200 Club

Many thanks to all those who continue to support the 200 Club.

The winners of the first draw of the year are as follows:

£300.00 Phil Stevens, an  honorary member, former team secretary and father of 1st XI player, Mikey Stevens.

£100.00 : John Skuse, a former player from the fifties and sixties, currently playing croquet to a high level.

£50.00 : David Lowen, a former SCC player, whose father, Norman, played for the Club well into his eighties.

The next draw will be at our awards lunch in December

Peter Jouning

Hertgate Trophy

Hertford 226 all out (55.3 overs)

 Dave Woffinden 4-31, James Dangerfield 3-61

Southgate 195 all out (50.5 overs)

 Ally Lynch 71, James Dangerfield 35*

Scorecard

 A Southgate invitation XI made the trip to deepest Hertfordshire on Monday for the annual Hertgate Trophy match.   With a mix of youth and experience, our instructions from Umpire Cole were to enjoy the day and to ensure a result.    To that extent we delivered and many thanks to our hosts for an excellent game of cricket and some top-notch hospitality.

Hertford won the toss and elected to bat, their skipper welcoming us with a couple of crunching drives off the back foot through the covers before our opening attack of Daragh Edwards and James Dangerfield settled into a groove and brought the run rate back under control.

James made the initial breakthrough, a family affair with Jeremy enveloping an edge to gully before Shaun Dass took a fanastic catch at square cover to dismiss the Hertford skipper.

It was then trundle from both ends with Shaun Dass and Dave Woffinden seemingly competing for the title of slowest swinger in town.  Meanwhile Ollie Bellwood was sharpening his pun game, extorting Woffers to bowl on the “woff” side.

There was time before lunch for William McLoughlin to hit his line and length straight away and for true allrounder (and usurped  2ndXI keeper) Bellwood to shake off the rust from his off spin.

At about 110 for 4 at lunch the game was nicely balanced, unlike the fielding side after a superb lunch and a particularly delicious, but lethargy inducing, apple pie and cream.   William kept his focus and got his reward dismissing the dangerous number 6, to finish with a highly creditable 1-21 from his 6 overs to go with an electric performance in the field.

James and Darragh returned for second spells, with James picking up the top scoring Aussie before Woffers burgled three late wickets to dismiss Hertford for 226.

Southgate’s reply began in style with Ally Lynch and Christian McLoughlin (26) giving a perfect demonstration of how to put the fielding side under pressure by running hard, picking up singles at the slightest opportunity and putting away the bad ball.   Facing up to Hertford’s 1stXI attack, Lynch ventured to the posh side (once on purpose) and also delivered the biggest hit of the day with his trademark slog sweep to the longest boundary, top scoring with a superb 71.

At the other end, Christian (fresh despite 55 overs behind the stumps in the mid-summer heat) provided the shot of the day – a crunching drive through the covers for four.    We took tea on 124 for 1 and shortly afterwards we were treated to a scoop over short fine leg from Shaun Dass (25) that was worthy of an action replay.

We entered the last 20 overs with confidence, needing less than 5 an over with 8 wickets in hand, but Hertford bowled very tightly, their young off spinner bowling through to the close and thoroughly deserving his five wickets.

Kevin Shah fell to the returning 1stXI bowler and Harshil Vipani entertained briefly with dancing feet and lofted drives, before one adventure from the crease too many saw him stumped.     At the other James Dangerfield (35*) was battling away, nurdling and striking boundaries to try to keep up with the run rate but Hertford held their catches and despite James’ best efforts we couldn’t pull off the 35 we needed from the last 3 overs.

A great day’s cricket, with contributions from everyone with the bat, ball and in the field.

Woffers

Déjà vu

Wycombe House 185 all out (50 overs)

Dave Woffinden 4-50, Ed Harvey 3-55

Southgate 66 all out (26 overs)

Shoaib Zulfiqar 36

Scorecard

It was déjà vu all over again as, for the second week running, Southgate succumbed to the wiles of two left arm spinners.

Earlier, Southgate had performed reasonably in the field and never lost focus in the sweltering conditions.

Wickets fell regularly to the usual variations of slow bowling, the off spin of Ravi Desai and the medium pace of Dave Woffinden and at 71-4 after 23 overs Southgate were in control.

