The highs and lows of 7 days in the 2s

 

 

Southgate 234 for 7 (50 overs)

Max Joseph 70, Jeremy Dangerfield 52, Pranay Rathod 48*

Twickenham 198 all out (45.4 overs)

Pranay Rathod 3-47, Luke Hutton 3-51

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Last week at Twickenham we secured our first win of the season with an excellent team performance but sadly at home to Highgate this week, we played poorly and lost by 89 runs.

At Twickenham on a used wicket, we were put in and despite losing Alvin and Waqas early, a positive stand of 90 between Max (70) and Jez (52) put us in a strong position at 140-2. A middle order collapse followed but Pranay (46 not out) and Coxy (13) added a priceless unbroken 69 in 11 overs and we declared at the half way mark with 234 on the board.

Pranay then fired up his bowling boots and with Luke (and an excellent catch at slip by Alv) reduced Twickenham to 35-4. What a joy to have two quality opening bowlers running in!! Coxy’s full bunger caught and bowled put us in the box seat at 62-5 but as we know from recent years, Twickenham’s tail can wag! And wag it did!

At 144-5 the game was in the balance. Pranay returned to take two wickets and again with Luke, stemmed the flow of runs to put us back in control. A wicket from Coxy (Ollie’s 3rd catch behind) and two from Sage saw us home with 4.2 overs to spare.

 

Highgate 212 for 8 (50 overs) 

Waqas Khan 3-38, Mike Cox 3-58

Southgate 123 all out (47.3 overs)

Declan O’Leary 33, Max Joseph 32

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At home to Highgate on Saturday I found myself in the rare position (2nd time all season) of winning the toss. The wicket looked green and grassy so I went with gut instinct and decided to field. In hindsight, I probably should have stuck with the winning formula from Twickenham and batted but hindsight blah blah blah…..

We welcomed back Tristan, Declan O’ Leary and a special guest appearance from Dan Ashley (many thanks for playing Danno) and started well with Tristan running in down the hill and Waqas (3-38 off 12) bowling a great line from the Waterfall Rd end. Highgate we’re struggling at 39-2 off 13 but a combination of good running between the wickets and some poor fielding let them off the hook.

Fortunately the catching improved and we pegged them back towards the end of the innings. Their batting didn’t look particularly deep (if only I’d know that at the toss!). They boldly declared after 50 overs at 212-8.

Our chase was steady at the start (Declan 33, Max 30) and at 74-1 off 20 we were very much in it. The introduction of 48 year old seamer Steve Blyghton changed the game and with a tidy off spinner down the hill, we soon collapsed to 97-4 (apologies to the team for my very poor shot) and then 116-8.

Ollie, Coxy and Sage put up a brave fight to save the game in the last 12 overs but with 3.3 overs the resistance was broken. They batted and bowled better than us but there are still plenty of games to go and with better availability I have every confidence we can pick up the necessary points to stay in this division.

Jez

A day to forget

Osterley 116 all out (30 overs)

Pranay Rathod 4-61, Darragh Edwards 3-29

Southgate 56 all out (26 overs)

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A thoroughly depressing day in every respect with both sides struggling to bat on an increasingly sub standard pitch.

The lack of the Osterley CC address in the SCC fixture card, coupled with a major hold up on the M25, and a slightly mal-functioning Satnav meant that I arrived at the game about 40 minutes after the start.

Looking for the scoreboard when I arrived proved difficult but as I approached the pavilion and the neon-lit Osterley Cricket Club Bar and Restaurant adjoining, I could just about pick out a 3 foot x 1 foot piece of tin with the score clearly marked.

The home side were batting and the score was 29,410!

On closer inspection it turned out that the score was actually 29-4 after 10 overs as Southgate’s opening quick bowlers, Darragh Edwards and debutant Pranay Rathod, had made early inroads into the home team’s batting.

Batsman number 6, Ahmedzai batted well and number 8,Ali slogged successfully for a while. Mike Stephens took over from Pranay and in his role of stand-breaker, createda stumping chance for Phil Dunnett which he accepted brilliantly. Ravi Desai also entered the fray and took a wicket in his first over in true Graham Swann tradition ,followed by another soon after.

Pranay returned in an attempt to finish the innings off but unfortunately he was unable to do so and Ahmedzai and the Osterley tail were able to extend their innings. This couple of overs somewhat spoiled Pranay’s statistics but a return of 4–61 was an impressive first outing for the Club. Darragh,‘the finisher’, replaced him and took the final two wickets with some very straight bowling, finishing with 3-29.

