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Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club

Juniors play on our lower pitch as parents gather for an end of season celebration.

 

About SMCC

Looking for a cricket club that plays men’s cricket, women’s cricket and junior cricket with teams for both boys and girls in the Dulwich and Forest Hill area of south London?

We provide cricket for everyone – from the highest possible standards to the most leisurely. Whatever your background and however high or low your level of skill, as long as you love cricket, you’ll feel at home at Streatham & Marlborough.

President’s Day sees six-a-side teams of men, women and older juniors competing against each other.

Over 130 female members and growing rapidly

In 2023, we expect our women and girls to make up close to 30% of our playing membership. This places us at the forefront of being a gender equal club, on par with only two other clubs in the south London / Surrey region, and well ahead of nearly all other clubs in the country.

Our women’s section runs Sunday afternoon league games and mid-week evening T20s. In 2021, our Women finished 2nd in Surrey’s top division (now named the Premier Division in 2022) and won the inaugural Surrey Slam T20 tournament in 2019. Our women’s section has grown to 40+ members with more players joining every few weeks.

Our girls section, which new makes up 28% of our junior section, has grown to 90+ girls and in 2024 we will be running 4 dedicated girls’ squads: Under 8-9s (softball), Under 10-11s (hardball), Under 12-13s (hadball), Under 14-16s (hardball). Many of our oldest girls now also play women’s cricket, which is possible from school year 8+.

Based on figures shared by Surrey in 2022, the average club in the region with a girls’ or women’s section played just 23 matches in 2022. We played over 120.

We are also still one of the fastest growing clubs, with our female membership growing by around 20% per year. Based on our current rates of growth, we are aiming to run a third women’s team by 2025 and to run a girl’s squad for every school year by 2028. Having such a large female section makes us very well placed to provide a great training and playing experience whether you’re a county player or a beginner.

We run indoor training through the autumn/winter/spring, and welcome new female players of any age at any time of year.

We are probably one of a small number of cricket clubs in the country to be led by a chairwoman.

2019 Surrey Slam winners

One of the largest men’s sections in the country

Our men’s section puts out 7 teams most Saturday afternoons (6 league and 1 friendly), plus 2 Sunday afternoon friendly teams, a mid-week evening T20 side, occasional Wednesday afternoon friendlies and one indoor side that plays during the colder months.

This is one of the biggest men’s sections in the region and in the country.

Whether you’re a recently retired professional cricketer or you’re just recently retired, we have a team that’s right for you.

Warm-up match on our top pitch in 2020.

Friendly and sociable

To get a taste of what we’re like as a club, take a look at our club videos, our photo gallery and our lively public Facebook groupclub Twitter / SMCC Women Twitter, and club Instagram / SMCC Women Instagram.

We pride ourselves on being one of the friendliest and most sociable cricket clubs in the region. Our members come from all across south-east London.

Having probably the largest senior section in the country makes for lively post-match social gatherings after matches every week throughout the cricket season, and occasional social events such as quiz nights in the off-season. We absolutely welcome both drinkers and teetotallers alike.

Take a look at our social events.

Cricket for juniors of all ages

Our SMCC Juniors section runs cricket for over 240 boys and 90 girls from school year Reception all the way up into adult cricket, and we run cricket almost year-round, including autumn term and spring term indoor training as well as outdoor training and matches during the summer term and summer holidays. With our coaching partners 360 Cricket, we normally also run coaching camps during all school holidays except for Christmas.

In 2024, are running a boys league squad for every year-group from Under 8s to Under 15s, plus Under 17s, and 4 dedicated girls’ squads – Under 8-9s, Under 10-11s, Under 12-13s and Under 14-16s. 

We are also running a Development Squad aimed at U16-19s (including several girls) and young adults that plays in the Surrey Trust League on Sunday afternoons. We encourage teens to also play in senior mens’ and women’s cricket.

We play more matches! According the figures shared by Surrey Cricket Foundation in 2022, we played around twice as many junior matches per player than the average club in Surrey. 

We play friendlies continuing through the summer holidays, and we run camps at Easter, May half-term and for 6 weeks through the summer holidays for up to 70 players per day. In the autumn and spring terms we have 250+ players training each week, including dedicated sessions for girls’ squads.

Players and parents watch a close finish while waiting for the next to start on a Sunday at Mayow Park in 2020.

Diverse membership

Across both senior and junior sections, we are about 28% ethnicities other than white-British, 28% female and about 5% with a disability. We have players of all ages from 5 to 70+. Our leadership team is similarly diverse and reflective of our local community – see our Who’s who page.

Join any time of year

We welcome new members in all sections at any time of year. If you’d like to come and join us, get in touch today. We’re normally happy to invite you along to indoor or outdoor training sessions so you get to know the club before deciding whether to join, but for safeguarding and insurance purposes, please do contact us in advance.

 

Hire pitches & facilities

We are also well known for our beautiful cricket pitches, which are commented on year in and year out by visiting players. We have two pitches at our home ground and we use various other pitches in the local area. The club also has artificial turf practice nets and a pitch-side pavilion with a well stocked and inexpensive bar, which is open during matches and some training sessions.

Our pitches and facilities are available for hire at very competitive rates.

Picnic tables under the willow tree, looking across our lower pitch.

Sponsorship & donations welcome

If you run a local business, why not take a look at how you could partner with us as a sponsor and perhaps have your company logo on our club sign right next to the South Circular, in sight of thousands of motorists daily?

Both companies and individuals can also pledge to ‘buy a brick’ to our pavilion project and have your name immortalised on the honours board of the new clubhouse that is a long-term goal for the committee.

200 years & still going strong

Streatham & Marlborough was formed in 2003 after the merger of two long established local clubs – Streatham CC (1805) and Marlborough (1870) CC. We have been Clubmark accredited since 2009.

Our home ground, looking north towards central London.


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