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Midweek SMS – 30.06.10

Dear all,

Firstly, a welcome to the parents who are receiving this newsletter for the first time. It’s a chance for you to keep up to date with what’s happening around your sons club and results / fixtures of other sides. 

Three belated 100 club draws took place on Sunday – the results are as follows: April 1st Jim Roebuck £100 2nd John Greenwood £15 3rd Laurie Johnston £10 May 1st Dan Ellis £100 2nd Peter Eldrdge £15 3rd Savitri Thomas £10 June 1st Team England (who entered on the day) £105 2nd Dave Gladstone £30 3rd Ron Ellis £20 For anyone who wants to enter, please contact Roddie Bell ( for details.

Last weekends results:

Will Ripley made an astonishing debut for the 1’s, scoring 110 and taking 2 cheap wickets. SMCC batted first at Old Ruts and the top order were blown away by some accurate seam bowling. Ripley came in at 31-4 and scored a brilliant hundred, McGill chipping in with 34 as SMCC recovered to post 202-9 after 55 overs. McGill and Ripley then came together again to take 2 wickets apiece as Ruts slumped form 49-1 to 82-6, but a rearguard action from their skipper saved the day. Ruts closing 19 runs short of the winning draw target on 144-8.(D Ellis)

1st X1 League position –10th / 10

Saturday 2nd x1 entertained Chertsey at Dulwich Common. Another toss won and Chertsey were inserted. An early wicket was marred by Ed taking a good catch at mid off but breaking and dislocating his thumb-he now has a new nickname- Eduardo!Best wishes on quick recovery mate. S&M turned the screw and Chertsey were in trouble at 80-7 – a great spell by Crutts after he had fainted at the sight of Eds mangled thumb- Cornsy isn’t in the side for his bowling anymore, the NHS must be saving a fortune with all the unpaid overtime we get him doing! Yet again, a wagging tail and ordinary bowling let the opposition off the hook, 181 allout with crutts ending with a 6fer. Probably the end of his wickets though as July approaches!
Some ordinary batting saw the home side hang on for a draw 8 down (with Ed absent). Only 2 partnerships of note, firstly by Craig and Kash which have us a glimmer of victory and then Steve Choney and Saga “George” Mehta batting out the last 6 overs very confidently. Congratulations to Paul Corns on going to of the table in the most hated players in the division, Blob will have to raise his game!(M Eldridge) 

2nd X1 League position – 2nd10

“Run, Tommy, run!” screams Luke, and as the ball darts between the keeper’s legs our Numbers 10 and 11 scamper through to record an epic victory for the 3rds by 1 wicket off the last ball against a strong Old Tiffs side that had splattered us around the park to score 262 off 45 overs. An impossible victory, a miracle, after they’d carved 85-1 off 12 overs in the sapping heat and were only pegged back by Ramsay’s Finest Hour – a fine spell of 11 overs for 41 runs that kept us in the game, helped by nerveless catching from Sayif (making his debut), Chris Sowton…and the best catch seen in the 3s for many a year from Greg Zelent, plucked out of the air one-handed on the deep mid-wicket boundary. But still, 262? At 19-2, S&M looked finished, with the Chairman and Knotty back in the shed. But the Secretary (24) and Chris (a brutal 62) whittled away at the total with a partnership of 87, and Vidler’s swashbuckling 27 – on one leg – kept us in the hunt. The turning point was an mad and brilliant 31 from the 15 year old Sayif (including a Dilshan over the keeper’s head), and this was followed by a partnership of 63 between Hendo (35) and The Hitman Hardy (beating his previous best with 31) before Ramsay’s heroic 17 at the end sealed things off. A game full of everything: tantrums, dodgy umpiring and even a run out from the Secretary. (J Sbresni)

3rd X1 League position – 4th / 18

On a brutally hot day, the 4’s recorded another impressive win over a top 3 team with an excellent all-round display of teamwork and intelligent cricket. Aggressive bowling spells on an unusually unresponsive pitch from Josh Ball and Mike Nicholas restricted the opposition to a run-rate under 4 in the first 15 overs, then an epic display of fitness from Steph “Mr. Sexay” Ball broke the opening stand with 2 wickets in 15 gruelling overs. Further support from the wizard Chris Reardon maintained control and some cleaning up from “Showbiz” Gladstone with 5 for 19, featuring 3 stumpings from Gavin “KPax” Buck, left S&M with a target of 237 in 43 overs.

