Southgate reach Jim Conroy Cup final

We are delighted to announce that Southgate will play Cockfosters on Saturday in the final of the Jim Conroy Cup.

This 40 over match will start at 12 noon, there is a reserve day on Sunday if required.

Players wishing to be considered for the match need to confirm their availability by email by Tuesday lunchtime.

Thanks,

Rob

Conroy Cup Placings 2015

Group A

Played Won Lost No result Points Run rate
  Southgate   3   2   1   0   6   6.39
  Enfield   3   2   1   0   6   5.82
  Holtwhites   3   1   1   1   4   6.77

Group B

Played Won Lost No result Points Run rate
  Cockfosters   3   2   0   1 7   5.20
Edmonton 3 1 2 0 3 6.35
Botany Bay   3   0   0   0   0   0

 

1’s double up on national T20 champs Ealing – Match report 5th Sep

The 1st XI capped of a memorable season in their final league game by bowling out recent T20 national champs Ealing for 105 and claiming the double over them. Chief destroyer in main and playing his final game for Southgate was overseas Lasith Lakshan who earlier scored a classy 44 and then followed up with a superb spell of off spin bowling claiming 6-18, his best figures of the season.

Having already secured Premier division status the previous week the first team finished on 97 points in seventh, only 2 points of the fifth position and a stark contrast to the 5 points obtained in 2012.

With the average age of the team being 22 there is certainly more improvement to come from this very young squad and hopefully even more success for 2016.

 

Read the scorecard in the link and match report below.

http://middlesexccl.play-cricket.com/website/results/2518381

 

EALING v SOUTHGATE

Southgate finished the season in fine style with an excellent 85 run win over National T20 winners Ealing.

Southgate batted first in stygian gloom at Ealing with the home team less than enthusiastic about having to play a ‘dead’ match just 4 days after their fantastic national triumph at Cardiff just 4 days. This lack of enthusiasm evidenced itself with a cacophony of mainly sarcastic and personal verbal assaults on the Southgate batsmen throughout their innings.

Two early wickets fell but Lassie in his usual carefree way played splendidly for his 44 before once again giving his wicket away. As he sprayed the ball all around it was felt that, at last, this may be the ’big one’ but unfortunately it was not to be. If anyone knows a word meaning ‘slightly bigger than a cameo’ please let me know for that is what this innings was.

Tom Edrich rallied the team but sadly was the main brunt of the opposition’s comments as he batted for 105 minutes for his 52, batting with immense concentration and patience through 95 balls and living up to his recently acquired reputation as a genuine ‘steady eddy’.

Small contributions from Stevens, Kalagara, Mir and Dunnett, enabled the visitors to reach an all out total of 190 in the 48th over.

Southgate were bristling in the field when the home team started their innings but the fall of the first wicket brought a considerable amount of mirth to the proceedings. Faisal bowled the slowest, widest and longest long hop imaginable and Ealing superstar batsman, Olly Wilkin, played his shot about half an hour too early and when the ball finally arrived it hit the back of his bat and travelled in an extremely gentle parabola to the waiting Dunnett who held the catch to the sound of glee and laughter all around. Fawad then took another early wicket but was sadly involved in an unfortunate incident with Ealing’s chief irritant, Chris Wakefield, which sparked off a major fracas with 3 Ealing players running on to the pitch to join in the melee. It was a minor ‘coming together’ between Wakefield and our fiery fast bowler Fawad which should have ended before it began but unfortunately the morning’s behaviour by the aforementioned ‘chief irritant’ escalated the whole procedure.

Faisal, not at his bowling best this day, then bowled another shortish ball which somehow Wakefield managed to scoop straight to Lassie who, celebrating the valued wicket too early, somehow managed to drop it. My watching grand-daughters, aged 8 and 9, both agreed they would have caught it with one hand behind their back !

The ever present smile on Lassie’s face disappeared briefly at that stage but it soon returned as he and his spin partner, Ashley, came on to bowl in tandem and confirmed their dual roles as the best pair of spinners in the league. Aged 19 and 21 respectively, not bad eh !

Lassie (6-18) produced his best performance of the season aided by the usual contributions from wicketkeeper Dunnett and Ashley (2- 33 ) bowled the ball of the day to dismiss Middlesex professional, Robbie White.

A very satisfying 8th league win of the season to complete the double over Ealing and end up just two points away from 5th position.

27 players representing every Southgate team celebrated a successful season by dining together at the Dipali Restaurant, saying goodbye to Lassie who returns to Sri Lanka this week. His ever present smile will be remembered with affection.

Peter Jouning

 

Lassy signs off in style by dismantling Ealing

Saturday the 5th of September saw the final appearance for our 2015 overseas recruit Lasith Lakshan as he finished off in the most memorable way possible for Southgate by single handely dismantling Ealing. He bowled his finest spell of the season claiming his best figures of 6-18 and scoring a classy 44 against the recent T20 national champions.

