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Last weekends results: Saturday
The 1’s made the journey to Heathrow and spent 5 hours arguing that the Ashford pitch was not in any fit state to play due to weather conditions. Ashford’s captain disagreed and kept us there until 3.30pm when the umpires finally saw sense and agreed to call it a day. Within 5 minutes of leaving the heavens really opened up to leave localised flooding in the area. Should’ve listened to us earlier… (D Ellis)
1st X1 League position –10th / 10
The 2nd X1 entertained Brook at home on Saturday. The opposition struggled to make the start of the game and their captains decision to bat because of lack of personnel was madness!On the greenest, wettest home pitch of the season S&M bowled well and skittled Brook for 83. The wickets were shared around with Corns 2-22, Kash 3-11 and Blob 3-12 -not a Cruttwell wicket to be seen, he had to make do with 10 overs for 15 runs!
With various reports of bad weather on its way, time was limited to reach the 84 needed to stengthen the promotion push. Bushy and Knott went cheaply so Adam upped the run rate with a quickfire 30, whilst 25* from Tom Tysonsaw us over the line and with 10 points in the bag by 4.30pm.
At 5pm it hosed it down and woking and sinjuns had to make do with 1 point-(everybody say ahh…!). Chipstead at home this Saturday and hopefully Mike Boothroyde will be playing to see his old club move up a division! (M Eldridge)
2nd X1 League position – 2nd / 10
No report received – game called off at halfway stage.
3rd X1 League position – 4th / 18
The 4th X1 were frustrated against fellow table toppers Chessington by rain. An already sodden pitch saw only 9.1 overs of action, dominated by S&M bowling machines; Josh ‘Jedward 2’ Ball with 1 for 22 and Tommy ‘The Tram’ Ramsey with 3 for 12, (including bringing the Choo Choo to the Chi Chi,) leaving the opposition reeling at 36 for 4 when the expected downpour ended any possibility of further play. And as a point of enormous annoyance, gonna have to work this weekend so sorry hendo, not available but will DEFINATELY be so for the last 2 games of the season. (D Gladstone)
4th X1 League Position –joint 1st / 10
For a long time it seemed as if the 5’s triumph over Dulwichlast week was a strange and far off dream. A dogged and intelligent 33 from Kevin Morgan was the highlight of a poor batting display by S&M backed ably by an aggressive 13 from Stuart Brotherton. Only Wayne Fitzharris (10) and Sriyal Mendis (12) of the rest of us reached double figures. Two tragi-comic run outs added to our woes after insertion by Gravesham on a wet Belair track. Poor Cyrille Viossat was run out for the second week in a row. opted for self-immolation after that upset and ran himself out to general disbelief/hilarity. Christy Murphy went for wander up the pitch after leaving a ball to go through to the keeper who duly stumped him by underarming the ball in to the stumps. Stan Barrett-Johnston either a) Got a good legcutter to be bowled round his legs or b) played round a straight one.
Batting was not easy but we did not bat with enough application. Team spirit remains good in this outfit though and we have some good bowlers and fielders. Debutant keeper Andy Taylor taking two good catches off Stuart Brotherton and Mike Nicholas. If a third appeal for a catch behind had been granted … Then the rain came. Cue intense negotiations between the captains and umpires. The final decision after allowing time for drainage and drying was that the footholds were too dangerous for play to continue. This was galling for Gravesham as they needed only 13 points to win the league outright. Gravesham were unfailingly sporting and good fun all day and we hope they go on to win the league next week. Having said that we were causing them trouble and I had yet to turn to Mendis on a wet wicket.
It was encouraging that Mike Nicholas and others are bringing an increasingly literary slant to this team. We await Mike’s Haiku and composed from the sidelines yesterday with bated breath. In the meantime yesterday is perhaps best summed up by Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
‘Water, water everywhere but never a drop to drink…’
5th X1 League position – 6th / 9
The Sunday 1st X1 match was cancelled due to the weather.
The Sunday “2’s” enjoyed a dominating victory at home against the Nomads. An unbeaten partnership of 227 between Mark Bartolo (70) and Wes Fernando (147*) allowed S&M to post 263-2 in their 40 overs. Nomads lost wickets at regular stages with Chris Reardon picking up 4-15 from his 8 overs.
This weekends games:
1st X1 away to Old Wimbledonians
2nd X1 home to Chipstead, Coulsden & Walcountians
3rd X1 home to Pyrford
4th X1 away to Epsom
5th X1 home to Bexley
1st X1 away to The Mote
2nd X1 home to Dulwich Wanderers
Best of luck to all the sides.