Huge congratulations to 2014 Southgate overseas Kusal Mendis who has been included in the Sri Lankan test squad for the up coming series against the West Indies (see link ).
From all here at Southgate a massive well done Kushy keep going .
Congratulations is in order to our very own Ashley Sivarajah in landing a contract on the groundstaff at Lords for 2016. It caps off a fine season for the left arm spinner who managed to pick up 39 wickets in the Prem this year after missing the first four games through injury.
Good luck Ash and keep working hard.
This Saturday shall see the final weekend of Lasith Lakshan’s stay in the UK before he flies out on Wednesday 9th September back to his native Sri Lanka, where he starts his first class career playing for his new club Sri Lankan Ports Authority on friday in Columbo .
Although the big runs in the league have eluded him he has never looked out of sorts at the crease . The highlight being his 171 against Winchmore Hill in a cup fixture and a classy 60 in the league against a memorable win over Ealing . We are hoping he can sign off in style by getting that elusive league ton this Saturday at incidentally Ealing in our final league game.
His off spin bowling has been nothing short of brilliant this year for us teaming up with our own left armer Ashley Sivarajah and claiming 73 wickets between them thus far which has been a great return. Our Sri Lankan spin twins have teamed up and forged a formidable partnership causing havoc to all teams throughout the league. Lassy currently sits on 36 wickets and Ashley on 37 respectively so it will go down to the wire this weekend to see who comes out on top.
Lassy has been instrumental in keeping Southgate up in the top division and his all around great personality will be sorely missed throughout the club.
After the game a couple of tables have been booked at The Dipali for an end of season curry and a farewell to Lassy.
If you can make it could you please let me know ( 07823 338805 – firstname.lastname@example.org )
On behalf of the whole club we would like to thank Lasith Lakshan for his services and hope that we can get him back next year if the league allows. We wish him well in his future cricketing exploits and hopefully one day we will get to see him represent his country at the highest level .
Thanks for everything Lass.
Club and 1st XI Captain
Congrats to MCC Young cricketer Tom Smith who hit 159 ( 138 balls ) for Glamorgan 2nd XI this week against Leicestershire 2nd XI.
We hope he can continue his good form this weekend for Southgate as we entertain Finchley in a crunch game .
Scorecard below , well batted Tom.
SOUTHGATE v INDIAN GYMKHANA
Southgate 192 ao
Indian Gymkhana 148 ao
And sometimes it works out exactly as you expect it to !
The crystal ball for the home match against Indian Gymkhana foretold that Southgate would bat first and flourish against their medium pacers, struggle and probably collapse to some extent against their high quality spin attack, but take advantage of their fielding weaknesses and aim for a score of at least 160 which, it was felt, would be a winning score. In reply Gymkhana would also struggle against the spinning ball, would be bowled out with their overseas player, P.Mehra top scoring.
That is more or less how it panned out with Southgate winning 192 to 148 !
As predicted Mike Stevens (24) and Lassie (26) added 47 in the first 10 overs of seam and then they both succumbed to spin. Tom Smith, batting at 3, should have been caught at deep square leg when he had only 3 but he and Tom Edrich batted sensibly as the spinners tied them down and took the score to 121-3 at lunch. After the break came the expected but still disappointing collapse. Tom Smith played some magnificent shots in his innings of 57 confirming the class he has shown during this season at County 2nd XI level, including a six into Waterfall Road, the like of which has not been seen for a long time at The Walker Ground. Captain Mir soon followed, Phil Dunnett hit the ball too well and was caught on the boundary and Tom Edrich, after a mammoth innings of 94 balls for just 22 ( a most important innings in the context of the game) became the seventh wicket to fall. Late flurries from Suresh Kalagara (22) and Fawad (14) saw the team to 192, which, if we bowled well was reckoned to be enough to see off the visitors, whose position at the bottom of the table seemed to be mainly down to poor batting.
The visiting openers seemed quite comfortable facing the Southgate opening attack of Faisal and Fawad although they had played and missed a couple of times, but the 11th over changed all that as the captain, patently striving for extra pace, bowled the following sequence of balls in an extraordinary 8 ball over : 5wides,wicket,wicket, no ball, 6,wicket,dot, dot. From a position of strength Gymkhana suddenly found themselves 34-3 and really never recovered. A fine spell from the skipper.