It topped off a fine season for our young Sri Lankan recruit who managed to finish off with 42 wickets and score 400 runs for the season, a fine return . He has been a great acquistion for the club this year and the talented 19 year old has certainly made an impact on the team, contributed significantly and was instrumental in the team staying in the top flight.

 

Here are a few word’s from Lasith ,

“Hi my friends,

I want to say thank you (a huge one) to everyone of Southgate Cricket Club at the time I am sign off my time with you all.

You welcomed me warmly when I arrived and made me feel at home. Since then, I had the most wonderful time with an amazing bunch of guys. I hope my contribution to the club was useful and that I did not disappoint you.

Getting used to the English conditions was the biggest challenge I had but your invaluable support was a key reason for any success I had. Thank you !!!

I will miss you all a lot.

Hoping to see you again in future.”

Lasith Lakshan

 

Well done on a fine season Lass and good luck with your future in cricket.

 

Champions Hampstead get Mullah-ered ! Match report 29th Aug

The 1st XI produced what can only be described as one of the best performances ever in the top flight by a Southgate team on Saturday to demolish the 2015 Premier League champions Hampstead and remain in the Premier division. The chief architect of their downfall was Fawad Mullahzadah ( 8-20 ) who produced one if not the finest bowling display ever to be witnessed at the Walker.

It’s the best figures for a Southgate bowler ever in the top division ( verified by Ricky Gunn ) so well done to Fawy on his monumental achievement.

 

Read the scorecard in the link alongside the match report below.

http://middlesexccl.play-cricket.com/website/results/2518374

 

SOUTHGATE 1 v HAMPSTEAD 1

Hampstead 64 ao (19.3 overs )

Mullahzadah 8-20,

Mir-40

Southgate 65-4

 

Yet another team currently at the top of the Premier League became victims of this young Southgate side as Hampstead were beaten by 6 wickets at The Walker Ground on Saturday.

This correspondent has commented on his search for superlatives to describe some of this team’s victories this season but for this game there is only one suitable.

Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious !!!

Captain Faisal gambled by winning the toss and inserting the visitors and it proved a highly successful move. A sensible decision for two reasons: 1. There was a fair chance of rain which could bring those great pals of teams batting second Duckworth and Lewis into play and 2. In the previous home match against Finchley the wicket had dried out nicely for the second innings after being a little difficult earlier in the day.

The collapse of Hampstead to an all out total of 64, though, had nothing whatsoever to do with the wicket. It was down to a masterly display of bowling by the Southgate opening pair, Fawad (8-20) and Faisal (2-40).

Laziness has prevented me in previous weeks in stating Fawad’s full name but I think this week it deserves full recognition.

Fawad Mullahzadah, only one syllable short of one for each wicket! A superb example of top class swing bowling, creating havoc with arguably the strongest batting line up in the league by bowling straight and fast. He was backed up by the skipper Faisal and a superb fielding display totally different to the previous week’s rather pallid and lifeless performance.

A fine catch from Tom Edrich, which enables him to retain his place as the top catcher in the league, a magnificent overhead catch at short mid wicket by Arnie Sahota and another excellent wicketkeeping performance by Phil Dunnett backed up the bowlers perfectly. For the third week running Phil chose the right moment to stand up to Fawad and forced a batsman to play an injudicious stroke. Wickets falling in such circumstances are not coincidence and Phil later proved his all round ability when, standing back to Fawad he took a magnificent one handed catch off an inside edge to finish the innings. Phil, too, is at the top of his personal sector with most wicketkeeping victims throughout the league.

Southgate’s sometimes brittle batting was unlikely to make the ‘chase’ an easy one, although Michael Stevens scored a fluent 23.

Jamie Jouning, in his first game since his injury in the opening match of the season, may have been unlucky with an lbw decision, Arnie was soon caught at slip and Lassie mis-hooked and was caught off a skier. At 40-4 there were concerns. Tom Edrich (17*) however, batting in his usual sensible way was joined by Suresh Kalagara (11*) promoted for the occasion and the pair managed to steer their side to victory without losing another wicket.

Tom and Southgate had a large slice of luck when he was dropped at slip and the player involved dislocated his finger and had to be taken to hospital by the Downton Abbey butler Carson (the actor Jim Carter, who is Hampstead’s chairman).

We have now played the top three teams in the league five times this season and won four of them. Does that make us the best team in the league ? Answers on a postcard, please.

Master statistician Ricky Gunn has provided me with following best bowling performances by Southgate players in the history of the Middlesex County Cricket League:

Mathew Creese 9-65 v Harrow Town in 2011.

Fawad Mullahzadah 8-20 v Hampstead in 2015

Alan Wyatt 8-32 v Finchley in 1974

Dominic Fox 8-35 v Enfield in 1989

Michael Dunn 8-41 v Enfield in 1980

Bob Hailey 8-43 v Enfield in 1979

Colin Saville 8-55 v Eastcote in 1999

Bob Hailey 8-58 v Brondesbury in 1979

Dominic Fox 8-61 v Shepherds Bush in 1989

Bob Hailey 8-67 v Teddington in 1979

Peter Jouning