1st XI have an off day at Ealing

Southgate CC | 109-10 | 34.3 Overs

Ealing CC | 110-1 |10.4 Overs

The 1st XI took the trip away to Ealing this Saturday and to say we were second best was generous. The team was slightly depleted from the heights of the win the week before with Mukesh of to the 50 degree heat of India, Michael Stevens off to the 40 Degree heat of Monaco for the grand Prix and Luke Hutton of to Wembley to watch Arsene Wenger secure himself a new 2 year contract, unbelievable. However that opened up a few spaces, one of which was taken by 16yr old Henry Thompson making his first team debut.

The day started as well as it could do, a small 5 aside game of footy and the toss won by captain Dunnett, and from there not much else went right to be brutally honest. Opting to bat which was still the right thing to do, the Ealing opening attack were consistent and disciplined nagging an area outside the off stump that proved too good for our top order, Ashley Sivarajah (4) knicking off to the last ball of the first over, Tom Edrich (0, again) trapped bang in front and Overseas pro Keaton Critchell (0) went back to one that kept slightly low and the gate found themselves 5-3 after 3 overs (not exactly how the captain saw it going). From there it was an up-hill battle to say the least, Alvin Durgacharan (24) stayed very patient and tried to hold the innings together, brief moments of re-building were found with Ayush Sahota (15) and Rob Johnson (6) but we found ourselves struggling as both were dismissed alongside Dunnett (11) and Mir (0) both out trying to sweep the Ealing spinner. Rashid Mullazadah (23) then entered the fray and along with Dave Woffinden (12) gave it a bit of long handle and we ended up finishing the innings at 109, on that wicket we were probably 140 light (probably 340 light after watching the Ealing openers).

Tea was surprisingly taken and the boys tucked in appropriately, Mr Sivarajah and Edrich particularly enjoying the chocolate cake.

The second half was a bit brutal, the Ealing openers (Wilkin and Morton) came out swinging like Anthony Joshua a few weeks back, they hit everyone and anyone to all parts of the ground. Wilkin especially in a hurry, Arsenal were kicking off at 5pm after all. However, enter the pro slayer… Young 16yr old Henry Thompson came in with a short mid-wicket in his eye line but he backed himself… First ball was quite a large six, the second Wilkin was outdone by the craftiness of young Henry and holed out to Keaton on the mid-wicket boundary. A nice moment for Henry to grab his maiden 1st XI wicket, back to the revision now son. Saying all that, Ealing’s Aussie came in at 3 and hit a glorious cover drive towards the pavilion to finish the game and that was that.

Fair to say we need to put a solid line through that one and never revisit it!

We roll on to a home game this Saturday against Stanmore which if we win will mean we are in the same position we were last year so no need to panic.

Improvement with the bat needed for the Southgate boys!

Phil Dunnett

3s win a 1 run thriller

Southgate 3rd XI 196-7 | Kenton 3rd XI 195-6 

Southgate won by 1 run

Dean 66 | Dangerfield Sr. 39 | Lynch 38  | Palaparthy 2- 42 |  Carr 2-32 |

Thanks to depleted availability there were only 4 survivors from last week’s watery demise at Harrow. The conditions were lovely this time though with sunshine, a flat pitch and fast outfield greeting us out the back. Skipper Sage won the toss and inserted us with the hope of us making them chase some leather in the heat.

Lynch and McLoughlin opened up and after early reprieve Lynch got us going with a few boundaries. After both openers knicked off and Ravi Palaparthy was stumped after struggling to get going it brought our senior batting pair of Jez and Deano to the crease. The pair dug in for a long partnership and made great progress to begin with before a slight period of bog down which ultimately led to a frustrated Jez running past one. It should be noted that a dobbler for Kenton bowled an excellent boundary free spell that caused much of the bog down. Partha then came in and did well to rotate the strike before he got the only ball that kept low all day. This allowed Sage to promote himself up the order to continue his pinch hitting role and play a curious knock of zero from two balls where he ran past both of them and Kenton were unlucky enough for the second to hit the stumps. James D came in and ran well pushing Dean to run many 2s and the stalwart was able to find a few boundaries at the end to accelerate us to 196-7 with Dean falling to the final ball of our 45 overs .

