Southgate IV’s keep promotion dream alive

Southgate IV’s keep promotion dream alive with exhilarating victory in a highly eventful game.
 
Southgate rocked up to the North London ground in Walthamstow with promotion well within their sights albeit with a team understocked with regular bowlers. That problem looked even more serious when a quick inspection revealed a parched wicket which had more in common with the M25 than the usually lush strips that often present themselves at this level. The toss was lost and stand-in captain, Sal Syed was forced to send in Southgate to bat first.
Partha Dave and Peter McLoughlin opened the batting and they remained together until 78 runs and 24 overs later when Peter was removed, stumped off the bowling of Holford. Partha remained and he added 32 runs alongside Sal to leave Southgate 110-2 after 31 overs when Sal was bowled by Amin. The challenge was to add another 90 runs in 15 overs. With plenty of batting to come Joe McCormick and Partha added 20 before Partha was caught off the bowling of Maruf for an excellent 75. The challenge for the remaining batsmen was simple, take advantage of the pitch and score the 70 runs needed to get us to a self-imposed psychological target of 200 in the next 12 overs. Christian McLoughlin and Ankit Patel both pushed the score along with run a ball 21 and 23 respectively before falling in the same over with the score on 189. Ricky Gunn, Sam Larner, Mike Carter and Matthew Barrett then all contributed to the our total score before our declaration at the end of the 46th over thus setting North London a target of 208 to win from their allotted 46 overs.
After an excellent tea it was time to test the Southgate bowling, Mike and Ankit were handed the ball first. In total they would bowl 32 overs, giving away just 108 runs. Mike removed the three openers, one of them thanks to some astonishingly quick glove work from Ricky who was well and truly turning back the years behind the stumps. The game took a unexpected turn when Peter collapsed in the baking sun. He was immediately taken off to sit down and then off to the hospital along with Christian and Joe. Luckily, everything was fine but the quick work of everyone on the pitch and Joe’s efforts in particular were hugely commendable. We were now three fielders down but three of the younger lads from North London were press ganged in and sent out to field. The game was firmly heading for a draw, North London were behind the run rate but Southgate weren’t looking particularly threatening with the ball as the game headed into its 76th over. Barrett was able to winkle out another wicket but North London still had six wickets to call upon.
The turning point came when Sal threw the ball to Delmore Walters to send down some Sobers-esque accurate medium pace. After a couple of loosener overs Delmore’s eye was in and with Ankit supporting him from the other end, the dot ball was the most common outcome. With just 10 overs left it was time for some West Indian magic. Delmore bowled Lee to take the first of his wickets, there was blood in the water but the draw was still the favourite with limited time left and five wickets still to go. No problem for Delmore, he bowled the next four batsmen before Heptonstall chipped one up for Sam to catch at mid-off. Mike was now partnering Delmore up the slope but there were just two overs left when Delmore took the ball for his final effort. Five balls later and the last wicket was still standing and again the draw was the still favourite. But with the last ball of his spell, Delmore produced an arrow to trap 10th man, Tripp LBW for a famous and electrifying victory, finishing with impressive figures of 9-2-31-6 !!!
Credit goes to Ankit who bowled 14 overs for just 32 runs but he had some chances put down and was generally unlucky not to take a wicket. Partha carried most of the batting effort and his free scoring was vital in setting a defendable total. Southgate now have just three games left to play and sit just 2 points behind Harrow Town, who lie in second. We will play Harrow Town on the final day in what may prove to be the game of the season. For now however, focus is on the next game against Brentham who were able to frustrate Southgate earlier in the season when Southgate travelled to North West London.
Sam Larner

4ths report FB

Farewell to Lassy – End of season curry at the Dipali this Saturday 5th September

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 – faisal1605mir@hotmail.com )

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.

Faisal Mir

Club and 1st XI Captain

 

Match report Aug 8th – 1’s overcome Indian Gymkhana in final time game.

SOUTHGATE  v INDIAN GYMKHANA

Southgate 192 ao

Smith 57

Indian Gymkhana 148 ao

Sivarajah 5-60

 

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 !

Peter Jouning

AGM – Sunday 15th March

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:

Executive Committee

  • 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

Colts Revolution at SCC

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:

Barclays Bank

Southgate Branch

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.

Captain’s Log from Faisal Mir

The 2013 campaign for the Southgate 1st team was very much an exercise of rebuilding and transition at the club. After our dismissal performance in the Prem the year before where we were blown away in most matches we realised that the team we had was simply not good enough for that league and it was time to go back to the drawing board.

