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Men’s cricket

Don’t fear the air, there are no fielders up there!

Do you have a glorious cover drive in your locker? Do you possess a googly, doosra or flipper? Can you deliver in-swinging yorkers at will?

Or… do you hoick to cow corner, serve up pies and talk a good game at the bar like the majority of us?

If you fit the bill for any of these requirements, then we are the club for you!  We run four Saturday league teams in the Surrey Championship, two Saturday teams in the Kent League, and mid-week evening T20 side in the Surrey Slam, and friendly sides on Sundays and occasional Wednesdays, so can cater a wide range of abilities.

Join us now at indoor nets

2019 indoor nets sessions on Sundays at Dulwich Prep School have now finished.

Indoor training sessions continue at the fantastic indoor facilities at Kent’s outground in Beckenham: The County Ground, Worsley Bridge Road, Beckenham, London, BR3 1DR (click for location on Google Maps) at the following dates and times (note the change in days):

  • Mon 1 April, 8pm to 9.30pm
  • Mon 8 April, 8pm to 9.30pm
  • Tues 16 April, 8pm to 9.30pm
  • Tues 23 April, 8pm to 9.30pm
  • Tues 30 April, 8pm to 9.30pm
  • Tues 7 May, 8pm to 9.30pm
Train like the pros at The County Ground, Beckenham. Well, at least at the same facilities!

There is plenty of parking on site. Enter through the main entrance and the you can’t miss the sports hall on your right. The sports hall has five lanes of nets and sufficient space for fast bowlers to have a decent run up. As usual, we the lanes will be roughly graded across the hall with 1st and 2nd XI standard players towards one side, 3rd & 4th XI standard players in the middle lanes, and 5th and 6th XI standard towards the the other side.

Sessions cost £10 (£5 concessions) to be paid in cash on the door or via our club Teamo app.

Once the weather and surfaces at the ground become dry enough, we will host training at the club ground on Thursday evenings. Please keep an eye out for a start date.

Membership & fees

New members

Membership fees are not payable until the start of the summer season.

We offer an initial joining fee of £40 which covers your membership for one month and is discounted from the appropriate membership rate if you decide to continue. Late fees will not apply if joining after the initial month and if joining mid-season, you pay only for the remainder of the season.

If you’re interested in joining or joining some training sessions as a taster, please send an email to, which in monitored by several members of the club’s Executive Committee in order to ensure that all enquires get a timely response. You will normally get a reply from one of the following two club officers:

Dan Ellis – Men’s Club Captain (general enquiries to do with men’s cricket)
Daniel Johnson – Men’s Membership Secretary (registration & membership)


Full-paying members
Membership: £210 (£250 if paid after 30 April 2019)
Match fee: £12/match
Indoor nets: £10/session (2 hours)

Concession members (unemployed/low-waged/student/single parent/senior – see below for further details)
Membership: £105 (£125 if paid after 30 April 2019)
Match Fee: £6/match
Indoor nets: £5/session (2 hours)

Under 21 members
Membership: £70 (£85 if paid after 30 April 2019)
Match Fee: £6/match
Indoor nets: £5/session (2 hours)
In accordance with ECB Clubmark guidelines, players under 18 should be registered by a parent as a junior player.

Parents of SMCC juniors
If you have a son or daughter enrolled in the junior section and would also like to play, we have a special rate for you to play up to 5 games per year in any of the men’s senior teams. You are also welcome to attend as many indoor nets sessions as you wish.
Membership: £35
Match fees: see full / concessions rates above
Indoor nets: see full / concessions rates above

We also, of course, welcome parents as full senior members.

See our SMCC Juniors website for details of junior cricket.

Social members
For £35, you can be a social member, free to use the club facilities and qualify for discounted rates on hirings.

Concession membership details
Streatham & Marlborough are committed to providing cricket for all. Non / low income members requiring assistance should contact the appropriate membership committee. The club will review individual applications on a case by case basis. The following are entitled to claim the concession rate for membership. In order to qualify for the concession rate, members must provide evidence to this effect. This will, of course, be treated in confidence.

Category and detailed meaning)
Unemployed = claiming benefit
Low-waged = your annual income is less than the London living wage (2018=£19,890 per annum)
Student = in full-time education
Single parent = person is sole carer for a child/children
Senior = over 65

Those paying or applying to pay concession rates should notify the membership committee led by Dan Johnson ( This will be reviewed and agreed where appropriate. This applies to existing members and new members alike. 

How to pay

The easiest way to pay your membership fee is bank transfer.