We went to tea with the feeling we left a few out there but happy to have a score on the board. Tea was pleasant with a selection of sandwiches and pasta. Sage regaled us with tales of the incredible size of his Heritage Tomatoes this year on the allotment.

Thanks to strange regulations in the 3rd XI league that allow each bowler to bowl 12 overs we entered the field confident our 4 prong attack would get the job done. James D opened the bowling with Ravi P and bowled well with little luck (and all the runs coming behind square). James began to get frustrated with himself and it became clear that pace on the ball was not the solution. From the 12th over the next 29 were bowled by Sage, Ankit and Ravi P. Ravi bowled his 12 straight through from the start and was very economical in picking up two wickets. After struggling in his first spell Sage bowled a very tight and very very long second spell whilst Ankit plugged away at the other end also keeping it fairly tight. The odd wicket fell, including one to an excellent boundary catch from Partha, but the focus was more the runs and the fielders backed the bowlers well at times, in particular Ricky Gunn who was somewhat of a ball magnet in the field.

We had done an excellent job to get it up to 27 off 24 required and Taken the Game Deep™ but we had shown our hand and needed to find three overs somewhere as Ankit had just the one left. We still backed ourselves as without any fielding restrictions it was difficult to find any boundaries. Lynch was called upon to bowl an over of assorted pies to the cheers/ abuse of the 1s and 2s now gathered on the boundary and escaped having conceded 6. Jez then followed suit in the next over picking up a key wicket to cow corner before Ankit bowled a tight one for just five leaving Jez ten to defend with the final over. Our fielding had become somewhat raggedy by this point and Jez should have had more to playwith but we required two excellent stops from Sal Syed on the long leg boundary that left Jez with 4 to defend off the last ball and he held his nerve to give us the win by one run.

A thoroughly burgled but enjoyable win leaves us three wins from four and top of the table. The match also reinforces the mantra that chasing teams in this league (ourselves included) have a tendency to s*** the bed when it gets tight.

Ali Lynch

1st XI v Shepherds Bush – Match report

SHEPHERDS BUSH 1  133-8 IN 28 OVERS

SOUTHGATE 1 137 -7 in 28 overs.

There is an old Chinese proverb which states that when there is rain about  you always insert the opposition when you win the toss. Captain Dunnett’s knowledge of Chinese proverbs proved strong enough for him to follow that maxim which eventually enabled Southgate to enjoy their first win of the season………..just !

Southgate made a great start with Keaton Critchell , bowling up the hill, taking two wickets in his first over at which point the day’s first rain break occurred.

Upon resumption he took a third wicket and with the help of the parsimonious bowling of Rashid at the other end Bush found themselves 33-3 off the first 14 overs.

More rain, heavier this time, and full consideration to health and safety matters extended the rain break to an interminable length of time so that when we eventually re-started the match it had been reduced to just 28 overs per side. Both Adelaide, approximately 400 metres away and Southgate IV  slightly further away but still close enough to hear the appeals, re-commenced their respective matches about one hour before the first team.

Understandably, the Bush captain, at 33-3 was not keen to carry on and used his own delaying tactics but eventually the game continued and he (26) and the Bush number 4, O. James (45) were able to take advantage of the fact that neither Rashid nor Keaton could continue bowling due to the over restrictions.

Helter skelter running between the wickets , sweeps of all types and a number of chips into the open spaces enabled them to finally reach a respectable total of 133. Ashley Sivarajah took 3-36 and took an excellent overhead catch off Michael Stevens. Keaton’s figures were 3-16 in 7 overs.

Southgate’s reply, against very tight and accurate bowling was circumspect and after 9 overs they had reached only 15.

The game had now become a twenty twenty type game as 119 were needed off 116 balls, but with Sivarajah and Stevens falling cheaply Tom Edrich (39) and Critchell (37) needed to consolidate and so they did, adding 38 in 7 overs.

With 42 balls remaining, at 81-5, 53 runs were still needed. The 22nd over proved to be the ‘game changer’ as it went for 16, including 5 wides , and now the target was really quite achievable. Keaton fell at 109-6 but the combined efforts of Luke Hutton, Faisal Mir and Phil Dunnett enabled the home side to reach their target off the last ball of the match.