However, Faisal correctly decided that despite his successes, the spin twins ‘Lassie’ (2-38 in 16 overs) and Ashley Sivarajah (5-60 in 16 overs) should enter the attack and they again proved to be the match winners as they continued to bowl in harness until the end. Gymkhana’s best player, Puneet Mehra, followed his 4-40 with a top score of 48 and it was surprising that
a) he did not start bowling until the 26th over and b) he batted at 6 in a weak batting team. Only two other batsmen scored double figures in an all out total of 148 and a victory for Southgate by 44 runs.
Tom Edrich, with four catches at slip, two of which were outstanding, and a fighting innings lasting 105 minutes, was a ‘left field’ call for man of the match.
What does the crystal ball say for next week’s visit to Teddington ?
It will be a flat batting wicket and it is doubtful that 192 will be a winning score there as it is a fast scoring ground. Teddington lost each of their first five 50 overs matches but have improved playing ‘time matches’. Their match winner against us, leg spinner David Keightley, can only bowl 10 overs this time and remember he bowls his share of four balls. The advice is to hit those and don’t drive the good length balls but this is really a difficult game to call and should be another good game of cricket.
Good luck !
Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting will take place this year on a Sunday afternoon and will, we hope, provide an excellent opportunity to convene socially once the formalities have taken place. Please make every effort to attend this important event on Sunday the 15th of March at the club, 12:00 noon.
We intend to appoint the following key posts:
- Team Secretary
- Membership Secretary
- Sponsorship Chair
- Fund raising Chair
- Social Chair
All of the above are hugely important to the successful running of the cricket club this season. In addition to these committee roles we need more volunteers across the entire club to contribute a small amount of their time and expertise to help drive the club forward. If anyone would like to take on the role of Honorary Treasurer as a sole post, especially if they have an accountancy qualification and would welcome it as personal challenge, then that too would be helpful. Can you take one of these roles on? If you’re interested, please contact Rob Johnson on 07799477767 or Rob_Johnson1@hotmail.co.uk
Southgate Cricket Club has given considerable thought to improving the cricketing standards of the Southgate Colts Section.
We have decided to engage a team of four professional coaches to oversee our colts summer training. The coaches will be provided by Revolution Coaching who have conducted our recent Summer Cricket Camps, and will be headed by former first-class cricketer Carl Greenidge, son of West Indian Test star Gordon Greenidge.
The regular volunteer club coaches will still be playing their part as normal but it means we can provide more in-depth attention to the youngsters’ needs and aspirations and aim for higher standards. We will also still be grateful to rely on the help of those parents who have freely given their time and enthusiasm in the past to providing valuable support to the coaching staff.
Such a departure, however, cannot be sustained on the current registration fees so you will easily understand there will be commensurate increases in order to finance this venture. The new fees are detailed below but, when divided by 14 weeks, we consider the cost set against the benefit gained is very reasonable indeed. I am certain you will share our keenness to support this bold initiative to strive for excellence.
Upon finalising the arrangements for 2014 Carl Greenidge said:
“I worked hard to be given the chance to play professional cricket and I hope that my experiences will enable me to help this generation. My route into the game wasn’t a conventional one but fortunately for me, one that was successful and thinking about how hard it was, and potentially could be for the many talented individuals I see inspired me to be the best coach I can be.”
Head of Revolution Coaching, Steve Selwood said:
“We at Revolution are delighted to be teaming up with Southgate CC for 2014. We’ll work with SCC coaches to develop young players and help them be as good as they want to be. In the long run, we’ll help put such a famous and successful club where it belongs- at the top of club cricket in London.”
Registration Day will be Sunday 6th April at the Walker Cricket Ground pavilion from 11.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m.
To register, please email Ricky Gunn for a registration form Ricky@Gunn1.com
Payment can also be made on-line direct to the club’s account for which the details are:
A/c no: 60854263
Sort code: 20-29-77
Programme and fees
We propose to change the training day for school years 9 and 10 (Under 14s and Under 15s). This summer we will be holding those training sessions on Monday night along with the other age groups. If this turns out to be unsatisfactory we can easily adapt as the term progresses.
School years 3-5: 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm – £100
School year 6: 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm – £125
School years 7-8: 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm – £125
School years 9-10: 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm – £125
*If you have two children taking part, we will deduct £30 from the overall cost.