On came Ed Harvey to bowl his first ball in 1stXI cricket and what a debut ball it was. Not unlike the recently famous ‘Adil Rashid’ ball, it pitched, turned and lifted and Phil Dunnett took a fine catch of a ‘ripper’ of a leg break.

So, at 95-5 after 33 overs Southgate had hopes for a quick completion of the Wycombe House innings but it was not to be and the sixth wicket pair added 71 in good time, facing the various skills of Ed Harvey, Ravi and Woffers with equal confidence.

During this period the Southgate fielding did not falter with Daragh Edwards outstanding in the deep and at 166 the sixth wicket pair and those batsmen that followed decided to commit hari kari and test the catching abilities of the visiting out-fielders. These proved infallible and all catches offered were held as the home side collapsed to 185 all out. Woffers finished with 4-50 and Harvey with 3-56.

The wicket was described as not great, but during the first part of the match it seemed to have a certain amount of bounce.

That seemed to disappear at tea-time as batsman after Southgate batsmen fell to balls which scurried rather than bounced.

Only Shoaib Zulfiqar, with a typically aggressive 36, batted with any confidence. Tom Edrich was bowled by a short ball, attempting a pull, deceived by the non-existent bounce, one or two batsmen played back when they might have played forward and a couple who did play forward were lbw, with the umpires confident that the ball would not have gone over the stumps!

Captain Dunnett, having earlier added three more victims to his season’s tally,

was unlucky, playing on, yes you’ve guessed it, to a ball which kept low.

So, a heavy defeat, with ten players scoring a total of 26 runs between them.

Maybe, the side batting first had the better of the wicket.

Whichever way you look at it, a disappointing result.

 

Peter Jouning

In the zone

Southgate 134 all out (48 overs)

Declan O’Leary 38

Harrow St Marys 135-3 (43.5 overs)

Scorecard

Southgate slipped into the relegation zone at The Walker Ground on Saturday when they were well beaten by Harrow St Marys, who are making a late bid for promotion to the Premier, and are currently in third place behind Stanmore and Enfield.

Shoaib (23) again started well but could not extend his innings into something more substantial and sadly Tom Edrich and Michael Stevens fell to the high quality visiting seam attack, successfully using the prevailing conditions.

When it was time to turn to spin two left arm spinners proved equally effective and wickets fell regularly.

Declan O’Leary, in his first 1stXI for some time, showed immense patience and compiled a gritty 38 off 99 balls and Phil Dunnett, again batted well to make 29 before he was out to the longest of long hops, caught at cover.

Unfortunately, seven players made a combined total of 15 runs altogether and it certainly seemed, after an extended tea, that 134 would not be enough.

And so it transpired although, despite an early wicket for Darragh Edwards, deceiving one opening bat with a slower ball, the next two batsmen set out to achieve their target by a rather circuitous route.

Deciding to treat David Woffinden with enormous respect (not undeserved, I hasten to add!) they rarely played an attacking shot off his canny bowling and by not taking any risks they negated his strengths. Although playing and missing a few times their careful plan worked and between them they made just 86 runs off 208 balls altogether, paving the way for the next two more attack minded  batsmen to take advantage of the platform they had initiated.

Woffers finished with the extraordinary figures of 0-33 in 19.5 overs.

Next week’s game at Wycombe House is a must win game.

 

 

Peter Jouning

Late push not quite enough

North Middlesex 242 for 9 (50 overs) 

Ed Harvey 5 for 68

Southgate

Scott Ellis 54, Jeremy Dangerfield 48*

240 for 8 (50 overs)

Scorecard

Southgate travelled to runaway leaders North Middlesex on the back of three consecutive defeats failing to defend decent totals, so it was a welcome change when captain J Dangerfield lost the toss and reported that we would be fielding first. Having 2 seam bowlers to open the bowling was also a novel change and H Thompson (6-0-35-2) and L Babwah (16-5-37-1) got us off to a great start, the former making 2 early inroads and the latter bowling with excellent control. Liam in particular bowled beautifully despite falling spectacularly delivering his first delivery and twice aborting his run up as flies crashed into his eyes. When deep into his spell he enticed their number 4 into edging to the skipper at first slip it was the very least he deserved.

