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 !