Bad light stops play, but not before Romesh Ranganathan takes 6 wickets !!!

Brentham 4th XIs (226-7 dec off 50 overs), losing draw: 1 pt Southgate 4th XIs, (170-7 off 33 overs), winning draw: 4 pts

The 4th XIs went into this game knowing that a win would not only keep our promotion hopes alive but would also end the opposition’s chances of getting promoted. Equally a loss would mean that the oppo would close the gap on us and keep their own hopes alive. So both teams had everything to play for.

Sal, standing in for holidaying skipper Doug, won the toss and elected to field. Not entirely a surprising decision as having already played Brentham away and experienced first-hand their skill at blocking out for a dull draw – their opening batsman batted for a full 46 overs, faced 127 balls for a grand total of 21 not out (yes 21, that’s not a typo!) – there was no way Sal was going to put himself or the team through that again.

Bolstered by the inclusion of the dynamic duo of Harrison Folland & Henry Thompson, we were upbeat about our chances and took to the field with confidence high. Henry opened the attack with an excellent display of line & length bowling which the Brentham openers found difficult to score off. At the other end, Sarfaraz kept things tidy with accurate deliveries on a wicket with unpredictable bounce. With the score only on 26 after 10 overs, Henry made the 1st breakthrough when the Brentham #2 edged one to Partha behind the stumps. In the next over, Sarfaraz dismissed their #1 (yes, the same boring blocker who carried his bat in the reverse fixture) with a vicious delivery that cut back in to trap him lbw. Harrison then joined the attack when Henry had to end his first spell after his allotted 7 overs. The batsmen were pleased to see the back of Henry and were even more pleased to hear that Harrison was not a seam bowler. However, their pleasure did not last for long as both batsmen found him difficult to play and shortly before the drinks break, Harrison caught their #4 off his own bowling with the score at 54-3. We were very pleased with our performance up to that point.

After drinks, things started to slip away from us as Brentham put on an 88-run 4th wicket partnership which established a good platform for them to go on and put up a decent total. The rain which had been threatening all afternoon eventually came down and forced 2 stoppages. These breaks, and getting the covers on & off (twice!) clearly affected our concentration. Even though Harrison, Sarfraz, Henry and last week’s hero Delmore all picked up a wicket each in the latter half, we didn’t exactly help our case with some sloppy fielding, a few too many extras and a couple of dropped catches. All this resulted in 3 further mini-partnerships of 32, 20 and 33 runs, which helped Brentham to rack up a total of 226 for 7 off their allotted maximum 50 overs. The pick of our bowling was Henry with figures of 14-3-24-2.

After some reflection during the tea-break, the general feeling amongst the side was that we had gifted them around 40-50 runs. Still, we were confident that we could chase down the total, as long as the rain stayed away.

With the threat of further rain showers in the air, and armed with the knowledge that 190 runs would secure us a winning draw, we started our innings with Partha Dave and David Lowen playing cautiously but staying ahead of the required rate. However, by the 8th over, both our openers were back in the pavilion with the score on 27, and both wickets going to the Brentham bowler (P. Desai) who could easily have be mistaken for the TV comic Romesh Ranganathan. Harrison, who had gone in at #3 was now partnered by Joe McCormick, and the 2 of them picked up the run rate and carved out a partnership of 61 when Joe was caught, again off the bowling of the ‘Romesh lookalike’. Harrison dug in and, over the next 7 overs which were interrupted by rain, he played a dogged innings full of flamboyant drives, pulls and cuts, to craft 2 further valuable partnerships of 33 and 25 with RBL and Sam Larner respectively. Having safely navigated past his 50, and with more rainclouds closing in, Harrison attempted a huge 6 but was caught at deep extra cover. Sam followed him back to the pavilion in the very next over and we found ourselves on 146 for 7 with only 16 overs left to play. ‘Romesh’ had somehow managed to pick up 6 wickets and was looking like getting a few more. Our #8 Henry and #9 Sarfaraz then carefully negotiated the next 7 overs in wet conditions and in fading light, to push the score up to 170 for 7 after 33 overs. Due to the many rain delays, the time now was around 7:40pm and the light was fading rapidly. With 9 more overs to face and the batsmen struggling to see the ball, Sal then decided it was better to settle for the winning draw rather than risk losing the game altogether. A discussion took place in the middle and it was pretty obvious that the oppo were not keen on settling for a draw as they felt they could win. In the end, common sense prevailed and the 2 captains shook hands and agreed to call the game for bad light.