Please use a reference which includes your name and ‘Subs’.

Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club
Sort code: 20-80-57
Account number: 80617997


  • Juniors payments must be made via our online booking system, not by bank transfer
  • Pavilion Project donations must be made into the segregated pavilion fund account, details of which are at near the bottom of the Pavilion Project page.
  • Match fees for all senior games are now be payable through the Teamo app only.


How are the fees set?

Fees are set by members annually at the AGM following recommendations from the Executive Committee. Fees are set at a level where we maintain competitiveness with similar clubs in the area whilst covering our costs. A major cost factor is the £20,000 per annum rental payment due to Dulwich Estates, our landlord. In return, we get a wonderful ground with two pitches and a clubhouse in the heart of Dulwich and Forest Hill.


In 2019, we are running the following teams:

Saturday 1st XI
Surrey Championship 1st X1 Division 3

Saturday 2nd XI 
Surrey Championship 2nd X1 Division 3

Saturday 3rd XI 
Surrey Championship 3rd X1 Division 1

Saturday 4th XI
Surrey Championship 4th X1 Premier Division

Saturday 5th XI
Kent Regional 1C South Thames Division

Saturday 6th XI
Kent Regional 2C South Thames Division

Saturday 7th XI
Friendly fixtures only

Sunday 1st XI
Friendly fixtures only

Sunday 2nd XI
Friendly fixtures only

Streatham & Marlborough Strikers
Midweek evening Surrey Slam T20s

Midweek XI
Friendly fixtures during school summer holidays only.


History of the club

Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club (SMCC) was formed in 2003 after the merger of two long established local clubs, Streatham CC (1805) and Marlborough (1870) CC. Like most cricket clubs, SMCC is a non-profit organisation and is a registered Community Amateur Sports Club, which is similar to charitable status.

Who runs the club? Is the club run for profit?

The club is run by its members, for its members.

Very few of the people who help to run the club are paid with the exception of coaching, bar and cleaning staff. The vast majority of the thousands of hours of work involved in managing, administering, scheduling, planning, organising, promoting, repairing and looking after the facilities is done on an entirely voluntary basis by our members.

Where do teams play home games?

Our 1st to 4th XIs and our friendly XIs (Sunday/Wednesday) play at out home ground, located between Forest Hill and East Dulwich. Outdoor training is also at our home ground.

Our 5th and 6th XIs play home games at the nearby Griffin Sports Ground in Dulwich Village, then return to our main home ground for matches to use the bar.

Do you have a selection policy?

Yes. In short, our intention is to select a strong, well-balanced side to give a fair and equal opportunity for all teams to perform. We ask that players play where selected to the best of their ability and uphold the club’s code of conduct when representing the club. The full policy can be accessed here.

How does selection work?

By Monday 5pm each week, please mark your availability in our club Teamo app for the following Saturday, Sunday and (when relevant) the Wednesday (the one that is 9-10 days away). Captains will then use this app to compile player availability.

In case of any issues, please contact a team captain or the Men’s Chair of Selectors (Raj Patel) by 5pm on Monday, letting them know your availability for the upcoming Saturday, Sunday and (when relevant) then Wednesday (the one that is 9-10 days away). Members will be made aware of contact details of captains and the Men’s Chair of Selectors.

Each Monday evening:

  • Saturday captains and Men’s Chair of Selectors will meet or have a conference call on Monday evening to select teams for the upcoming Saturday.
  • Sunday captains will discuss and select teams for the upcoming Sunday
  • Wednesday captain will select his team for the upcoming Wednesday game (the one that is 9 days away)

The role of the Chair is to ensure that the Saturday selection policy is upheld. We aim to put out 6 league sides that are balanced and competitive in their divisions.

When organising multiple teams, last minute adjustments to availability can prove problematic so if we haven’t heard by 5pm Monday evening, we will assume you are unavailable, as this minimises disruption later in the week.

What if I want to play in a team with my friends?

Ultimately, we recognise that people choose to play cricket mainly for the enjoyment of the games and playing cricket with friends is a big part of that. However, we need to respect the selection policy which is designed to work for the majority of members. Any requests should be made to the Chair of Men’s Cricket and we will endeavour to grant any such requests, assuming the overall effect is beneficial to the club.

Do you have practice sessions?

During the winter and spring, we host regular indoor training sessions at Dulwich College Prep School on Sunday mornings from 11am to 1pm. These occur on consecutive Sundays from 13 January to 24 March. Each session costs £10 (or £5 for those concession payments) in order to cover the cost of hiring the facilities.

