Quite a bit of news to get through so let’s get straight on to it…
News & Events
Summer Fun Day – Sunday 13th July, 2pm
SMCC’s first every summer fun day with all proceeds going to the pavilion fund. At the club on this day there will be amongst other things a 25 foot terror slide, a rodeo bull, a bouncy castle, BBQ, and Ice Cream Stall, as well as a whole host of fun stalls with chances to win prizes and kwik cricket and football competitions. Plus the bar will be open from 2pm and the club will be showing the World Cup Final. Plenty to keep both adults and children entertained. So please come down and if you have or know any kids please encourage them to come down for the day and see all that the club has to offer.
We are looking for more people to help out on the day, so if you could spare an hour or two please speak to Karen G, Alexis, Savitri, Chantal, Natalie or Dan Johnson. We also need more prizes for the day and items for a ‘bric a brac’ stall. If you could spare a bottle of booze or other suitable prize, or have unwanted (but in good condition) children’s toys, books etc please drop them down to the club this weekend.
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.
Some of you may have met Neil Hembrow who has been assisting with the Tuesday nets sessions and running fielding sessions on a Thursday evening. To give you a bit of background, Neil currently works with our 1st XI skipper (Shareef Hassan) at It’s Just Cricket (www.itsjustcricket.co.uk) and has offered to bring his experience and knowledge of the game to the club. He has some pedigree after representing Welsh Minor Counties and Glamorgan before playing ‘A’ Grade cricket in Western Australia. Thanks to Neil for helping out!
Net sessions are 6.30pm till 8.30pm on Tuesday evenings at the club
Fielding sessions are 7pm till 8.30pm on Thursday evenings at the club (white shirt essential for this session)
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.
Surrey versus Somerset – Wednesday 16th July
Surrey have sent us 50 free tickets for the above T20 game at The Oval. If you want to go, please contact Alexis Fuller on email@example.com for tickets. Priority will be given to those who have volunteered their time to assist club efforts (for example, at the CricketForce weekend, coaching, umpiring, scoring, etc).
Summer Cricket Camps
We are running two summer cricket camps this year – please see the attached flyer for more information.
Excessive Mess in changing rooms
A request from Savitri to try and keep the mess in the changing rooms to a minimum. Please be reasonable and use the bins where possible.
Message from Tina Knott: As most of you will know I’ve lost a considerable amount of weight over the winter months, but still have about 42lbs to lose to reach my target. To help raise funds for the new pavilion the exec committee have backed my idea to do a sponsored slim, so I’ll be bringing along a sponsorship form I’ve drafted at the weekend. You can either sponsor me per pound or for a set amount and I will arrange for my Slimming World Consultant to verify on the sponsor form how much weight I’ve lost. For those of you who may not be around message me on FB or email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll put your details on the form. The building of a new pavilion is crucial to the club’s future existence and if it means as much to you as it does to me, please please show your support. Many thanks. Tina
Dates for the diary
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 All-Stars XI
18th October – End of season Dinner & Dance
Last weekend’s results:
Seniors – Saturday
This week saw the 1st XI host league leaders and recently promoted Egham. After winning the toss, skipper S Hassan chose to bowl first but may have been thinking he had made the wrong decision as Egham raced to 65 before Singh got the breakthrough. Singh and Hassan did their best to contain the batsmen but Egham batted well and reached 171-3 from 36 overs when the rain came down. After a discussion between both captains and the umpire, Egham made a sporting declaration giving SMCC 26 overs to chase down 172.