Whilst we were disappointed at dropping 6 points, news came through that the game between the division’s top two sides, Hampstead vs Harrow Town, was rained off and thus resulted in 1 point for each team. This meant that, thanks to the valuable 4 points earned, we now leapfrog over Harrow Town into 2nd place, with just 2 games left to play. And what big games these promise to be?

We play 3rd placed Harrow Town at home on the final day of the season, which promises to be a promotion decider. However, before that, we have a very tricky game against 4th placed Chiswick this Saturday which we cannot afford to lose.

Sal Syed

1987 League – Division 5 Table (after round 16)

1987-Div5-Table-20Aug2016

Champions Party – 3rd of September

We’re having a party at the club after the final match of the league season. Everyone is invited!

We have at least two league championships to celebrate and there could be more! It should be a great night.

2nd XI Champions IMG_1482

 

Champions

2nd XI v Harrow St Mary (away)

Harrow St Mary 90 all out (36 overs) – Desai 4-15, Faruqi 3-12

Southgate 92 for 2 (17.2 overs) – Ellis 40

 

Champions

 

A dominant performance from start to finish brought up win number 14 (out of 16), the 2nd XI Division 3 title and well deserved promotion.

 

With the burglar in chief still on sabbatical in the North East, rumoured to be working on his tan and preserving his economy rate, captain Sam Faruqi once again packed his side with batsmen and all-rounders.   A late change saw Ravi Desai come in for an under the weather Chetan and Scott Ellis start his campaign to move up from the chorus line to a starring role.

 

Sam won the toss and elected to field (quite how he convinced the Harrow St Mary skipper and both umpires that he should be allowed a second chance, having called incorrectly first time around, is another matter).

 

Returning pace men Luke Hutton and (ahem) Dave Woffinden took the new ball.   Luke made the first breakthrough, encouraging the deceptively young looking opener to spoon a thigh high full toss to short cover.

 

It was then time for Ravi to get the crowd going.  Rocking back and forth at the end of his run up like an Olympic triple jumper, Ravi bowled beautifully to pick up 4-15 from his nine overs.    The highlight being the three deliveries to the Harrow St Mary skipper that ended with a nick to Alvin Durgacharan for the first of his two slip catches.

 

Sam’s aggressive captaincy continued to pay off, with Luke brought back into the attack to blast out the middle order before Sam went to work on the tail.   Accusations of Elders level burgling were circulating even before the skipper shelled a suspiciously easy chance off Waqas Khan only to pick up the reprieved batsman in his next over.

 

Sensing it was his moment, Sam bowled his first googly since 2007 and umpire Cole delivered the inevitable LBW verdict.   Harrow St Mary, all out for 90 and, crucially, lasting just long enough for tea to be served.  Excitement had been building all week and despite attempts by the home captain to play down expectations (bemoaning having to resort to external caterers) the boys were delighted to tuck into a varied and plentiful spread.

 

More treats were in store, including CCTV footage of the square and some equally nifty camera work in the showers exposing the long arm of the law, but first there was a game to be won.      With rain clouds looming, young starlet Ellis unleashed his campaign team of Cole and Durgaharan.   Whether it was the posters, the internet teaser campaign or the quiet word in the skipper’s ear we may never know but the look on poor Max Joseph’s face as he shuffled from a newly promoted number 3 back to pad warming understudy will haunt those who saw it for years to come.

 

Shoaib Zulfiqar got the reply off to a flyer (standard), with Declan O’Leary taking on the Edrich (Tom) anchor role.    When Shoaib fell for ten, it was time for the main event.   A hard hitting, crowd pleasing 40 from Scott at well over a run a ball sent the balcony (in general) and Waqs (in particular) into a frenzy and put the result beyond doubt.

 

With Declan on track for a single figure red inker (5 out of 61) he was unlucky to be run out at the non-strikers end when the bowler dropped Adeel Saeed’s powerfully hit straight drive and the ball rebounded onto the stumps.   Waqs joined Adeel (22*) to finish the job and, after a suspiciously quick single to get on strike, Waqs crowned the run chase with his first career all run four.