It looked good for Southgate. Ten points in the bag, surely.

However, it was not to be, against two excellent bowlers, one a very accurate faster bowler and one a left arm flat spinner on a pitch which bounced less and less predictably, if at all.

Alvin was out early, the first of four lbw decisions on the (mainly) low bouncing pitch and Jamie Jouning, facing his first ball, pulled away as he suddenly had no sight in his right eye. He repeated this once before going off for some‘treatment’. When he was fit to return, after a spot of Optrex and what appeared to be a type of hay fever, the score was 25-5!

In the meantime, Mike Stephens had been bowled, Phil Dunnett played on when a ball lifted unexpectedly, Luke Hutton was lbw to a shooter and Sean Dass was bowled in similar fashion. All had been out to defensive shots on a very difficult wicket. Jamie returned, using a more aggressive approach but he was quickly out caught at extra cover (Clearly, didn’t have his eye in!).

Mark Hughes batted well for a while, confirming that he has good batting skills, Darragh again defended well and Ravi had a successful slog or two before the tenth wicket fell at 56.

Only Tom Edrich (19) reached double figures.

A day to forget for many reasons.

Big rivals Enfield at The Walker Ground next week.

Good to catch up with some old friends !

Peter Jouning

Edrich carries bat for 100* and the win

Southgate 167 all out (54 overs) 

Tom Edrich 100*

Hornsey 124 all out (41.1 0vers)

Ravi Desai 4-32, Darragh Edwards 3-35

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The unpredictability of the great game of cricket was proven yet again on Saturday when Southgate entertained Hornsey who included their star player, former Middlesex CCC County player, Paul Weekes. His all-round skills, batting, bowling and general experience are worth almost three players and his appearance only increases the strength of Hornsey, who are a good side anyway.

However, in an absorbing game Southgate, very much the underdogs on this occasion, won an exciting  game by 43 runs.

It was never easy, although as so often, Shoaib Zulfiqar (27) set off at his usual pace and with Tom Edrich added 51 for the first wicket at a good rate.

Unfortunately, once the first wicket fell there followed a procession of batsmen succumbing to the spinning wiles of the aforementioned Weekes (4-53 in 19 overs) and teenage George Everitt (4-42 in 16 overs) bowling on a wicket tailor-made for their skills.

David Woffinden (13) entertained for a while in his usual way but at 109-8 the picture looked grim for Southgate and at this stage victory looked a long way off.

However, Tom Edrich, in his most obdurate and determined mood, was still there, playing the turning ball with great skill and determination. He was joined by Darragh Edwards (12), proving he has the defensive qualities hitherto unseen, as he defended well against the spinners and supported Tom as the latter ploughed on, gaining confidence ball by ball.

Tom varied his game cleverly, driving and cutting well as usual, but included some clever placements and one enormous six off Weekes.

Once Darragh was out Tom cleverly dominated the strike to protect Ravi Desai, especially from the quick but erratic opening bowler who returned to the fray, and with great confidence turned down numerous long singles in order to ensure he retained control.

Tom finished with 100 not out, a remarkable innings in every way, and aptly confirmed by the fact that each and every one of the opposition shook hands with him in congratulations as they left the field.

A total of 167 was not a vast total but it was obvious that the track was difficult and if Southgate bowled and fielded well and, importantly, made a good start there was a chance of victory.

A good start?

The opposition 0-2 after 4 overs, Weekes lbw to the mighty Woffers for 0 and his opening partner lbw to Darragh definitely constituted a good start.

Ravi subsequently bowled in harness with Woffers (2-43 in 15 overs), the latter also held a fine overhead catch off Ricky Uppal who later offered variation, and at 47-6 Hornsey were in deep trouble.

Enter G.S.Gulsham (61 not out) batting at number 7, and after a difficult start when he teased wicketkeeper Dunnett with numerous play and misses  outside the off stump, he changed the emphasis of the game once again but it proved too difficult a target.

However Ravi (4-32) returned in conjunction with Darragh (3-35) and gained the final wicket with the sixth lbw of the innings and Southgate were home and dry.

What a great game of cricket and a splendid all-round performance.

Peter Jouning

1st XI Triumphant

Southgate 197-9 (45 overs) 

Mike Stevens 69*

Barnes 105 all out (35.1 0vers)

Ricky Uppal 3 -23

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A very welcome win at The Walker Ground as Southgate comfortably beat a Barnes side who had  been promoted the previous season.

