End of Season Do – Saturday 2nd September!

Gentlemen,

As per last year we will be having an end of year social in 2 weeks time on the Saturday 2nd of September after the last league game for all sides.  Hopefully like last year we will be able to celebrate again for all 4 sides, the 1s surviving the drop, 2s gaining a second promotion, 3s winning back to back titles and the 4s maintaining their league position.

It should be a good occasion like last year where we will also have the chance to send off and thank our resident overseas player for the year Keaton Critchell.  Please ensure you all make the effort to get there and enjoy a drink and some food, as you know boys it will be a long winter.

 

Look forward to seeing you all there and to keep up the Southgate CC comradery!!

See you all there boys….

Phil Dunnett

1st XI v Teddington match report

SOUTHGATE  117 All Out (38.3 overs)         Teddington 118-4 (30.4 overs)

Teddington , the home team, won the toss and elected to field and Southgate were inserted on what proved to be a ‘result’ wicket. The Teddington seamers are their strength and they took advantage of the pitch, not at all dangerous but certainly seaming around.

 Southgate never really recovered from the early loss of openers Edrich and Hutton, although Mike Stevens (15) and Fred Wilson, for a while showed some urgency with some excellent running between the wickets, but it was all to no avail as batsman after batsman mainly succumbed to edges outside the off stump snapped up by eager fielders.

Forty six year old Jamie Jouning arrived at the crease at 56-5 displaying some of his trademark extra and square cover drives, but wickets continued to fall around him. Keaton concentrated hard for 21 balls without scoring until he was bowled, Rob Johnson was bowled by an unplayable delivery and last man Fawad, as ever, made contact with about 50% of his maniacal slogs, but included one magnificent six in his quickfire 15.

 Jamie was left 30 not out with ‘Extras’ second highest scorer with 20!

An interesting fact on Jamie’s longevity as a player. He made his 1st XI league debut at Teddington, aged 16 in 1987. The Southgate opening pair of the day, Steve Lordan and Terry Harris, did not arrive in time and captain, Micky Dunn, always keen to give youth its chance, asked Jamie to open the batting against one of the most notorious pair of fast bowlers ever to play in the Middlesex League, Gordon ‘Flash’ Harris (ex Leicestershire) and Kevin Mackintosh (ex –Surrey).

Thanks, Dunny !

Thirty years later Jamie walked to the wicket at the same ground to face a tall blond  fast bowler with a very long run who turns out to be Harris’s son, Sam, playing only his second league game for Teddington.

Southgate made a tremendous start in their almost impossible quest to snatch ten unlikely points. Some inspired seam and pace bowling by Rashid Mullazadah and Keaton Critchell saw Teddington collapse to 28-3. Brother Fawad was playing but was, sadly, unfit to bowl, as it was his type of quicker style which was needed to back up the openers.

Teddington batsmen played and missed on numerous occasions and when they did offer catching chances unfortunately Southgate failed to accept the offerings and dropped four catches out of four !

 A fourth wicket did fall, at 89, but it was all too late.

Rashid (2-31 in 10 overs ) and Keaton (2-38 in 10) were both outstanding and deserved better.

The last two league fixtures are Richmond at home and Hampstead away, both definitely beatable , but only if the batsmen can give the bowlers something to work on. They are good enough and now is the time to prove it.

With both Finchley and Brondesbury on losing runs one win could still do it for Southgate. Two would definitely do it !

Peter Jouning

1st grab important win vs Finchley

Scorecard

A second consecutive victory gave Southgate hope of retaining their Premier League status as they easily beat visitors Finchley on Saturday by six wickets.

With 39 points they are now within 1 point of Brondesbury and 2 points of Finchley themselves and need to win at least one of their three remaining fixtures against Teddington (unlikely but still possible!), Richmond (possible ) and Hampstead (possible).

Finchley won the toss and their innings was unique in the most literal meaning of the word because opening bat Joe Barratt scored 115 out of an all out total of 152 with the next highest scorer making just 6 !

In fact, he too, gave a difficult chance to mid on when he was on 8 but went on to play flawlessly. A measure of his quality at this level is the fact that by the end of his innings (he was last out) he had increased his season’s batting average from 71 to 78 !

The Southgate bowling and fielding was high class as Rashid (1-26 in 8 overs), Ashley Sivarajah (3-25 in 6) and Mukesh Bhatt (2-40 in 10) set the scene for fifth bowler, Mikey Stevens to take the main honours with 4-32 in 8 overs.

Southgate’s fragile batting (in terms of season’s results so far rather than actual ability) needed to come to the party and indeed they did. Last week’s Superman, Tom Edrich , failed on this occasion but captain Dunnett(66) was in excellent form and Mike Stevens (23) was his usual confident self. Unfortunately, they both succumbed to something in their head which suggested they should run down the wicket and smash the ball into the nettles at the bottom of the ground. They both succumbed and were both stumped, but they had laid a solid foundation for victory.

Luke Hutton (21) and Keaton Critchell (21 *) ensured the victory was achieved.

Another good all-round team effort.