Having enjoyed another outstanding tea, Steph Ball stroked his way to 66 in typically breezy manner, Newton Moss unlucky to be caught by an octogenarian at point for 9.Gavin “KPax” Buck kept the runs ticking with 25 without timing a single shot, and the target was reached with ease after 36 overs with little fuss and good running with Pat Sharp, aka Martin Thomson not out on 78 and “Showbiz” Gladstone with 38 unbeaten.

Hearty thanks to the whole team for a superb display in difficult conditions with “Bridgey”, “Scooby Doo” and “The Oracle” displaying real dedication in the field, to those who paid up on the record 5 jugs and apologies to the children on the tennis courts who spent their afternoons in serious peril.(D Gladstone) 

4th X1 League Position – 2nd /10

Another win for the 5th X1 lifts them off the bottom of the table. The win was achieved in unusual circumstances as Old Wilsonians were unable to fulfill the fixture due to a waterlogged pitch on the hottest week of the year so far, therefore conceeding the game.

5th X1 League position – 8th / 9


The Development XI began their 2010 campaign away at last years 3rd place play-off winning side, Addiscombe. New captain Armani Sharif won his first toss and elected to bat first (not influenced by the football kicking off at 3pm at all!). Jack Thomas got us off to a flier, hitting a quick fire 23. After a decent start, we continued to take the attack to Addiscombe’s opening bowlers and this proved to be Jack’s downfall as his good hitting came to a premature end. Wickets began to tumble and Alan Knott did a good job in anchoring the middle overs making sure we had as many overs to bat as possible. Unfortunately, no one could support Alan at the crease as wickets fell at regular intervals. In the end, we were bowled out for 119. 

After tea, we took to the field knowing that only wickets were going to win us the game as we were playing on a road and the outfield was lightning quick! Our bowlers bowled well for large parts but also provided the batsmen with far too many ‘four balls’. They toiled in the heat and were not helped a huge amount in the field with chances being dropped (myself more than others, sorry boys) and runs gifted due to errors. Addiscombe reached the total after just 15 overs as a result of sensible batting making us realise that at least 250 would have been a competitve score due to the conditions. 

Plenty to work on for the rest of the season, batting and fielding especially. We need to put this one out of our heads and get our campaign up and running with a win at home on Sunday! (A Sharif) ————————————————————-

Under 15’s 

A tight and hard fought game saw S&M Colts go down to the league leaders by 3 wickets. Losing the toss and batting first S&M lost Beauchamp (9) and Church (6) early. Sarwan (13) smacked the ball for a few overs including the now familiar switch hit off a fast bowler for 4. After running Church out, Sarwan was caught on the boundary. I was pleased that the tail managed to stay with Barrett-Johnston who batted very well and held the innings together with his 37 not out. This innings was made off 35 balls and included 2 fours and 2 massive sixes including one clear over the pavilion. We used our overs up thanks to Vinay’s last ditch defending and Stan’s judicious hitting and finished with 106 for 9.

In reply, Purley batted well against good bowling from Sarwan (1 for 22 off 5), Neve-Dunn (1 for 17 off 5), Irmiger (4 for 16 off 5) and (1 for 20 off 3). The strike bowlers were well backed by , Patel and Younis. The fielding was pretty good with the odd blemish. Twenty runs short, we were in it right to the end. No disgrace to lose to the league leaders but the feeling remains that we should have won it. (L Johnston)


 Under 13’s

Lost to Old Wimbledonians. OW’s chasing down a difficult target of over 140 to win the game. Max Twyman & Joshua Pentycross had to retire on 30 & 31 respectively.

 (If any parents are able to provide any notable performances / scores, then please contact me for the next game)


 Under 11’s

 Lost to Oxted and Limpsfield.

 (If any parents are able to provide any notable performances / scores, then please contact me for the next game)
This weekends games:

1st X1 away to Valley End 

2nd X1 home to Valley End
3rd X1 away to Walton on Thames 
4th X1 home to Alleyn & Honor Oak 

5th X1 away to Bromley Common 
1st X1 home to Petts Wood
2nd X1 away to Eynesford

Development X1 home to Merstham

Under 15’s away to Burgess Park 

Under 13’s away to Sutton

Under 11’s home to Reigate Priory


30.06.10 Home to Nomads 

07.07.10 Home to Dulwich

Best of luck to all the sides.

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