Last year’s captain and his successor there at the end in perfect harmony to see their team home.

Peter Jouning

4th XI v Perivale Phoenicians

4th XI v Perivale Phoenicians IV

Perivale Phoenicians 110 all out

Southgate 115 for 2

Southgate won by 8 wickets

The 4th XI fielded a side containing several new players and there was an undercurrent of unfamiliar confidence in a side only just promoted to the ethereal heights of Division 4 of the Middlesex 1987 League.  In the absence of skipper Doug Gordon (being measured up for his suit for his daughter’s wedding which must be the most elaborate excuse ever to cover up being dropped!), Partha Dave won the toss and invited Perivale Phoenicians to bat. Roy Marett (7 overs for 9 runs) and Rishi Kent (1-27 in 8 overs) opened with consistent accuracy which frustrated the batsmen but it was the almost electric fielding and throwing that tipped the edge. As the batsmen got bogged down they were forced to take chances, and at 75-1, immediately after the half-way drinks interval, everything finally clicked into gear. Ravi Palaparthy’s inswingers brought him 4-20 in 10 overs and Mike Cox’s well-pitched up off-breaks produced a return of 4-23. The mark of a winning side is the number of catches taken and we held six (some more remarkable than others) – but it really makes the difference. There was only ever one cricket team in this game.

We lost Matt Grange to a “leave” reminiscent of Bollinger to Strauss in the five overs before a leisurely tea interval but after that, Partha and Mark Hughes went to work with a vengeance. Partha in particular batted like a man possessed with the idea of an early finish and rasped 10 fours in his undefeated 58. Mark got out for 36 leaving Joe McCormick just time to rattle two boundaries to take us to victory and 10 points by 5.15.

We were very fortunate to have a depth of availability plus talented new members in the side. What’s more, a strong contingent remained drinking in the bar well after the game which prolonged the pleasure of the day.

How often we can expect to see them in the 4s is another matter but if they displace players above, then the 4s can only benefit from quality replacements coming down.

Ricky Gunn

 

1st XI v North Middlesex – Report

North Middlesex 1 202 for 7 (50 overs) Southgate 199 all out (40 overs)

Southgate were comprehensively beaten by North Middlesex on a day to forget for the home team.

North Mid won the toss and made a brisk start with their 17 year old opening batsman rather taking a liking to the wily bowling of David Woffinden in particular. More experienced cricketers treat Woffers bowling with great circumspection but this young man ignored matters of the mind and scored a quick 25 before falling lbw to Mukesh Bhatt in his first over.

The other opener Vanderspar was dropped early in his innings and a couple of other opportunities were not taken, indicative of Southgate’s rather pedestrian efforts in the field. Vanderspar went on to make 67 and later taking 4 wickets subsequently made him an automatic choice for overall man of the match.

North Mid reached 108 for 1 before Faisal Mir taking 3 quick wickets and later by scoring 20 runs in the Southgate innings made his play for the home team’s own MOM. He also brought previously unseen skills to his fielding position at cover point, including one brilliant diving save as the ball bounced erratically. His efforts combined with the skills of Ashley Sivarajah , Mukesh Bhatt and the returning Woffers saw North Mid collapse to 145-7 with 15 overs still to play. At this stage the visitors showed the importance of ‘batting the overs’ and Holmes (no.7) and Nurse (no.9) batted sensibly and carefully without further loss.

One positive of the latter part of the innings was that Australian recruit, Keaton Critchell , hitherto not fit to bowl, sent down a couple of quick overs with a very pleasing and technically correct bowling action.

Look forward to his taking the new ball one day soon !

Southgate were bound to have a difficult task to reach their target against what is considered the best all round bowling attack in the league.

So it proved and despite some resistance from Mike Stevens (20) and later Faisal Mir, they collapsed to just 99 all out.

That evening the Middlesex County League website printed the league tables with North Mid at the top and Southgate at the bottom.

My forecast is that neither side will still be in that position at the end of the season as North Mid’s batting looks a little vulnerable and Southgate’s form will definitely improve over the season.

