End of Season Do – Saturday 2nd September!

Gentlemen,

As per last year we will be having an end of year social in 2 weeks time on the Saturday 2nd of September after the last league game for all sides.  Hopefully like last year we will be able to celebrate again for all 4 sides, the 1s surviving the drop, 2s gaining a second promotion, 3s winning back to back titles and the 4s maintaining their league position.

It should be a good occasion like last year where we will also have the chance to send off and thank our resident overseas player for the year Keaton Critchell.  Please ensure you all make the effort to get there and enjoy a drink and some food, as you know boys it will be a long winter.

 

Look forward to seeing you all there and to keep up the Southgate CC comradery!!

See you all there boys….

Phil Dunnett

1st XI v Teddington match report

SOUTHGATE  117 All Out (38.3 overs)         Teddington 118-4 (30.4 overs)

Teddington , the home team, won the toss and elected to field and Southgate were inserted on what proved to be a ‘result’ wicket. The Teddington seamers are their strength and they took advantage of the pitch, not at all dangerous but certainly seaming around.

 Southgate never really recovered from the early loss of openers Edrich and Hutton, although Mike Stevens (15) and Fred Wilson, for a while showed some urgency with some excellent running between the wickets, but it was all to no avail as batsman after batsman mainly succumbed to edges outside the off stump snapped up by eager fielders.

Forty six year old Jamie Jouning arrived at the crease at 56-5 displaying some of his trademark extra and square cover drives, but wickets continued to fall around him. Keaton concentrated hard for 21 balls without scoring until he was bowled, Rob Johnson was bowled by an unplayable delivery and last man Fawad, as ever, made contact with about 50% of his maniacal slogs, but included one magnificent six in his quickfire 15.

 Jamie was left 30 not out with ‘Extras’ second highest scorer with 20!

An interesting fact on Jamie’s longevity as a player. He made his 1st XI league debut at Teddington, aged 16 in 1987. The Southgate opening pair of the day, Steve Lordan and Terry Harris, did not arrive in time and captain, Micky Dunn, always keen to give youth its chance, asked Jamie to open the batting against one of the most notorious pair of fast bowlers ever to play in the Middlesex League, Gordon ‘Flash’ Harris (ex Leicestershire) and Kevin Mackintosh (ex –Surrey).

Thanks, Dunny !

Thirty years later Jamie walked to the wicket at the same ground to face a tall blond  fast bowler with a very long run who turns out to be Harris’s son, Sam, playing only his second league game for Teddington.

Southgate made a tremendous start in their almost impossible quest to snatch ten unlikely points. Some inspired seam and pace bowling by Rashid Mullazadah and Keaton Critchell saw Teddington collapse to 28-3. Brother Fawad was playing but was, sadly, unfit to bowl, as it was his type of quicker style which was needed to back up the openers.

Teddington batsmen played and missed on numerous occasions and when they did offer catching chances unfortunately Southgate failed to accept the offerings and dropped four catches out of four !

 A fourth wicket did fall, at 89, but it was all too late.

Rashid (2-31 in 10 overs ) and Keaton (2-38 in 10) were both outstanding and deserved better.

The last two league fixtures are Richmond at home and Hampstead away, both definitely beatable , but only if the batsmen can give the bowlers something to work on. They are good enough and now is the time to prove it.

With both Finchley and Brondesbury on losing runs one win could still do it for Southgate. Two would definitely do it !

Peter Jouning

1st grab important win vs Finchley

Scorecard

A second consecutive victory gave Southgate hope of retaining their Premier League status as they easily beat visitors Finchley on Saturday by six wickets.

With 39 points they are now within 1 point of Brondesbury and 2 points of Finchley themselves and need to win at least one of their three remaining fixtures against Teddington (unlikely but still possible!), Richmond (possible ) and Hampstead (possible).

Finchley won the toss and their innings was unique in the most literal meaning of the word because opening bat Joe Barratt scored 115 out of an all out total of 152 with the next highest scorer making just 6 !

In fact, he too, gave a difficult chance to mid on when he was on 8 but went on to play flawlessly. A measure of his quality at this level is the fact that by the end of his innings (he was last out) he had increased his season’s batting average from 71 to 78 !

