Farewell to Lassy – End of season curry at the Dipali this Saturday 5th September

This Saturday shall see the final weekend of Lasith Lakshan’s stay in the UK before he flies out on Wednesday 9th September back to his native Sri Lanka, where he starts his first class career playing for his new club Sri Lankan Ports Authority on friday in Columbo .

Although the big runs in the league have eluded him he has never looked out of sorts at the crease . The highlight being his 171 against Winchmore Hill in a cup fixture and a classy 60 in the league against a memorable win over Ealing . We are hoping he can sign off in style by getting that elusive league ton this Saturday at incidentally Ealing in our final league game.

His off spin bowling has been nothing short of brilliant this year for us teaming up with our own left armer Ashley Sivarajah and claiming 73 wickets between them thus far which has been a great return. Our Sri Lankan spin twins have teamed up and forged a formidable partnership causing havoc to all teams throughout the league. Lassy currently sits on 36 wickets and Ashley on 37 respectively so it will go down to the wire this weekend to see who comes out on top.

Lassy has been instrumental in keeping Southgate up in the top division and his all around great personality will be sorely missed throughout the club.

After the game a couple of tables have been booked at The Dipali for an end of season curry and a farewell to Lassy.

If you can make it could you please let me know ( 07823 338805 – faisal1605mir@hotmail.com )

On behalf of the whole club we would like to thank Lasith Lakshan for his services and hope that we can get him back next year if the league allows. We wish him well in his future cricketing exploits and hopefully one day we will get to see him represent his country at the highest level .

Thanks for everything Lass.

Faisal Mir

Club and 1st XI Captain

 

1st XI turn over Teddington Match report 15 Aug

TEDDINGTON  v SOUTHGATE

Southgate 194- 8 (50 overs )

Teddington 141 ao (42.3 overs )

Lakshan 3-22

 

Southgate 1st XI beat Teddington 1st XI in a Middlesex County League Match.

A simple sentence not seen by anyone in over 25 years!

Southgate travelled to Bushy Park (it’s a long way!) and may have been inspired by the sight of Vice President Sandy White who made the journey by taxi just a few days after being released from hospital following a stroke.

Teddington, having bowled out Finchley for 94 the previous week, won the toss and elected to field.

Bad mistake !

This Southgate team are masters of scoring just enough runs batting first and denying their opponents victory due to their all round bowling attack.

And so it proved yet again as Lassie Lakshan (42) and Mike Stevens (22) followed by Tom Smith(24) laid a solid foundation which took the score to 101-1 after just 22 overs. Lassie, in particular, seemed about to play his first big innings for the Club until he found himself mentally in a pedestrianized zone as he was run out, strolling, by half a yard.

There then followed what seems to be, unfortunately, the inevitable middle order collapse and at 141-6 the innings could have gone either way, but Tom Edrich (42) and later Luke Hutton (17*) managed to steer the team to 194-8 in their 50 overs. Extras (31 including 25 wides) were an important addition to the Southgate score.

Teddington captain, James Keightley, a fine all round cricketer, set off like a train in the home team’s reply, hitting ‘Woffers’ first ball, a Disneyland long hop, for four and smashing 3 fours in captain Faisal’s first over.

An early bowling change brought results as Keightley, playing across the line, survived not only a strong lbw shout from Farwad but also the ensuing scowl from the bowler, only to repeat the exercise a few balls later, this time to be given out. Ashley Sivarajah, too, gained immediate success, with a classic left arm spinner’s wicket, caught by Tom Edrich at slip.

Former Middlesex player and Glamorgan captain, Jamie Dalrymple, after a five year absence, had been drafted in to the home team for this game only but another bowling change saw him strangled down the leg side, caught by the diving Phil Dunnett off the medium pace bowling of Luke Hutton. Luke actually bowled a tidy spell of 7 overs, taking 2-29.Woffers gained him a second wicket, when, rather like his recent flight home from Florida, he dived and landed gently as he held a good catch at mid wicket.

It was now time for the spin twins, Lassie  (3-22 ) and Ashley ( 1-32), to bowl in harness for the first time and opener, Tom Twiney, who had batted with great circumspection for over 80 minutes suddenly lost his head, ran down the wicket to a classic off break from Lassie to be brilliantly stumped by Dunnett.