Peter Jouning

Back to back wins for the 3s

Southgate CC 3’s match reports, weeks 1 & 2

Sat 6th May

Southgate 3’s              154 all out (Ollie Bellwood 31, Harrison Folland 29)

Shepherds Bush 3’s               150 all out (Ankit Patel 4-28, Sage 2-35, Marchy 1-44)

Southgate won by 4 runs

Shepherds Bush 3’s were the visitors to the Walker Ground for the Third XI’s long awaited return to the Middlesex County League and if all the games are as good as this, we’re in for a great season.

We were inserted on a dry wicket and the Bush opening bowlers made the most of some uneven bounce making runs hard to come by. Lynchie nicked off early but Max (21) and Ollie (31) managed to keep things ticking along before Harrison (29) added some momentum with regular boundaries, including consecutive 6’s. Unfortunately, despite all getting starts, none of the top 5 were able to progress and make a big score and 118 for 4, soon became 154 all out, without using the last 6 of our 45 overs. To be fair the Bush attack was good and even the leg spinner 5th bowler was more than competent, cleaning Sage up with a perfect googly first ball!

We knew we were at least 30 short of a par total and with Sage the only seamer in the side, we decided he should open the bowling with Harrison.

Early on the one day leg side wide regulations proved difficult to cope with and the visitor’s total was pushed along with a regular supply of sundries and extra balls. However a great piece of work from Ollie behind the stumps bagged our first wicket with a leg side gloved catch off Harrison.

Sage plugged away at the other end and the introduction of George Duke to replace Harrison brought wicket number 2, with his third ball sliding on to trap the other opener bang in front. Sage then took his first wicket of the season, with another good catch from Ollie standing up and we sensed we might have a sniff of a chance. The Bush No.3 looked dangerous but Marchy, off spinner No.3 soon took care of him, bowling him through the gate with a beauty.

At 100-4 the game was in the balance but all the Bush batters looked competent and comfortable, slowly chipping away at the target. Marchy continued his excellent spell, (11 overs, 1-44) but it was the introduction of Ankit ‘Golden Arm’ Patel which turned things in our favour. A caught and bowled did for No.6 and when he clean bowled nos. 7 & 8, we were right in it. However, the scoreboard kept ticking and the visitors reached 142-8, before a smart run out brought number 11 to the wicket with 14 needed to win. Runs were scampered and nurdled leaving 5 to win off 3 overs. No problem for Ankit though, he induced a forward prod from the number 11, resulting in a straightforward caught and bowled and 10 unexpected points. Ankit finished with 4-28 off 10.3 overs, a match winning performance.

Jez

 

Sat 13th May

 

Southgate 3’s                          228-7 off 45 overs (Shiv Sharma 47*, Harrison Folland 39,                                      Max Joseph 33, Ali Lynch 31)

Stanmore 3’s                           126 all out (Ricky Uppal 3-26, Marcello de Crescenzo 3-25,                                                Ankit Patel 2-8)

Southgate won by 102 runs

The Met Police Sports Ground at Bushey was the venue for the 3’s second game of the season against Stanmore 3’s.

We arrived early and as we looked out from the large two storey clubhouse, across the attractive, well-kept outfield, towards the square and covered strip, all seemed tranquil, until Lynchie arrived! “So this is what they spend our f*****g taxes on is it?! You can take the lad out of Scotland but ……………

Unfortunately for us, we weren’t actually playing on the main ground, or the second ground, but Pitch 3, about 500 miles yards away. We eventually found the wicket, which looked underprepared and pretty ropey, but on the basis that ‘it won’t get any better’, we decided to bat.

Max (33) and Lynchie (31) opened up and despite the 8th ball of the game (from Stanmore stalwart, 62 year old Ross ‘Cheesy’ Chiese), rearing off a length to clang Lynchie on the lid, they put on 75 for the first wicket at just under 4 an over. The stand included something I don’t recall ever seeing before, consecutive all run fours! Max played an elegant back foot drive through cover towards the unnecessarily long boundary and the combination of the fielder’s lack of speed or him having no throw enabled an easy 4 to be run. Next ball, Max played exactly the same shot but this time accompanied by the text book, call straight from the MCC Coaching Manual of “Oh f***, not again!”

