The boys rolled up at Uxbridge and as we tailed off our warm up we noticed that there was some sort of external event going on, what transpired was about 400 Man City fans using Uxbridge CC as their pre FA Cup piss up location. Quite an experience and atmosphere unfolded..
On a humid and notably jumper free day at the Walker ground the 2’s took on Eastcote hoping to get their first win after just falling short of the line the week before.
Coming off of back to back 2’s pre-season wins, the Southgate boys were out and about early at the Post Office Sports Ground to kick off the 2019 season. Due to a passing shower during the pre-game warm up the first ball was bowled shortly after 12:30.
After a long winter, the 3s were eager to start the 2019 season on a positive note. With threatening clouds overhead, the game got underway at the back at midday. We lost the toss (or as captain Dan PK pointed out, they won it) and the opposition elected to bowl first on the damp wicket.
On a cold and windy Sunday lunchtime, the team gradually arrived ready for the next round of the Conroy Cup away at Cockfosters. We had put out a strong side for the occasion, blessed with a deep batting lineup and a good mix of bowling.
Southgate took to the field at Hertford for our 1st round National KO Cup game with our strongest team of the season so far and keen to start picking up some wins before the League season gets underway. Earlier, Hertford had failed to provide a scorer (against the rules of the competition) and offered to concede the game and play a friendly, rather than play with 10. Luckily our skipper has mellowed with age, and wanted to play a fair competitive game - Hertford won the toss and we were in the field.
The boys showed up on a fresh Saturday morning to welcome visitors Enfield to the Walker. As Edrich stepped onto the field, he knew that the toss would dictate the morale of the side for the entire day, regardless of the result. Fortunately, fate looked kindly upon SCC and the boys would bat first in arctic conditions.
Defeat in their final game and with Barnes achieving a rare victory on the same day, Southgate, sadly, ended up bottom of the league and were finally relegated to the third division of the Middlesex County League.
Top of the league Enfield were far too strong for a weakened Southgate side without two of their best players.