Trees uproot House to advance to semi final of Middlesex cup
Wycombe House rolled for 51 at the Walker Ground on Sunday
2nd XI bring back 10 points from Hornsey
3rd XI dominate in their win at MTSSC
4s come up short at home to Old Actonians
Southgate under 21s conceded their away fixture on Sunday, giving over 10 points to Stoke ‘Stokey Bears’ Newington under 21s.
Editor’s mid season memo
Sitting in my Thai hostel with terrible WiFi (the things I do for this club), it felt like just yesterday we were walking out for the preseason friendlies, and in a flash we find ourselves now half way through another cricket season. This season was to be our most interesting, new divisions and challenges awaited 3 of our sides. Youth and experience would have to find a new balance at the club, all the way from the top down.
So far, our 2nd and 3rd teams have taken to highers standards like ducks to water. The strength of the club has been emphasised in certain areas so prominently that domination with the bat for these sides has become routine on Saturdays. Our 4th team have found their new division a little more challenging, however they still sit in a respectable mid table. Old and new players have mixed well to produce an enjoyable playing environment, with a sprinkling of youth being given the opportunity to make their mark at the club.
The struggles of the 1st team have been well documented across the club so there is no need to highlight it further. The incredible nature of cricket is such that balls finding the boundary in previous seasons are now hitting fielders. Balls are missing edges and edges are missing hands. The cycles of form and confidence are unlike in any other sport, and this is what gives our game both its beauty and its brutality.
The second half of this season brings hope however, for individuals and for teams. A chance to reset and reassess. A final push to turn 3rd place into promotion, 2nd into a league title or relegation into survival. A few have lacked the appetite for it, but in the spaces left behind lies opportunity for those eager to take the chances that will come their way. Whether it will be the fearlessness of our younger players to take on bigger challenges, or our more experienced players willing to lead the way remains to be seen – but it is certain that club heroes can be born. It will be vitally important to stand by our teammates and captains in the telling weeks to come, both on and off the field.
Southgate 1st XI | 145 all out [60.2] |
Hampstead 1st XI | 146-4  |
Hampstead won by 6 wickets.
Southgate’s batting woes, sadly, continue. Another catastrophic batting collapse saw the team suffer their seventh Premier League defeat of the season, this time losing by 6 wickets to visiting Hampstead.
Captain Phil Dunnett needed to win the toss for two reasons. Firstly, he needed to bat second to give his batsmen a psychological advantage knowing that both of the team’s previous victories this season had been batting second. Secondly, the wicket was a little damp and had a very green appearance. Needless to say the visiting captain called correctly and asked Southgate to bat. It was not easy.
There was a lot of movement off the pitch and a considerable amount of playing and missing by the Southgate batsmen, especially against Steve Clark , bowling an excellent 4th stump line, and eventually finishing with figures of 4-35 in 21 overs.
The morning session saw the home team finish on 67-2 off 32 overs. This included one over from the first replacement seamer which went for 12! A difficult morning but with Michael Stevens (36) and Tom Edrich (11) battling through until lunch there was still hope of a reasonable score.
However, immediately after the break both were out in identical fashion, each inexplicably missing a straight ball from the Hampstead 4th seamer.
Michael was again the team’s best performer but once again was unable to continue and build a real innings of substance. Ayush Sahota (33) and Fred Wilson (20*) gave further hope and the former showed his usual flair for a while and with the score at 110-4 once again there was some optimism of a good, working total.
Unfortunately Sahota was stumped off a new spinner and the tail, this time, collapsed alarmingly around Fred, with some very poor batting which saw the last six wickets fall for just 20 runs.
Southgate needed a good start and in fact, couldn’t have had a better one, as Rashid produced the perfect yorker with the first ball of the Hampstead innings.
The Southgate bowlers toiled away on an improving pitch but Hampstead were under no real pressure in chasing such a low score. Two brilliant catches, one by Sahota and one by Stevens and a successful lbw appeal by Sivararajah gave the home side a smidgeon of hope at 104 -4 and the fielding intensity and concentration increased accordingly but Hampstead finally strolled to their meagre target, winning with 17 overs to spare.