 

Woffers

 

2nd XI Champions

Southgate IV’s keep promotion dream alive

Southgate IV’s keep promotion dream alive with exhilarating victory in a highly eventful game.
 
Southgate rocked up to the North London ground in Walthamstow with promotion well within their sights albeit with a team understocked with regular bowlers. That problem looked even more serious when a quick inspection revealed a parched wicket which had more in common with the M25 than the usually lush strips that often present themselves at this level. The toss was lost and stand-in captain, Sal Syed was forced to send in Southgate to bat first.
Partha Dave and Peter McLoughlin opened the batting and they remained together until 78 runs and 24 overs later when Peter was removed, stumped off the bowling of Holford. Partha remained and he added 32 runs alongside Sal to leave Southgate 110-2 after 31 overs when Sal was bowled by Amin. The challenge was to add another 90 runs in 15 overs. With plenty of batting to come Joe McCormick and Partha added 20 before Partha was caught off the bowling of Maruf for an excellent 75. The challenge for the remaining batsmen was simple, take advantage of the pitch and score the 70 runs needed to get us to a self-imposed psychological target of 200 in the next 12 overs. Christian McLoughlin and Ankit Patel both pushed the score along with run a ball 21 and 23 respectively before falling in the same over with the score on 189. Ricky Gunn, Sam Larner, Mike Carter and Matthew Barrett then all contributed to the our total score before our declaration at the end of the 46th over thus setting North London a target of 208 to win from their allotted 46 overs.
After an excellent tea it was time to test the Southgate bowling, Mike and Ankit were handed the ball first. In total they would bowl 32 overs, giving away just 108 runs. Mike removed the three openers, one of them thanks to some astonishingly quick glove work from Ricky who was well and truly turning back the years behind the stumps. The game took a unexpected turn when Peter collapsed in the baking sun. He was immediately taken off to sit down and then off to the hospital along with Christian and Joe. Luckily, everything was fine but the quick work of everyone on the pitch and Joe’s efforts in particular were hugely commendable. We were now three fielders down but three of the younger lads from North London were press ganged in and sent out to field. The game was firmly heading for a draw, North London were behind the run rate but Southgate weren’t looking particularly threatening with the ball as the game headed into its 76th over. Barrett was able to winkle out another wicket but North London still had six wickets to call upon.
The turning point came when Sal threw the ball to Delmore Walters to send down some Sobers-esque accurate medium pace. After a couple of loosener overs Delmore’s eye was in and with Ankit supporting him from the other end, the dot ball was the most common outcome. With just 10 overs left it was time for some West Indian magic. Delmore bowled Lee to take the first of his wickets, there was blood in the water but the draw was still the favourite with limited time left and five wickets still to go. No problem for Delmore, he bowled the next four batsmen before Heptonstall chipped one up for Sam to catch at mid-off. Mike was now partnering Delmore up the slope but there were just two overs left when Delmore took the ball for his final effort. Five balls later and the last wicket was still standing and again the draw was the still favourite. But with the last ball of his spell, Delmore produced an arrow to trap 10th man, Tripp LBW for a famous and electrifying victory, finishing with impressive figures of 9-2-31-6 !!!
Credit goes to Ankit who bowled 14 overs for just 32 runs but he had some chances put down and was generally unlucky not to take a wicket. Partha carried most of the batting effort and his free scoring was vital in setting a defendable total. Southgate now have just three games left to play and sit just 2 points behind Harrow Town, who lie in second. We will play Harrow Town on the final day in what may prove to be the game of the season. For now however, focus is on the next game against Brentham who were able to frustrate Southgate earlier in the season when Southgate travelled to North West London.
Sam Larner

4ths report FB

2s Chase Down 246

A strange team make up this week for the 2nd team. With the absence of Hutton, Woffinden and Elders we faced Kenton at home with 5 spinners and what would be known in the North as a part time ‘dibble dobbler’ (you may see other spelling variations). Luckily for us we had a batting line up longer than that of the current England test side.