Southgate batted first and Tom Edrich (16) and debutant Shoaib Zulfiqar (19) made a good start before both fell to good catches with the score at 38. Jamie Jouning (15) was joined by Michael Stephens before he, too, succumbed to a high catch. Mikey battled on at his own pace, batting with his usual confidence and with the help of Phil Dunnett (12), David Woffinden (19)  and second of the day’s debutants, Ricky Uppal (18 ) he was able to steer his side to a respectable total of 197. He finished the innings on 69 not out and it was pleasing to see him complete such an important innings for his team, which sets him and the team up for the rest of the season.

The Barnes innings started well for the home team as one opener was clean bowled by Darragh Edwards and the second became impatient with the nagging accuracy of Woffers, and chipped the ball high and some distance wide of Tom Edrich at mid on. Somehow Tom managed to run, dive and make an extraordinary one handed catch.

More brilliance was to follow as Sean Dass, for the second week running, ran out a batsman with a direct hit. Barnes never recovered from these early failures and Ravi Desai, as last week, (2-24) and Ricky Uppal (3-23) bowled well in tandem to hasten the Barnes demise. Darragh Edwards(2-14) returned to take his second clean bowled wicket of the day and finally captain Dunnett stumped the final Barnes batsman.

Two wins and two losses, a full season continuation of which will see us comfortably mid table, but having lost 6 first team quality bowlers during the close season it is especially pleasing to see their replacements doing so well.

Hornsey next week, with Weekes or without him we do not know!

Peter Jouning

Lynch on the posh side

Southgate 160 for 9 (45 overs)

 Alvin Durgacharan 41

Ealing 161 for 2 (31.2 overs) 

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Ealing away is historically a mixed bag.

Probably one of the best venues in the Middlesex County League, but usually one of the best opponents too. Over the years we’ve had some bright moments and we’ve had our pants pulled down too.

Saturday was the latter, but we didn’t lose without a fight.

We batted first in muggy conditions on a green surface.

Alvin Durgacharan partnered with Alistair Lynch opened the batting for Southgate and entertained us royally with a rollicking start inside the first ten.

Two shots stick in the memory:

1 – A glorious Lynch off-drive for four – To which Max Joseph was heard to exclaim, “Wow, on the posh side Lynchy!”

2- A magnificent leg side pick-up for six from Alvin that sailed for six.

It is worth noting that Alvin had spent the Thursday evening in the company of a certain IVA Richards, the original Master Blaster. It was a shot the big man would certainly have approved of.

The seamers went at fives, the spinners came on and did the business.

Lynch was bowled by one that kept very low to the experienced off-spinner, Durgacharan LBW to one that slid on with the arm from an impressive slow left arm spinner.

Rob and Waqas tried to rebuild only for Waqas to fall LBW on the sweep to the first ball after drinks.

Jeremy at five batted with excellent intent and good footwork, Rob batted with less intent and got bogged down.

Ealing’s experiences all-rounder Derek Lane as third change bowled in a style something in between a Sage and Woffers. He kept things very tight and removed Jeremy bowled dabbing having looked in excellent form.

Ealing hustled through their overs very quickly and Rob and Kunal departed, both bowled trying to accelerate as time ticked on.

Max Joseph played with aggressive intent and looked in fine fettle too, striking the ball cleanly and running well, or so we all thought. Unfortunately, the combined view of the SCC balcony didn’t tally with the standing ump and he was adjudged run-out.

A total of 160 was something to bowl at on a wicket that we thought might be tricky.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, and credit to Ealing.   Their opening partnership batted positively and well, both notching fifties.

Jeremy rotated the bowlers and we had moments where scoring was restricted, and pressure applied. Alvin picked up two wickets in two balls and Waqas, Marchy and Coxy had their moments. Ollie Bellwood kept wicket tidily and continued to encourage and cajole from behind the stumps.

No shame in losing to a side who batted and bowled very well and performed in an organised and disciplined fashion.

The 2nd XI can and will win matches at this level and should not be disheartened by this difficult start to the season. We have players who can mix it with anyone in the league and one win will make things look so much better.

Rob Johnson

Anarchy Acres

Teddington 265 all out (44.5 overs)

Mike Cox 5-50

Southgate 167 all out (43.5 overs)

Shoaib Zulfiqar 36

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Me and Mark fresh from some Fornite antics at Anarchy Acres were feeling confident.

For the first time all season we were not greeted with a full on warm by the opposition which was a positive. You aren’t going to read many more from here on.

