Southgate 134 all out (48 overs)
Declan O’Leary 38
Harrow St Marys 135-3 (43.5 overs)
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.