The Southgate bowling and fielding was high class as Rashid (1-26 in 8 overs), Ashley Sivarajah (3-25 in 6) and Mukesh Bhatt (2-40 in 10) set the scene for fifth bowler, Mikey Stevens to take the main honours with 4-32 in 8 overs.

Southgate’s fragile batting (in terms of season’s results so far rather than actual ability) needed to come to the party and indeed they did. Last week’s Superman, Tom Edrich , failed on this occasion but captain Dunnett(66) was in excellent form and Mike Stevens (23) was his usual confident self. Unfortunately, they both succumbed to something in their head which suggested they should run down the wicket and smash the ball into the nettles at the bottom of the ground. They both succumbed and were both stumped, but they had laid a solid foundation for victory.

Luke Hutton (21) and Keaton Critchell (21 *) ensured the victory was achieved.

Another good all-round team effort.

Peter Jouning

1st XI win thriller at Stanmore

SOUTHGATE 1  231-8 (63 overs)                  STANMORE 1 229 ALL OUT (56 overs)

Southgate moved off the bottom of the Premier League table with this exciting win at Stanmore on Saturday.

Phil Dunnett, opening with his mate Tom Edrich for the first time in the league, started the innings off in fine style scoring 26 out of 41 before becoming the first of six wickets for left arm spinner Karia.

 Stevens (18) joined Edrich and although batting with skill and confidence was given out lbw on the front, very front foot !   Mikey will make a big score soon, no doubt.

It was not easy batting against quality left arm spin and Hertfordshire pace bowler Kulkarni and in the morning session the outfield was remarkably slow. A shower brought an early lunch (which cost just 3 overs overall) and when Keaton Critchell joined Edrich the score had meandered to 78-3 off 33 overs. A rate of 2.3 per over does not sound ideal but with the ground drying out it was important not to lose too many wickets.

Tom Edrich had been batting cautiously but with great concentration suffering the verbal slings and arrows of outraged Stanmore fielders with great fortitude as he nurdled and greebled along (and other similar adjectives !)

 Tom eventually reached his 50 in 135 balls  and almost immediately shed his sober Clark Kent  image and changed into his full Superman outfit.  Driving, sweeping, pulling, making room for his favourite square cut Tom scored a further   82 runs in just 41 balls. A remarkable innings of contrasts and only ended when yet another straight driven six was interrupted by a flying fielder on the boundary. An extraordinary innings which proved that you can’t build large constructions without laying the foundations.

Well played,Tom !

Keaton(29) batted sensibly in partnership with Tom and the pair added 135 to enable the team to reach a very acceptable total of231.

Rashid and Keaton made a great start for Southgate and Stanmore were soon 21-3, with their two high scoring batsmen Reingold and Shield both out early. The latter, the Stanmore overseas player, superbly caught by Alvin at slip.

Wickets continued to fall as Mukesh also, slipped into consistent action and  Southgate’s out –fielding had been first class with Scott Ellis leading the team with his verbal encouragements to add to a fine left handed catch down the leg side off Rashid and a useful innings of 13*earlier.

Fred Wilson effected a superb run out with a brilliant pick up and direct hit and at 116-7 the game was Southgate’s to win.

However, home captain, Mark Reingold and wicketkeeper Shaw had other ideas and added 96 in fine style. Southgate heads were down but were lifted as Mukesh finally trapped Reingold lbw and Kulkarnii was well caught by Ashley Sivarajah at mid wicket, again off Mukesh.

Stanmore were within two runs of the Southgate score when the returning Rashid trapped Shaw lbw and the match was over. Bowling honours to Rashid (3-64 in 15 overs), Mukesh (3-59 in 16) and Keaton (3-69 in 12) but basically a good all-round team effort.

Still hopeful  of retaining their Premier Division status. Finchley at home next week.

Definitely beatable !.

Peter Jouning

1st XI Frustrated by the rain again!

Ealing  228-9 9 (60 overs)…Match Abandoned

For the second week running Southgate were denied a possible victory by heavy rain which caused the abandonment of their home match with Ealing on Saturday.

On the previous Saturday Shepherds Bush were in deep trouble at 73-5 and victory, though not assured, was more than possible.

Against Ealing, a different kettle of fish altogether, but the team performed well in the first half of the game so there was hope, especially as Ealing had a couple of their main bowlers missing.