Jeremy lost the toss and Teddington elected to bat. We opened up with Abishek and Waqas who controlled the run rate early on without causing too much of a threat. At the 10 over stage they were 49-0. An unfamiliar role of first change for M Cox. Both the openers were now settled and looking to up the scoring. I then was introduced and they still continued to score at a good rate. We took wickets throughout the innings but all of their batsmen were settled and 4 of them made 30+. E Harvey bowled well in patches ending with 9 overs 2-59. With it looking like we might be chasing 330 M Cox was reintroduced and picked up some late wickets to slightly stall progress ending with figures of 5-50 despite not bowling to his full potential. A few late sixes meant they ended with 265 with 10 men. We did also bowl 21 wides which needs to improve. Overall we did not bowl well or field well and they took full advantage of that and the chase looked daunting.

Tea was quite simply pasta.

Shoaib and Mark opened up and at the 10 over stage we were 50-0 and seemingly cruising. Both playing really well. Sadly we lost them both in the space of 2 balls. We continued to lose wickets in regular intervals. Top scorer was Shoaib with 36. In the end the majority of us played some pretty ordinary shots to get out.

Without and win and sitting bottom of the table things can only improve. We are coming across some good sides although we are struggling to admit it.

Nice to have a few beers and watch Liverpool implode.

Marcello De Crescenzo

Spin it to win it

Stanmore 244-8 (45 overs)

Ravi Desai 5-27

Southgate 191 all out (44.4 overs)

Phil Dunnett 50, Tom Edrich 46, Michael Stevens 37

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Southgate performed well against the team most likely to gain promotion to the Premier Division this season in a game of fluctuations.

Stanmore were inserted and made a quick start scoring at 5 runs per over initially, slowing for while as wickets fell in the middle part of the innings, and then increasing their run rate towards the end.

Ravi Desai was outstanding with match figures of 5-27 in his nine overs, aided by 4 fine stumpings from captain Phil Dunnett. Southgate may have been a little unlucky with a couple of decisions which went against them in the first hour, with a close lbw shout for Michael Stevens, and a brilliant direct hit run out attempt by Shaun Dass which may also have gone their way.

Shaun then bowled his medium pacers tidily and David Woffinden, as ever, was economical and at 191-6 there seemed every chance of bowling Stanmore out relatively cheaply. It was not to be, however, as the Stanmore captain, Tushaar Karia and overseas, Sean Anstey, smote the ball to all parts.

A target of 245 was about par for the conditions and the respective strengths of the two sides but Southgate, although at no stage looking like possible victors, made a very respectable run chase.

Tom Edrich, on a ground where he scored 150 last year, batted really well for his 46 but Jamie Jouning and Michael Stevens struggled initially against the top-class spin of Reingold and Bhatt before Jamie was bowled by an arm ball by the off spinner. Mikey (37) found his form however, increased his scoring rate and with Phil Dunnett (50) gave hope of victory, but it was not to be and the tail folded to be all out just 7 runs short of a deserved bonus point.

Peter Jouning

Grit and grind not quite enough

Southgate  178-5 (45 overs)

 Luke Hutton 41*

Callum Edwards 37

Wycombe House 182-6 (38.2 overs)

 Scorecard

On a Royal Wedding day of high fashion, Southgate, resplendent in their new black training tops, comfortably won the pre-match sartorial competition, but unfortunately lost the actual match by 4 wickets.

However, it was a performance which gave some hope for the season with a number of players making contributions to the overall effort.

Southgate were inserted in the 45 overs game and made steady progress against three high quality Wycombe House spinners. Tom Edrich (20), Mike Stevens (24), Phil Dunnett (22) and Callum Edwards (36) all batted well but with the spinners enjoying the slowness of the pitch they were unable to raise the scoring rate much above 2.5, then 3 per over.

With just 10 overs remaining Rob Johnson (19 not out) was joined by Luke Hutton (41 not out) and they accelerated well to eventually reach an acceptable total of 178.

This gave the home team a chance, if they bowled and fielded well.

In fact, they bowled quite well and fielded quite well, but on this occasion quite well was not quite enough.

However, there were some sparkling highlights in the field, with Tom Edrich taking a magnificent catch on the boundary off Ravi Desai, Michael Stevens taking an extraordinary catch off his own bowling and another good one at mid wicket, and Phil Dunnett claiming a brilliant half volley leg side stumping, unfortunately not given by the umpire. It was agreed by the Club elders on the boundary, including highly successful former Club captain, Chris Payne, on a visit from his home in Spain, that whether it was out or not, it should have been given out for the aesthetic beauty of the take.

