Many thanks to those who organised and attended the Summer Fun Day, raising some important cash for the Pavilion Fund. It was a great day and we hope to go even bigger and better next time around! Unfortunately, I have some very sad information to kick off the news with…
News & Events
Message from Mark Eldridge:
It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of our former Chairman, Ray Cuffey. Ray was a member of Marlborough (1870) Cricket Club before the club joined with Streatham Cricket Club in 2003; it was a position he continued to hold in the newly merged club until 2009. He took the role of Chairman very seriously, devoted a huge of time to it and was instrumental in the merger of the two clubs. The prosperous position SMCC finds itself in today is in no small part down to Ray. His efforts and dogged stance on a number of challenging issues in the first few difficult years have greatly benefitted the current membership.
Before his efforts on the non-playing side, he served as 1st XI captain for a number years and a dogged opening batsman who scored a great number of runs, usually in the most difficult circumstances. I’m sure those of you who remember Ray will recall just how proud he was to be made a life member of the club he served with real passion. Our sympathies go out to his partner Jane and the rest of his family.
The funeral will take place at 10am on Friday 25 July at Eltham Crematorium for those that wish to pay their respects.
Summer Fun Day
A really successful first club fun day on Sunday, enjoyed by all who came down on the day. A brilliant £918.10 was taken from the various stalls and rides (all going to the pavilion fund) and over £650 spent behind the bar. Well done and thank you to Karen Goodchild who put a massive amount of effort into organising the day, supported by the rest of our social committee. And thanks to those who helped out on the day, including Janaum, Kirsty, Tina, Eddie, Armani, Savitri’s sister and family, and Tejus for the photos you can see on our Facebook page.
A window was smashed at the ground recently and the quotes obtained to replace the glass are proving quite expensive – can any members help out? Please contact me asap.
Club Night Out – 2 August
Sketchy on the details for this one, but I believe the plan is to book a late night venue to go on to having had a few sharpeners at the club after the game. More information to follow…
Time to really start publicising this event and selling tickets! If you have any contacts that we should be approaching, please contact myself or Sagar Mehta (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will follow up. We really do need the backing of entire club to raise as much money as possible for the Pavilion Fund. So, if you aren’t able to sell tickets, would you be able to stick up a poster in your local shop or restaurant to help get the word out? Do you have any ideas to raise money on the day? Any help would be massively appreciated.
As most of you will be able to see, the periphery of the ground is overgrown and Roger requires some help with the maintenance. If you are free on Thursday afternoons (from 2pm) please can you lend Roger a hand. This will be a regular time slot unless there is poor weather around – please help if you can.
Summer Cricket Camps
We are running two summer cricket camps this year – please see the attached flyer for more information.
Dates for the diary
8th August – Pool Tournament Final
6th September – End of season party with BBQ and live music
12th September – Lashings All-Stars XI
18th October – End of season Dinner & Dance
Last weekend’s results:
Seniors – Saturday
Lost by 54 runs
1st XI League position – 4th / 10
Bottom of the league Maori Oxshott travelled to SMCC with a team packed full of colts, this being the result of a large portion of the club leaving after a sanctimonious pre-season AGM. However, with bigger fish to fry and a captain well entuned to the local weather conditions there was no room for complacency. The 2s chose to bowl first and made short work of the opposition line up, bowling them out for 57. This even encompassing a standard 5/6 dropped chances! 6 wickets for Corns (making the most of the conditions). The run chase was well managed and 13 points duly collected. The 2s now enter a run of games were they play all 3 teams above them in the league within a month – the crucial point of the season. (P Corns)
2nd XI League position – 4th / 10
On Saturday the 3s travelled away to Thames Ditton for a crunch game that we needed to win to keep our promotion hopes up. Due to poor availability the team was quite different from the one that played versus Addiscombe. Light on batting we wanted to bowl first but lost the toss we were inserted on a very green track. Started solidly enough with Robin and Andy but a flurry of wickets soon had us down to 36-4 on a track which was popping a lot. Paul Henley and Curtis Knott batted brilliantly to give us any hope of setting a target. Henley missing a full toss and Curtis feathered one. So we had the captain and upcoming all-rounder Ryan to lead the recovery once again. With some wayward bowling and sensible batting the pair added 30 odd before Ryan left one and got bowled. Batting with the tail the skipper got us up to 179 all out, which was a fantastic effort after the start we made!
