ending.

A special mention must go out to Ravi and Sam Wadham who bowled very well under the circumstances and the fielding was exceptional.

It was a game of ups and downs but just wasn’t meant to be ours at the end.

We are up against Wembley this week at their ground and will hopefully come back with 10 points there!

Sam Faruqi


3rd XI vs Old Actonians III
Southgate CC 186 ( 37 overs )
Babs Oduwole 42 , Ricky Gunn 32 , Julius Thomson  35

Old Actonians
187-4 (38.3 overs)

Scorecard: http://southgate.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11972797
League Table: http://southgate.play-cricket.com/league_table?id=10058799&season_id=72

With last week’s loss against the team at the bottom of the league table, our chances of promotion were as thin as the availability that we have had from our players at all levels. To hang on to the slim chance we had of promotion, a win was a must against the opposition playing for nothing. Captain Mike won the toss and decided to bat first taking into consideration the small boundaries and having a decent bowling line up in our ranks. In went Ricky to open the bat with our in-form opener Julius. The ball was bouncing quite a bit on a very green pitch and with the help of one of their openers bowling quite a few wide deliveries we had a very decent start. Just then one of the deliveries bounced Ricky playing without the HELMET went to dispatch the ball for four missed and got hit on the nose. With Ricky having to go off to clean up his cut, in went Ankit who was soon trapped LBW. Sarfaraz walked in and looked promising as always before he got caught out to one delivery that bounced on him. In went Shiv who played a couple of great shots reminding us what he is capable of before being trapped LBW.

At this stage Julius was still playing some great shots keeping the score board ticking. Mike walked in and started playing shots threatening to take the game away from opposition when he played one shot too many and got caught at long mid wicket. Next in was Babs and soon after Julius departed after playing a very good knock of 35. At this stage things were looking bleak but Ricky took it upon himself to bat again after having taken a hit in the opening this time wearing a HELMET. Ricky and Babs started taking the game to the opposition and there was still hope to put a very good score on board. Ricky departed scoring a very valuable 32. Babs stayed in while we lost wickets at the other end regularly. With babs scoring 42 and a very generous 29 extras we posted 186 in 37.2 overs leaving opposition with plenty of overs to chase with small boundaries.

Over tea conversation about how good the tea was took over. Fairly happy with the score we took the field confident of defending it. Opening bowling pair of Niroosh and Liam bowled well restricting the batsmen to odd singles. Soon we had bowled 19 overs with score at 55 when the heavens opened up and it started pouring. The opposition captain was worried about us bowling the 20th over and walking off to get a winning draw and decided to walk off himself with rain getting heavier. Half an hour later rain stopped and we took on the field once again. At this point the game changed and our bowlers struggled having to bowl without sawdust and wet ball. It was as if we had given up and then overthrows and extras started building up. Mike bought himself to bowl and got a wicket with his first ball giving us hope. In the end we struggled to keep the scoring down and returned the favour by giving 54 extras helping Old Actonian chase the runs in 38 overs with only 4 wickets down.

Any hopes of chasing the top 3 down went with it. With 2 games to go we hope to win both and end the season well. With a bit of luck and much better availability next season we hope to achieve the promotion.

Ankit Patel


4th XI vs Bessborough IV

Bessborough won the toss and fielded

Southgate 149 all out 48.1 overs

Peter McLoughlin 68

Bessborough 118 all out 24 overs

Shaffick Babwah 6-40

Southgate won – 10 points

League Table: http://southgate.play-cricket.com/league_table?id=10058803&season_id=72

This was the biggest come back since Lazarus.

Having been inserted by a Bessborough team jubilant at winning the toss the 4’s crashed to 7-3, including a second ball duck for the skipper. They had a young bowler who could swing the new ball in to the right hander and judging from the results it must have been late and unplayable! Things got even worse when Anupam slipped when called for a quick single and was run out for 16-4. Throughout the carnage Peter McLoughlin remained apparently serene and unflustered. With Graham Clarke and then son Christian he took us to a very poor, but not completely humiliating ‘all over 2 hours before tea’ scenario that had been on the cards. Christian was really unlucky when the bowler misfielded a fierce drive from his dad and he was run out backing up. There was a slow motion few seconds that seemed like five minutes while the bowler slowly realised what had happened and finally appealed. Mustafa Mirza played a breezy knock of 22 with some good clean hits which was just what was needed to get us to about 100. Around this time Peter started to be a little more aggressive, went past his 50 and finally went for 68 trying to move things along. There was good support from Shaffick Babwah and we ended up with 149 all out. This was pretty much entirely due to Peter who held the whole thing together and gave us something to bowl at.