Wickets fell regularly and the only danger now seemed to be the home team’s number 6, Rist, who was hitting the spinners well.

However, there comes a moment ….

Woffers, having failed in a couple of attempts to negotiate a bumpy area of the Teddington outfield, was called back into the attack and immediately tricked Rist into holing out to Tom Smith at deep mid wicket. Another batsman was soon similarly lured into the Woffinden spider’s web and the end came with an inevitable run out.

Extras in this innings…7!

So, a well deserved victory by 46 runs but the game against Finchley next week is still vital to ensure total safety. How ironic that this team’s worst performance of the season at Finchley in June, when a winning draw was almost attained and the game was somehow lost.

If those four points had been gained the team would currently be 4th in the Premier League.

Who would have believed that was possible at that stage of the season ?

Well played lads !

Peter Jouning

Match report Aug 8th – 1’s overcome Indian Gymkhana in final time game.

SOUTHGATE  v INDIAN GYMKHANA

Southgate 192 ao

Smith 57

Indian Gymkhana 148 ao

Sivarajah 5-60

 

And sometimes it works out exactly as you expect it to !

The crystal ball for the home match against Indian Gymkhana foretold that Southgate would bat first and flourish against their medium pacers, struggle and probably collapse to some extent against their high quality spin attack, but take advantage of their fielding weaknesses and aim for a score of at least 160 which, it was felt, would be a winning score. In reply Gymkhana would also struggle against the spinning ball, would be bowled out with their overseas player, P.Mehra top scoring.

That is more or less how it panned out with Southgate winning 192 to 148 !

As predicted Mike Stevens (24) and Lassie (26) added 47 in the first 10 overs of seam and then they both succumbed to spin. Tom Smith, batting at 3, should have been caught at deep square leg when he had only 3 but he and Tom Edrich batted sensibly as the spinners tied them down and took the score to 121-3 at lunch. After the break came the expected but still disappointing collapse. Tom Smith played some magnificent shots in his innings of 57 confirming the class he has shown during this season at County 2nd XI level, including a six into Waterfall Road, the like of which has not been seen for a long time at The Walker Ground. Captain Mir soon followed, Phil Dunnett hit the ball too well and was caught on the boundary and Tom Edrich, after a mammoth innings of 94 balls for just 22 ( a most important innings in the context of the game) became the seventh wicket to fall. Late flurries from Suresh Kalagara (22) and Fawad (14) saw the team to 192, which, if we bowled well was reckoned to be enough to see off the visitors, whose position at the bottom of the table seemed to be mainly down to poor batting.

The visiting openers seemed quite comfortable facing the Southgate opening attack of Faisal and Fawad although they had played and missed a couple of times, but the 11th over changed all that as the captain, patently striving for extra pace, bowled the following sequence of balls in an extraordinary 8 ball over : 5wides,wicket,wicket, no ball, 6,wicket,dot, dot. From a position of strength Gymkhana suddenly found themselves 34-3 and really never recovered. A fine spell from the skipper.

However, Faisal correctly decided that despite his successes, the spin twins ‘Lassie’ (2-38 in 16 overs) and Ashley Sivarajah (5-60 in 16 overs) should enter the attack and they again proved to be the match winners as they continued to bowl in harness until the end. Gymkhana’s best player, Puneet Mehra, followed his 4-40 with a top score of 48 and it was surprising that

a) he did not start bowling until the 26th over and b) he batted at 6 in a weak batting team. Only two other batsmen scored double figures in an all out total of 148 and a victory for Southgate by 44 runs.

Tom Edrich, with four catches at slip, two of which were outstanding, and a fighting innings lasting 105 minutes, was a ‘left field’ call for man of the match.

What does the crystal ball say for next week’s visit to Teddington ?

It will be a flat batting wicket and it is doubtful that 192 will be a winning score there as it is a fast scoring ground. Teddington lost each of their first five 50 overs matches but have improved playing ‘time matches’. Their match winner against us, leg spinner David Keightley, can only bowl 10 overs this time and remember he bowls his share of four balls. The advice is to hit those and don’t drive the good length balls but this is really a difficult game to call and should be another good game of cricket.