The day did not begin well as the Ealing openers, using an all out attacking approach raced to 50 off the first 7 overs .

At this moment the Southgate attack looked as ragged as the remnants of the gazebo erected for the MCC v Ireland game the previous day, which blew dangerously in the wind.

However, in direct contrast to the state of the gazebo, the Southgate bowling improved tremendously with the advent of Mukesh Bhatt, bowling from the bottom end and subsequently Ashley Sivarajah who took over from Rashid. The latter had bowled his usual steady spell of 9 overs , 1-40 against a rampant pair of opposition opening batsmen.

Now the mood changed and with lunch taken at 131-3 in 34 overs Ealing, after their rapid start had scored just 81 of the last 27 overs. It should have been four down when, at 118, a simple chance was shelled at silly mid on which would have given the Southgate spinners even more impetus.

After lunch, ironically, because this was arguably the team’s best all round fielding performance of the season so far, a further four mistakes, two hard catches back to Mukesh, a run out opportunity and a stumping were all missed, as Ealing meandered, surprisingly slowly, to their expected declaration. Eventually Mukesh accepted a skied chance off his own bowling, clapping his hands with glee BEFORE the ball had actually reached him.

It was great to see Mukesh (6-85 in 26 overs) and Ashley ( 2-50 in 21 overs) bowling together in perfect harmony.

Southgate’s fielding had been of high standard with Phil Dunnett , having a rare day in the field, quite outstanding with two fine catches, the second of which was quite breathtaking. Ashley, at backward point to Mukesh, too, was brilliant at times.

A good all-round bowling and fielding performance against a strong batting team, three of whom average around 60 in the league this season.

The promised rain came and there was just time for a few of us to dismantle the gazebo before it speared into the wedding party due to arrive later that afternoon.

Sadly, the rain did not subside either for the cricket or the wedding party !

Peter Jouning

 

 

3rd XI defeat Stanmore

Victory by 8 wickets after last’s week comprehensive defeat by a similar margin fully justified Adrian Carr’s decision to insert Stanmore. His reasons? Something to do with the pitch, conditions and “oh we don’t have any bowling,” he said. Such strategic genius yielded stunning immediate results. Stanmore were soon down to 40 for 4, and looked like being skittled for 80 plus in less than 20 overs.

The first wicket came in the first over. Pity their left handed opener who received two short balls down leg which he put away for 4, and 3, and then received a wide outside off stump, followed a by a late in-swinger from middle to off which he edged to the keeper. Abhishek had found his line. He then bowled a controlled spell; rolling his big shoulders and tall frame to tie their batsmen down with heavy balls and, late in-swing.  He took 2 for 35 from 11.

At the other end our other non bowler, Harrison “I shagged your wife Babs” Folland was, as they say,  cleaning up. His 5 for 63 from one 23 over spell involved two caught and bowled’s, one LBW, and the ball of the day; a lovely thing that pitched middle, took an edge, hit top of off and was caught by Will Dean at first slip.

All action Folland was backed by Carr, who bowled a ball that produced the worst dropped catch in the history of adult cricket according to Jeremy Dangerfield. No excuses were accepted. The wailing psycho who crossed the catcher’s line of vision and screached like a footman schtupping a parlour maid just as the ball met hand was given short shriff- rightly so. Carr took 2 wickets and was denied a third, so all was ok in the end.

The chase had many good contributions including Declan’s 41no but Christian McLoughlin’s stood out.  Lusty on side wacking, slog sweeps with front-foot cleared, and the shot of the day, a dance down the wicket to loft the off spinner over mid off were promising signs of a maturing young batsman.

3rd XI Report

Possibly the strangest game I’ve ever played in.

Ourselves as top of league playing the Bush as third but having noted that second placed Twickenham thrashed the Bush last week and two weeks ago we had murdered ( for 5 points ) Twickenham. So who would you have put your money on ?

Anyway after establishing which of the 4 pitches on the large expanse that was formerly The Civil Service Sports Club we were playing on we lost the toss and were inserted. But we didn’t care, we’ve batted first all year and if we haven’t won we’ve always secured the winning draw.

We were greeted by two fastish bowlers on a helpful if fairly true pitch: that is apart from James who received an unplayable delivery second ball and so had all afternoon to wonder what might have happened if he’d made the ( even longer ) trip to Barnes.

