Southgate 234 for 7 (50 overs)
Max Joseph 70, Jeremy Dangerfield 52, Pranay Rathod 48*
Twickenham 198 all out (45.4 overs)
Pranay Rathod 3-47, Luke Hutton 3-51
Last week at Twickenham we secured our first win of the season with an excellent team performance but sadly at home to Highgate this week, we played poorly and lost by 89 runs.
At Twickenham on a used wicket, we were put in and despite losing Alvin and Waqas early, a positive stand of 90 between Max (70) and Jez (52) put us in a strong position at 140-2. A middle order collapse followed but Pranay (46 not out) and Coxy (13) added a priceless unbroken 69 in 11 overs and we declared at the half way mark with 234 on the board.
Pranay then fired up his bowling boots and with Luke (and an excellent catch at slip by Alv) reduced Twickenham to 35-4. What a joy to have two quality opening bowlers running in!! Coxy’s full bunger caught and bowled put us in the box seat at 62-5 but as we know from recent years, Twickenham’s tail can wag! And wag it did!
At 144-5 the game was in the balance. Pranay returned to take two wickets and again with Luke, stemmed the flow of runs to put us back in control. A wicket from Coxy (Ollie’s 3rd catch behind) and two from Sage saw us home with 4.2 overs to spare.
Highgate 212 for 8 (50 overs)
Waqas Khan 3-38, Mike Cox 3-58
Southgate 123 all out (47.3 overs)
Declan O’Leary 33, Max Joseph 32
At home to Highgate on Saturday I found myself in the rare position (2nd time all season) of winning the toss. The wicket looked green and grassy so I went with gut instinct and decided to field. In hindsight, I probably should have stuck with the winning formula from Twickenham and batted but hindsight blah blah blah…..
We welcomed back Tristan, Declan O’ Leary and a special guest appearance from Dan Ashley (many thanks for playing Danno) and started well with Tristan running in down the hill and Waqas (3-38 off 12) bowling a great line from the Waterfall Rd end. Highgate we’re struggling at 39-2 off 13 but a combination of good running between the wickets and some poor fielding let them off the hook.
Fortunately the catching improved and we pegged them back towards the end of the innings. Their batting didn’t look particularly deep (if only I’d know that at the toss!). They boldly declared after 50 overs at 212-8.
Our chase was steady at the start (Declan 33, Max 30) and at 74-1 off 20 we were very much in it. The introduction of 48 year old seamer Steve Blyghton changed the game and with a tidy off spinner down the hill, we soon collapsed to 97-4 (apologies to the team for my very poor shot) and then 116-8.
Ollie, Coxy and Sage put up a brave fight to save the game in the last 12 overs but with 3.3 overs the resistance was broken. They batted and bowled better than us but there are still plenty of games to go and with better availability I have every confidence we can pick up the necessary points to stay in this division.