Straight on to the news…
As promised, an update of last weeks Festival:
It really was a game of two halves when the girls attended the Guildford Festival. The first two 5 overs a side matches ended in defeat against sides who had been together a lot longer than us. When faced with a 10 over a side match the girls readily responded with a fine team performance. S&M batted first and with rain steadily falling made 119-2. Dagmara got us off to a great start with a cultured 47 and this was followed by Stephens the younger Katie) 17 and Stephens – slightly older (Lisa) 19*. Faced with a wet ball the girls bowled brilliantly to restrict Guildford to 72-3. Special mention to all the bowlers Dagmara, Megan, Katie, Eleanor, Lisa and Faiza who performed heroically and the rain continued to fall. Altogether a fine victory and encouraging signs for the future. Many thanks also to Jack and Kirk for their help and support. (Lisa Stephens).
Fire in Babylon
The story of the great West Indian team of the 70’s and 80’s was a great success in a very short cinema run. As the story is now out on DVD, we will be showing this film in the Members Lounge after the games on Saturday. The showing will start at roughly 8.30pm, allowing the away sides to get back to the club. http://fireinbabylon.com/synopsis.html
Savitri Thomas will be preparing another fantastic curry for after the game on Saturday. There will be a couple of curry options, plus rice and naan bread, all for £5. Bargain!
Peter Swann @ Intersport in Herne Hill has the following stock remaining – all first come, first served. Please contact him direct on 020 7326 5050.
Shirts: 4 x M, 3 x L , 1 x XL
Caps: 20 (one size)
Chris Sowton has maintained his lead. Mike Bush fantastic century earned him MVP this week with a whopping 180 points. If you want to enter a team – please go to http://smcc.easyfantasycricket.com/
Last weekends results:
“We being ‘ammered” – that’s how Warren Little put it as we watched another delivery being hit out of the ground. A well disciplined Farncombe side outbowled, outfielded and outbatted us. Batting first, we could only muster 169 all out. Any notion of defending that soon disappeared over midwicket as Farncombe (and ex Warwickshire seconds) opener, Michael Barnes smashed 89* in 66 balls. (D Ellis)
1st X1 League position – Joint 7th / 10
An important win for the 2nd’s that was built on a 179 run partnership between Bushy and Neil ‘the treadmill’ Shah. Neil ended up with a splendid 88 but it was the regal 140 not out from Bushy that was the matchwinner. We might need to fire him up more often as his subjects couldn’t add up to his fifty and Karthik was lucky to keep his head at drinks. All this was on the back of the poorest display I’ve seen from a S&M team out in the field. We all let ourselves down and we continue to bowl to many boundary balls that the better sides won’t let us come back from. The way Bushy and Neil led from the front has turned our season around and we need to take this feeling and momentum into next week. (C Brinsden)
2nd X1 League position – 4th / 10
After two emphatic wins in a row, the 3’s were out to obtain a hattrick of wins on a hot sunny day at home on a pitch that should have seen a plethora of runs scored. 250 looked to be around a par score against Kempton (a side who has not lost this season) when we won the toss and chose to bat first. A couple of early wickets saw the score at 28/2 before Barty and Diesel put on a handy 3rd wicket partnership just shy of 50 runs in good time. When Diesel departed for 28, Barty continued his solid innings whilst other batsmen fell around him. When Barty was dismissed for a determined knock of 57, we were struggling at 162 for 7. With 50 overs looming, it was clear there were not enough runs on the board so the gamble was taken to bat the maximum 55 overs with Kev and Beggsy hitting a couple of late crucial blows to take the final score to 189 for 9. The fielding started well with an opportunistic runout whilst the batsman lost his footing and was caught half way down the crease to commence the run chase at 12 for 1. Kempton managed to keep partnerships together however throughout the entire match despite some fantastic tight bowling from Tommy Breed and Clarkey seeing them both respectively finish with figures of 23 for none off 13 and 38 for none off 11. Our fighting spirit in the field was a credit to the whole team with only a couple of tough chances being put down. Barty and Kev also bowled two well executed spells taking 5 wickets between them with Bart on fire at one end due to some unsportsmanlike umpiring decisions from the opposition! Kempton eventually limped over the line for a winning draw shutting up shop with around 8 overs to go but were denied the full 13 points due to a tough battle and spirited 3rd XI fielding and bowling performance. Man of the Match: Barty. The captain is back next week chaps so lets get that third win under our belts. (Martin “Diesel” Thompson)
3rd X1 League position – Joint 6th / 18
SMCC lost despite a superb century from John Greenwood (106) in a mammoth 279-1 in 46 overs. Newton Moss (64 retired), Simon Stuart (34*) and Andy Henderson (40*) also contributed. However, following a couple of morning drop outs, the 9 men found the going tough in the field. Oxted & Limpsfield reached their target with just one over to go, 5 wickets down.
4th X1 League Position – Joint 5th / 8
Not much to say this week except fair play to OW’s for adapting to a shocking pitch far better than us. Only Hubert Dampier got in to double figures (12) in our miserable total of 35. We only took one wicket in the eight we bowled – a good catch by Shindy Khaira off Stan Barrett-Johnston. We all felt cheated of a lovely day’s cricket and a fine tea that went to waste. (L Johnston)
5th X1 League position – 10th / 10
Rain curtailed play on Sunday with both 1’s and 2’s well placed having opted to bat first.
This weekends games:
1st X1 home to Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians
2nd X1 away to Chessington
3rd X1 home to Guildford City
4th X1 away to Old Rutlishians
5th X1 away to Sidcup
5a’s away to TBC Sunday
1st X1 away to Lensom
2nd X1 home to The Commando’s
Best of luck to all the sides.