Bowling resources were pretty sparse. Quality was fine, but numbers were low with young medium pacers who could only bowl a limited number of overs. So over tea a plan was hatched to start the bowling with Shaff’s left arm and rotate the youngsters from the other end. This worked a treat. Bessborough came out all guns blazing. The approach seemed to be that one opener would stay solid and keep things ticking over while at the other end they had a thrash. Callum Silva did well to remain cool under the onslaught. He had the pinch hitting opener caught in the covers and then bowled the ultra-aggressive no. 4 the over after going for about 15. At the other end Shaff got to work. He gave them nothing and chipped in with an LBW. Then the rain came and we lost 6 overs. But within an over or two Shaff got the other opener played on and at about 60-4. This was the big wicket and we could see the win was on. This was especially true when Shaff got two in two, including their skipper who looked composed and a threat, bowled round his legs . Tom Clarke replaced Cullum and took a wicket caught in the covers. And from then on we were mopping up. Tom finished the game with an LBW and queue the celebrations.

Bessborough deserve credit for the sporting way they played the game and in particular gave 3 LBWs. All were excellent shouts and you could see the torture on the faces of the umpires as they tried to find a way to say ‘not out’, but they gave the right decisions.

There was prolonged post-match analysis in the bar over jugs. The skipper awarded man of match to Peter McLoughlin, because without him we’d have been embarrassed, but the match ball went to Shaff for his 6-for.


Doug Gordon


Friendly vs Old Citizens
Washed out


Good luck to all  this weekend.

SCC

The Bugle – Week 15

1st XI v Uxbridge:
“Treesy does it ” ( part deux )
Uxbridge 55ao (28.2)
Woffinden 6-13

Southgate 55-1 (12.1)

After a very satisfying victory last weekend over the league leaders the SCC Hero XI entertained Uxbridge on Presidents’ Day on a rather damp and dreary morning after a couple of heavy showers the evening before.

The toss was going to prove crucial and although there was the sign of the clouds dispersing and the sun breaking through during the day it was a case of Mir trying to win the toss and bowl in what were good overhead conditions.

However by 12.30pm conditions suddenly changed and the sun had finally come out and it was turning out to be a glorious sunny afternoon.

It was a case of déjà vu as a similar situation at their place when Mir was adamant he was going to bat first on what was an old wicket only for a downpour twenty minutes before the start which somewhat clouded his judgement and we ended up bowling.

Not this time toss won and decision made opposition inserted, the fact we had only three bowlers at our disposal which included a skipper who was recovering from a viral infection of some sort (Cockfosters on Thursday might have had something to do with it) meant the cupboard was looking rather bare, in fact it was desolate.

So a decision late on Thursday to take the old wicket knowing we were going in with only one seamer and two slow bowlers after a team change at the last minute was made, hoping the slow pairing of Woffinden ( although he won’t admit it ) and Sivarajah would bowl the bulk of the overs .

Mark Hughes was the late call up on Thursday after he deputised for us last week as Michael Stevens had split his webbing, who incidentally popped down on Saturday to watch as he was due to take his stitches out at the nearby hospital only to forget as he got carried away with his first proper crush in life Caroline Rowe and somehow managed to end up in a casino in Central London with her and completely forget about the stitches, only Mikey could achieve such a feat.

With a top order bat missing Matt Stratten who has been in a rich vein of form for the 2’s up top was drafted in .

Truth is we were missing a few but with our current form and the momentum we were carrying we backed ourselves to do a job .

And what a job we did ……….. !

Uxbridge bowled out for 55 in 28 overs. The main chief destroyer and it’s fair to say along with his best bowling performance of the year David Woffinden with a superb return of 6-13 of 14 overs.

A spell which started the day as it had finished , beautifully controlled , a carefully placed field and very crafty from the Barnsley Metronome !

The opposition batsmen did not have a clue and would probably have a few more expletives to add to that (including their overseas bat who destroyed his stumps in utter rage after being adjudged lbw to Woffers) but all in all a sensational effort from the Woff which was backed up by a groggy Mir 2-31 of 10 overs (two tablets of Sudafed the night before were not the right choice) and a fantastic effort from Ashley Sivarajah 2-9 of 4 overs when he came on.

With the fielding probably the best it’s been all year in what was a very youthful side (great catch from Karl at gully, Hughesy also for the first wicket alongside a brilliant stumping from Ellis) we trotted off the park at 3pm only to discover that the Presidents lunch was fully in swing and so tea would not be ready .

It was decided we’d go straight back out (first Indian Gym fixture came running scarcely into my thoughts, “battheovers”…….still haven’t recovered I guess) with a ten minute turnaround and the theme which had been running all day was to be ruthless and give them nothing .

The new opening partnership of Edrich and Stratten strode out to the crease looking to wind down the score of 55. Both started off well with Edrich playing very sensitively  and Stratten looking very accomplished. The opening bowler which did the damage in the first fixture was pulled off by the fourth over with Stratten falling at the other end nicking off to first slip. Enter our Sri Lankan overseas import who has never looked out of form all year albeit the runs have eluded him and he from ball one took control and imposed himself on a side that looked like they had thrown the towel in after a few sumptuous drives.