In similar fashion to the first innings the slower bowlers Dave Woffinden (1-26) and Ravi Desai (2-34) were the pick of the bowlers and at 134-6 Southgate were in with a real chance of victory. However, the lack of a third spinner proved vital as  opening bat Perera (67 not out) was joined by Malik (27 not out), the latter having a penchant for ‘driving’ to third man for four, and they steered their team home.

Twelve wides by Southgate against just five by the visitors was a telling statistic.

An almost performance !

Peter Jouning

Chicken Wings, but Hampstead Wins

Hampstead 201 for 8 (45 overs)

Shoaib Zulfiqar 3-39

Southgate 80 all out (18.1 overs)

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J Dangerfield lost the toss and as we would have done Hampstead chose to bat on a flat looking pitch with the sun shining.

Lacking a front line seamer, the off spin partnership of M Cox (9-0-1-28) and R Uppal (5-0-2-35) shared the new ball. The former bowled with excellent control, but the Hampstead openers took advantage of the loose deliveries that came their way along with a short and very fast downhill boundary.

M De Crescenzo (8-2-1-25) came on first change, took our first wicket and bowling in tandem with Cox and later E Harvey (5-0-0-24) pegged Hampstead back. As we broke for drinks at 15 overs the run rate was a little over 4 but we’d only taken 1 wicket. Hampstead ticked over in a similar manner for the next 15 overs and would’ve been in a very strong position had S Zulfiqar (9-0-3-39) not taken 2 wickets in 2 balls just before the second drinks at 30 overs.

Captain J Dangerfield shuffled his bowlers and fielders really effectively throughout the innings and Hampstead never kicked on as they might’ve done with the wickets they had in hand. W Khan (9-1-1-37) bowled handily in the middle and at the death and R Uppal snared two victims in his second spell. As Hampstead tried to accelerate in the latter stages of the innings wickets began to fall more frequently and restricting them to 201-8 in the batting friendly conditions was reward for a good all round bowling and fielding display.

Tea was decent, chicken wings the highlight.

W Khan and S Zulfiqar opened the batting and the former was trapped lbw by the first ball of the second over. That bought M Joseph to the crease and he and Shoaib enjoyed the conditions for a time, moving the score to 40-1 after 7 overs at which point the required total seemed very achievable. Unfortunately the bowler who had dismissed Waqas, B Williams, then took 3 wickets in an over – S Zulfiqar and R Miscampbell falling lbw and J Dangerfield clean bowled. Then having watched this unfurl from the non striker’s end M Joseph was given lbw to gift H Peterson his only wicket. When M Hughes was clean bowled in Williams’ next over it meant we’d slumped from 41-1 to 44-6 in the space of 3 overs. The left arm inswing of B Williams proved too much for us and we were all out for 80 inside 20 overs with him finishing on 9-1-7-36. He bowled very well and certainly some of the wickets fell to good deliveries, but we could have played him better.

The game was over in time for kick-off in the FA cup final, but thankfully we’d avoided the royal wedding coverage.

So on the surface we were gubbed by 120 runs, but I don’t think that tells the whole story. Our bowling against their batting was a very even contest and you could possibly even say we were the happier side at the break. Had one of our top 3 made a 50 – which they’re all more than capable of doing – the chase would’ve been very different and we could’ve won the game. I thoroughly believe our 2nd team belong at this level and are more than capable of getting the 4 or 5 wins we’ll need to stay up. But to do so we’re going to have to graft and scrap and ride out periods of play in which we’re on the back foot, which we haven’t really had to do for the past 2 seasons or so.

Max Joseph

Are we nearly there yet?

 

Southgate  27-3 (14 overs) v Harrow St Marys – match abandoned

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With rain forecast and imminent from the start it was not easy batting on a greenish wicket at Harrow St Mary’s on Saturday. The home bowlers, mainly pitching the ball up on a good length and induced considerable movement.

Tom Edrich, as ever, concentrated hard and with one or two near misses was able to battle through to the inevitable closure with 15 not out but Alvin and Jamie Jouning succumbed in different ways to the medium paced attack. Alvin, having batted on the main ground at Lord’s on Thursday, found this pitch  somewhat slower and was out playing (extremely !) early at a short ball and mis hit for an easy catch.

Jamie nicked off to third slip and Mikey Stevens , who looked bang in form, was beaten by a quicker ball from the left arm spinner in his first over.

Then it rained !

PMJ