Baskerville and Thomas went out and quickly put the fielding side under pressure, adding 54 from the first 6 overs before Thomas was caught in the deep for 30 from just 19 balls. Ellis joined Baskerville as the pair carried on the onslaught until Baskerville chipped one back to the bowler for a well-made 48. Ellis got to 50 from 45 balls before also being caught in the deep, and S Hassan (34*) hit the winning runs with 2 overs to spare. Many thanks to Tina for scoring and Roger for preparing the wicket. A great win against good opposition, but more will be needed with the ball to ensure that we can carry on winning! Away to Bank of England next week as we try to take another 13 points with us. (S Hassan)
1st XI League position – 4th / 10
A first toss won this season meant a chance for a new experience for the 2s, fielding first. Clearly an experience that slightly confused us as Camberley’s openers were allowed to score freely and Armani tested wicketkeeper Dan’s ability to take the ball down the leg side to the full. Although the wayward lines may just have been a cunning plan to lull the opposition into a false sense of security as Armani sent both openers packing in a single over and we were in the game. Into the attack came JC for a typically long and threatening spell of slow bowling, in which not a single ball turned, but all batsman were troubled and the outside edge was regularly beaten. So often in fact that at one point the ‘off-spinner’ had only two fielders on the leg side and thee slips. Batsman still attempted a late cut. Hmm. Able support for JC came at the other end from Will Bailey, his figures slightly spoilt by a boundary in his last over, but still, one wicket in 6 overs, conceding only 7 runs, not a bad return. With JC still wheeling away Jamel returned to the attack to claim 3 wickets, though the credit for one must go to Sean Cannon, a spectacular diving effort at mid-off. JC wrapped things up to finish with 4 victims, Camberley finishing 131 all out.
Not a challenging chase then, but large enough that the spectre of the massive batting collapse could not be dismissed entirely from the back of the mind. Dan got us underway with a fluent 20, debutant Mark looked rock solid at the other end, and found a willing ally in Hobbis. Mark was particularly fierce on anything overpitched, repeatedly driving through the covers. These two were only separated with victory in sight, Mark departing for a fine 62, leaving Wally to come in and finish the job. A clinical 7 wicket win allowing the 2s to get back from Camberley before both home games were completed, an excellent effort indeed. (A Fuller)
2nd XI League position – 4th / 10
Rain ruined what could have been a great chance for the 3s to go top. We lost the toss and were inserted in bowler friendly conditions. Kash and J Rao put on a solid opening partnership before one popped on Kash to square leg, and Barty followed soon after. The partnership of the match was Henderson and Rao who batted sensibly ensuring we had wickets in hand to attack at the end. After the rain break all hell broke loose, in 16 overs we managed to more than double our score. Rao top scored, along with Hendo who started smashing it about, and handy contributions from Clarky, Showbiz and Ryan pushed the score up.
38 overs was definitely enough time to bowl out Addiscombe, but a few dropped chances especially of their top scorer meant we had to settle for a draw. All the bowlers worked hard and there was good partnership bowling but conditions were wet and we just didn’t have enough in the end, with J Rao getting 4 wickets and being the pick of the bowlers. Away to Thames Ditton this week looking for a win to keep up with the promotion push! (S Mehta)
3rd XI League position – 3rd / 10
So no 4’s match this week due to team’s dropping out of the league, but the team retains its lead in the league by a barely reduced 37 points. Nothing can go wrong now? (D Gladstone)
4th XI League position – 1st / 8
5th XI League position – 7th / 10
6th XI League position – 5th / 9
A perfect warm day greeted us on the top field, and a home game against the young league leaders. Having lost to them twice without reply in the past year, we expected much the same treatment, but moods were high and we were looking forward to the game. We lost the toss, and set out to field, with Stoke lending us a fielder as we were a player short. Our bowling on the whole was good, Leia returned with little practice to post 5-0-24-1. Her wicket thanks to a fine catch by our Wicketkeeper for this one, Farah, who put in a proper shift for the whole innings. Dag bowled brilliantly for 5-1-15-1. Their strongest batswoman struggled with Rabs (4-0-20-0) and she was unlucky not to get a wicket. And Verity (5-1-21-1) finally got hers after prolonged and sustained quality efforts on the pitch. Emma (3-1-12-0) bowled well including a maiden over against good batters, and Sienna and Oriana rounded it up without giving much away. The fielding was a mix of both the excellent – Verity stopping a guaranteed 4 at cover, and a run-out by Dag – and misfields, with a lot of solid stops and good chasing in-between, especially from Sienna and Rabs. Their batsmen posted 118 over the 25 overs, including our gift of 46 extras, a score which seemed there for the taking. We broke for teas and prepared.