Mendis displayed a wide range of his shot making capabilities and at one stage was treating their bowlers with utter distain. Edrich at the other end still batting sensitively looked to rotate the strike and cashed in on anything loose .

A very good effort from both and by the start of the twelfth over the game had been won by a glorious cover drive and the SCC heroes had once again won three on the bounce for the second time this year, 58-1 cue the announcement for “get the drinks in Woffs” aided by a very kind gesture from Skippy with another jug on the house.

With a somewhat disgruntled brigade of members who attended the President’s day and had just finished their lunch who truth be told were looking for more of a game to view it was left to the skipper to apologise to everyone (except to the president who had witnessed us being on the end of a mauling far too many times on Presidents’ Day and for once could smile) for wrapping it up by 3.30pm

It was a very clinical and ruthless display from a very young side, it shows the progress that has been made and the appetite for the team to keep winning.

With a few results going our way that evening it has left us second in the league table leap frogging Shepherds Bush who just held out for a draw, 149-9 of 50 overs at league leaders Indian Gym (certainly been there!).

Which leads us onto our next game this weekend against Shepherds Bush who are one point behind us in third. It will prove to be a season defining game and is exactly the test we are looking for as a team going into the business end of the season .

It’s where we want to be at this stage of the season and it’ll test the character of this side. Winning is a habit and we have picked up three fantastic wins in a row, the last time we did this earlier on in the season we faltered in our aim to go four in a row .

That opportunity has presented itself once again and we shall look to give a better account of ourselves next week at the Bush in what shall be a crunch game .

That word confidence allows people and teams to play at their best and conversely a lack of confidence somewhat puts doubt into you.

I know where we stand at the moment .

Faisal Mir


2nd XI @ Bessborough

SCC 162-9 (55)
Joseph (60)

BCC
122ao (43.2)

An optimist views a glass as half full, whereas a pessimist would contend that is is half empty.  So, how to assess a battling performance, a comfortable win, and a display of superior cricket from start to finish, against a side lying second in the table, when you are languishing in the lower half of the table?

The first thing to say is that – while there was a committed effort from the whole batting line-up – with special mentions for Amey, Marcello, and Omair, the win came largely as a result of the efforts of one batsman. Max Joseph demonstrated a level of concentration and application far beyond that of his teammates and was good value for his 72 from our 162. Max’s epic dig-in was certainly in the mould of Geoffrey Boycott, who will tell you that both teams must bat before you know what a good score is, and at the break we were truly clueless as to whether we had enough runs.

It turned out we did have enough, but not by much. In defending the total we were indebted to a disciplined and skilful opening partnership of Abdul Quiyum and Sam Wadham, both of whom found regular swing and seam. They were backed up ably by our spin twins, Desai and Faruqi (the latter also rotated his bowlers well), and a resolute spell from Omair Ali in the unfamiliar “first change” position. We also fielded excellently and there were notable catches at first and second slip from Saeed and Joseph respectively. I’d also like to add that there were no byes despite a make-shift wicketkeeper, and just 2 no-balls (probably a record for this team).

Results elsewhere, particularly a facile win for Enfield, mean that promotion may be beyond us – you’d have to be a hell of an optimist to expect us to leapfrog 5 teams and make up 19 points on the highest placed of those. However, it’s fair to say we won’t now be relegated and we can concentrate on playing positive cricket between now and the end of the season.

So, am I an optimist? Buy me a half and you’ll find out.


Ollie Bellwood


3rd XI v South Hampstead

SHCC 192ao (48.4)
(Carter 5-45)

SCC 144-9 (43)

Four games left and the gap at the top narrowed to just ten points: week 15 was going to be important.  With a strong side out and the rock bottom South Hampstead – without a win all season and currently sat on -6 points – our opponents for the afternoon, hopes were high.

These hopes remained hopes.

Winning the toss proved to be our biggest success on Saturday as our opening pair of Liam Babwah and Mike Carter, despite taking early wickets, failed to keep the run rate down.  A string of batsmen came in, hit thirty in no time and got out.  While it felt like we were taking wickets consistently, we were also leaking runs equally consistently.  James Dangerfield and Adrian Carr contributed to the wicket tally but the opposition continued to edge up towards the two hundred mark.

Not knowing the rules of 1987 League Cricket, their opposition captain just kept batting and a rather tiresome last five overs or so of blocking ensued until we eventually took the tenth wicket in the 50th.

Chuffed to bits they’d got so many runs, it was certainly all to play for in the second half as confident Southgate felt they had the firepower and ability to knock them off.

This did not happen.

Julius and Ankit got us off to a good start before a good ball took in-form Thomson and Ankit…well…shall we just say ‘failed to make his ground’.  Jeremey and Sarfaraz took up the numbers three and four slots respectively and worked to rotate the strike and hit some big shots.  Though pressure built up at one end, forced a mistake from our season top-scoring batsman Dangerfield and the beginning of the end had begun.