Hornsey 2nd XI | 122 all out [43.2] | MDC 5-37 (9) | Elders 2-21 (11) | Flint 2-
Southgate 2nd XI | 126-8 [39.4] | Johnson 35* | Elders 4*(1)
Southgate win by 2 wickets – 10 points.
Southgate bowled well, both teams batted badly with Rob Johnson batting very maturely to guide the side home. This is all I can write with the limitations of being on the other side of the world, apologies.
Southgate 3rd XI | 201 all out  |
MTSSC 3rd XI | 130 all out  | Cox 6-
Southgate win by 71 runs – 12 points.
Southgate went away to Middlesex Tamils sitting pretty on top of the table, looking to further our lead. Buoyed by Sage’s team talk telling us we “only had one decent player today” (Harrison) openers Ali Lynch and RBL went to the crease after we had been stuck in on a green one.
We got off to a quick start with 16 coming off the first over. However, some questionable umpiring had RBL given out LBW for one and Ali Lynch (11) judged to have hit one, which he was sure he hadn’t. It was down to Hughes and Folland to steady the ship. Folland was living up to Sage’s earlier appraisal, playing some lovely shots on his way to 25 before being bowled by one that kept low. Hughes played a gritty and much needed innings of 30 off 70 balls, giving us the platform that we needed on a pitch that was doing all sorts!
Some very useful contributions from the middle order, namely Michael Cox (25) Ricky (14) and Babs (21) had us past the 150 mark. Then a decent total was made a good one by Ankit (14 not out) and some inspired late hitting from Sage including a wonderful straight six gave us 201 all out off 54 overs.
We came out confident that a few early wickets would put us well on our way to 10 points. Thompson and Uppal opened up with Thompson bowling 3 erratic overs, letting the Tamil’s top order off the hook. However, Uppal at the other end gave us the early wicket we needed in his first over. He picked up two more vital wickets in his eight overs, putting us right on the front foot. Enter Michael Cox. On a bad day otherwise for Kiwi’s he came on and bowled 10 brilliant overs that ultimately won us the game. He got 6-56 off 10 overs, with five of his wickets being clean bowled, showing Ricky that you could turn the ball on this track!
Harrison finished the game off, much to Sage’s delight bowling out their number 11, leaving the Tammil’s all out for 130 and giving the Southgate boys a well deserved 10 points and flying at top of the league after half the games have been played.
Southgate 4th XI | 164 all out  |
Old Actonians 4th XI | 168-7  | Madhavan 5-38 |
Old Actonians win by 3 wickets.
The 4s re-established part of its raison d’etre with three 15 year olds bolstering the side (I have been trying very hard to get youngsters into the team since the start of the season, but young people today seem to take their exams much more seriously than we used to – or at least their parents do).
We were inserted and things were looking pretty comfortable until the first change bowler came on. He was a chatty kiwi who bowled pacey inswingers. Partha was pinned LBW and Gunny played on. He bowled 14 overs on the trot and got three of the top four out. Gordon tried to hold things together, but made little progress in the middle overs against steady bowling. He eventually out to a sucker punch, chipping the very slow bowler to the only fielder on the leg side. Sal and Kunjal looked comfortable for a while but when Sal was out we were 86-4 with more than half the overs used up. Kunjal is in good form and marshalled the tail well (except for running out Liam Patel on his debut!) to finish 45 n.o. Abhi provided some much needed impetus with a very quick 21, including an enormous six over the sand pit corner. We doubled our score in the last 13 overs.
So we had something to bowl at and were feeling good at 12-2, both to Abhishek. They had a good third wicket partnership which got them to 60, but then another two quick wickets fell and there was reason for optimism. One of these was hard hitting no. 4 who cleared the rope a few times. Shrey Parmar kept his nerve to bowl him. At 100-6 we thought we had a really good chance, but that evaporated quickly as the support bowling disappeared to all parts, partly due the chatty kiwi, who could bat as well as bowl. Abhi came back to get him for 51, but it was too late by then. Abhi finished with 5-38 but he needed more support from the rest of us.