It was a great honour to be elected club captain after being backed by the senior and younger members within the club and the emphasis was going to be on change. The vision is to try to build a squad good enough within 2/3 years to achieve promotion into the top league and consolidate our position in that league. I’ve been part of the squad for the last 3 occasions when we have been relegated from the Prem within the last 10 years, only surviving the 2003 season the rest we’ve been relegated in the same season. The plan is to build a side good enough to ensure our position in the Prem as ultimately it’s where you need to be playing as a cricketer and a good breeding ground to attract more top quality players.

So leading into the season after a good pre season of planning and winter netting the aim was to throw the youngsters in at the deep end and give them the chance to take their opportunities and become match winners. The three in particular whom I’ve played with in the last few years who are the central focus and nucleus to my plans are Phil Dunnett ( appointed vice captain ), Tom Edrich ( who showed us glimpses of his talent the previous year ) and Ashley Sivarajah (who bowled well in the last 2 years). All were to be given the prime slots in the side after discussing their roles with them in the winter with the combination of myself and the other senior players contributing.

However in the very first competitive game of the season in bizarre fashion a freak injury to my achilles struck when batting in a run chase in the National against Colchester and East Essex at home ruling me out potentially for the rest of the season. Bitter pill to swallow and all sorts of thoughts running through my mind in regards to my best laid plans. However much credit must be given to my young vice at the time Phil Dunnett who after discussing and encouraging him stepped up and agreed to skipper the side . Knowing my plans and that I would be there assisting him on and off the pitch albeit with one leg was more than enough for Phil to agree.

And so to the season:

