Apologies for the tardiness of this latest newsletter, i was busy failing an exam…
One of the committees priorities this year was to create a new website which is more user friendly and provides more information about the club than can be found on our play-cricket site. This is particularly aimed at prospective members and corporate hirings. Please look at http://tesla.vivawebhost.com/~nadworks/streathammarlboroughcc.co.uk or http://www.smcricket.co.uk. If you have any idea’s about how the website can be improved, please contact me.
Last weekends results:
Chris McGill’s maiden five-for was overshadowed by a poor batting display as the 1’s fell to defeat. Against one of the strongest batting line ups in the league, McGill tore through the top order with late swing (all five wickets were caught behind/slips) to reduce Ashford to 92-6. Unfortunately Ashford were able to recover to 226 for 9 through a mixture of good batting and poor fielding. Still, an eminently achievable target.
The ball started zipping around as Ashford’s bowled well in return. There was little width on offer and the wickets came at regular intervals. There was little resistence and the best score was 23 from Wintersgill. SMCC bowled out for 83. (D Ellis)
1st X1 League position – 9th / 10
The 2nd X1 travelled to bottom placed Brook on Saturday. Craigo was in temporary charge so the result is being placed firmly in his lap! Brook were totally under the cosh at 150-8, Blob had 3-0, but things got a bit out of hand with a flurry of 6s and in the blink of an eye managed to muster 246 all out, Blob inishing with 4-71! A good start by the boys with the bat 100-1 ledley bush maintaining good form with 70. But then some indifferent batting inexperience and naïve shot selection saw S&M skittled for 196. Lessons need to be learned quickly before a good start to the season turns sour. Well bowled Macca x (M Eldridge)
2nd X1 League position – joint 2nd / 10
The 3’s recorded another fine win with Captain Lee “Kiddy” Vidler leading the way. Kiddy made 96 out of 221-9 declared before all the bowlers chipped in to bowl Merstham out for 107, Jeff Hardy (3-35) and Tommy Ramsey (3-34) the pick of the bowling.
3rd X1 League position – 6th / 18
On a grey and overcast day the 4th XI faced a top of the league Chessington side that had only lost one game so far this term. Things started badly when one of the team failed to show, Chessington’s skip called wrong and S&M elected to field first. Skipper Andrew Henderson took the new ball and proceeded to take his maiden 5 for, backed up by a tight opening spell from Josh Ball (Jedward 2), Matt Clark who was desperately unlucky not to take a stack of wickets and an aggresive and pacy spell from Steffan Ball (Jedward 1) who took 2 for 13. After a couple of weeks where the 4’s haen’t shined in the field, the team produced a top draw fielding display gaining three run outs including a great backing up throw from Brett Lynch to, to skittle Chessington for 106.
The 4’s had 56 overs to get the total, a typically aggresive start from Jedward 1 saw him to an all boundary 16 in not many balls and S&M off to a flying start, but the loss of some cheap wickets and some dodgy umpiring decisions from the Chessington ump saw the 4’s slip to 81 for 5. Newton Moss played a steady innings making 26 that set the 4’s onto victory only to fall 17 runs short of victory. Henderson was joined by Lynch who settled the ship with a small but consistant partnership before he fell to a good leg-side catch from the keeper. Henderson and Jedward 2 saw the team home, Jedward 2 hitting the winning runs with a mighty blow back over the bowlers head. (A Henderson)
4th X1 League Position – 2nd /10
A magnificent 97 from colt A. Picksley won this game for Bexley. The boy richly deserved a hundred but fell just short. This fine knock took the edge off a good bowling display by S&M for whom Brotherton and Sarwan, in particular were terrific. Brotherton found his line and length from the first ball and moved the ball late away from the bat finsishing with 3 for 16 off 7.3 overs. Sarwan mixed his express pace with crafty quick wrist spin and slower balls and took 3 for 28 off his 10. Young Rory Thomas bowled well to take 3 for 37 off his 5 overs. Mike Nicholas troubled the batsmen as did Paul Hinchcliffe and I was pleased that the 5th’s managed to bowl a side out in the league for the first time. The fielding was good and there was a marvellous catch for the cameras by Cyrille Viossat.
S&M looked to be right in the game when Sarwan and Barrett-Johnston put on 42 for the 5th wicket and had us right up with the rate. This was after steady work from Price (11) and Murphy (15) after we had lost Morgan early. There were some great shots from the colts, particularly Sarwan who thumped the ball hard on his way to 44. Saifullah then decided the time had come for his favourite mode of dismissal – the huge wind up and stumped. Stan hit three elegant shots and then decided to see if the oposition would accept some tame catching practice. They did. Paul Hinchcliffe (8) tried gamely to hold the innings together with Mike Nicholas (9) but it was not to be. There was time for the stand in captain to demonstrate why he bats at 11 with the worst shot of the season, century to bring it all to a disappointing close. (L Johnston)
5th X1 League position – 9th / 9
A comfortable victory for Beddington against 10 man S&M. It didn’t always look that way though. Saifullah sarwan caused a lot of headscratching in his smash and grab 34 with his now familiar power through the leg-side. It all ended cheaply though with a bottom of the bat lofted catch to mid-on. Stan Barrett-Johnston briefly threatened to cut loose with three lovely boundaries through cover and backward point before deciding the world had seen enough of his talent and propping a catch to short cover. Hughie Irmiger bludgeoned 18 not out in uncompromising style and that was it in terms of double figures. Beddington bowled and fielded with discipline.
Alastair Priestley looked composed at the top of the order but didn’t get many scoring opportunities. It wasn’t Ryan Wilmott’s or Johnny Battle’s day and they will have other times. The Patel twins and Toby Dalton tried hard for the team and sacrificed themselves in the cause. Jamie Davorn had no choice but to swing. He did. He missed.
It was never enough. It is fair to say that Sarwan, Davorn, Patel and Irmiger all troubled the batsmen but Bhatt (34) and Chiemilinski (52 not out) batted very well, weathered the pace and accuracy of the S&M bowlers and guided Beddington home comfortably in 15.3 overs. Sarwan in particular could claim to be unfortunate in his spell (1 for 37 off 5) as most of the runs off him flew off the edge to the third man boundary. Stan kept well and we managed a run out.
Many thanks to all the parents and cousins (John and Ruth) who travelled with us and cheered the boys on on a cold June morning. Many thanks to Beddington and Peter, as always, for playing the game as it should be played.
A pretty dismal Sunday as the opposition didn’t turn up for the home game and the hiring failed to show as well.
This weekends games:
1st X1 away to Old Rutlishians
2nd X1 home to Chertsey
3rd X1 away to Old Tiffinians
4th X1 home to Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians
5th X1 away to Old Wilsonians
Sunday¦lt;br /> 1st X1 TBC¦lt;br /> 2nd X1 away to Cuaco
Development X1 away to Addiscombe
Under 15’s home to Purley
Best of luck to all the sides.