Emma (5) again showed she is a capable and calm batswoman, staying in for a number of overs before being caught. Verity (0) doesn’t know how she got out but she was bowled to a straight one. It wasn’t her day at the crease. Rabs (7) did what we are coming to expect from her, playing some nice shots, and with the byes things were starting to tot up nicely. But her wicket fell soon to another straight one. Dag (2) stepped up and went for it as the fielders drew in closer, but was bowled. Leia (1) and Farah’s (1) wickets fell in almost identical circumstances, when the bowling was straight we stuttered. Isabelle (1) performed excellently at the crease, staying in for a number of overs, allowing the extras to help us, and keeping her concentration. But before too long she too fell. We noticed the score was actually quite close now, and Sally (1) and Sienna (1) started what looked a good partnership. They certainly could’ve carried us all the way home and over the finish line successfully, with Sally knowing how to defend well, and Sienna hitting it hard. However Sally was subject to a cruel run out when the nimble and quick Sienna went for a sprint (she can run 100m in under 13s). It was a bit of inexperience which cost us any remaining chance we had, although all the previous batswomen certainly could’ve avoided the innings getting this desperate. Oriana (0*) showed some real promise with the bat, with very good technique, even with a broken finger! But in the end Sienna was caught and the innings were over way too soon. This was a match we surely could’ve won. The amount of extras they gave us (72) was hugely unexpected, especially as it seems they were using fairly experienced bowlers. You could say we wouldn’t have deserved it, but actually at this point a win is a win and we should’ve taken hope and confidence from their unreliable bowling and gone for the jugular. Next time. (L Mazur)
Ladies League position – 9th / 10
Trust League position – Joint 1st / 7
Cup game – semi-final NEC cup away at Oxted and Limpsfield. After a horrendous journey through South London and the leafy lanes of deepest Surrey, we arrived at a pretty cricket ground in Limpsfield Village. O&L were the most charming of hosts and offered us cups of tea which helped to soothe the nerves. We batted first and found it hard going against a strong bowling attack. We played some careless shots and lost 11 wickets in total. The pick of the batters was Laurie Campling – with 20 runs scored. We played to our strengths and put on a rather better bowling performance. Freddie took 3 wickets including the scalp of a County Age Group U10! Ben got two wickets and Harry and George got one wicket apiece. The game was played in good spirit and the Team Manager of Oxted and Limpsfield was very encouraging and supportive to our boys which was good to see. Final score SMCC 225 Oxted and Limspfield 320.
Sunday 6th July v Dulwich. The match was cancelled due to the weather.
Old Wimbledonians won the toss on Sunday at Coombe Lane choosing to bat first on a moist wicket fresh from overnight rain. Streatham’s attack containing The Dodds brothers Noah and Oscar, Oliver and Ben Khan, Sonny Nichol and Alex English all bowled with decent control against a subdued Old Wimbledonians batting line up. They were supported by some excellent fielding by Harrison Gunny who forced an important run out with a direct hit. Old Ws score of 51 looked extremely gettable. The Dodds brothers built a great platform for the team with some positive running and powerful hitting by Noah especially. They were ably assisted by Harrison Gunny and Sean Ryan who hit a couple of fours to push the team closer to their total. Alex E and Ben K put on useful runs while Olver Khan and Sonny Nichol saw Streatham home in fine style. It was one of the team’s best batting performance of the season to complete a resounding victory.
Another difficult day for the u13s but they stuck at it well and can be proud of how their small squad has kept going this season. After losing the toss they faced a strong Roehampton batting order who played some of the best shots seen at this level all season, with three men retiring at 30. The bowling wasn’t at our best level but the fielding remained sharp (credit to Adnan for two good catches) and the mood positive. Nevertheless Roehampton ran up a massive 220 which was always going to be too much to chase. That much became even clearer as the first six Streatham wickets fell cheaply. But then we showed great character to battle through to the 21st over and forced the oppo. to bring their opening bowlers back on. Fraser led the fight back with a magnificent unbeaten 39, first in partnership with Stan FW and then a fantastic 50 partnership with Tyrese. It wasn’t enough to win but was enough to restore some pride. Final score Roehampton 220-3 SMCC 93
We had to concede the match against Roehampton as we only had 8 players available.
(Sally Keith & Omar Khan)
Saturday 12th July
1st XI away to Bank of England
2nd XI home to Maori Oxshott
3rd XI away to Thames Ditton
5th XI away to BOCA
6th XI home to Old Elthamians
7th XI away TBC
Sunday 13th July
SUMMER FUN DAY
U10’s home to Cheam
U11’s away to Old Rutlishians
U13’s home to Wandgas
U15’s away to Wandgas
Best of luck to all the sides.
Streatham & Marlborough Club Captain