Peter Jouning

1st XI win thriller at Stanmore

SOUTHGATE 1  231-8 (63 overs)                  STANMORE 1 229 ALL OUT (56 overs)

Southgate moved off the bottom of the Premier League table with this exciting win at Stanmore on Saturday.

Phil Dunnett, opening with his mate Tom Edrich for the first time in the league, started the innings off in fine style scoring 26 out of 41 before becoming the first of six wickets for left arm spinner Karia.

 Stevens (18) joined Edrich and although batting with skill and confidence was given out lbw on the front, very front foot !   Mikey will make a big score soon, no doubt.

It was not easy batting against quality left arm spin and Hertfordshire pace bowler Kulkarni and in the morning session the outfield was remarkably slow. A shower brought an early lunch (which cost just 3 overs overall) and when Keaton Critchell joined Edrich the score had meandered to 78-3 off 33 overs. A rate of 2.3 per over does not sound ideal but with the ground drying out it was important not to lose too many wickets.

Tom Edrich had been batting cautiously but with great concentration suffering the verbal slings and arrows of outraged Stanmore fielders with great fortitude as he nurdled and greebled along (and other similar adjectives !)

 Tom eventually reached his 50 in 135 balls  and almost immediately shed his sober Clark Kent  image and changed into his full Superman outfit.  Driving, sweeping, pulling, making room for his favourite square cut Tom scored a further   82 runs in just 41 balls. A remarkable innings of contrasts and only ended when yet another straight driven six was interrupted by a flying fielder on the boundary. An extraordinary innings which proved that you can’t build large constructions without laying the foundations.

Well played,Tom !

Keaton(29) batted sensibly in partnership with Tom and the pair added 135 to enable the team to reach a very acceptable total of231.

Rashid and Keaton made a great start for Southgate and Stanmore were soon 21-3, with their two high scoring batsmen Reingold and Shield both out early. The latter, the Stanmore overseas player, superbly caught by Alvin at slip.

Wickets continued to fall as Mukesh also, slipped into consistent action and  Southgate’s out –fielding had been first class with Scott Ellis leading the team with his verbal encouragements to add to a fine left handed catch down the leg side off Rashid and a useful innings of 13*earlier.

Fred Wilson effected a superb run out with a brilliant pick up and direct hit and at 116-7 the game was Southgate’s to win.

However, home captain, Mark Reingold and wicketkeeper Shaw had other ideas and added 96 in fine style. Southgate heads were down but were lifted as Mukesh finally trapped Reingold lbw and Kulkarnii was well caught by Ashley Sivarajah at mid wicket, again off Mukesh.

Stanmore were within two runs of the Southgate score when the returning Rashid trapped Shaw lbw and the match was over. Bowling honours to Rashid (3-64 in 15 overs), Mukesh (3-59 in 16) and Keaton (3-69 in 12) but basically a good all-round team effort.

Still hopeful  of retaining their Premier Division status. Finchley at home next week.

Definitely beatable !.

Peter Jouning

1st XI Frustrated by the rain again!

Ealing  228-9 9 (60 overs)…Match Abandoned

For the second week running Southgate were denied a possible victory by heavy rain which caused the abandonment of their home match with Ealing on Saturday.

On the previous Saturday Shepherds Bush were in deep trouble at 73-5 and victory, though not assured, was more than possible.

Against Ealing, a different kettle of fish altogether, but the team performed well in the first half of the game so there was hope, especially as Ealing had a couple of their main bowlers missing.

The day did not begin well as the Ealing openers, using an all out attacking approach raced to 50 off the first 7 overs .

At this moment the Southgate attack looked as ragged as the remnants of the gazebo erected for the MCC v Ireland game the previous day, which blew dangerously in the wind.

However, in direct contrast to the state of the gazebo, the Southgate bowling improved tremendously with the advent of Mukesh Bhatt, bowling from the bottom end and subsequently Ashley Sivarajah who took over from Rashid. The latter had bowled his usual steady spell of 9 overs , 1-40 against a rampant pair of opposition opening batsmen.

Now the mood changed and with lunch taken at 131-3 in 34 overs Ealing, after their rapid start had scored just 81 of the last 27 overs. It should have been four down when, at 118, a simple chance was shelled at silly mid on which would have given the Southgate spinners even more impetus.

After lunch, ironically, because this was arguably the team’s best all round fielding performance of the season so far, a further four mistakes, two hard catches back to Mukesh, a run out opportunity and a stumping were all missed, as Ealing meandered, surprisingly slowly, to their expected declaration. Eventually Mukesh accepted a skied chance off his own bowling, clapping his hands with glee BEFORE the ball had actually reached him.

It was great to see Mukesh (6-85 in 26 overs) and Ashley ( 2-50 in 21 overs) bowling together in perfect harmony.

Southgate’s fielding had been of high standard with Phil Dunnett , having a rare day in the field, quite outstanding with two fine catches, the second of which was quite breathtaking. Ashley, at backward point to Mukesh, too, was brilliant at times.

A good all-round bowling and fielding performance against a strong batting team, three of whom average around 60 in the league this season.

The promised rain came and there was just time for a few of us to dismantle the gazebo before it speared into the wedding party due to arrive later that afternoon.

Sadly, the rain did not subside either for the cricket or the wedding party !

Peter Jouning