TEDDINGTON v SOUTHGATE
Southgate 194- 8 (50 overs )
Teddington 141 ao (42.3 overs )
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 !