Some very average batting from the middle to lower order, saw us in all sorts of trouble and if it wasn’t for the ability of messers Will (red-inker) Temple and Babwah Snr, the game would well and truly have been lost.

The one point we managed has kept us vaguely in contention but with 19 points now the difference between the Trees and Wycombe House, it may be a case of appealing to lady luck for a late season miracle.

Mike Carter


4th XI @ Old Actonians

SCC
130ao (35.1)

OA 131-2 (27.5

Nothing to report.


Shield Semi-Final: Southgate v North London
Southgate 215-8 (40 Overs)
Mendis 87
Setia 67

North London
154ao (38.4)
Thompson 5-33)

A match report hasn’t been written by any of the players. It should however be reported that Tom Edrich and his young side have reached the MDL Shield Final for the 2nd year running and will have the chance to defend their title on August 31st at Barnes Cricket Club, 11am start.

The starts of the show in the semi-final (on paper) were Kusal Mendis (87) and Karan Setia (67) which allowed Southgate to pose what was ultimately a very good score. The big news of the day was Henry Thompson’s five wicket haul which sounded like a magnificent effort and included a triple wicket maiden, well done Henry!


Announcement

Congratulations to Wadders and Amber who are engaged to be married. It’s probably a good job Coley wasn’t present as it would’ve been debatable whose finger would have been raised first on current form. Well done to Sam.

Photo


Josh on tour.

Josh’s tour of the West Indies with ‘Gate legend Raymond Bynoe continues, great to see the Southgate badge featuring overseas!



The Church Times Cricket Cup Final is taking place on Thursday 4th September 2014 at the Walker Ground,11 am start.


And finally…

This man believed to be operating under the alias ‘Lord Straightbreak’ has allegedly featured on the nations’ television screens this week. Anyone with the actual footage please get in touch…


Good luck to everyone involved with the club this weekend.

SCC

The Bugle – Week 14

Welcome to this week’s Bugle, another exciting installment detailing two magnificent wins for the 1s and 3s and a sound drubbing for the 2s, many thanks to all contributors.

It’s going to be a really important four weeks for the club, please make yourself available and good luck to all involved.


1st XI v Indian Gymkhana (home)

Southgate 189 for 8 (55 overs)
Dunnett 73, Setia 33

Indian Gymkhana 143 all out (41.5 overs)
Mir 5-43, Sivarajah 3-17

Bat the overs, win the game.

Words that have haunted the 1st XI since our away fixture against top of the table Indian Gymkhana earlier in the season when we finished 129 for 9 from 60 overs chasing 130.

At that stage of the season, we had just played our get out of jail free card to bowl out Winchmore Hill for 74 to win by 7 runs and while spirits were high, its fair to say confidence was not.  This time around we were coming in on the back of a demolition of the Hill by 8 wickets and the best match report since Ben Hasselhoff’s heyday.

Indian Gym won the toss and invited Southgate to bat.    Michael Stevens and Tom Edrich opened up against a surprisingly all seam attack that would go on to bowl an even more surprising 27 overs between them.   Tom fell early, trying to cut one that was too close and Kusal Mendis was bowled by a beauty that came back late.

Hero Mike and the in form Phil Dunnett had to work hard against a disciplined bowling attack.   Mike once again looking to impose himself on the bowlers, but cult hero Gary finally got his man when Mike edged to gully for 34.  Then it was spin time and the flashbacks began.   Faisal Mir was pinned in front by the off spinner’s quicker one and Karl Jankovicz followed shortly afterwards, leaving us 66 for 5.

Phil was joined by Karan Setia with a further misstep potentially fatal.  Phil and Karan showed considerable resolve and restraint building a platform that brought the 100 up in the 40th over.   Boundaries were still hard to come by, but the batsmen gradually began to get on top, running hard (occasionally) and manoeuvring the ball with precision.

Risks could finally be taken but, on reflection, a quick single to their pro was a risk too far as Karan became the latest notch on Phil’s run out bedpost.   Karan’s 33 and Phil’s excellent 73, with a few lusty blows from the long handle cowboys, added 89 runs in the last 15 overs and set a challenging 190 to win in 45 overs.

With the new ball Suresh was unlucky once again, beating the bat and repeatedly finding the outside edge without reward.   At the other end Faisal was charging in and the Indian Gym top three struggled with his extra pace, the openers edging behind giving Scott Ellis two of his four catches and number three clean bowled.

Indian Gym’s skipper threatened a counter attack, before being trapped LBW.  The top scoring number 5 and in particular the pro hidden away at 6 were even more aggressive.  Mike replaced Faisal at the top end and was treated with respect.  Woffers replaced Suresh and was treated with disdain.

Mike bowled superbly, nipping the ball off the seam and bowling a very tight line and length.   Chances were given, but with both batsmen set, we needed pressure from both ends.  Sunday specialist and top end devotee Ashley Sivarajah put his preferences and calendar to one side and came on at the bottom end.