W Khan (7-0-41-1) and R Johnson (4-0-24-0) bowled decent spells in the middle overs, but the star of the first innings was undoubtedly E Harvey (13-0-64-5) who bagged his first Southgate fifer with a wonderful spell, the highlight being a stumping given out by the home umpire who uses a shooting stool; the manner in which he perches at square leg gave a charming armchair umpire aesthetic to the dismissal. It was welcome reward for Ed who has bowled well in previous weeks without such success.

Tea was a decent spread.

With 2 games on at North Middlesex the boundaries were small all the way around (their keeper/captain had managed to hit a 6 that didn’t make it off the – admittedly vast – square) and it was still batting friendly conditions weatherwise even if the wicket was a touch soft and green. Chasing less than 5 per over didn’t seem overly daunting, but we would have to bat well and in partnerships.

Unfortunately that did not really transpire. M Hughes (11) and J Murray (20) made a decent start but fell in quick succession, shortly followed by M Joseph (4). C Edwards made a swift 17 and W Khan fell for 7 meaning that when R Johnson’s (2) desperate dive couldn’t prevent the ball from rolling back onto his stumps the score was 99-6 from 27 overs.

We rallied with S Ellis (54) playing in his usual swashbuckling manner and he was ably supported by L Babwah (27). Their partnership took our score beyond 150, but when Liam was stumped and Scott picked out a fielder at long off we found ourselves on 172-8 after 41 overs with J Dangerfield (48*) and E Harvey (24*) at the crease. With 70 needed from 54 balls and only 2 wickets in hand this pairing initially looked to consolidate and secure a draw and the extra point for passing 194.

However, as the North Middlesex field placing became increasingly attacking, Jez and Ed counter punched. Some entertaining strokeplay saw the ball flailed to all parts and in the final 5 overs 48 runs were scored. The last over saw us requiring 23 to win and with North Middlesex fielders scattered to all parts it was clear that we were now the only side that might get maximum points. Some tremendous hitting from Jez got us needing 13 from the last 2 balls and a 6 followed by a 4 meant we fell 3 runs short of an unlikely victory.

We can certainly take confidence from the fact that we took 1 more wicket and scored 2 fewer runs than the side 30 points clear at the top and thus the gap between us and everyone else isn’t as big as the league table makes it look. But there was a feeling of what might have been. If one of the top 5 had converted a start we might’ve had a memorable win to celebrate.

Max Joseph

Early Canada Day celebrations in Toronto and Edmonton

Eastcote 313-5 (50 overs)

Southgate 215 -5 (52 overs)

Eshaun Dass 83*, Daragh Edwards 50*

Scorecard

There are batting ‘ roads’, and when coupled with very short boundaries and extreme heat, they can become batting ‘motorways’.

Eastcote won the toss and took advantage of such ideal batting conditions.

Southgate neither bowled nor fielded particularly badly, but the runs kept flowing.

From a distance, however, it was an honour to watch a potential superstar in action with the advent of 15 year old, Atharva Prasad, who scored a magnificent 164. His innings was quite extraordinary for someone so young and it was a shame that Mark Ramprakash, who made a fleeting visit to the ground later on, was not able to see the innings, but no doubt he is already in the eyes of the County.

One particular shot, late in the innings, when he smote Luke Hutton for six off the front foot, over extra cover with elbow high, to a ball fractionally short of a length, will live in the memory.

Southgate never wilted in the heat but it clearly had its effect on the early batsmen, because, apart from Shoaib Zulfiqar, who scored a quickfire 31, the score  after 20 overs was 78-5, with captain Dunnett also off the pitch with a badly damaged wrist, effectively the sixth wicket.

Then another near cricketing miracle occurred, of a rather different kind, as Shaun Dass (83*) and Darragh Edwards (53*) batted through 33 overs, over two hours, to save the game for their team.

Eastcote tried everything, leg spin, a mini-bouncer barrage from their quickest bowler (the one who injured Phil) and their captain even tried some old-fashioned ‘lob’ bowling and nearly succeeded as Darragh became a little confused, but a quick word from Shaun and he settled down.

As Eastcote brought their fielders closer and closer to try to trap the pair, they each responded by hitting a series of sixes towards the end of the innings.

A really remarkable stand by two young players which secured a point for their team but more importantly stopped the home team from obtaining ten points which would have put them within distance of Southgate in the league.

The stand of 137 equalled the highest ever Southgate 1stXI League 6thwicket stand between Matt Creese and Stuart Tohill against Stanmore in 1999.

Peter Jouning