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
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!
2nd XI vs South Hampstead II
SCC 143ao (46.1)
SHCC 145-8 (38.5)
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!
3rd XI vs Old Actonians III
Southgate CC 186 ( 37 overs )
Babs Oduwole 42 , Ricky Gunn 32 , Julius Thomson 35
187-4 (38.3 overs)
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.
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
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.
Friendly vs Old Citizens
Good luck to all this weekend.