During the summer, we have outdoor practices sessions at the home ground from mid-April to end August on a Thursday evening from 6pm. Each of these sessions are free.

Can I use the nets outside of match and training times?

Yes, as long as it does not interfere with scheduled club training. These club practices generally take place Tuesday to Friday from 5pm-8pm in the summer.

What do I need to train or play?

To train, we ask that you wear whatever is comfortable for physical activity but a white top would be appreciated by the batsmen. It’s a bonus if you have your own kit and ball, but these items can generally be borrowed from other participants or the club.

To play, you will require cricket “whites” and trainers or cricket boots. We have our own club shop where you can obtain playing and training wear, but you can also get “whites” from many sports retailers. Again, it is very likely that protective kit and a bat can be borrowed from fellow team mates.

Do you have coaching available?

We have a number of coaches who play at the club and direct practices depending on availability. One of whom is a duty coach working at the Oval Cricket Ground and is available for one-to-one sessions. We are happy to put people in touch with our coaches and they are free to negotiate terms direct.

When do you play?

Matches occur every Saturday and Sunday from mid-April to mid-September, weather allowing. There are a number of Wednesday fixtures scheduled. All matches start between midday and 2pm.

What format are these games?

League matches vary between limited overs cricket (number of overs can vary between 40 and 50 per side) and “time” / “declaration” cricket (90 or 100 overs in the day). Friendly matches tend to be 40 overs per side but can vary subject to the agreement of captains on the day.

What leagues are you in?

The top four men’s sides play in the Surrey Championship, the leading organised league in Surrey. As we are situated on the Kent/Surrey border, our 5th and 6th XIs are able to play in the Kent Regional League.

The list of friendly fixtures has been cultivated over a number of years and include local clubs and wandering sides. We often also have a 7th side on Saturdays play non-league friendlies.

Our Sunday and Wednesdays sides play non-league friendlies.

Do you play T20?

Men’s mid-week T20 Surrey Slam team.

We enter the Surrey Championship T20 competition on an annual basis. This is a knockout competition. We have also entered a team into The Surrey Slam for 2019, which would provide a number of fixtures in the local area, is designed to be completed in 2.5 hours and caters for a range of abilities.

Are there social events?

Yes! In some ways, we pride ourselves on it! In the summer, each senior team takes turns to host a club social so there’s generally an event on every other Saturday. Throughout the year, we also arrange drinks on a semi-regular basis, quiz evenings, golf days and the infamous annual awards evening.

Do you cater for disability cricket?

We don’t have a dedicated team or coaching system in place, but we endeavour to include everyone regardless of their disability assuming that the activity is appropriate and safe. We are currently fundraising for a new pavilion and this will be built to modern building standards, making the facility far more disability friendly.

Do you have a cricket week or regular tour?

Not at present, but this would likely receive the support of the Executive Committee if a member wished to organise it.

Is there any club kit that I can borrow?

There are a few discarded items left in the changing rooms but no official club kit bag to use. In general, other members are happy to lend their own kit for people to use.

What are the bar prices like?

Very reasonable and much cheaper than the pubs in the local area (perhaps with the exception of Wetherspoons!). You can currently get a pint for £3.30.

Do you pay any players to play?

No. We have had some notable professional players in the past but currently choose to make sure that funds raised are used to the benefit of all members.

Can I join a few training sessions, play a few matches or visit the club before I have to decide whether to join?

Yes, of course. We realise that choosing a club can be a difficult decision so we’re happy for people to visit and meet other members before to see if we are the right fit for you.

Am I expected to volunteer any of my time to help run the club?

No, but we would very much like you to consider if you could assist. We are a volunteer-led organisation passionate about delivering cricket to the local community and any help would be much appreciated.

Do you have any need for people to just umpire or score?

Yes! We can offer a small payment, good company and you are welcome to join the players and other officials for tea.


Please send an email to, which in monitored by several members of the club’s Executive Committee in order to ensure that all enquires get a timely response. If your enquiry is about men’s cricket, you will normally get a reply from one of the following two club officers:

Dan Ellis – Men’s Club Captain (general enquiries to do with men’s cricket)
Daniel Johnson – Men’s Membership Secretary (registration & membership)

Note: By contacting us, you are agreeing to having data stored that is reasonably needed to offer cricket, which includes the sharing of limited personal data to third parties such as the Play-Cricket website. We will never share your personal details where it is not essential to be able to continue offering cricket as part of your membership.

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