Thereafter we proceeded at a reasonable rate for 30 overs without anyone really breaking free. The only person who threatened to do so was Ali Lynch for 2 or 3 overs after what might best be termed a “diplomatic incident”.

What kept us in check were the Bush’s quartet of fastish ( they were fast enough for this pitch ) bowlers who all hit the deck hard just short of a driving length. However when Deano & Harrison fell in quick succession to leave us 138/5 and with no sign of any easing up in the bowling, 170/180 all out was a very real possibility.

What prevented this was Babs Oduwole who had arrived on the ground just in time to bat at 7 and who proved to be a solid partner for Jeremy right through till the 46th over. Jeremy, continuing his rich vein of form, compiled a fine 59 and with lower middle contributions from Babs ( 13 ), Ricky Uppal (18 ) and Carr ( 12 – maintaining his season’s strike rate of 125 ) we were able to reach 237 in 55 overs.

We were more than happy with this, we thought we would probably win or at least secure the winning draw and if things went disastrously wrong the worse outcome would surely be 4 points for the Bush and 2 for ourselves: looking at the season’s results so far it seemed inconceivable they would get 238 in 45 overs.

After tea however things took a drastic turn for the worse. The only positive was James’ brilliant run out of one of the Bush’s openers but after that every bowler was hit for at least 7 an over. The pitch did not turn, did not seam and the ball did not swing. Unlike the Bush’s four seamers none of our bowlers were fast enough to use the potentially helpful pitch. The only token victory achieved was in slightly reducing the other opener’s average from 96 by dismissing him late on for a mere 85.

So although we had batted the full 55 overs, the 238 was knocked off with 15 overs to spare – good job I’m not a betting man !!

Adrian Carr

2nd XI v Barnes – Match Report

Southgate 2nd XI 174 all out
Barnes 2nd XI 175-7

Barnes won by 3 wickets

On Saturday the 2nd XI travelled to Barnes for the first time in 6 years. My walk from the station took me through a charming village fete so I can confirm it is every bit the epitome of middle class England that it was on our last visit. 

Sam lost the toss and we were inserted on a hard wicket with a green tinge. M Joseph (16) and W Khan (35) opened up and with a combination of watchfulness and calculated stroke play reached 53 without loss after 13 overs. However, when they fell in quick succession alongside J Jouning’s dubious caught behind decision, the game quickly turned and we found ourselves on 54-3. R Johnson (10) and S Zulfiqar (37) set about rebuilding and took the total past the hundred mark before 2 more wickets in quick succession left us at 106-5. Ellis (31), Bellwood (11), Mullazadah (11) and Faruqi (12) all batted well, but we paid the price for too many batsmen failing to capitalise on starts and were bowled out for 174 in 45.3 overs. 

It’s worth noting that throughout the innings Barnes used the same bowler from one end; their overseas player Sullivan bowled 22.3 overs of seam off the reel. Given the hot and sunny conditions this was an admirable display, but when we were informed that he had completed a course of chemotherapy in 2015 we had a new level of appreciation for his efforts. 

Tea was a superb spread. A pesto and sun dried tomato pasta accompanied a range of French bread sandwiches with plentiful good quality filling. There was also a comprehensive sweet selection courtesy of messrs Kipling, Marks & Spencer. 

We waddled out to field knowing that we would require a special bowling performance. Barnes’ ground is not particularly large and the outfield proved very fast so 220 was what we had wanted at the start of the day.

We got off to the perfect start when Farhad Mullazadah (17-3-55-3) steamed in and castled one of their openers in the first over. He was ably supported by Flint (9.5-1-43-1) and some good catching as we took wickets regularly, and Barnes were 5 down before they were halfway to our total. R Desai (13-4-60-2) and S Faruqi (6-2-14-1) bowled well in tandem (the latter probably under bowling himself) but some effective counter attacking batting from Barnes’ mid-to-lower order moved them closer to their target. 

Farhad came back on and showed good stamina to maintain his pace, but an obdurate innings from Barnes’ number 6 Wellesley – who we later found out appears in the line of Royal succession (only at Barnes!) saw them home. Initially it appeared as though his family connections were perhaps the reason for his selection; Farhad repeatedly passed his outside edge and Ravi and Sam bowled dot after dot. However he persisted doggedly and his unbeaten 20 off plenty was exactly what Barnes needed to get over the line. 

