Wycombe House 185 all out (50 overs)
Dave Woffinden 4-50, Ed Harvey 3-55
Southgate 66 all out (26 overs)
Shoaib Zulfiqar 36
It was déjà vu all over again as, for the second week running, Southgate succumbed to the wiles of two left arm spinners.
Earlier, Southgate had performed reasonably in the field and never lost focus in the sweltering conditions.
Wickets fell regularly to the usual variations of slow bowling, the off spin of Ravi Desai and the medium pace of Dave Woffinden and at 71-4 after 23 overs Southgate were in control.
On came Ed Harvey to bowl his first ball in 1stXI cricket and what a debut ball it was. Not unlike the recently famous ‘Adil Rashid’ ball, it pitched, turned and lifted and Phil Dunnett took a fine catch of a ‘ripper’ of a leg break.
So, at 95-5 after 33 overs Southgate had hopes for a quick completion of the Wycombe House innings but it was not to be and the sixth wicket pair added 71 in good time, facing the various skills of Ed Harvey, Ravi and Woffers with equal confidence.
During this period the Southgate fielding did not falter with Daragh Edwards outstanding in the deep and at 166 the sixth wicket pair and those batsmen that followed decided to commit hari kari and test the catching abilities of the visiting out-fielders. These proved infallible and all catches offered were held as the home side collapsed to 185 all out. Woffers finished with 4-50 and Harvey with 3-56.
The wicket was described as not great, but during the first part of the match it seemed to have a certain amount of bounce.
That seemed to disappear at tea-time as batsman after Southgate batsmen fell to balls which scurried rather than bounced.
Only Shoaib Zulfiqar, with a typically aggressive 36, batted with any confidence. Tom Edrich was bowled by a short ball, attempting a pull, deceived by the non-existent bounce, one or two batsmen played back when they might have played forward and a couple who did play forward were lbw, with the umpires confident that the ball would not have gone over the stumps!
Captain Dunnett, having earlier added three more victims to his season’s tally,
was unlucky, playing on, yes you’ve guessed it, to a ball which kept low.
So, a heavy defeat, with ten players scoring a total of 26 runs between them.
Maybe, the side batting first had the better of the wicket.
Whichever way you look at it, a disappointing result.