The new ball went to two off-spinners Desai and Telang and with a wicket from the later in the 3rd over it seemed business as usual for this season’s dominant 2nd team. Unfortunately the next 35 overs proved more difficult with the Kenton No.3 hitting boundary after boundary for fun. The spin attack toiled away from both ends but, though bowling good areas and turning the ball on an old wicket, failed to take a wicket until 131 for 2. Special mention to Johnson who came on and bowled a very tidy spell just as the Kenton batsmen seemed to be really running away with things. After a few difficult dropped chances the impressive No.3 finally fell for 94, caught in the deep. At one stage it looked like Kenton would make 300 but we bowled a good last 15 overs taking wickets consistently until Kenton were finally bowled out from their final ball for 246. Faruqi bowled a tight late spell burgling himself 3 fine wickets.

So after an underwhelming supply of tuna and bush meat pate we set off at our difficult task of chasing 246 in 45 overs. Despite an early shake with the loss of Zulfiqar we started well, Durgacharan (45) and O’Leary created a solid foundation. This was built on by a solid middle order performance of Saeed (60), Johnson (36) and Khan (49 not out). With a such a high score to chase and wickets sporadically falling we were never comfortable but we hit the bad ball for four and ran extremely well between the wickets, always keeping up with the run rate. A strange decision from the Kenton captain to bowl his first four bowlers 9 overs straight through meant that not just a fifth bowler but also a sixth had to be found to finish the innings meaning that the pressure of the final overs of the chase were eased and we eventually knocked of the total required with 1 over to spare.

Sam F smoking

A great game of cricket played in fantastic spirits (not as fantastic as the tequila supplied by Karl for Max’s Birthday party later that evening which made this wicket keeper, amongst others I’m sure, extremely glad there was no Sunday game) and with a win for Osterley against MTSCC we are left 23 points clear at the top of the table. This puts the title reachable with 10 points this weekend…tune in next week.

Scott Ellis

3rd XI Clinch Return to the County League – Report

Southgate                                242-8 dec.    46 overs (Dean 44*)

 

Winchmore Hill        97 ao           29.5 overs (Carr 3-33, Thompson 2-13, Folland 2-13, James 2-17)

 

It is no secret that Southgate 3s have dominated teams all season. This weekend was no exception, and despite missing a key individual in this season’s success we epitomised the season with both bat and ball. 4 points would have won us the title, but we haven’t settled for a draw all year and that continued against our local rivals.

Winchmore Hill 3s felt the full brunt of our team’s capabilities on the 16th gameweek of the season. Freshly relegated and I’m sure expecting to walk over sides in this division, they were certainly not prepared to be swiped aside (for the second time this season) by the most assured Southgate side I have ever seen. When 11 men turn up on a Saturday the cocktail of emotions is easily discernible. In seasons gone by I’ve seen the usual spread from jittery nerves to quiet confidence, fear of failure to brash recklessness. As we came together aside a hard wicket with our first dry, trimmed outfield of the season, there was a suffocating certainty of success emanating from each individual. From the off we were never in doubt over how the day was to play out.

From the way Marcello (28) dominated the new ball with flowing drives and aggressive running, Mark’s (36) unyielding defence coupled with powerful drives down the ground or Ollie and Harrison (20 each) playing aggressive strokes all around, we were never coming away without that win. Finally given conditions conducive to positive batting, our lineup was never found scratching or struggling. With a promotion to number 5 Henry (25) impressed with maturity unseen in many more experienced top order batsmen. 276 balls (plus a few wides) of relentless assault on the Winchmore attack (can it be called that?), finished off with some heavy hitting from the stalwarts Dean and Carr (44* and 28), one more elegantly it must be said. The Hill must have been glad when tea finally came, but even that wasn’t going for them. The spread of sandwiches the only disappointing blemish on a great day.

Opening up at 16 years old each, Henry and James bowled their best red ball spells yet for Southgate. Henry swung the ball at pace on a placid wicket, overwhelming the batsmen to the degree that there were 3 slips and 3 gullies with a 9-0 field for 3 of his overs. Even more surprising was that I was one of these catchers. The first wicket however fell to a runout from a wholehearted piece of fielding at mid-on, and with the precedent set we never looked back. Sharp catches from the cordon and outfielders alike set Winchmore Hill reeling at 28-5, and old boy Nadeem quickly found the grass really wasn’t greener as wickets fell all around him 58-8 and the dust settled on a destructive performance. Extras amongst their highest scorers, it was safe to say our bowling attack’s biggest problem was bowling a ball that couldn’t beat the bat. Wickets were shared around evenly, 2 each for Henry, James and Harrison.

