Scores tell the story

Enfield 311-3 (45 overs)

Southgate 162 all out (31 overs)

Luke Hutton 41, Shoaib Zulfiqar 39

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Top of the league Enfield were far too strong for a weakened Southgate side without two of their best players.

The home team were invited to bat and took advantage of perfect batting conditions and short boundaries.

The Enfield openers, Plumb and Edwards, brought back memories (for us older members) of Smith and Norville, a fine opening pair from the sixties and early seventies, who similarly plundered opposition attacks.

They added 269 for the first wicket, with only one chance given by Plumb when he had just 52, but otherwise they batted beautifully in totally different styles. Plumb, technically correct, Edwards, a mixture of extraordinary, powerful hits coupled with quite a few play and misses and the odd inside edge. Darragh Edwards was particularly unlucky early on against his namesake.

It was a difficult afternoon for Southgate but in a final total of 311-3, David Woffinden’s figures of 2-28 in nine overs stand out.

It was a hopeless task but an opening stand of 76, at 7 runs per over, between Luke Hutton (39) and Shoaib Zulfiqar (41) gave the tiniest glimmer of hope but it was not to be. Small contributions from Adeel (21), Jamie (14) and Phil Dunnett (21 not out) enabled the visitors to reach 130-3, but a collapse to 162 all out was, in reality, inevitable.

An interesting battle developed between captain Phil and his predecessor, Faisal Mir (3-42), with a certain amount of steam rising between the two. The latter made early inroads into the Southgate batting with three good wickets but was unable to achieve his main goal, as his overs ran out.

Enfield will hold their own in the Premier next season whilst sadly, Southgate are doomed for the third division.

That is painful to say, and equally painful to write.

Peter Jouning

End of Season Social – Saturday 1st September

Hi Gents,

As per the last few years, we will be having an end of season social at the completion of next week’s final league games. With the 1’s and 3’s still with a lot to play for, hopefully everyone can enjoy some form of celebration next week.

Nothing major, but like we have done throughout the season, a big drink up in the club along with some ordering of some food. We can then venture out if people are up for that too!

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Looking forward to seeing you all back to the club next week!

Cheers,
Phil

Old boy network

Southgate 102 all out (41.5 overs)

Phil Dunnett 34

Stanmore 103-9 (30 overs)

 Mike Stevens 5-19

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A heartbreaking defeat for Southgate watched by a number of former players attending President’s Day.

Stanmore inserted the home team and Shoaib, unusually, experienced a rare failure as he fell to former Southgate player, Rashid.

Tom Edrich (15) and Jamie Jouning (17) both looked in good form against the league leaders and at 32-1 a reasonable total seemed on the cards.

Jamie, fresh from a few successful innings on tour in Devon, struck four excellent boundaries, before succumbing to a wide, short, slower ball from Rashid, much to his annoyance.

Tom Edrich and Mike Stevens were lbw victims, possibly unluckily, and thereafter wickets fell regularly to the varied Stanmore attack.

Phil Dunnett (34) batted well with great levels of concentration, but at 70-8 hopes of a decent score had long gone. Phil was joined by Ed Harvey, who, for the second week running, made a good impression, this time with the bat, as he and Phil managed to slowly grind out an eventual total of 102.

It was clear at an early stage that the pitch was not up to standard, a point which the umpires duly noted in their post match reports.

Rashid (4-38) and another former Southgate player, Elech (3-8) were the main wicket-takers in an innings which, at the time, seemed totally inadequate.

An early wicket for Daragh Edwards gave a little hope but as the better Stanmore batsmen came to the wicket defeat, early on, seemed inevitable.

However, Dave Woffinden (2-20 in 8 overs) was his usual economical self and Ravi, although not quite at his best, was difficult to play, and Phil Dunnett took a magnificent catch, standing up, from a ball which lifted and turned.

Enter ‘golden b——-s’ , Michael Stevens, who, with his medium pace, has the tendency to take wickets at the least expected time.

So it was, and on this occasion it wasn’t just the odd wicket, it was a match-changing 5-19 in 7 overs. Coupled with two excellent catches this proved what a fine cricketer he is and he will undoubtedly have a large part to play, in all three disciplines, in the rest of this difficult season.

At 90-9, Rashid and Mukesh Bhatt, found themselves at the wicket, attempting to win the game against their old Club. With a few alarms, this they did, keeping Stanmore at the top of the table and leaving Southgate, still in dire trouble, second from bottom.

Winchmore Hill are ten points behind and they are now the only team genuinely within reach. This week, away to bottom club, Barnes.

Peter Jouning