The runs dried up.  Mike lured the pro into a risky drive, Phil took the catch and with it Indian Gym’s chance of an outright win.  Four points, however, was less than three runs an over away and Indian Gym still had five wickets in hand. We had stopped the runs, but now we needed wickets.

Tom and Scott demonstrated their juggling abilities behind the stumps, hard catches made even harder but taken all the same as Ash found turn and bounce.  Mike trapped another LBW before refusing once again to show off by catching the ball.  Sadly, this time his generosity resulted in split webbing and a trip to A&E.

Faisal wasted no time in getting his hands on the ball and with Ash despatching the number 10 LBW first ball, the scene was set once again.   The familiar deep breath, the acceleration to the crease, the nick behind and the game winning five for.

There was only one more thing for the skipper to do … dig out the number of that guy who gave him such a good review the last time he took a few wickets.

Woffers


2nd XI v Osterley

SCC 68 All out

Osterley 69/2

The second team went into Saturdays game away at league leaders Osterley following a couple of positive performances but also missing a few key players. We began the day knowing that there was a possibility that we could be involved in the end of season shake up at the right end of the table, but ended it knowing that promotion hopes were well and truly finished for another year.

On arrival at the ground it became very clear the wicket may favour the bowlers.

The toss was once again all important and once again it didn’t go our way and we were inserted. The wicket was two toned at this time due to issues with the covers and this made batting very difficult against a tall opening bowler who bowled in good areas.

Although the areas he bowled should have prevented us from scoring freely it shouldn’t have bought him the 8 wicket haul it did as he did not threaten the stumps often with his range of out swingers and bouncers. The Southgate batters failed to adapt to the damp conditions and a procession of wickets tumbled to catches from players trying to play forcing shots against balls that should have been left well alone. 10 for 2 became 40 for 5 which subsequently became 68 all out.

During a reflective period over a pint watching the first teams great victory later in the afternoon we found a positive in the fact that it was a proper team 68 with the runs shared around!

Rather than being put out of our misery, we were forced to have tea before Osterley started their reply. Sandwiches were decent and accompanied by an interesting take on Bombay Aloo.

We went into the field determined to compete and to try and take some momentum into the remaining games and wanting to take as many wickets with us as we could, and the Osterley batsman looked like they may oblige as they were definitely in a hurry.

Wadham picked up an early wicket and when Amir Khan (relation of captain Faruqi) ran out a batter who was determined to never actually spend any time in his crease, Osterley were 10 for 2.

It could have been 17 for 3 but an easy catch was put down and any chance of making the game interesting went with that drop. Ali picked up a wicket with a decent delivery but it was all in vain as Osterley won by 7 wickets at a canter.

As I said previously, a few of us went back up to the club to debrief over a beer and were fortunate to witness a great fielding performance from the first team in knocking over the league leaders. Congratulations guys!

Wadders


3rd XI v Alexandra Park

AP 105 all out (45.2)
Carr 5-17
Marrett 3-31

SCC
107-4 (36.1)
Thompson 35*
Odwole 29*

A fresh looking Southgate 3s side took to the field against potentially tough opponents, Alexandra Park.  The latter had edged us out in a tightly contested affair earlier in the season and with a flat wicket prepared, the sun out and a nice green outfield awaiting us, the opposition eagerly eyed up the opportunity to bat.

Having got into a bit of a purple patch of winning the toss, skipper Carter was confident of the same today and duly as the silver ten pence piece dropped, the opposition skipper called incorrectly.
Rather than take the assertive, attacking decision to have a bat, skip played it safe and convincing himself the wicket would do all-sorts early doors, took the ball.

An excellent opening spell from Niroosh and Liam Babwah saw the two accomplished openers slowly frustrated into making mistakes.  While only one wicket was taken between the pair in the first thirteen overs, only 23 runs were scored.  Backed up by some excellent cover fielding from Dave Huntingford and Julius Thomson (the latter with three innings catches) and an impressive third team debut from keeper Christian McLoughlin, wily Sage and swing-master Marett bamboozled, baffled and bowled over the top to middle order.  Now unable to score runs and with wickets tumbling at regular intervals a rather defensive approach was taken by AP, who managed to bat out 45.2 overs for their 105.

This created a great, pressure-free opportunity for the younger batsmen in the side to make a mark on 3s cricket, and duly that was what happened.

Carter and Patel saw off (sort of) the opening bowlers and took us a quarter of the way there until the skipper skied a half-tracker (still haunting his dreams) on leg-stump.  In strode Julius Thomson, off the back of a quality seventy-odd last week in the 4s.  Careful and methodical, he worked to knock of the total with the help of Ankit, (the recently re-emerged) RBL and Babs, who contributed a run of lofted drives over mid-wicket to see us home within 37 overs.

Given the influx of new players and the relative in-experience of the side, this was an incredibly impressive and professional display from a team that gelled right away, held their catches and batted sensibly.  If only it was this simple every week.

