Southgate 189 all out (52.2 overs)
Phil Dunnett 73, Shoaib Zulfiqar 31
Enfield 190 for 9 (46.5 overs)
Dave Woffinden 3-51
Some defeats are more difficult to take than others and this match at The Walker Ground on Saturday was definitely very, very difficult to take.
The home team made a good start with Tom Edrich taking advantage of some poor bowling by the Enfield opening bowler bowling down the hill.
The bowler from the other end however, was an extremely steady medium pacer taking advantage of a slightly helpful pitch. Tom was caught behind and Mike Stephens was brilliantly caught at slip first ball, so from a healthy 27-0 the game changed dramatically.
Shoaib Zulfiqar (31), Alvin Durgacharran (18) and Jamie Jouning (23) steered the team to a reasonable situation but with Luke Hutton out quickly to a leading edge, at 100-6 the picture looked bleak. But captain Phil Dunnett chose this local derby to play a superb innings and with the Enfield seamer tiring, finishing his spell after 20 overs and six wickets, Phil (73) with the help of debutant Ed Harvey (12) was able to steer his team to a very respectable total.
The Enfield innings began with a somewhat bizarre opening over from Darragh Edwards as two difficult chances were put down, but veteran Tilley succumbed to the wiles of Woffinden in the second over.
Enfield’s two top batsmen, Plumb (averaging 57) and Hassan (averaging 86) now came together and this was clearly the vital battle of the match. However they both fell early, Hassan being brilliantly caught by Dunnett standing up to Woffers down the leg side and Plumb, unable to bat with his normal ease, became impatient and was well caught by Luke Hutton.
The score was now 32-3 off 14 overs which became 57-4 in the 20thover.
Ravi Desai joined the attack from the top end and although not quite at his best, he snared two batsmen as Dunnett made two stumpings, one of which was from a beautiful arm ball which followed a few orthodox off spinners.
Classical off-spin bowling.
Michael Stephens took over from Woffinden (3-51) and took his usual quick wicket, another brilliant stumping from Dunnett, and when the Enfield quick bowler, Arthur George, joined the Enfield number 8 the visitors were certainly in the mire at 100-8. Almost immediately George offered a simple catch which was not accepted by arguably the best catcher in the team and the pair took their team to the brink of victory. Phil picked up another catch to dismiss George, completing a remarkable personal game with six victims and 73 runs but it was not to be as the Enfield number 8 belied his career league batting average of 14 to secure victory for his latest club.
Phil Dunnett was undoubtedly man of the match and deserved better.