Welcome to the first SMS (Streatham & Marlborough Sweep) of the season. For new members, this is a chance to keep up to date with the news, events and results of the club from the preceeding week.
The 31st May deadline for paying membership is fast approaching. I stress again that if you are under any financial pressure, we are able to assist, but only if you are pro-active and contact the membership secretaries – Mark Bartolo (Bart1870@talktalk.net) & Roddie Bell (email@example.com). All matters will be dealt with discretely. If you do not contact them to pay in full or set up a payment plan by 31 May – you will be liable to pay the full amount and may miss out on selection.
Chris Sowton’s team has stormed to the top of the table in the first week, with Andy Murphy (68 runs and a wicket) proving the MVP for week 1. If you want to enter a team – please go to http://smcc.easyfantasycricket.com/
I have a couple of club hoodies for sale. XL and XXL – sold on a first come first served basis for £30 each. Please e-mail me if interested. For the rest of the club kit, it’s all been outsourced to Intersport in Herne Hill. Please contact Peter Swann directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last weekends results:
A good tight win against a Cranleigh side who should be fighting for honours at the end of the season. SMCC bowled well considering the innings was anchored by former Kent player, Rob Ferley (88). Cranleigh achieved 208-6 from their alloted 50 overs. SMCC lost wickets at regular intervals but got above the run rate early on. Andy Murphy top scored and anchored the innings with 68 and Sayif hit the winning runs with a couple of balls to spare. (D Ellis)
1st X1 League position – 5th / 10
The first League game of the season saw an exciting 1 wicket victory away to Ashford. With a strong bowling attack the skipper decided to bowl first and it looked like it was the wrong decision after Ashford had raced to 0 – 130 after 26 overs. The boys turned it around after drinks to bowl them out for 217. The highlight of the innings was Cornsy catch, it puts beyond all doubt that he is the finest exponent of the crocodile catch at SMCC. The successful run chase was based on a team effort with no outstanding contributions with several 20’s and 30’s that the top order is going to have to convert into big scores for a successful season. The highlight of the innings was Cornsy’s and Luke last wicket partnership in the dark to see us home. (Craig Brinsden)
2nd X1 League position – 5th / 10
This was a disappointing first result for the 3s following some decent pre-season performances. Stuck in on a turnip field, Pyfrod reached 129 – a total which would have given them heart but which certainly should not have been a match-winning total. A second-ball wicket for Josh (caught by his brother at leg-slip) set the Balls rolling, but when Steff came on to bowl he experienced difficulties with the swirling wind, as indeed Foster had at the same end. Thompson, with his Chris Harris like collection of nagging medium-paced wobblers, found control and took three wickets. Bowling in tandem with Sowton, the new skipper who clearly had his fantasy league points at the forefront of his mind, bowled 12 dry overs for 18 runs, picking up four wickets in the process. At bat, it was again indiscipline which cost us. After the five-duck display last week against Spencer, we went only one better this week, with four blobs being registered. Slaughter’s diligent top score of 33 showed the way, but the middle order were largely unable to drive the game to its conclusion. Some gutsy defence and counter-punching from Beggs was not enough, and the game was narrowly lost. Some positives, but we did not play to the level which we are capable of. More application, better focus and 13 points next week please. (C Sowton)
3rd X1 League position – 9th equal / 18
The 4’s were blessed with the outstanding efforts of the bowlers in dismissing an under-strength opposition for 18. Pace, accuracy and hostility allowed ‘Fireman’ Sam Evans to cheer the Valleys with his opening wicket of the season. Sagha Metha took 1 for no runs from his 3 deliveries, ably backed by a solid fielding performance. The total was overhauled with panache for 1 loss, the Chairman kindly donating his wicket as it was, after all, a friendly. In other news, Thomas ‘Trundler’ Ramsey will be disturbed by his economy rate, his 7 overs gifting the opposition 15 runs, 5/6ths of their runs, whilst taking a paltry 7 scalps. Improvement is to be expected. (D Gladstone)
4th X1 League Position – N/A
30 April 2011 A 5 wicket defeat but no disgrace for the 5’s in their first clash of the season. A blustery but sunny day at Old Elth’s. The pitch was a little on the slow side as we found out when asked to bat after conceding the toss. Newton Moss got us off to a bright start cutting and pulling anything with a little width. Newton perished to a ball that jumped a little bit as he aimed another fearsome blow through backward point – caught behind for 19. Stan Barrett-Johnston batted an hour and twenty minutes at the other end for 23 with a couple of memorable shots including a straight drive and a late cut for 4 until he perished, strangled down the leg side. Andrew Jones looked classy in his brief innings. Kevin Morgan did his best to hold the middle together (15). Showr Alquamud showed he can bat properly in a classy 21 before he got bored and got bowled heaving. Elliot Charles then played a fine lower order innings to help see out our overs and get some runs on the board. There were some fierce blows in his not out 21 including a fabulous shot through cover on the up. 146 the total and Addiscombe got off to a flier against our youthful pace attack of Mohamed Safi and Showr Alquamud. Both lads show great promise but it was Safi who showed greater control with figures of 184.108.40.206 – very unlucky to have a couple of catches dropped as well. Showr was a little expensive but did bowl the opener. Rory Thomas (7-0-20-0) and Andrew Jones (4-1-13-1) turned in proper league bowling performances and were unfortunate to have some confident LBW appeals turned down. Chris Reardon bowled his usual long spell with guile and experience and richly deserved his haul of 11-0-43-3, particularly with only three digits available to the wizard after earlier fielding mishaps. We made them fight for every run and it took them 37 overs to do it. And Chelsea beat Tottenham. Not a bad day. (L Johnston)
7 May 2011 A poor batting display saw the V’s thumped at home, losing by 118 runs chasing 220 to win. S&M toiled hard in the field in sticky conditions but could not make many inroads in to the Orpington top order. Andy Jones bowled with skill and pace from the top end and deserved better than 1 for 40 off 11 overs. Andy was well backed up by R. Bell (12-1-49-2) and C. Reardon (10-1-42-0). Joe Haines bowled well at the end to finish with 7-0-38-3. The ground fielding was excellent and Nick Ingram, Andy Jones and Joe Haines were particularly impressive. Andrew Davis, for Orpington made 90 runs in a well judged innings that saw the O’s to 219 off their 46. Our reply never really got going with only Joe Haines getting out of the teens. A rearguard action by Reardon and Johnston was enjoyed immensely by the participants but not by the opposition. More than 10 overs for 20 odd runs saw us inching closer to a bonus point but it was not to be. (L Johnston)
5th X1 League position – 6th / 10
No reports received. But i believe both teams won.
SMCC lost to Addiscombe yesterday after a disastrous start having won the toss. Ilbery saved SMCC blushes, taking the score from 35-6 to 116 when he was the last man out. Addiscombe achieved the target with 3 overs to spare.
This weekends games:
Saturday 1st X1 away to Alleyn & Honor Oak
2nd X1 home to Egham
3rd X1 away to Oxted & Limpsfield
4th X1 home to TBC (friendly)
5th X1 away to Blackheath
6th X1 away to TBC Sunday
1st X1 home to Statics
2nd X1 home to Bard Hill
Best of luck to all the sides