The first half of the season was somewhat mixed with results. After getting a disappointing losing draw in our first game against Shepards Bush where the weather intervened the second game saw us get beaten by the eventual league winners North Midd with a notable 1st league 50 for young Tom Edrich and a very good 48 from our overseas recruit Chris Blake. The third game saw us at home against Harrow Town were we registered our first league win in twenty months after bowling superbly ( woffinden with 4 and our Blake with 3 ) restricting them to 108 and then Edrich seeing it through with a good 46 alongside Phil with 19. A great sight to see the youngsters seeing it through and very much part of the transition period. The squad felt that the monkey was well and truly off our back and it was time to kick on.
Unfortunately the following game against Harrow St Mary’s (who would end up beating us twice in the year) didn’t quite go to script. Getting inserted on a damp one, we were skittled for a relatively low score of 115 which they ended up knocking off with relative ease. The next game at home saw the side bounce back with a good win over high flying Brentham with Woffinden in the wickets again (3) and young Ashley Sivarajah announcing himself with a tidy bowling display which ended up in him getting three also. Another 50 from Edrich which we were all getting use to by now and a great 72* from Blake who really put Brentham to the sword saw us claim a well earned 10 points.
The weather played it’s part in the next game at Uxbridge and we ended up with four points after trying to chase down 187 in 20 overs. The following game would see us at home against Brondesbury, a team who had come down with us from the Prem and a good test to see where we were. With overs being reduced the game was shortened and we were left with 48 overs to chase 196, a brave declaration we thought and very much achievable. However with a quartet of decent seamers Brondesbury really put the skids on us and we were never in the hunt. Not for the first time this season we were bowled out in the penultimate over and didn’t really deserve anything.
Newly promoted Ickenham were next at home and the side once again bounced back with a telling victory bowling the oppo out for
97, the chief destroyer Dave Woffinden with a 6 fer alongsie Ashley who bowled well. Edrich seeing it through with another good 44 not out was pleasing. What was encouraging at this point from the sidelines was that the team after a loss were putting the record straight by winning in the very next game but ultimately consistency proved to be a real problem throughout the season and the second half would portray that.
The final game of the first half the season saw us travel to Harrow where truth be told we should have won the game or at least got four points but ended up getting one by not figuring out the correct run rate. Our triple threat of slow bowlers (Woffs -3, Ash -2 and Haseeb -3 ) all playing their part and restricting Harrow to 207. After getting off to a good start and looking set to win comfortably we failed to get the four point total ending up on 200 when it was 201 needed. Bitterly disappointing but positives were yet another good steady innings of 72 from Edrich.
Lying in midtable the second half of the campaign started away at Shepards Bush on one of the hottest days of the year coupled with our best batting display of the year. The Bush after winning the toss inserted us and how they would regret it. A batting master class from Chris Blake and Tom Edrich ensued resulting in a 217 run opening partnership. Maiden tons in the league for the new Southgate opening pair, great signs moving forward. Declaring after 50 overs on 287 gave us a chance but on such a benign pitch it was always going to be hard work. Woffs with another 4fer and Ash picking up 2 bowled really well but could only manage to get them 8 down but a decent 4 points nevertheless.
The next test was against top of the table North Midd who were demolishing teams week in week out and were looking the real deal after threatening in past seasons. After restricting them to 202 of 55 overs with a fine bowling display from yet again Woffs (3fer) and Ash (4fer) bowling 21 overs straight there was a real sense of belief that 202 in 45 overs was chaseable. Once again our batting would let us down although credit must be given North Midd who produced the best bowling display of the year against us, skittling us for 105.
As consistency would prove we bounced back the very next game dishing it out to Harrow Town bowling them out for 139 . This could have been much lower if it wasn’t for their number 10 who managed to get 40 . Ashley (3 fer) and Woffinden (5 fer again ) bowling 20 overs each in tandem with two good run outs. The chase would be a fairly easy one and would leave us everything to play for going into the backend of the campaign especially with the news that the skipper who had responded well to his treatment and after some fairly intense rehab would be back for the last 6 games.
A special mention and thank you must be given to my vice Phil Dunnett who did a fantastic job in my absence under some real testing times with no more than 4 ex captains in the side. To captain, keep wicket and bat in the top order was probably too much a burden on such young shoulders but Phil really took it in his stride and did a thoroughly good job. He more or less carried out the blueprint of what was discussed between himself and me on a friday night and in the off season to ensure that the team was on the right track.
The first game back for myself was against Harrow St Marys who after getting promoted last year were proving that they belonged in this division with a win against Brondesbury a few weeks earlier. Winning the toss we decided to bowl and for 40 overs looked on top of things 135-6. Good signs with some tight bowling and backed up by good fielding. However the last 12 overs were somewhat ill disciplined and ended up in us handing them 110 runs resulting in them reaching 242 in 53 overs.  A tough target to chase but the team were in the mood to have a good stab at it. Chris Blake (64) got us off to a flyer but with wickets falling we were always up against it. As was the case throughout the season the middle order did not fire and we were left with a bitter taste in our mouth as we ended up handing the 10 points to them after collapsing and getting bowled out with 9 balls to spare.
The next game saw us at Brentham and was very similar to the loss the week earlier however we managed to grab a point after bowling really well for 49 overs restricting them to 186-8 but couldn’t quite finish them off and they meandered to 217 of the maximum 55 overs. Very frustrating as all the bowlers bowled well but we couldn’t land that telling blow but a target we thought was very chaseable , however early wickets meant once again we were up against it . A dismal performance with the bat resulted in us reaching 132 -8 of 45 overs with the only shining light being Tom Edrich who belied his years and batted through the entire innings with a gutsy 72*. A very pleasing innings from Tom and one which showed real character and maturity.
With other results not going our way and with only four games to go in a very tight compressed league we were hovering towards the bottom end of the table. A home game against Uxbridge which in hindsight would be our worst performance of the year saw us capitulate to new levels. Again after bowling with great discipline and fielding excellently we restricted Uxbridge to 174 with the duo of Ashley ( 5 fer) and Woffinden (2 fer) the chief tormentors ably backed up by Blake and Johnson. The chase started in great fashion with Chris Blake(88) blitzing it to all parts and it would look like an early finish the way he was playing. Then disaster struck with two unnecessary run outs which completely shifted the momentum of the game. The score read 137-4 after those two run outs and what followed after that was a complete aberration. Having needing only 40 runs of 20 overs we somehow managed to collapse (not for the first time ) to 153 all out meaning the last 6 wickets falling for 16 runs.
A few choice words were spoken in the dressing room by a bitterely disappointing skipper but we had to move on and learn from it to try to get something in the last three games.

All fixtures the following week were a complete wash out and so the remaining two games we needed to get maximum points to salvage some pride and get up that table , back to back wins not achieved all year.