Mike Carter


4th XI conceded due to poor availability


The Middlesex Development League Semi was rained off and will be replayed this Sunday at the Walker Ground


Until next week,

SCC

The Bugle Week 13

A brilliant week for the club with famous wins for 1s, 2s and 3s and a winning draw for the 4s on Saturday. Victory in the Sunday friendly versus Holtwhites and a run-fest against the 1987 League representative XI on Tuesday. Well done to everyone involved.

This week’s bugle is a cracker, read on…

A new Hero emerges

Southgate CC 1st XI vs Winchmore Hill (a)
Saturday 2nd August 2014
Winchmore Hill 178 all out in 51.1 overs
F. Mir 2 for 23
M. Stevens 3 for 19
D. Woffinden 3 for 66
A. Sivarajah 2 for 37

Southgate 183 for 2 in 34 overs
M. Stevens 72
K. Mendis 87*

It’s dark, just a hint of morning sunshine peeking through a gap in the unfamiliar curtains. The walls don’t look quite right either, had the old man painted my bedroom whilst I was at work? And this duvet is a tad on the feminine side – I swear my bedding is a deep, manly blue. Hold on a second, this isn’t my bed; this isn’t my bedroom and who is this lithe, delicious brunette lying beside me. Where the hell am I?  Shit, what time is it?

And so begins the familiar Saturday morning routine of a new SCC hero – well, a returning prodigal son if truth be told.

My mind springs back to life, my memory makes a sudden and welcome return. It was just another Friday night. A few drinks after work, I get chatting to a girl at the bar. She likes me, I know she does, who wouldn’t? She’s Russian, Ukrainian, Irish, Scottish perhaps, dark hair, sense of humour and on the dangerous side of naughty – this could be fun. We have a few more drinks and then I impress her with a whistle stop of south London’s seedier nightspots. It’s late, the last train to Cuffley has left the station, there’s only one option, its back to hers – of course it is, the evening was only ever heading back to hers. But now it’s Saturday morning, last night was last night. I glance over at Vanya, I’m pretty sure that’s her name –she’s sound asleep, her face a picture of serenity, of deep contentment. She’s had one hell of a night. But I’ve got to move on and fast, it’s 11am, I’m in a motel on the Bayswater Road and I could be opening the batting in less than 2 hours. Am I meant to be picking up my Sri Lankan charge? I can’t afford for my Sat Nav to let me down again. I mean really, how can there be two Enfields in the United Kingdom. Lucky I had the presence of mind to turn off the A1 before I hit the Watford Gap, otherwise I’d never have made it to the ground on time.

After two hugely disappointing defeats Captain Mir won the toss and had no hesitation in inserting the Hill. The pitch had a big bearing on the previous two results, so it was good to have first use of a wicket that looked invitingly green for our seam attack. Suresh probed intelligently from the off, getting good pace and carry, sliding the ball down the slope and past the outside edge time and time again. Faisal down the hill, but into a stiff breeze bowled with his usual pace and aggression and soon trapped Gatting bang in front – the first of the Hill’s two real danger men dispatched without troubling the scorers significantly. A good start got better when the Hill’s number 3 injudiciously took on Faisal’s shorter ball, succeeding only in presenting the simplest of catches to Woffers as he completely mistimed an attempted pull – beaten for pace, beaten all ends up in fact. This brought Scott Newman to the wicket and with Gatt back in the hutch it was clear that the Hill’s hopes of posting something really significant lay firmly at Newman’s door. Having been bewildered by Woffers’s slower one in the first fixture it seemed unlikely that a player of this caliber would fall the same way again. Faisal nearly had him first ball, with one that jagged back down the hill but an inside edge saved the day.

Picked up kit, tick; picked up Kusal, tick; picked up another member of the fairer sex, tick. It was now time to pick up a wicket and with Newman recently arrived at the crease it was only a matter of time before the skipper would call on my slippery seamers. I did, after all, have a canny ability to pick up vital wickets just when they were most required. I only needed one ball. Sensing a mild weakness on his leg stump, I deliberately drifted the ball onto Newman’s pads, encouraging him to turn it just behind square in the air to where I had astutely positioned our finest fielder, Ashely Sivarajah, who swallowed the chance with alacrity. This was fast turning into one hell of a day.

At 30 for 3 SCC were firmly in the box seat – time to go for the jugular. Two more quick wickets followed and hopes of dismissing the Hill for less than a 100 for the second time in the season were understandably high. Sadly we failed to take our opportunities and in what was a disappointing and hugely frustrating session, littered with dropped catches, we let them off the hook. The young numbers 5 and 7 took full advantage and in a stand worth over 60 the Hill nudged towards respectability. Fortunately our bowling held firm and despite a distinct lack of support in the field, Woffers, Ashley and Stevo all chipped in with important wickets, including a rare collectors item, a Sivarajah caught and bowled.

