The cricket season is here!

Firstly a huge thank you to all of the 30+ strong working party on Saturday, a terrific effort.

Little things like that go along way for the club, great to see everyone pulling together.

Cricket starts this weekend so please have your availability in at the start of the week.

Outdoor nets will start in a week or two, presently the square is not ready.

 

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Located at the stunning Walker Ground in North London, our club has existed for over 160 years and today is proud to remain one of the best venues for club cricket in the South of England.

We offer fantastic opportunities for competitive cricket with our First XI competing in the Middlesex County League, one of the best leagues in the UK. In total we operate four teams every Saturday plus cup matches and friendlies on Sundays and mid week.

Anyone looking for a club with a top class venue, great people and some of the best value cricket in Middlesex should get in touch.

Contact: cricket@southgatecc.com 

Winter Nets

Happy New Year All!

Now that we are well into 2018 and with the cricket season just over 4 months away it’s time to fetch your dusty Cricket bag from the loft and get yourself to winter nets.

Starting on Tuesday 6th February at 9pm running for 8 straight weeks at Finchley Indoor School.

We also have 3 academy net sessions at 8pm for three weeks starting on the 6th of February. This will be attended by our most promising 15/16/17 yr olds, if you can, please come down pre 9pm to offer a helping hand to some of our young and brightest stars.

Everyone welcome, please make every effort to be there… If you are interested please contact Club Captain Phil Dunnett on 07500 003076 or phil_dunnett4@hotmail.co.uk

See you all very soon!

Xmas Lunch/Footie/End of Season Awards!

Hi all,

Our annual Christmas Lunch will be taking place on the Sunday 3rd December this year.

As in past years the lunch will be preceded by the traditional Under 30’s v Over 30’s Football game, usually a competitive but light hearted affair with all club members welcome to get involved. If you would like to play please get in touch with Phil Dunnett (Under 30’s) or Ollie Bellwood (Over 30’s).

The Lunch will follow the Football where we will of course be handing out our 2017 season awards. If you are looking to attend please let Peter Jouning (peterjouning@sky.com) know and please transfer the sum of £22.00 into the club account.

Football to start – 12.00pm
Lunch to start – 1.45pm

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Football to start – 12.00pm
Lunch to start – 1.45pm

Cheers,
Dunnett

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