Good luck !

Peter Jouning

Match report Aug 1st Southgate VS Richmond

RICHMOND  v SOUTHGATE

Southgate 186 a0  ( 51.2 overs )

Sahota 58

Richmond 97 ao ( 34.1 overs )

Sivarajah 4-39 Lakshan 3-19

 

This topsy turvy cricket season continues!

Southgate completed the double over Richmond on Saturday, winning comfortably by 89 runs against the current league leaders.

Richmond retain their position at the top of the table whilst Southgate moved out of the bottom two and have given themselves a real chance of maintaining their Premiership status. The next three games against Indian Gymkhana (home), Teddington (away) and Finchley (home) will define their season.

Southgate proved that by winning the toss and batting first they are a match for anyone and so it proved once again. Not a good start though as James Thompson became the first of seven lbw decisions given by the umpires over the whole match. Both umpires proved to be very fond of making positive lbw decisions !

Lassie soon nicked off and when Mike Stevens(20) cut a long hop straight to backward point the visitors were 42-3. The aforementioned long hop was somewhat ironic because it was a very rare bad ball by the Richmond four pronged pace attack all morning. In the previous match they had bowled out Finchley for just 94 so at this stage the picture looked bleak for the visitors.

However, there followed a splendid stand between Ayush Sahota (58) and Tom Edrich (36) and at lunch the score was 118-3 off 33 overs. Just before lunch Richmond brought on their surprise card B. Pankhania bowling chinamen with the occasional highly spinning orthodox ball. He went on to take 5-36 and Southgate collapsed , mainly due to his influence, to a disappointing 186. Richmond legend, Chris Goldie, explained that due to the success of the Richmond seamers the young spinner had hardly bowled this year but his unusual modus operandi was most impressive.

Paradoxically his success was positive from Southgate’s point of view as it paved the way for their own young spin twins, Lasith Lakshan and Ashley Sivarajah who took control of the game after some surprising early successes from the Southgate opening attack of Luke Hutton and , returning after 5 years away, Fawad ‘the scowl’ Mullazadah. Luke, having bowled 20 overs for the second team the previous week, looked in good form but unfortunately, after 3 overs during which he took 1 for 5, he pulled a muscle and was unable to bowl. At this stage it seemed that Jamie Jouning may be needed as a limpalong substitute but Luke returned and continued to field. Fawad bowled really well to take 2 for 31 in nine overs but it was only a question of time before Lassie(3-19) and Ashley (4-36) were brought into the attack on a wicket which was becoming more and more difficult to bat on, particularly against spin. With well set fields, partly and correctly defensive, they basically bowled their team to victory as wickets fell at regular intervals.

Richmond must have regretted their decision to produce a used wicket which played into Southgate’s hands. Richmond’s Aussie, Andrew Lowe, their leading batsman, battled away for a long time before being last out after making a hard fought 56. Their no. 3, A.Plummer was the only other batsman to score double figures and members of the wicket keepers’ union would be interested to know how Phil Dunnett was able to influence and effectively end a batsman’s innings without actually touching the ball. Plummer was either batting out of his ground or possibly just overstretching on his forward strokes and Phil elected to stand up to Fawad. A few balls later Plummer played an injudicious shot and was out lbw. Phil then resumed his stance standing back. It takes one to spot one !

All in all a splendid team performance and a welcome 13 points.

Take care with the Indian Gymkhana spinners next week !

Peter Jouning

1’s double up against league leaders Richmond

The 1st XI produced a fantastic performance in week 13 to overcome league leaders Richmond once again . Stars of the show were the spin twins Ashley Sivarajah and Lasith Lakshan who picked up 4 and 3 fer respectively. Earlier on returning old boy Fawad Mullazadah picked up 2 wickets alongside Luke Hutton who picked up 1 as Richmond were shot out for 97. Southgate batting first posted 187 thanks to a very assured 58 from the in form Ayush Sahota.

 

With Finchley and Teddington both losing it means that the 1’s close the gap and move out of the relegation zone having picked up 13 points going into a mouth watering clash against Indian Gymkhana next week at home.

 

The scorecard is below with the match report to follow……………………………………

 

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