UPDATE: Xmas Social, Football, Xmas Dinner, Awards Afternoon – Sunday 2nd December

Hi all,

Slight change to the plan for our Xmas lunch. The plan is to start a little earlier than previous years to incorporate a few things so please see below for the plan for the day.

10.30am – Football Kick Off
12.30am – Lunch sit down
1.30am – Awards Presentation

Thanks very much for your great response for the football. We have the two teams listed below, the Overs and Unders.

Please let me know if your name is not down and you would like to play on the 2nd.

Thanks gents,
Phil

Xmas Social, Footie & Lunch – Sunday 2nd December

Hi Gents,

Now, I know the cricket season has finished and in most cases it was a season to forget on the field but I think you’ll all agree it’s been a much better atmosphere off it.  Our social engagements/bar tabs have been significantly higher than previous seasons which is great to see.

With that being said, it’s time for my annual post regarding this years 11 aside Footie match, Xmas lunch and post season presentation. For all those that are new to the club, this has been a well attended social event for many years so would be great to keep that going.

Footie Match – Under 30’s vs Over 30’s
We will continue the tradition and have a club wide footie game, Under’s vs Overs’s (may be adjusted on the day depending on numbers). Kick off will be around 11.30am on the adelaide. If you are keen to play please contact Phil Dunnett.

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XMAS Lunch
The lunch will commence in the clubhouse after the annual footie match. Peter Jouning is coordinating this, please confirm your attendance and the attendance of any guests you have to him.

Thanks guys, looking forward to it, see you then!!
Phil

 

Finale

Southgate 199-7 (45 overs)

Jamie Jouning 41*, Phil Dunnett 34, Shiv-Raj Sharma 31

Eastcote 200-5 (36.1 overs)

Ravi Desai 4-43

Scorecard

 

Defeat in their final game and with Barnes achieving a rare victory on the same day, Southgate, sadly, ended up bottom of the league and were finally relegated to the third division of the Middlesex County League.

Yet again, with important players missing, this time bowlers, Southgate needed a total of 240 or thereabouts to trouble Eastcote with their host of teenage stars.

Captain Phil Dunnett (34) and young Shiv (31) batted well with the latter staking his claim for a regular 1stXI place next year. Jamie Jouning (41*) steered the side to a respectable total of 199 with some of his trademark drives through and over extra cover, but a final total of 199  was never going to be enough with the weakened bowling attack available.

So it proved, and although James Dangerfield made an early breakthrough and Ravi Desai (4-43) was his usual skilful self, Eastcote reached their target comfortably.

Dunnett, as usual, led from the front and bowled five steady overs with the new ball. A couple of catches went down but the result was inevitable.

A difficult season for the Club ended in disappointment.

If we had won the eighth game of the season against Enfield when victory beckoned so loudly, Southgate would have won 4 out of 7 completed matches at that stage and been 3rdin the league.

Thereafter there was not one victory to celebrate despite four very, very, close finishes.

All credit to Phil Dunnett for his dedication during his two years as captain.

He has made a considerable contribution and you don’t always get what you deserve.

Nonetheless, this season he was the team’s leading run scorer with 435 runs at 33.46 and, with 28 victims, the leading wicketkeeper in all three divisions of the Middlesex League.

Peter Jouning

Scores tell the story

Enfield 311-3 (45 overs)

Southgate 162 all out (31 overs)

Luke Hutton 41, Shoaib Zulfiqar 39

Scorecard

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

Scorecard

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

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