Saturday Night Curry
Savitri (Rory Thomas’ Mum) will be preparing a fantastic curry for saturday night after the game. So she has some idea of numbers, please e-mail her direct on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
The under 11’s played their final game this week and joined the under 13’s and 15’s by winning the final game of the season. A great many thanks to the coaches, parents and various other helpers who helped make this season a success.
We are trying to get 3 Sunday sides out this week and are in need of players, if you are available to play, please contact Bart on 07830 655 335.
As many of you will have noticed, the drainage trenches on the top outfield have dropped significantly since the start of the month. It’s now got to the point that it has become dangerous to play on and we are currently in the process of ordering more soil to fill the trenches. As with last year, we will need a number of volunteers to assist with this work. It’ll will probably take place early next week, so please help if you can.
Last weekends results: Saturday
Bank of England provided some liquidity to the 1st X1 this week and flooded Dulwich with runs. Batting first, Bank racked up 300 in good time with the opening partnership worth 199 runs alone. The only bowler to come away with his reputation in tact was Danny Davenport, who recorded 2-31 in his 7 overs. Having come on to bowl at 185-0, this was a fine effort. Ellis and Stephens made a mockery of the total, scoring 165 in 132 balls before Ellis lost his wicket for 93. Thomas joined Stephens and the pair put on another 80 runs, Thomas contributing 51 before losing his stumps. Stephens had slowed from the frenetic start (his 50 came up in 42 balls), but was rotating the strike nicely. His maiden 1st X1 league ton came up in the 42nd over to bring SMCC to the brink. A really fantastic knock from the youngest batsman to score 100 for SMCC’s 1st X1. Requiring just 36 to win, Stephens was bowled and then things went a little bit strange… The Bank bowlers applied pressure and SMCC lost their heads, falling from 265-2 to 272-9, with a series of questionable strokes. Ilbers and JC batted out for the draw, but both sides were left disappointed not to claim full points. (D Ellis)
1st X1 League position –10th / 10
Double delight for the Boro boys!Another correct call by Blob meant that Dorking were inserted on their own patch. An early dropped catch by Craig “I’ve got my eye on it” Wintersgill-actually a real classic, the champagne moment of the match and a great way to introduce yourself on your debut. That seemed to fire up the usually very laid back Paul Corns who had the Dorking no 5 backing away (but then so did Crutts…!). Wickets fell regularly and the home team were bowled out for 126.
After a lovely tea the top order seemed to think that 127 was going to be easy and some very ordinary bowling was made to look test class!63-5 and Rossco, Corns and Crutts were paper scissors stone for the no11 berth. But a fantastic 6th wicket partnership between Knott and Hassan of 64 saw us home – hopefully pivotal innings for both the youngsters who have waited for their chance and the 13 points came back with us. 7 games to go hopefully all close and exciting like most of our wins seem to be. (M Eldridge)
2nd X1 League position – 3rd / 10
Oops. The 3s choked against league leaders Old Emanuel, losing the mental battle against a team no better than us in terms of technique but superior in their teamwork and desire to win. Incredibly, we had them 3-2 with Tom Breed and Leo Syed bowling a tight opening spell, but then the wheels came off as we bowled short, misfielded, dropped two sitters (both batsmen went on to get 50) and generally allowed them to impose themselves on us. Still, from 156-4, we bowled them out for 186 – a good recovery in the circumstances and achievable in 52 overs. But our batting buckled woefully: the Chairman caught second ball of the innings, the Secretary suicidally running himself out, and thereafter it was one soft dismissal after another to a couple of their medium pacers. With one exception: Barty yet again showed his mental toughness in scoring 41 – an example to his team mates – to follow up his 3 wickets.(J Sbresni)
3rd X1 League position – 5th / 18
Sutton pulled off an upset against the top of the table 4th X1 this week. Sutton made 176 for 6 off 47 overs with Armani Sharif the pick of the bowling. Henderson (26) and Thompson (66) put on a good partnership for the 2nd wicket, but wickets fell at regular intervals after and SMCC went down swinging, sacrificing the draw and going for the win, falling 30 runs short.
4th X1 League Position –2nd /10
Saturday’s friendly match against St James Mar Thomas CC was without doubt the teams poorest fielding performance of the season as a series of dropped catches early on allowed the opposition to post a huge score over 300 in only 40 Overs. Most notable bowling contributions came from Brett Lynch & Elliot Charles in what was otherwise a poor bowling performance.
In response to the huge total, opener Christie Murphy made a defiant 42 in chasing what was soon to be a lost cause. Further down the order Sufiyaan & notably Brett Lynch batted superbly and capped off what was a promising all round performance in a game where the only consolation in defeat was the fact that the match was only a friendly as the opposition chose not to participate in the league at the beginning of the season. The opposition will, however, need to learn a few basic umpiring rules, since their knowledge of LBWs and no balls and wides was pretty poor and quite unsporting considering they were all christians! (C Murphy)
5th X1 League position – 7th / 9
The Development XI were at home to local rivals Dulwich. Armani Sharif lost the toss and Dulwich chose to bat first. We bowled and fielded well for the best part of the Duwlich innings taking wickets at regular intervals thanks to Kasheef Hassan (5-31) and a brilliant debut spell from Hamish Neve-Dunn (2-38). We managed to get Dulwich down to 125-9 but a good last stand enabled them to post a below-par 165.
Our innings got off to a slow start and we lost wickets at regular intervals. Chasing a total of 165 requires one batsman to get a score and see the game home but unfortunately a few top order batsmen managed to get starts but get themselves out, which has been the case all season. We were bowled out for 140. Purley away next week, the win is coming… (A Sharif)
On Sunday the Under11’s travelled to Old Coulsdon to play Purley. JT won the toss and elected to bowl. Good idea as we had 9 bowlers-all of whom bowled really well. The bowling has been a feature this season in this group of promising youngsters. After their 24 overs, Purley were 99-8 with some good catches and a vast improvement in the field showing how far the boys have come in a short season. The target was acheived for the loss of 3 wickets (for the 2nd week running) – the key knock coming from George Chubb (37 not out). He was well supported by Renee, Nick and Siddy.
A great finish to the season by the boys who ended up with 2 wins. Thanks to all the parents for bringing the boys out early on Sunday mornings hope you all had as much fun as they seemed to.(M Eldridge)
This weekends games:
1st X1 away to Horsley & Send
2nd X1 home to Southern Railway & Kenley
3rd X1 home to Addiscombe
4th X1 away to Addiscombe
5th X1 away to Orpington¦lt;br /> Sunday¦lt;br /> 1st X1 away to Gravesend
2nd X1 home to Lettsom
Development X1 away to Purley
¦lt;br /> Best of luck to all the sides.