Spin it to win it

Stanmore 244-8 (45 overs)

Ravi Desai 5-27

Southgate 191 all out (44.4 overs)

Phil Dunnett 50, Tom Edrich 46, Michael Stevens 37

Scorecard

Southgate performed well against the team most likely to gain promotion to the Premier Division this season in a game of fluctuations.

Stanmore were inserted and made a quick start scoring at 5 runs per over initially, slowing for while as wickets fell in the middle part of the innings, and then increasing their run rate towards the end.

Ravi Desai was outstanding with match figures of 5-27 in his nine overs, aided by 4 fine stumpings from captain Phil Dunnett. Southgate may have been a little unlucky with a couple of decisions which went against them in the first hour, with a close lbw shout for Michael Stevens, and a brilliant direct hit run out attempt by Shaun Dass which may also have gone their way.

Shaun then bowled his medium pacers tidily and David Woffinden, as ever, was economical and at 191-6 there seemed every chance of bowling Stanmore out relatively cheaply. It was not to be, however, as the Stanmore captain, Tushaar Karia and overseas, Sean Anstey, smote the ball to all parts.

A target of 245 was about par for the conditions and the respective strengths of the two sides but Southgate, although at no stage looking like possible victors, made a very respectable run chase.

Tom Edrich, on a ground where he scored 150 last year, batted really well for his 46 but Jamie Jouning and Michael Stevens struggled initially against the top-class spin of Reingold and Bhatt before Jamie was bowled by an arm ball by the off spinner. Mikey (37) found his form however, increased his scoring rate and with Phil Dunnett (50) gave hope of victory, but it was not to be and the tail folded to be all out just 7 runs short of a deserved bonus point.

Peter Jouning

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