Coming out to bowl we know the pitch would help us and we instantly struck removing 2 in the first 2 overs. After 14 overs the oppo were 30 odd for 2, the captain and Ryan both came on and got the opener and number 4 batsman in quick succession. Out came their version of Saif who tried to smash everything out of the park. The heavens opened and they were then set a target of getting 58 runs in 13 overs with 6 wickets in hand for a winning draw. Ryan and the captain instantly put the pressure on with tight bowling and backed up in the field we managed to get 6 wickets in 10 overs. Luke Harris and Will Bailey set up the win for us with their bowling, Ryan and the skipper finishing it off. One game in hand 7 points behind top place (1st and 2nd place lost this weekend), the 3s are well in contention for promotion if we continue our decent form! Next week we welcome our neighbours AOB for a home game! (S Mehta)
3rd XI League position – 2nd / 10
Another fallow week for the 4s due to lack of oppo, but lead in the league maintained, although reduced, to 24 points. An away game this week to 4th placed Worcester Park is the chance for a rested, and hungry team to re-build the points advantage and hopefully get it all wrapped up by early August! (D Gladstone)
4th XI League position – 1st / 8
First time on the road for a long while. Usual selection problems and when Herbert Nally damaged his foot late on Friday and was unable to walk Saturday morning we called in Eleanor Johnston to complete the Eleven. We’d already lost both spinners to the III’s but had Sharad Patel and Andrew Henderson to compensate. We made the short trip to West Wickham Cricket and Football Club – more football to judge by the state of the outfield. The strip was uncovered and decidedly damp. Our bowlers would find the footholds difficult all day. I lost the toss and was surprised that BOCA elected to bat. 10 overs later I could see why they had done so. BOCA have an uncomplicated approach to cricket, rode their luck and had 70 odd without loss. Sharad Patel (9-2-34-1) bowled with real hostility but struggled to stay on his feet. Andrew Henderson put in his usual whole-hearted and intelligent effort (12-0-49-4) and should definitely have got his five wicket haul. Pleasure to see Mark Davis (8-0-40-2) return to bowling without any apparent problems and again should have had more for his efforts. Brijesh Patel (3.4-0-11-2) bowled well again and we had turned the 70 odd for 0 in to 139 all out. The fielding helped – we dropped one catch. Stan Barrett-Johnston clung on to two good ones at point, Sharad Patel took an excellent low catch at slip and Newton Moss clung on to a skier at deep backward gully/short third man, Jim Hughes held one at cover and Matt Begg, immaculate as always, made his two behind the stumps look effortless. The ground fielding was great with Stan, Jim, Sharad, Andrew and Eleanor particularly good. As BOCA only had 10 that was that. Or did they?
