Southgate 102 all out (41.5 overs)
Phil Dunnett 34
Stanmore 103-9 (30 overs)
Mike Stevens 5-19
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.