Congrats to the 1st XI who produced their best performance to date this season to defeat league leaders and the powerhouse that is Ealing at the weekend. It will certainly go down as one of if not the best league wins for Southgate in the Prem in recent years and will long live in the memory of all who witnessed the enthralling encounter.
Chief destroyer in main was overseas Lasith Lakshan who contributed significantly with a very good 60 and four wickets ably supported by his spin twin Ashley Sivarajah who bowled tightly and picked up three wickets .
Scorecard is in the link with the match report below.
Glory, glory Halleluyah !
What a perfect way to celebrate Independence Day 4th July with a magnificent team win over high flying Ealing at The Walker Ground on Saturday.
A fighting performance was called for against the league leaders and so it transpired as Ealing were bowled out for 194 in reply to the home team’s 226.
Southgate were delighted to bat first in the tremendous heat but James Thompson fell early, bowled by Ealing’s overseas player, Elliott Opie, a fine bowler who went on to take 5-53.
However, there followed a good partnership of 71 between an unusually circumspect Lasith Lakshan and a more adventurous Michael Stevens before the latter may have been unlucky to be adjudged lbw sweeping one of Ealing’s three off spinners.
There followed a mini collapse as Arnie Sahota and Tom Edrich fell to the spinners but Phil Dunnett and Lassie took the score to128-4 off 36 overs at lunch, a score which seemed quite acceptable in the circumstances. Unfortunately, not long after lunch Lassie (60), who had shown great levels of concentration and Phil (19) both fell to the returning Opie and Southgate found themselves at 144-6 and in trouble .
However, once again the middle order and tail wagged aggressively with Suresh Kalagara (28), Faisal Mir (15) and Luke Hutton (26 ) enabling Southgate to attain a very reasonable total of 226 before being bowled out in the 62nd over. Faisal was desperately unlucky to be caught by former Southgate player Ahmad Elech when he totally nailed a pull shot off Opie to be brilliantly caught by the diving fielder. An action rarely seen during his time with SCC!
Southgate had to bowl well to the much vaunted Ealing batting line up with their experienced side which included three County players , one other professional coach and a fine overseas player.
Faisal and Dave Woffinden opened the bowling and set the tone with a very tight first 8 overs during which the Wilkin brothers only scored 12. Faisal twice forced Ollie Wilkin, known for his big hitting, to pull short balls to strategically placed fielders on the leg side, both of which were mis-timed and on the second occasion Luke Hutton held on to the catch.
Soon, Southgate’s two young spinners, Ashley, aged 20, and Lassie, aged
19, were introduced into the attack and on a wicket which gave them a little help they totally outbowled Ealing’s more experienced spinning combination. The main difference was that Ash and Lassie rarely bowled a bad ball between them whereas the visiting trio, on average, bowled a 4 ball once an over. The real turning point of the innings was a truly magnificent running and then diving catch at long off by our man fresh from Glastonbury, our own Aussie, Luke Hutton. Mylo Wilkin had been batting well and confidently against the skilful Southgate spinners but drove Ashley very high into the air where Luke took the catch.
Ealing then collapsed quite alarmingly and after 39 overs were 112-7.
Highlights of the wicket taking were two fine catches at slip by James Thompson, who rarely misses, and a blinding and casually taken catch by Suresh at mid off when Elech smashed a ball from Lassie direct to him.
At the fall of the seventh wicket, however, Ealing were to show their quality in depth as numbers 8 and 9 settled in. One or two unsuccessful caught behind appeals and 37 runs later Lassie finally bowled Jones but there was more concern for Southgate as the next pair added a further 31 before at 180 captain Faisal produced his master stroke and brought ‘Woffers’ back into the attack. The secret of his success as a bowler is that most batsmen, including some really good ones, do not even vaguely consider he is as good as he actually is and so it proved as Opie sensing some easy pickings, danced down the pitch, completely misjudging the ball only to be stumped by a gleeful Dunnett. The stuff of dreams !
A few overs later Faisal returned, and sealed a magical victory with a successful lbw appeal.
Joy all round !
A real team effort which means that this team has now beaten the top two teams in the league, Ealing and Richmond. Logic would suggest that they are thus capable of beating any or all of the other six teams in the league, especially batting first.