After an excellent tea I was interested to see 11 BOCA players going out including a striking individual in black jeans and trainers. I was informed that he had been there all the time but hadn’t wanted to bat. I explained that I found this hard to credit as the BOCA team sheet with the scorer only had 10 players named on it. The BOCA umpire was called upon to verify that there were 11 names on the sheet he had and he was happy to confirm this. The BOCA skipper was kind enough to take my objection seriously and removed the gentleman from the field of play. Our innings began disastrously with the loss of Newton Moss for 0 and Jim Hughes LBW first ball for 0. Jim felt hard done by. Andrew Henderson (58) batted beautifully for us though and would just about win the game on a very difficult track that made Mayow Park look like Lords. Sharad Patel (23) looked good with five boundaries before perishing to an ambitious shot. Hardly anyone else could stay with Henderson. Matt Begg was given out by the BOCA umpire caught behind and was convinced he had not hit it. Mark Davis after a couple of glorious shots was given out to leg break bowler LBW apparently to a ball that was going straight on. If so it was the only straight one he bowled all afternoon as he turned it yards in both directions helped by the corrugated iron strip. Stan Barrett-Johnston fell to one that held in the pitch. With our innings in disarray at 80 for 6 I went in with the aim of hanging around whilst Mr. Henderson won the game. It nearly came off – we put on 48 for the seventh wicket until I misjudged the line and lost my leg stump with just 12 to win. Barrington Wilks got a nasty one in the face and was bowled and then Andrew Henderson’s long vigil was over as he tried to turn a filthy long hop safely for two ad put it in square legs hands. Great innings. Eleanor Johnston clung on against fast bowling on a dangerous track and some unreconstructed remarks until the big fast bowler finally got one right and bowled her. Brijesh remained seven not out and we had lost by two runs. We should have won that game. If there was any justice in this godless universe we would have done. Still you have to admire and salute BOCA’s determination to win at any cost. (L Johnston)
5th XI League position – 7th / 10
The 6’s were gifted a rare treat this week, forsaking the Bridge for the comforts of home, and exchanging the usual rain for a hot sunny day. So when Old Elthamanians sent SMCC into bat, the top order were looking forward to making the most of a good batting wicket. The early wicket of Hutchin without troubling the scorers did little to aid the cause other than bring Ruari Muir to the crease, and once he was there he seemed in no mood to be leaving it. With the support from the rest of the team, notably Tom Adams (27), Ruari guided SMCC to a solid first innings total of 195 all out, claiming 92 runs in the process. Brett Lynch made an instant impact with the ball, dismissing the opening batsman with his fourth ball. Before Suraj Peshavaria took 2 in 2, leaving Old Elthamanians looking precarious at 3 for 5. The fourth wicket proved more difficult to take, but after another 8 tight overs the skipper made the break though. What followed was some big hitting from the Elthamian number 4, until Haneef Hussan came on, and used his first ball to trap the batsmen LBW. Haneef and Richard Hunsley then proceeded to strangle the tail, taking the remaining 4 wickets for 15 runs. Leaving Old Elthamians 110 runs short on 85 all out, and Richard finishing with 4-14. (P Huthchin)
6th XI League position – 3rd / 9
Ladies League position – 9th / 10
Trust League position – Joint 2nd / 7
The Under 10s took on top of the table Cheam at home. Bowling first, we started well with a wicket to Oscar Dodds with the first ball of the innings. Some tight bowling from Oscar, Harry, Freddie and Ben Khan, who took 2 wickets, helped restrict Cheam to only 11 after 12 overs. However, Cheam’s final 2 pairs of batsmen were extremely strong, scoring 71 off the final 8 overs, setting us a challenging target of 82. Our batting started steadily with the opening pair of Ben Khan and Oscar Dodds doing a good job at the top of the order. Laurie top scored with 9, with Michael, Freddie and Harry also chipping in with some useful runs. However, Cheam bowled consistently well, and the loss of 7 wickets meant we were always chasing the game, ending on 227, a 57 run defeat. (P Dodds)
The Under 11 s moved to 3rd in the table with their 4th win on the spin. Skipper Noah G won the toss and chose to take the field in wet conditions. The SMCC bowlers were in miserly form conceding 13 runs off the bat. Noah G secured a great wicket with Warwick taking a smart catch behind the stumps whilst our spin twins Max and Olly bowled with great control. Old Ruts made 239 for the loss of 4 wickets. SMCC were always in control making 31 for the first partnership. Noah G and Max setting a strong foundation for the team. SMCC lost only 2 wickets in making 285 and winning by a comfortable 46 runs. (O Khan)
Lost by 40 runs
Saturday 19th July
1st XI home to Ashford
2nd XI away to Ashford
3rd XI home to Alleyn & Honor Oak
4th XI away to Worcester Park
5th XI home to HSBC
6th XI away to Dartfordians
Sunday 20th July
U10’s home to Roehampton
U11’s away to Roehampton
Trust XI away to Weybridge
Ladies 1st XI home to Guildford