It was a spirited performance with the ball and in the field, but underperforming with the bat ultimately cost us. Had we added an extra 30 runs, or even used up more overs, we may have been able to force a victory.

 
Max Joseph

1st XI Report v Brondesbury

Brondesbury CC   247-8 (64overs)  Southgate CC   221-9 (56 overs)

Southgate gained a much needed and hard earned 4 points from their important bottom of the table clash at the sweltering Walker Ground on Saturday in a match which to be honest, showed why both teams are battling it out at the foot of the Middlesex League Premier Division.

In view of recent batting collapses It was good news that Southgate were able to field first and they  made a great start as excellent bowling by Rashid and Keaton Critchell saw the visitors in some trouble at 16-3 after7.1 overs. Brondesbury’s prolific batsman James  Overy, scorer of over 500 runs already in the league this season fell lbw to Rashid.

Michael Stevens took over from Critchell and soon induced a snick from Ward and Alvin leapt and swooped as in days of yore to grab a brilliant high catch at slip for the fourth wicket. Just before lunch Mikey struck again when Bron’s  dangerous overseas player Allen was  lbw.

Rashid bowled steadily throughout the morning and with Bron 88-5 at lunch hopes were high.

Someone commented that this was more like a Southgate lunch score !

Soon after lunch Mikey picked up another wicket and at this stage with Bron at 104-6 there was only one winner.

Or was there !

Now was the time for Ashley Sivarajah , our talented left arm spinner to enter the fray and finish off the visitors to open the door for a home victory. Unfortunately Ashley was on MCC duty at Lord’s in the Test Match, selling clothes in the shop but surely as a professional cricketer it would have been better for him to be actually playing cricket rather than selling the sports’ accoutrements !

With Mukesh Bhatt also unavailable the Southgate attack was lacking a spin option and was thus rather one paced although Ben Elders bowled a steady spell down the hill in only his second 1st XI league match and Marcello de Crescendo on debut bowled his off spin with good flight but not such good direction. However,  Marchy made a good impression with his fielding and his general enthusiasm and at his present rate of improvement is definitely one for the future. His three overs were the only respite from seam throughout the innings.

 The Bron number 6, Bethel went on to  score 95 * and with the help of each member of the late middle order enabled his team to finally declare, after 64 overs, at 247-7 as the Southgate bowlers tired in the afternoon heat.

One highlight, unfortunately with no positive outcome, was a magnificent, wide, half volley stumping attempt on the leg side by Phil Dunnett off Rashid, which impressed some former wicketkeepers in the pavilion, but for some reason not the square leg umpire.

(A personal note here as I have a  great obsession about the use of a third man to medium and faster bowlers at all levels, from Test matches down, at all times, especially in good, dry conditions. The lack of one in this instance probably cost upwards of 30 runs which may have been the difference to the end result. Captain Phil shares the view of most Test and County captains by not employing one so it must be me that’s wrong !)

Southgate started well with yet another new opening partnership of Alvin and Luke Hutton, the latter having surviving Glastonbury and looking in good form.

The Bron opening bowler was captain Adam Wilson, who took all ten wickets in the previous league match. Alvin (24) and Luke (20) started well before they were both out within a few minutes of each other. Once again Mike Stevens (25) made a start but was very unluckily caught down the leg side off a terrible ball from the off spinner. Critchell came and went and at 88-4 there was a familiar feel to the Southgate batting.

There followed a rather strange, in the circumstances, partnership between Tom Edrich and Fred Wilson . Needing to score at 4.5 runs per over to win the match they added just 38 in 18 overs before Fred was out, leaving the remaining batsmen a mammoth task. Perhaps a little more urgency in running between the wickets would have helped.

Arnie  Sahota ( 41) arrived and changed the picture for a while but it was all too late and although Rashid (15) raised hopes again the winning chance had disappeared.

Tom Edrich battled through and finished on 55* from 118 balls. A difficult innings for him, having to overcome his recent poor form whilst still being aware of the target ahead. He was, in the end, the perfect person to block the last two balls to save the game for his team.

A game that Southgate should definitely have won and again the lack of a big innings by just one batsman was the problem.

Peter Jouning