Winning weekend for 2s, 3s and 4s, disappointment for the 1st XI
Ton up for Hughes and 5-fer for Marcello in 3s triumph
Ben Elders bowls 52 consecutive dot balls in the 2s.
Impromptu BBQ taking place this Saturday at the Club. Everyone Welcome!
Southgate 1st XI at Home
Toss won by Teddington
Teddington 213 (66 overs)
Tom Twiney 71, Lasith Lakshan 6-32
Southgate 134 all-out (48.1 overs)
Tom Edrich 45, David Keightley 6-69
Teddington won by 79 runs Southgate (0) – Teddington (13)
Hopes were high for this match as Southgate were on a winning streak and Teddington, though champions last year, had surprisingly lost all 5 matches to date.
Sadly, a poor batting performance saw the demise of the home team and they eventually lost by 79 runs.
Teddington won the toss and using the league’s new points system to good effect decided to bat, which meant that if they were to win they would gain an extra 3 points whilst a winning draw would gain them an extra 2 points.
Southgate’s pace attack made few inroads into the visitor’s first few batsmen, and it was down to another brilliant run out by Michael Stevens to gain the first wicket of James Keightley, Teddington captain and highly rated cricketer. Once the spinners began operating in harness, however, the momentum of the game changed. Lassie (6-52 ) in 22 overs and Ashley Sivarajah (3-75 ) in 21.3 overs, took full advantage of the conditions and Teddington were forced to use up their full quota of overs,65, before they were finally bowled out for 213. One highlight of the innings was a brilliant stumping by Phil Dunnett from a turning, lifting off break from Lassie.
All Southgate C.C followers would know that, for some psychological, unknown reason, attaining scores of over 200 batting second has often proved unreachable. and so it proved again as last week’s ‘rock’, James Thompson, fell early to Teddington’s high quality seam attack. There was time for Michael Stevens to be dropped by wicketkeeper Healy, son of Aussie Test ‘keeper, Ian and soon, Teddington brought on their trump card, leg spinner, Keightley, brother of the captain, and he was to bowl 18 consecutive overs taking 6-69.
Despite bowling 2 potential four balls per over in typical leg spinner style he also bowled a high quota of heavily spun leg breaks and no Southgate batsman could really cope with the excessive turn. Each of his six wickets were classic dismissals, caught at slip or stumped and wickets fell steadily. Tom Edrich battled away making 45 in 102 balls before he finally succumbed, surprisingly, to pace.
At 108-8 Luke Hutton (23) was joined by Suresh(12) and for a brief spell there was some hope of saviour as they added 26 and also defended well.
However, Luke was bowled by an absolute beauty of a yorker by the captain and Southgate were all out for 134 with just six overs remaining.
13 points for Teddington, which still leaves them bottom of the table, but dangerous. Other near neighbours near the foot, Stanmore, Indian Gymkhana and Finchley, all lost.
Southgate 2nd XI away
Toss won by MTSSC
MTSSC 73 all out (34 overs)
Ravi Desai 5.3 – 1 – 13 – 5 , Sam Wadham 12-1-36-3, Ben Elders 17-11-13-2
Southgate 76-3 (19.3 overs)
Max Joseph 30
Southgate won by 7 wickets Southgate (10) – MTSSC (0)
Middlesex Tamils Sports and Social Club are new to the Middlesex League and so many of Southgate 2nd XI arrived well after the meet time having first visited a neighbouring ground. This trap and having to run an errand at Lord’s meant that MTSSC was the 3rd ground R Johnson visited on Saturday morning, and so he arrived as SCC were undertaking the considerable walk from the changing rooms to take the field.
Around half an hour previously, skipper S Faruqi had lost the toss and was fully expecting to be asked to bat on a pitch and outfield affected by Friday’s rain. When MTSSC’s captain actually opted to bat, Faruqi was in such disbelief that without thinking he blurted out “Sorry, so you’re going to bat, yeah?”. When the oppo skip confirmed Faruqi danced a merry jig back to his teammates to pass on the good news.
Southgate’s opening bowling partnership was the left arm duo of S Wadham and B Elders. Scoring was very difficult in the initial overs as both bowlers exploited the conditions well; Wadham finding his usual shape and Elders banging the ball into the pitch just back of a length around off stump. In about the 5th over Wadham had his first victim and as the unrelenting pressure built his 2nd wicket came with less than 20 on the board inside 10 overs.
