Just some housekeeping rules to start with.
Firstly, please support Sunday cricket. We are having problems with getting regular captains at the club and the main complaint was the problem of getting full sides out. Please make sure you inform your captain of your availability on a weekly basis. If you want to get involved with the organising of Sunday cricket, then please contact me as soon as possible. At the moment, it mostly gets left to Bart to organise teams even though he is not a captain, he does this to provide you with cricket, so it would be nice if someone could step into the breach.
Secondly, we spoke at length during the AGM about the bar and the fact that it was not showing a profit. To this end, we have put in controls to prevent the bar from being open whilst unmanned by members appointed by the bar committee or the bar committee themselves. This is not an issue of trust of specific individuals, but a way of exerting some degree of control. Please do not pressure people into keeping the bar open when they are locking up.
Thirdly, before you phone Mark Bartolo to ask a simple question, please make every effort to find out elsewhere. It’s very easy to phone Bart as he’s acted as point of contact for many years, but he receives numerous phone calls from members and is no longer able to commit the same vast amount of time to the club. Please try and contact your captain in the first instance, or the relevant person on the committee.
Last weekends results:
Midweek Nomads put 305-5 on the board in the midweek fixture. In return, SMCC made 178-7 in their 40 overs with Dave Gladstone making an unbeaten 74.
The Saturday 1’s produced their best performance for weeks to come close to winning against an all conquering Valley End. Having set off on Friday night, the team arrived a good hour before most of the home side, thanks Ilbers… SMCC won the toss, Ellis (62) and Stephens (37) went on the attack, reaching 95 in 17 overs before suffering our now familiar middle order collapse to reach to 160-6 by 35 overs. Fernando (56*) and Davenport (23) rebuilt and SMCC closed on 229-7 from 55 overs. SMCC started with spin and Valley End struggled to adapt, falling behind the required rate. However, with a strong batting line up, they started to up the rate and had reached 100-1 by the halfway point. The new ball was taken and McGill produced a fine spell of medium pace bowling… He beat the opener for pace, before producing the kind of delivery that gives batsmen nightmares, their no. 4 did well to get an edge on the ball just infront of his nose and the chance was taken at slip. Wickets fell at fairly regular intervals and Valley End were going for the win right until the last over, which they batted out 9 down. McGill the pick with 4-37, Corns with 3-20 and a special mention must go to Craig Wintersgill who took a stunning catch, a full length one handed effort on the boundary, incredible. (D Ellis)
1st X1 League position – 10th / 10
A top of the table clash for the 2’s as they took on Valley End. Craig Brinsden took over the reins as Mark Eldridge was unavailable. He promptly loss the toss and SMCC were invited to bat first. Knott (35) and Slaughter (27) started solidly before Shahza (66) and Hassan (32) looked to up the rate in the middle overs. Brinsden came in to finish the innings off with a 43 ball 59* as SMCC set Valley End 256 to win in 45 overs. Cruttwell took an early wicket but the pitch was true and their no. 3 smashed a ton, well supported by his opener and no.4 bat. Brinsden took a couple of late wickets but Valley End chased the target down in 39.2 overs.
2nd X1 League position – 2nd / 10
The 3s overpowered a struggling Walton team at home – Greggo and Tommy took an early wicket apiece to reduce them to 2-2 and although the next two batters rallied with a partnership of 50, tight bowling fom debutant Steph Ball (3-25) and Luke (2-19 – taking Tommy’s wickets with the old ball but also inheriting his dropped catches!) saw them crash from 83-3 to 108 all out. Josh Ball chipped in with his maiden wicket for the 3’s (ct S Ball b J Ball) and The Hitman polished off the tail with a brace of wickets in his final match before fatherhood – we expect him to follow Wayne’s example and be back on the field very soon! We made a bit of a meal of chasing down the total – not helped by a duck from the Secretary – until some fireworks from S Ball (24 incl 3 sixes and a four) and Long John Kiddy Silver (5 fours and a six in his 29), plus a typically gritty 36 from Barty saw us home.(J Sbresni)
3rd X1 League position – 4th / 18
A weakened 4th X1 suffered a heavy defeat to Alleyn & Honor Oak. The only player to make any impact on the scorecard was Dave Gladstone who scored 49 out of a total of 78, no one else made double figures. Dave was again in the action as he took 2 for 10 off 9 over, but the small total was easily overhauled in 21 overs.
4th X1 League Position – 2nd /10
50’s for Christie Murphy and Roddie Bell for S&M and Henessey for Bromley Common were all the more impressive on a trsting pitch. 6 wickets for Bromley Colt Norris was also mightily impressive. A good, tight game on a very hot day saw a winning draw for S&M against good opposition. A disciplined performance in the field saw catches held and a few dropped. Eliot Charles and Roddie Bell were the pick of the bowlers with 3 apiece. (L Johnston)
5th X1 League position – 6th / 9
The Development XI were at home to Merstham. Armani Sharif won the toss and chose to bowl first. Danny Davenport bowled well in his first spell and kept one end tight. Armani came on first change and took 3-28 off 8 overs. Kirk De Ruyter chipped in with 4-37 off his 8. Both bowlers were supported well by economical bowling at the other end and a good effort in the field for the most part on a very warm day. We managed to restrict the opposition to 174. More than gettable on the top track Roger had once again provided.
After tea, Kirk got us off to a blistering start hitting a quick fire 26 before falling to a very good catch at extra cover. Adam Eldridge was batting well before being hit on the toe. Initially, he tried to carry on with a runner but had to retire hurt in the end. A good partnership from Kasheef Hassan and debutant Ollie Beauchamp took us nearer to the total. We were cruising until Kasheef fell to an exceptional catch at mid off. Ollie lost his wicket soon after. Danny was given out LBW when the ball pitched outside leg and probably wasn’t even going to hit the stumps! Our lower order then collapsed until Adam went back in. He got us to within 19 of the total before he was out. Luke Harris and Armani managed to somehow get to just 6 short of the total before the captain himself was bowled with 10 balls to spare (sorry boys).
A disappointing loss considering the effort put in the field and how close we came. Consistent leg side wides would have won us the game but in reality we should be chasing down 174.(A Sharif)
A poor performance by the Under 15’s with the bat handed this game to 8 man Burgess Park. Only Beauchamp(23) and Davorn (14) reached double figures in a paltry 75.
Bowling fireworks from Saifullah Sarwan briefly gave S&M hope as he took 2 in 2 balls but sound batting from Rowe (28) and C. Jerrom (18) saw Burgess home for the loss of 5 wickets and with 5 overs to spare. Davorn (1 for 13 off 5), Irmiger (1 for 18 off 5) and Faizi (1 for 10 off 3.4) all bowled well and were unlucky.
Four dropped catches and poor ground fielding did not help. Nor did my turning down of an appeal for caught behind at a crucial moment. The keeper and the slips assure me that it was an edge. I heard nothing and saw nothing so gave nothing. Sorry boys. (L Johnston)
No report or result received for the under 13’s
No report or result received for the under 11’s
This weekends games:
1st X1 home to Churt
2nd X1 away to SinjunGrammarians (Blob’s favourite side)
3rd X1 home to Oxted & Limpsfield
4th X1 away to Oxted & Limpsfield
5th X1 away to Blackheath
1st X1 home to Putney
2nd X1 TBC (dependant on availability)
Development X1 away to Old Rutlishians
Under 15’s away to Dulwich
Under 13’s home to Trinity Mid-Whitgfitian
Under 11’s away to Spencer
Best of luck to all the sides.