The penultimate game was against second to bottom Ickenham, the toss was lost and we were inserted on a very good looking track. Chris Blake (88) made full use of this alongside Tom Edrich and both put on a fantastic hundred partnership with Chris despatching the ball to all parts of the ground with his powerful strokeplay and Edrich being a great foil at the other end. Both have formed a great understanding of each others game and I hope this new opening pair can continue in the same vain and improve for next season.  Typically a mid order mini collapse after drinks ensued but some good late resistance from the lower order got us to 270 of 55 overs. Some powerful top order hitting saw Ickenham get off to a flyer in the first 10 overs with the score on 80 but the introduction of the ever reliable twin pairing of Dave Woffinden and now Ashley Sivarajah slowed things up dramatically. Woffinden (4 fer) bowled with great control in his last league match and tied the batters up in all sorts of knots. Ashley (3 fer) at the other end did what he had done so well this year and closed his end up as well as asking probing questions. Both as they have been doing all season bowled great in tandem and have also formed a formidable partnership. To be honest they haven’t given the other slow bowlers a look in which is a good thing even though Haseeb Bajwa came on at the end and picked up the last three wickets. A much needed 10 points and a great sign that the team was finally clicking late on in the season.
The final league game saw us against third place Harrow and after the debacle at their place a little pay back was in order. Our performance in our last fixture at home was of pure dominance. With the toss negotiated we decided to bowl and the opening pair of Blake and Mir set the tone troubling the batters from the off. This continued throughout the whole innings with Ashley/Berman and Johnson as well as Haseeb bowling well. Its fair to say it was one of the most polished bowling displays on the field we have churned out in the 2013 season and something to look forward to going into next season.
Blake and Edrich broke the spine of the chase with a 90 run partnership with Chris ( another 81 ! ) in imperious form dominating from ball one and the game was won with 15 overs to spare. Chris has been a great acquistion for the club this year and I hope he can convert those 80’s into big hundreds next year. His bowling has come on leaps and bounds and he’ll be working hard in the off season to really hit his straps next year.
So we finish off in mid table at the end of the season with a points tally of 72 , only four points behind third.
North Middlesex 18 11 0 0 1 2 4 113
Brondesbury 18 9 0 4 1 2 2 109
Shepherds Bush 18 6 0 3 3 1 5 76
Harrow St Mary’s 18 6 0 2 4 2 4 74
Harrow 18 5 0 5 2 2 4 74
Southgate 18 6 0 2 3 1 6 72
Uxbridge 18 6 0 2 2 1 7 71
Brentham 18 4 0 3 5 1 5 58
Ickenham 18 2 0 3 3 1 9 36
Harrow Town 18 2 0 2 2 1 11 30
Looking back at the season as a whole I would say that consistency was our downfall, if we could have just finished teams off or kept our discilplines we would have certainly ended up as third best or maybe even challenged for promotion. Yes the team was experimented with and changes were made with the old guard making way for the youngsters but that was always the plan.
The transition period and the plan to rebuild has certainly come to fruition this year with most of the boxes ticked. It was always going to be difficult to rebuild a 1st team that can carry Southgate forward as I can’t recall it being done in my time at Southgate but the youngsters have really grasped their opportunities and proved they are genuine 1st team players now.
The key contributers this year with the bat have been the new dynamic opening duo of Chris Blake and Tom Edrich.
Both have had an outstanding year scoring 1350 league runs between them with Chris in his first season just missing out on being the leagues top run scorer by 12 runs. He scored 742 runs with an average of 49.47 with five fifties and a hundred.  Tom has had a fantastic first season opening the batting scored 609 runs with an average of 43.50 with four fifties and a superb maiden league hundred.
On the bowling front  Dave Woffinden and Ashley Sivarajah were the standouts.
It was a real break through year for Ash as I had given him the backing he was going to be the 1st choice spinner in the side and he duly obliged with 36 wickets bowling an incredible 222 overs.  Dave Woffinden has been a captain’s dream picking up 38 wickets with his subtle variations and vast experience as well as his brilliant control.
In summary the foundations for a new team have been built and next year will be a very important year for the club. We must strive to be the best in that league as I believe with one or two additions we should be in the mix for promotion, however between now and then a lot of hard work has to be done.
We are by no means the finished article and the thing which probably let us down the most this season has been our batting. Apart from the opening pair of Blake and Edrich who amassed 1350 runs between them not one batsmen passed 200 runs. The bowling has been very good with Woffinden and Ashley picking up 75 wickets between them. These bowling and batting numbers usually puts a side right up there in the promotion mix at the end of the season providing other guys in the team have contributed but the truth is no-one has really come to the party so its very much something to think about next year for all concerned.
I’d just like to thank all that have been involved with the side this year, I have a very good feeling about our chances next year providing we work hard and improve on our efforts this year.

Faisal Mir