It was around this point that the Southgate fielders realised they were witnessing something remarkable. It first occurred to us that B Elders had bowled 4 maidens in a row, and then that perhaps his first was a maiden as well. Ben confirmed that to be the case and his unbelievable feat of not conceding a single run continued. Wadders got another wicket. Ben bowled another maiden. An edge raced along the ground and was well stopped by Joseph at 3rd slip. Maiden. Stratten dived over a similar edge, but a swoop from Johnson at backward point prevented a single. Maiden. A polite round of applause from the fielders in Ben’s 9th over recognised 50 dot balls without conceding a run – something we will probably never see again. Ben completed the maiden. Eventually a run was conceded in Elders’ 10th over before he took what is probably the most deserved wicket of all time. After around thirty play-and-misses an MTSCC player finally managed to feather an edge to M Singleton behind the
stumps. A second wicket followed in very similar fashion and Elders finished with figures of 17-11-13-2, but his figures were slightly let down by 7 runs coming in his last over as he tired. It really was a truly brilliant spell. Relentless accuracy interspersed with snorting unplayable deliveries made for a very impressive spectacle of seam bowling.
The innings was wrapped up by a short and sweet spell from the always dangerous R Desai who mopped up the tail with a 5-fer inside 6 overs. Ravi is a popular member of the team, but even so his efforts were derided as shameless glory stealing by his teammates. Nevertheless, any spell that returns figures of 5.3 – 1 – 13 – 5 is not to be sniffed at.
Tea was still a way off and so Southgate thought they faced a difficult little session before the interval. However, after M Stratten was on the wrong end of what looked to be a poor caught behind decision, K Jankowicz and M Joseph shared a free scoring partnership. When Karl departed the score was 42-2 and it was apparent that the game would be done and dusted before food was served. Joseph was joined by A Saeed who steered us home, moving the aggregate score since his last dismissal to above 150 in the process. Joseph gave his wicket away with around 10 runs required meaning it was far from a perfect batting performance, but frankly it didn’t have to be.
The early finish did mean that we were able to enjoy a pint with tea. During that drink we dished out some fines and began a small fund that will hopefully go towards promotion celebration drinks at the end of the season. We are currently top of the league but are yet to play the teams in 2nd and 3rd, so there is still plenty to do. We will know a lot more when we’ve played everybody once.
Southgate 3rd XI at home
Toss won by Perevale Phoenicians
Southgate 234-5 dec (46 overs)
Mark Hughes 106
Perivale Phoenicians 206-10 (42.5 overs)
Marcello DeCrezenzo 5-
Southgate won by 28 runs Southgate (10) – Perivale Phoenicians (0)
After the blazing weather of Friday, turning up to a Walker Ground shrouded in drizzle did not bode well for the day ahead. Indeed it very much set the tone for our innings, as Ali Lynch took over the reins from one Adrian Carr who had deserted us after the thumping defeat to Osterley, in favour of a ‘lads retreat’ to the continent. It was going to be a tricky day ahead, with the side featuring 9 and a half batsmen.
Much in keeping with 3rd XI captains of old, Ali lost an important toss and were inserted onto a slightly soft wicket with variable bounce. Two young seamers took the new ball for Perivale, and impressed with movement in the air and good bounce. However the fielders seemed to have engaged in a game of Hot Potato, as they did everything in their power to not catch the ball. Early reprieves for our skipper were punished, as he ground out an important 48. Running between the wickets was aggressive and took advantage of their poor fielding as runs were hard to come by.
Mark Hughes at the other end appeared to be playing on a different wicket, looking sound in defence agains the new ball. He too was dropped, at slip, and punished the Phoenicians particularly through point with an array of productive cuts and dabs.The opening partnership yielded 145 in 33 overs, and gave us a fantastic platform to post a big score. Ali was finally run out after a slight mix up, and Sharma and Berman swung the willow to score 17 and 23 respectively.
At the other end, Hughes fought through injury to rotate strike and played some sweet shots over mid on to the spinners. It was a great moment when he brought up his maiden league century, and it was a just reward for a near faultless innings in tricky conditions. We ended our innings on 234-5, with Mark finishing on an unbeaten 108.
Tea was good, a selection of sandwiches finished off with cake was more than adequate for the Southgate men who took to the field with the intimidating partnership of Carter and Marett sharing the new ball. The openers came hard at us, with big shots over mid wicket their particular favourites. Drops from behind the wicket and point didn’t help, but captain Lynch took a good running catch to take our first wicket.
The introduction of Shoaib yielded a wicket first ball (bowled leg stump) and immediately he found turn and bounce, troubling batsman, keeper and short fine leg. At 50 odd for 2 the game was evenly poised, and numbers 3 (45) and 4 (32) batted very well picking up singles and smashing anything short for four. As our primary bowling attack faltered, the skipper wasn’t left with much to play with. He threw the ball to Marcello, eager to stamp his brand of cricket on the game. 3 pull shots yielded 3 boundaries and after number 4 was comprehensively dropped by yours truly, a few heads went down and we felt the game slipping away (130-2) at drinks.
Ali kept us motivated in the field, and maintained faith in Marcello who produced a short ball which number 4 absolutely nailed into the hands of Mike Carter, who took a good catch. This was certainly the turning point in the game. Number 5 was peppered with a few short deliveries, charged down to hit a huge six, and was promptly bowled by Shoaib trying to double his strike rate. A Roy Marett fielding masterclass brought about the running out of number 3, and suddenly we were all over the game at 150-5.