This excellent opening platform was vital in enabling the middle order to play with some freedom. Stanmore’s spinners bowled well but Harrison (39) and Shiv (47*), played their shots, rode their luck and advanced us towards 200. Sage tried to join the party by promoting himself to No.8 in the quest for quick runs and he and Shiv added a few (and missed a few) in the final overs. They didn’t seem interested in singles and at one point had a small difference of opinion when an easy overthrow wasn’t taken. I believe Shiv referred to his captain as a ‘stupid, blind, old constable’, apparently referencing the police ground we were playing at!

Anyway, Shiv made a well struck unbeaten 47 and we finished on 228-7 of our 45 overs.

Tea, (no doubt subsidised by the taxpayers, Lynchie) was worth the long walk back to the clubhouse and the boys were confident we had enough runs.

As with last week, we opened with spin and seam, Ricky Uppal taking the new ball with Sage and both were on the spot from the start. Ricky bowled his off spin beautifully, bagging 3 wickets for just 4 runs in his first 3 overs. At 10-3 Stanmore we struggling. Their skipper came in at 5 and played some good shots for his 61 but the introduction of Marchy (3-35) brought a second collapse and left him with just the tail for company.

The game was effectively over but there was still time for ‘Golden Arm’ Ankit’s cameo performance. A direct hit run out from mid off was followed by having the skipper caught in the covers off his second ball and the final wicket, to finish with 2-8.

A comfortable win in the end by over 100 runs and another great all round team performance, with contributions from all 11 players. 20 out of 20 for the 3’s.

 

Jez

 

1st XI v Brondesbury – Match Report

1st XI v Brondesbury (away)

Southgate 182 all out (41.4 overs) – Critchell 72

Brondesbury 185 for 6 (48.1 overs)

Newly promoted Brondesbury hosted the 1st on Saturday in the first round of the 2017 Premier League season.

With Rashid Mullahzadah fresh off the plane and Fred Wilson selling his soul to secure the day off work we were almost at full strength.   Only Ashley Sivarajah was missing.  There were rumours of a Martian abduction, but the flying saucer turned out to be the media centre at HQ and the little green men, actually little men in green.

Skipper Phil Dunnett won the toss and elected to bat.  The Brondesbury opening attack bowled a tidy line and length, making good use of the conditions.     In short order we were 25 for 4 and dire predictions of our final score were circulating.

Phil (22) and Keaton Critchell set about repairing the damage and restoring our faith.    Keaton was particularly severe on the first change bowler, taking sixteen from his only over before a mix up with Phil resulted in the skipper’s first run out of the season.

Keaton batted beautifully, dominating stands with Faisal Mir and Rashid taking us through to 136 for 8 before he was given out caught behind for a chanceless 72.    It was then the turn of Luke Hutton (36) and Mukesh Bhatt (15*).  Luke played beautifully all around the ground (shades of Twickenham 2015) and Mukesh was hitting spinners and seamers alike straight back over their heads.   before another run out that brought our innings to an end in the 42nd over.

182 to defend.  Less than we would have liked, more than we thought we were going to get and exactly the kind of score we’ve made a habit of defending in recent years.

Rashid and Dave Woffinden took the new ball.   Brondesbury made a solid start and kept up with the run rate throughout.    Rashid picked up the first wicket and Woffers brought a smile to the face, shortly followed by an expletive to the lips of Brondesbury’s MCC pro.

Faisal replaced Rashid and bowled a tight spell in tandem with a miserly ten overs from Mukesh (10-4-13-2) – the pick of the Southgate bowlers.   Luke and Michael Stevens shared the fifth bowler duties and both bowled tidily.   We needed to take wickets though.  Chances were created and Fred took a couple of good catches, but we also missed a couple allowing Brondesbury to reach their target six down with two overs to go.

Woffers

 

2nd XI v Barnes – REPORT

A memorable day in the league saw Southgate 2nd XI defeated off the final ball of an exciting game at the Walker Cricket Ground.

The visitors Barnes were asked to field first on a cool afternoon in this 45 over ‘one-day’ game. They made early inroads as their impressive new ball bowler Jared Schmidt produced a lively spell from the Adelaide end.