This bowling thing really is rather easy. Run in, wobble the ball around a bit and the wickets will come. Two more in fact to add to my increasingly impressive tally. I snaffled a couple of catches too. I probably could have two more if I’d wanted, but I didn’t think it was fair on the rest of the team. I could have easily stretched my right hand out a little further, jumped a little higher, even dived perhaps, but insouciantly plucking the ball out of the air would have been too much, just a tad over the top. I mean no one likes a show off.

A late flurry by numbers nine and eleven threatened to hold up proceedings but with Woffers making the necessary investment, conceding 2 huge sixes over long off before finally snaring his man at deep mid on, the game was up and the Hill were all out for 178 in ?? overs. Good bowling, average fielding but on a good wicket with a lightening fast outfield the game was there for the taking.

Inspirational in the field, it was now time to impress with the willow. Lady luck had not been smiling on me of late – run out backing up and the victim of a questionable LBW in the last 2 fixtures – I was due a change in fortune.

Tom Edrich and Michael Stevens opened up and were given a testing examination by Jim Gatting’s late away swing. The bowling from the other end was decidedly friendlier and Mike took full advantage playing some glorious back foot drives and dispatching anything short to the tennis courts.

Is that a photographer I see in the distance? He’s got one of those long lenses, surely big enough to capture some of my scintillating stroke play. My timing is nothing short of immaculate today – I do hope he’s got that last square cut of mine- I just know that it would make a sensational image. The high back lift, the elegant follow through, head over the ball – cricketing perfection.

Tom was in combative mood, prepared to stay put and see the innings through. Sadly these best laid plans were cruelly disrupted when he was adjudged to have snicked a Gatting away swinger. His departure brought young Mendis to the crease, looking determined and focused, eager to make a significant contribution after a couple of low scores. With Terblanche on holiday the Hill’s attack looked lightweight and so it proved, with Stevens and Mendis taking full advantage.

Did I really just sweep a full-length delivery off middle and strike it to the square leg boundary with pinpoint precision and consummate ease? I have played some delightful shots today but that really was a snorter. I wonder if the photographer got it?

Kusal was warming to his task nicely and it was a joy to see him unfurl his full array of shots. Wristy but surprisingly powerful for a man of his stature an enormous six into the road over long off was arguably the shot of the day. A close second and third were two massive sixes into the tennis courts, the second of which propelled us to what ultimately proved to be a very comfortable victory.

The crowd appeared to have rather enjoyed my audacious sweep, so it seemed only appropriate that I serve up another. Surprisingly my timing was slightly awry on this occasion, and I succeeded only in gloving the ball on to my pad. You can just imagine my surprise when the Umpire raised his finger in response to a half-hearted appeal from the bowler. Was that a collective sigh of disappointment from the crowd? Almost certainly, after all, they had paid good money to watch me bat, not the Hill’s bowlers bowl. As I made my dignified exit from centre stage I realized there was no point crying over spilt milk. I’d given everyone a glimpse of my myriad talents – in fact it had been one hell of a show. It was time to freshen up, pull on the skinny jeans, gel the hair and get back out in to the throng. Out there somewhere was one very lucky lady.

Two outstanding knocks from Stevens and Mendis had delivered a very welcome 10 points and a pleasingly early finish. Just enough time for us to get back to the Walker Ground to see the 2’s crawl over the line in an enormously entertaining, nerve jangling, heart in the mouth run chase. It had been a very good day at the office.

Jouners


Southgate 2nd XI v North London 2nd XI
Walker Ground
NLCC 226/8 (54)
SCC 230/9 (45)
Stratten 47, Saeed 68, Ellis 55 not out

Followers of the 2nd XI will have noted that prior to Saturday’s fixture they’d lost five, won two and managed more winning draws than anyone in the division. This mixed bag placed us at the wrong end of yet another congested division. On paper we’re better than that.

On home ground and with a good balanced side it was time to add ten points to the tally. Due to an administrative hiccup involving a miss-placed match ball we took the field with Max Joseph temporarily at the helm as Sam popped to Hendon to retrieve the other one.

The opening salvo was action packed with a drop from the very first ball, a flurry of boundaries, and another snick whistling through just above slip’s head. NLCC were not afraid to give it a thrash and the wicket looked a belter.

Good accuracy and patience brought wickets for Adbul and 1st change Ravi so with an hour played it was evenly poised.

The 2nd XI eat a lot of sweets, at one point a whole bag of wine gums were consumed during a wicket celebration, fortunately 250g of Harribo were just around the corner but this would have to wait some time as NL constructed an important if occasionally streaky partnership in the sunshine with two middle order fifties.

The Southgate spin trio of Ravi, Rob and Sam bowled well keeping the rate under reasonable control and just when the big push looked  likely both established players fell followed by a first baller for a bloke coming in at 6.

This wobble meant they batted longer and targeted the 52nd and 53rd overs with good late order biffing getting them back up to an imposing score of 227 in (54).

