Southgate 197-9 (45 overs)
Mike Stevens 69*
Barnes 105 all out (35.1 0vers)
Ricky Uppal 3 -23
A very welcome win at The Walker Ground as Southgate comfortably beat a Barnes side who had been promoted the previous season.
Southgate batted first and Tom Edrich (16) and debutant Shoaib Zulfiqar (19) made a good start before both fell to good catches with the score at 38. Jamie Jouning (15) was joined by Michael Stephens before he, too, succumbed to a high catch. Mikey battled on at his own pace, batting with his usual confidence and with the help of Phil Dunnett (12), David Woffinden (19) and second of the day’s debutants, Ricky Uppal (18 ) he was able to steer his side to a respectable total of 197. He finished the innings on 69 not out and it was pleasing to see him complete such an important innings for his team, which sets him and the team up for the rest of the season.
The Barnes innings started well for the home team as one opener was clean bowled by Darragh Edwards and the second became impatient with the nagging accuracy of Woffers, and chipped the ball high and some distance wide of Tom Edrich at mid on. Somehow Tom managed to run, dive and make an extraordinary one handed catch.
More brilliance was to follow as Sean Dass, for the second week running, ran out a batsman with a direct hit. Barnes never recovered from these early failures and Ravi Desai, as last week, (2-24) and Ricky Uppal (3-23) bowled well in tandem to hasten the Barnes demise. Darragh Edwards(2-14) returned to take his second clean bowled wicket of the day and finally captain Dunnett stumped the final Barnes batsman.
Two wins and two losses, a full season continuation of which will see us comfortably mid table, but having lost 6 first team quality bowlers during the close season it is especially pleasing to see their replacements doing so well.
Hornsey next week, with Weekes or without him we do not know!