Welcome to the midweek SMS (Streatham & Marlborough Sweep). Hope everyone enjoyed the sun on President’s Day following Saturday’s wash-out which claimed most of the games.
News & Events
Our programme of midweek fixtures started last week and we were unfortunately unable to raise a full team. If you are interested in playing, please contact the skipper, Chris Reardon, on 07583 728 080. The game today is likely to be called off but there is a midweek game next Wednesday at home.
As we all know, Roger has done a fantastic job on the ground but is in need of assistance to keep the periphery under control. If anyone has some free time and would like to help out, please contact Roger directly on 07949 025 789.
Dates for the diary
14th June – England v Italy World Cup Football on the TV’s with pizza / pasta
5th July – Mid-season party
13th July – Summer Fun-day
27th July – Colts v Parents end of season match
8th August – Pool Tournament Final
6th September – End of season party with BBQ and live music
12th September – Lashings Fixture
18th October – End of season Dinner & Dance
Last weekend’s results:
Seniors – Saturday
1st XI League position – Joint 5th / 10
2nd XI League position – Joint 4th / 10
3rd XI League position – 2nd / 10
Wind, rain, mini-soppers, arguments, upset, tension and finally triumph as the 4s travelled to Raynes Park to take on league leaders Old Wimbledonians. Overnight rain and an uncovered pitch left a sticky one as the oppo chose to bat 1st, and were quickly making hay against some wayward S+M bowling in testing conditions. A run out following an excellent throw from the deep from Hughes was all the 4s had to show for the 1st 12 overs, with the oppo handily placed at 80-1. Thunder and distant lightning then became less distant, and yet the match continued in the worst conditions your correspondent has ever played in. Gladstone toiled from the bottom end with a soap-bar of a ball to ‘assist’ with F+G, with Hughes charging downhill into the teeth of the gale, and managed to put a hold on the oppo with some tighter bowling and excellent fielding. Finally the call was made for an early tea, with OW reduced to 108 for 8.
Tea was good, bold sandwich choices and a large cake, ably handled by Stuart, to the fore, before the workforce went back out to examine the wicket. In fact, that workforce was solely S+M players. 2 hours of drying, prodding, sopping and looking skyward in what was now a warm sunny day meant play resumed at 1630. Special thanks to the opposition, the home team lest we forget, who offered no assistance nor interest in getting the game back on, but this intransigence only spurred on S+M as the oppo were dismissed for 135. A very good performance in the field in horrible conditions. Hughes finished with a ball over 8 overs with 4 for 30, and Gladstone’s 12 overs costing 40 runs for his 5 wickets, but all contributed.
Quickly round and into batting, McDonald took the attack to the bowlers with a quick-fire 20, with the Chairman fresh from his media duties a little more circumspect with 28 well compiled runs. Stuart played a vital innings to stabilise, as wickets began to tumble from the other end as the wet pitch began to dry and move about extravagantly. Patel, Amin, Gladstone and Buck failing to pass single figures as Stuart scored a measured 27. Hughes, caught hooking a beamer only for the opposition to be disappointed, and noisily so, with McDonalds’s no-ball call, fell for 16 and left Mehta and Whitaker to make up for troubled bowling spells with a superb stand to take S+M within range of the win with Whitaker falling with 1 required. Cometh the hour, cometh the Krinesh Patel who under enormous pressure as the last man, faced up with 7 balls to go to nonchalantly glide his 1st ball off his pads for a boundary, and the win was done. S+M 139 for 9, and a big climb up the league table.
Well done all, a very tough game but a huge win in terms of the shortened season. Another away game, handily next door to this week’s ground, should see the 4s continue to pressure Epsom who currently lead the league. (D Gladstone)
4th XI League position – 2nd / 8
5th XI League position – 8th / 10
6th XI League position – 8th / 9
Ladies League position – 5th / 5
The U11s lost a very close game with Beddington. Batting first, we struggled to put a decent score on the board. Despite scoring 57 runs, we lost 11 wickets leaving us on 191. Beddington had an excellent spinner who represents the District and took 5 wickets. On a difficult batting wicket, with the ball keeping low, we played too many lose shots. Sonny Nicoll batted well at the top of the order and scored 9. Despite having a small total to defend, the team responded extremely well, and bowled superbly. Noah Dodds and Noah Gajraj opened the bowling, with good pace, line and length. They were ably supported by Sonny Nicoll, Oscar Dodds, Alex English, William Kay and Sean Ryan. Despite excellent bowling, Beddington batted with discipline and lost just 6 wickets. Although we were still in it with 2 overs to go, we were unable to take those vital last wickets, with Beddington finishing on 201.
Sadly, we had to concede the U10 and U15 matches due to lack of players. (S Keith)
Saturday 31st May
1st XI home to Old Rutlishians
2nd XI away to Dorking
3rd XI home to Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians
4th XI away to Old Rutlishians
5th XI home to Blue Star
6th XI away to Bexleyheath
Sunday 1st June
U10’s away to Wandgas
U11’s home to Wimbledon
U13’s home to Beddington
U15’s away to Spencer
Ladies 1st XI away to Stock D’Abernon
Wednesday 4th June
Midweek XI home to Locksbottom
Best of luck to all the sides.
Streatham & Marlborough Club Captain