The skipper desperately wanted a win and I was impressed by the clear discussion between him and the opening batsman on how this total could be achieved. A solid start was first and foremost and this was duly delivered by Matt and Max who batted really well.

Safe hands at 1st slip ensured Max and Rob departed for less than they’d hoped for but the increasingly assured Matt moved briskly on with Adeel. With Matt out just shy of a fifty and Bellwood LBW to one which kept low we needed Adeel to come to the party.

Thankfully Adeel was at his majestic best and scoring quickly to keep up with the required rate. His glorious stroke play to all corners of the Walker Ground took the attack firmly to the bowlers and with a spirited cameo from the skipper we continued at a good clip.

One big shot too many for Sam send him searching for a consolatory packet of B&H and at the pivotal moment we looked to Scott Ellis for a responsible innings.

Despite an alleged lack of sleep he didn’t fluff his lines and what followed was an hour of mayhem with savage blows to the boundary, no-balls, some calamitous fielding and no little excitement for a growing SCC crowd.

Adeel continued to impress and with him at the crease confidence was high but there was to be a twist and suddenly he was out, as was Abdul, his towering drive well taken at long on.

1st and 3rd XI players arrived with tales of victory and we desperately wanted ten points of our own but just as it looked assured wickets began to tumble, Omair caught at the wicket and Marcello – surely the man for the job – victim of a very good Yorker.

Someone mentioned the botched chase at Enfield and the Captain started to pace. We couldn’t choke now, could we after all this hard work? The mood had changed and the banter had now stopped, suddenly North London believed they had a chance of snatching all ten points and those watching were struggling to watch.

Scott who by his own admission hadn’t had a vintage day with the gloves on remained courtesy of some reciprocation from his opposite number. He passed fifty in great style but we could not celebrate yet. With nine wickets down everything rested on Ravi Desai coming in at.

‘Don’t try and smash it Ravi!’ shouted Sam who by this stage was pacing and chain smoking.
Ravi negotiated a couple of deliveries without any trouble then took an assured leg bye to fine leg.

Scores level, and relief, we couldn’t lose, the field came in. Sam looked on pensively.

Jouners to my right predicted an Ellis boundary followed by loud Northern roar from the middle.

Scott duly provided both the next ball with a pull for four and a well-deserved moment of celebration. We’d completed a great chase, to win by one wicket and with an over to spare, a cracking game of cricket. Well done to North London who played their part, had they taken their catches it could have been a very different story.

Captain Sam was a very happy man, his team can take great confidence from the win and should build on this for the remainder of the season.

Rob J


Edmonton 3rd XI 140 all out, Marett 7-51

Southgate 3rd XI  145-4, A Patel 41

Saturday saw a change in the weather compared to recent weeks with it being overcast and slightly windy but it didn’t matter as Southgate needed the 10 points desperately for our fight for promotion. It would seem both sides would start with 9 men which didn’t look good for Southgate as we won the toss to bowl first but Niroosh turned up just on time, still leaving us one short however…

With Sugumaran turning up late, the openers saw a change of hand with Marett and Carter taking the new ball. On the shortest boundary most of us have ever played on, the bowling was pretty tight for the first two overs until the Edmonton openers decided to have a go and took advantage of the boundary. After a few overs and a change of bowler at one end, Marett broke the deadlock.

Then the wickets came tumbling with flashes of hard hitting from two of their batsmen. The first one cleared the pitch and hit two hard 4s before being caught by Hughes of Marett. The second one seemed to have a reputation of being a gun and seemed to have scarred Sage from a previous encounter. Just as he was about to get going after a few fours, Marett cleaned him up with a nice line and length ball. With the threats removed, the batsmen at 5 and onwards didn’t give us much to think about as Roy, from a wicketless streak in recent weeks, cleaned them up ending with the figures 7-51 off 21 overs.

Sugumaran helped along the way, taking the rest of the wickets with 2 stumpings (a first) and a catch at extra cover. They finished with 140 which was, to be fair, not troubling, given the size of the boundary.

After tea, which was decent with the pizza and a selection of fruits, Kolekar (38) and Hughesy (28) opened the batting and kept a tidy partnership with a wave of boundaries until Hughes was caught. Kolekar soon followed which left Huntingford and A Patel at the crease with Huntingford (6) taking his time and A Patel scoring a quickfire 41. Both got out with a few runs left to win which meant Gunn hit a 4 and a 6 to take us home with 6 wickets and 20-odd overs to spare.

A much needed and easy win for the Gate with a superb performance from Roy to get under our belt to give us momentum for next Saturday and for that push for promotion.


John Wadham Memorial Challange

On the 19th October 2014 Sam Wadham and family will be running the Exmoor Stagger which is a 15 mile run, climbing over 3000 feet over Dunkery Beacon in memory of Sam’s father who passed away earlier this year.

They are raising money for the Beacon Centre in Taunton where Dad’s neice (our cousin) has been undergoing treatment.

To support please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/johnwadhamchallenge