It would be fitting for a romance as this to end with a scattering of stumps or a blinding catch but I must remind you that this is still 1987 league cricket. After drinks the final wickets came, inevitably, to Sage in the form of a dodgy LBW and a leading edged full toss; Bowled captain, caught vice captain. 145 the margin of victory. Adrian smuggled away 3 wickets at the end, but I’d be lying if I said he hasn’t bowled some crucial spells this year.

Jugs flew in left right and centre, however the celebrations were lined with relief rather than jubilation. Without being arrogant, I’m sure everyone who’s played for the 3s this year will enjoy and rise to a greater challenge next year, against tougher opposition on pitches which are more likely to reward good cricket.

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I am certain this squad will enjoy great success in the division above next season, and I’m sure Marchy would give me decent odds on back to back promotions. It has been a hallmark of our team, especially given the strong availability at the club this season, that everyone has given their 100% for the cause all season – whether they felt like they were owed more or not. Modest egos and respect for our oppositions has produced a thoroughly enjoyable team atmosphere all year. I think we are all proud (and a little relieved!) to have finally done it, and can finally play without the pressure on a team desperate for promotion. Roll on the final 3 games.

Shiv-Raj Sharma

4th XI Beat Ally Pally

AP won the toss and batted

AP 173-9 dec in 50 overs

Southgate 174-6 in 41.3 overs

Southgate won 10 points

We had another excellent start and had AP 20-4 with what we thought was the cream of the batting back in the hutch. Roy and Sarfaraz each taking two wickets. The Babwah spin combination came on and we chipped away further, one courtesy of an outstanding catch from Partha running, over his shoulder at square leg (three catches in the innings for Partha, even though he wasn’t keeping, another was a very smart grab at second slip from the pacey Sarfaraz). But then in the usual style things got away from us at the end. One of the lower order gave it some long handle to get 60 odd not out and he got some support from his mates to get them to an unlikely 170 in the full 50 overs. Ankit bowled with some control, but we couldn’t get the last few out to make it a comfortable chase.

We had a steady reply with the first wicket falling when we had 70 in about 20 overs. Partha went on to get 50 in partnership with Ankit. When Partha went Ankit accelerated to get a 50 of his own in partnership ith Christian and we were looking good with the required rate gradually falling. There was a wobble (what else would you expect from the 4s?) when Ankit ran out Christian in an unnecessary panic and Sal followed quickly. Ankit was caught behind and this left Joe and Sarfaraz to see us home. Joe took control and with aggressive running and the odd boundary got the job done with a few balls to spare. So another fine chase reflecting the strength of our batting.

We are now third in the table only two points off second. So every chance of promotion if we get decent sides out in the next few weeks.

Doug Gordon

2nds Win top of the table clash

MTSSC v Southgate 2nd XI

Scorecard

We traveled to the post office ground in Harrow for a top of the table clash.

Ahead by 3 points prior to the game I was sure we would have been inserted had we lost the toss and I would have chosen to bat if we had won, which is slightly against what we have done in the timed games the season. The attitude has always been you put on the board the best you can and we will chase it down. However, I lost the toss, (nothing new there) but was asked to field which was an odd one considering they really could have done with 10 points. My team mates refused to believe I lost the toss due to the week before (I felt guilty for making them field in the sweltering heat and to avoid complaints on the field I just said I lost the toss and only told them the truth at tea).

So in 25 degrees glorious sunshine we opened the bowling with Hutton from the far end and elders from the scoreboard end.

The last time we played here Elders bowled something ridiculous like 8 maidens in a row so I’m not surprised their openers played him with caution. Despite them trying their best to get bat on ball he kept beating the edge. His 5th over and we still had a 7-2 field which shows the control and accuracy in line.

Hutton from the other end was bowling “wheels”. We tried changing fields, he tried different lengths, balls popped up and fell in no mans land a couple of times which I think annoyed him even more and he just bowled faster. Eventually he got one through the gate and we picked up our first wicket in about the 8th over. With his tail up now he got their number 3 in the same over well caught by Bellwood at 2nd slip and then the following over Luke had their other opener trapped in front. 33 for 3 off 14.

With the weather being as warm as it was, I decided it was time to give our quickies a rest and slow the pace down.. Infact it’s more or less bring pace to a stop when Woffers comes on. But he did what he does best.