Number 6 should’ve bought a lottery ticket after his 31, before being bowled whilst Sarfaraz made up for his earlier drop by taking number 7, both off Marcello’s bowling. He went on to clean up number 9 before Perivale began playing for the draw. With 4 overs left, men crowded around the bat as the number 11 who had impressed with the ball settled in to block out. However moments later a stunning catch at silly mid on from Ali sealed a great victory, finishing of a De Crescenzo 5-for and a Southgate win by 28 runs.
An important result, as we look ahead to next week against an unbeaten Indian Gymkhana. With batters in good form and bowlers set to return, this could be the start of the promotion push for us.
Southgate 4th XI away
Toss won by Wembley
Southgate 233-8 dec (44 overs)
Michal Wloch 83
Wembley 97 all out (45.3 overs)
Southgate won by 136 runs Southgate (10) – Wembley (0)
We set off to Wembley high in hope and expectation of our first win of the year. We’ve had several draws and Wembley are rooted to the bottom of the table. In the end we got what we went for, but were made to work hard in a good game.
After being put in the batting part of the equation worked out in a pretty straightforward way. Michal Wloch continued excellent form with 83 out of a first wicket partnership of 119. The main challenge came when the spinners came on as there was turn for them, particularly a young leg spinner who moved it both ways. Everyone contributed, particularly Sam Larner who made a well struck 30 at a good rate. This allowed us to declare a couple of overs before half way at 232-8.
The Wembley innings started well for us with Rishi Kent and Liam Babwah each taking an early wicket (we benefited from Liam’s school game being washed out that morning). Then there were a couple of dropped catches which fueled the skipper’s natural pessimism. The third wicket fell to Rishi c&b, but then there was resistance from numbers 4 and 5. Dave Huntingford bowled well in his first game of the season, but with no luck. So only 3 down at half way.
The next wicket was the classic ‘one for drinks’ when Delmore induced the batsman to slap the ball high to Sam Larner at cover. Shaff Babwah started his spell and immediately got the number 5 bowled. Overall Shaff’s spell was 12-6-9-3 as he took advantage of the turn to winkle out some stubborn defensive Wembley batting. At the other end the bowlers were rotated and there was some concern creeping in as Wembley were only 6 down with 14 overs to go. An apparently studious left hander, would had played a dead and straight bat until that point, couldn’t resist a floated delivery from Gordon and swiped across the line to be bowled.
Liam Babwah came back and in a healthy rivalry with his dad they set about the tail. Shaff bowled number 9 and then Liam bowled the number 6 who had hung around for 14 overs. This left us with 8 overs at 10 and 11. These were two experienced players who had clearly been in this position more than a few times over the years. The tension rose as they blocked the straight ones and missed anything wider. Finally number 10 got a very thin edge to the keeper in the third last over and the celebrations started. So not right down to the wire, as we didn’t need the extra two overs we had in the bank from declaring before half time, but it was becoming uncomfortable.
1st XI Middlesex Cup v Stanmore
At full strength, with just one change from Saturday, Southgate were favourites to beat Stanmore who were without their two Middlesex professionals.
That favouritism and confidence of victory lasted until the 86^th over of the scheduled 90 when captain Faisal was informed by the umpires that his team were behind the over rate and in danger of being docked 6 runs per over and the shortfall was likely to be two overs!
It was immediately panic stations and Southgate started moving like men possessed, bowlers running back to their mark, shortening their run, fielders not reaching their designated fielding positions in time, no chance to effect fielding position changes and a complete loss of focus in the attempt to bowl their overs quickly.
The result of all this meant that when the last over started, with Stanmore numbers 9 and 10 at the wicket, the nine run winning target was reduced to just 3 as Southgate had only bowled one over too few in the end.
The home number 10 batsman smashed the first ball of the last over for 4 and a surprise victory went to the home team.
The aforementioned confidence of victory was down to a splendid total of 232-4 in their 45 overs, with Lassie(34), Thompson(36), Edrich (73) and Stevens(50) all contributing well.
Wickets fell regularly during the Stanmore innings and at 105-6 and later at 181-8 Southgate were very much hot favourites.
With 11 overs remaining Stanmore required 87 runs to win but batting at 5 for the home team was Karayaratne, a pal of Lassie’s from the Sri Lankan under 19 team, and he had already shown his class with some high quality fast bowling and now it was his turn to star with the bat. And star he did as he scored a brilliant 64 before being caught by Arnie at short third man. A further wicket fell in the same over and at 181-8 requiring 8 an over it should have been game over but soon after that mayhem took over.
Keystone cops !!
** Impromptu Club BBQ
Consider yourself cordially invited to an impromptu BBQ on Saturday evening at 19:30. Everyone is welcome, please feel free to bring partners and children. All are welcome from the youngest colts to oldest codgers. (Sorry for the short notice!)