Gallery: Southgate shines in Trophy triumph
PUBLISHED: 19:39 28 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009
Don Anderson Trophy WGC 290-5 Winchmore Hill 179-10 JAMIE Southgate and James Hewitt put Winchmore Hill to the sword as WGC retained the annual Don Anderson Trophy on Saturday. WGC s 1st XI claimed a confident victory over Winchmore Hill by 111 runs at
Don Anderson Trophy
WGC 290-5 Winchmore Hill 179-10
JAMIE Southgate and James Hewitt put Winchmore Hill to the sword as WGC retained the annual Don Anderson Trophy on Saturday.
WGC's 1st XI claimed a confident victory over Winchmore Hill by 111 runs at Digswell Park to show they mean business this season after last year's promotion to the top level of club cricket.
Martin James' men will enter the new Home Counties Premier League campaign full of confidence after defeating their ECB Middlesex County League Premier rivals in a convincing manner, with Hewitt and Southgate in particularly inspirational form.
Former Kent and Middlesex player Hewitt hit 74 with the bat, while Herts teenager Southgate finished unbeaten on 73 as WGC piled on an impressive 290-5 from their 45 overs.
Southgate then took three wickets with his off-spin bowling as the visitors were dismissed for 179.
There was also a promising cameo from new overseas recruit Derek Tate, the Aussie claiming a maiden half-century for WGC.
Batting first in the 45-over challenge match, WGC openers Hewitt and Dan Blacktopp were on top form from the start with only Jim Gatting, the son of former England captain Mike, exercising any sort of control for Winchmore on a fast paced pitch.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Blacktopp made 23 before he was stumped, with the openers making 46 from the first nine overs.
Blacktopp's departure brought Queenslander Tate to the wicket for his first innings for the club and he soon showed what a powerful acquisition he will be.
Tate and Hewitt added just under 100 for the second wicket at a rate of a run-a-ball before the opener was bowled for 74 in the 27th over.
With only two wickets down and 145 runs on the board, and a somewhat dispirited fielding opposition, WGC seemed set for a big score and the batsmen duly obliged.
Tate passed his 50 in his first innings with some powerful shots and Herts U17 and Middlesex Academy prospect Southgate hit his first half-century for the 1st XI with some fine strokes, racing to 73 not out from only 62 balls.
Gavin Baker also made 24 and Aaron Laraman 16 not out as 50 runs came from the last five overs.
Winchmore were always up against it in reply, and even more so when excellent bowling from Baker and Tate removed openers Andy Varley and Neil Hurst inside the opening eight overs.
After that the visitors resigned themselves to defeat as chasing 291 for the win was never likely.
Baker and Herts player Laraman (2-14) grabbed themselves a couple of wickets as Winchmore were all out for 179, but star man was Southgate.
The teenage talent rounded off an excellent all-round performance by taking 3-28 from five overs of off-spin to be named WGC's man of the match.
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