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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 in 2020 for indoor nets

Men’s indoor nets normally start in January and run through to early April. Over the last few years, sessions have been 11am-1pm Sundays at Dulwich Prep School (click for Google Maps) and 8pm-9:30pm on weeknight evenings at Kent’s out-ground in Beckenham: The County Ground (click for Google Maps).

If you’d like to know when dates for nets are confirmed, please contact us.

Train like the pros at The County Ground, Beckenham. Well, at least at the same facilities!

There is plenty of parking at both venues.

Lanes are 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 in 2019 were £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 (usually late April), we have training at the club ground on Thursday evenings from around 18:30 to 20:30. 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 enquiries.smcricketclub@gmail.com, 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)
Sam Keenan – Men’s Membership Secretary (registration & membership)

Fees

Full-paying members
Membership: £210 (£250 if paid after 30 April 2020)
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 2020)
Match Fee: £6/match
Indoor nets: £5/session (2 hours)

Under 21 members
Membership: £70 (£85 if paid after 30 April 2020)
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 Men’s Membership Secretary, Sam Keenan (enquiries.smcricketclub@gmail.com). 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 men’s membership fee is bank transfer.

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

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

Notes:

  • 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 Annual General Meeting (usually November) 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 almost £20,000 per year 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.

Teams

In 2019, we ran the following teams. In 2020, we will have a regular 7th XI entered into the the league.

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 throughout the season

FAQs

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.

Selection Principles

  • To ensure all teams reach the highest standard of cricket within their respective league structure.
  • To promote youth development to serve the current and future playing strength of the club.
  • To give fair and equal opportunity across all teams to perform.
  • To select a well-balanced side at all times.
  • To ensure on pitch success is rewarded with opportunities and poor
    performance is managed fairly.
  • To uphold the “spirit of cricket” and “club code of conduct” – via non selection
    of offenders.
  • To be transparent and fair in selection.
  • Priority will be given to ensure that players will play a minimum of one match
    on any given weekend.

Selection Committee

  • Selection Committee will consist of: Chairman of Selectors and Team Captains. No other persons may attend unless they have got the permission of the Chairman of Selectors.
  • Selection will take place on Monday evenings at 6pm.
  • Players must notify availability for selection by 6pm on Monday

How does selection work?

Selection Procedure

  • By Monday 6pm each week, please mark your availability in our club Teamo app for the following Saturday, Sunday and (when relevant) the Wednesday. If you are available this will be indicated by a green circle around your profile pic. Captains will then use this app to compile player availability.
  • If you are unavailable then please mark yourself as unavailable on the app – this will be indicated by a red circle around your profile pic.
  • If you are unsure then you can mark yourself as a ‘maybe’ with an orange circle around your profile pic.
  • When organising multiple teams, last minute adjustments to availability can prove problematic so if we haven’t heard by 6pm Monday evening via Teamo, we will assume you are unavailable, as this minimises disruption later in the week.

Criteria for selection

  • Paid membership- you will be given priority over those who have not paid after the end of May which is the final cut off for paying annual membership subscription.
  • Members who have not paid their membership subs after May will not be eligible for selection
  • If you have not paid match fees by the Monday section meeting you may not be picked by the captains unless there is a valid reason.
  • Teams will be selected on the strongest and most balanced basis pending player availability. Selection will be based on availability, form, known ability, conduct, and attitude.
  • The above will apply at all times except in cases where youth development is
    concerned. The selection committee reserves the right to choose a junior/
    youth player to enhance their cricket development within the club.
  • We aim to try to keep sides as settled as possible for the teams to ensure team spirit and belonging to a specific XI – This is availability dependent though!
  • Where a player is picked in a different team from usual, they will be played as close to their normal positions as possible.
  • Holiday breaks may result in one game in a lower side on return.
  • Inappropriate behaviour (on or off the field) is not acceptable at any time and will not be tolerated under any circumstances, and may result in non-selection or suspension.
  • The Selection Committee reserves the right to vary the above if circumstances dictate.
  • Where the team captain cannot make selection the team vice-captain shall attend.
  • Team Captains must ensure online paperwork is properly filled in, submitted to the club and that all match fees are paid.

Your commitment to Streatham and Marlborough Cricket Club

  • Meet your commitment – don’t drop out after selection!
  • If you have to drop out after being picked please let us know the reason as we
    understand emergencies happen. Getting wasted on a Friday night and not turning up on a Saturday will be severely frowned upon and you will also have let your team mates down!
  • Notify availability to the selection committee before 18.00 on Monday, including any need to leave early, “play at home” etc.
  • Be responsible for checking your selection on Thursday evening and advise any non-availability to captains at the earliest opportunity.
  • Practice your agreed role to the best of your ability.
  • Be on time – arrivals at the game should be a minimum of 60 minutes before
    the start – ready to help captains.
  • Earn your place in a team; no-one has a right to play for a particular team.
  • Play where selected to the best of your ability.
  • Help your Captain on match days, without being asked!!
  • Always uphold “the spirit of cricket,” “club code of conduct,” good manners, on
    and off the field.
  • Pay match fees on time, otherwise it may affect your selection.

Streatham and Marlborough Cricket Club promise to you:

  • We aim to give you the very best cricketing experience each week and full value for your subscription.
  • Players will be picked in their agreed role and utilised there as fully as possible.
  • Youth team players (when selected) will be picked on merit, played in their role and fully utilised in that agreed role.
  • Selections will be posted on the notice board in the main hall.
  • Players will be informed personally of promotions and/or demotions (with
    reasons) by their existing team captain.
  • Structured training and coaching will be available for all players (this will be
    advertised pre-season on the website and club notice board).
  • We intend to be fair as possible to everyone at all times
  • Grievances can and should be made via the team captain, club captain or
    Chair of Selectors.

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 Men’s Chair of Selection 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 and during the summer, we have training/nets sessions weekly outdoors at the club. See details at the top of this page).

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. If you are the last one to leave the club, the car park gate must be closed and locked to prevent the dumping of waste and abandoned vehicles.

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. We also normally have a few Wednesday afternoon and mid-week evening fixtures scheduled. Afternoon matches normally start between midday and 2pm and finish around 6-8pm. Evening Surrey Slam T20 matches normally start at 6pm and finish before 9pm.

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. Surrey Slam matches are 20 overs per innings.

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. In 2020 we will also run a 7th league side.

The list of friendly fixtures has been cultivated over a number of years and include local clubs and wandering sides.

Our Sunday and Wednesday afternoon sides play 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 for players of high ability (1st & 2nd team, generally).

We also enter The Surrey Slam, which provided around 4-5 fixtures in the local area, is designed to be completed in 2.5 hours and is best suited to players of medium to medium-high ability (2nd-4th team, generally speaking).

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. In 2019, around 2-3% of our membership had a disability.

Do you have a cricket week or regular tour?

Planning has begun for a club tour to Sri Lanka 14–26 March 2020. This coincides with the ECB tour so there is provision for two days at the Test Match along with four days of cricket as well as rest days to sightsee and go on safari. We are looking for expressions of interest at this stage. Jason James is leading the organisation and has worked some minor miracles to get this off the ground for a cost of approximately £1,350 to include flights, accommodation (half board), test tickets, games and transportation. If you would like to hear more, please get in contact with Jason direct on j.a.s.james505@gmail.com.

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 all 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.

Enquiries

Please send an email to enquiries.smcricketclub@gmail.com, 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)
Sam Keenan – 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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