Three wickets – all bowled with stumps sent cartwheeling – plus a mistimed pull to mid-on from the trundler at the Waterfall Road end followed and the situation looked very bleak indeed.

Enter Scott Ellis at number six who batted with the grit and resolve you’d expect from a South Yorkshireman. A very sensible and important partnership followed with captain Sam and together a they carefully began to salvage something from our dire position.

The momentum was gradually wrestled back with Scott passing fifty and beginning to step on the gas. Young Tristan Flint replaced the skipper and supported well allowing the dizzy heights of 200 + becoming a reality.

As Scott opened his shoulders there were two particularly memorable shots worthy of a mention. Firstly, a towering six over mid-wicket, superbly held by the fielder on the boundary who somehow dived backwards, over the rope, on to our picnic table, sliding over it in one motion, then finishing in a crumpled heap, still with ball in hand and amazingly no broken bones. It was possibly the most amazing boundary catch and crowd catch rolled into one ever seen at the Walker Ground.

The second shot was a brutal flat six into the car park, Scott later confirmed he was standing a foot outside off stump at the moment of delivery, which made it all the better.

Three generations of the Ellis clan were in attendance and the stage well and truly set for a maiden club hundred for our resident thespian and a rousing ovation, however in a cruel twist Scott was run out off the final ball for a magnificent 94.

237 in 45 overs represented an astonishing fightback.

Barnes opening batsman Chris Chambers received a life early on when he could have been run out and the pressure mounted as the visitor’s reply got off to a very slow start. Southgate picked up three wickets but Barnes refused to panic, grafted patiently and looked set to ‘take the game deep’. As with our innings, time at the crease brought with it increased fluency and boundaries followed on what was an excellent wicket.

Too many four balls, and some indifferent fielding allowed the visitors to creep along and a tight finish loomed.

On 94 Chambers lofted Ravi Desai to the long-on fielder who took a good catch, just over the rope, six runs and a good hundred. He was to fall caught in similar fashion an over later and with the towering Ben Elders grabbing two wickets clean bowled it was incredibly close.

The match went to the final over, entrusted to Ben and the final ball. With scores tied Barnes snatched victory with a scampered single leaving Southgate disappointed.

A brilliant game of cricket, some lessons to learn and some early season rust to remove as quick as possible.

Indian Gymkhana away awaits next week.

Rob Johnson

1st XI v Winchmore Hill – Report

Winchmore Hill 1 193    Southgate 194-3 (2 retired out)

A relatively competitive game at The Walker Ground on Saturday saw Southgate comfortably beat their neighbours, who are currently in the third division of The Middlesex County League.

The home side started with only 9 players in the field with two players unaware, it seemed, of the correct starting time. One, who shall be nameless at this stage, did not appear for the second week running.

Faisal  Mir, making a good start to his season having made runs in the previous week’s Cup match, bowled well taking two important wickets, one bowled and one caught at the wicket. Luke Hutton too bowled a typically tidy spell of medium pace and Ashley Sivarajah bowled his left arm spin with his usual accuracy. With a number of bowlers missing, for various reasons, the options thereafter were not great and the Hill were able to recover from 90-7 to 193 all out. In the circumstances, in a friendly match, a more acceptable total to chase than say 100 all out.

Southgate made a steady start against a good visiting opening attack, with the visitor’s overseas Aussie looking fast and menacing. Alvin Durgacharran looked in fine form before  chipping a catch. Michael Stevens joined Tom Edrich and the pair in their differing styles, batted beautifully together. Mike was in magnificent form and Tom was his usual steady, accumulative self. They each reached their fifty and promptly retired.

All eyes now were on our overseas Aussie, Keaton Critchley as he and Arnie Sahota strode to the wicket to continue the run chase. Keaton, flushed with his success at the ten pin bowling rink the previous evening, where 15 SCC cricketers enjoyed a most sociable evening, proved to be exactly what we knew him to be…………A technically gifted and talented batsman who played within himself on his first innings for a new club. Arnie however, was on a mission, with a shot a ball innings full of powerful drives with the Winchmore bowlers tiring.

A good victory and hopes for a successful season ahead.

Peter Jouning