I must mention here MTSCC had one of the best no 5s and 6 batsmen we have come across in the league (nearly as good as ours). Manakayara is their overseas player and represents SL-U19. Having spoken to him he knew our kusal mendis very well and was here with another u19 player who was playing their 1s. Number 6 was Selvakumar who scored a fantastic 100 against us last year and I have been told he had represented Mddx 2s.

Why he bats at 6 is beyond me!!

Anyway our magician, Harry Woffer wasn’t having any of it…

Selvakumar played a couple of gorgeous cover drives which bought back flashbacks of his innings last year… ( a game I will never forget because loosing that game is what cost us promotion). Most medium pace right arm fast swing bowlers would maybe try and bowl a bit quicker thinking it’s all too easy for the batsman. But not this one. Running in, looking like he was about to bowl a bolt of lighting he took the pace off even further (yes that is possible), the ball just hung in the air, time stood still and selvakumar played across the line way to early only to see his off stump gone. When I say off stump gone I mean lucky to see the bail fall off at that pace.

This left us with the u-19 who started to look good gathering singles, doubles and the odd 4. He was getting 4/5 an over without trying to hard.

Meanwhile there was no respite from the other end as we had Chetan Telang bowling his off spin. According to our very own Bob Cole, Telang is the best off spinner he has seen in 30 years and he reckons Telang is better than Moeen Ali!

Chetan picked up a wicket courtesy of a nonchalant 1 handed grab at square leg by Shoaib – 70 for 6.

The Sri Lankan lad on about 30 odd now started to realise this could all end very quickly. He decided to take as much strike as possible and hit a few decent maximums. With the boundary riders and our Yorkshire U-45 continuing with the ball it wasn’t going to last too long. One shot too many and Woffers had his man caught at deep wicket. Shoaib zulfiqars second good catch of the innings.
With the u19 gone for 49 it was a case of running through them. Telang picked up a couple more and Hutton came back on for a final burst to pick up their last batsman.

37 overs.
117 all out.

Elders 9/3/11/0
Hutton 10/0/44/4 ( out of which around 20 runs ran down to third man off the edges)
Telang 9.4/ 2/19/3
Woffinden 8/1/31/3

With it being too early for tea we had to bat out 10 overs before the break.

Right so having put us in they obviously had a bowling attack they were confident in. Shoaib Zulfiqar and Declan O’Leary started proceedings for us.

Their captain from the top end bowling big in swing medium pace and as expected the u-19 left arm orthodox from the scoreboard end.
Declan being the solid brick wall, held up one end and built his innings slow and steady as we are used to seeing. Shoaib on the other hand had no intentions of hanging about. U-19, in swingers whoever you are.

Without showing dots which were hardly any his runs in the book read as 4,2,4,4,4,4,2,4,4,4.

Just as that was getting highly entertaining one stayed low and we lost him for an entertaining 36 with the score on 51 off 9 overs. We took tea shortly after and upon return kept chipping away at the score. Casualties on the way were Declan 38, Waqas 9, Telang and Hutton both surprisingly got ducks but ever reliable adeel Saeed was looking good on 21 no and who cares if they have men on the line Scott Ellis biffed his way to 12 not out.

It took us 27 overs with 5 down to achieve a comprehensive win.

This takes us 13 points clear from second place and we are nearly home now. It will be interesting to see if Osterley beat MTSCC this week as then the race for 2nd position could become interesting.

We entertain Kenton at home this week. A fixture I’m sure most would agree rather our place then theirs!

Stephen Parkin 1942 -2016

Stephen Parkin passed away on 3rd August 2016 after a long illness

His funeral will take place at New Southgate Crematorium, Brunswick Park Road,

London N11 1JJ on Monday 22nd August at 1.30pm and afterwards at The Southgate Cricket Club, The Walker Cricket Ground, Waterfall Road, London N14 7TZ

Family flowers only please, but if you wish to make a donation please make cheques  payable to The North London Hospice and sent c\o J A Clark & Son (Funerals) Ltd,

103 Wood Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire EN5 4BX

For catering purposes it would be appreciated if you would let us know if you are able to attend by email to his brother Andrew at ad.parkin@tiscali.co.uk or  by text or call to Ellen his sister on 07702 563424.