Thanks to all who those who attended last week. Disaster was averted and we were able to use the top pitch over the weekend.
The committee decided at the start of the year that there were to be no bar tabs under any circumstances. If you don’t have money on you at the time, or the bar doesn’t have change, then don’t buy anything! Through experience, bar tabs are often not paid promptly and the hassle it causes for the treasurer to chase up funds is not worth the money made. It also avoids people abusing the bar tabs of others, which has been know to happen in the past.
Level 1 and Level 2 courses are still available. To increase uptake, Surrey CCC have introduced a deal whereby 50% of the cost of the course is reimbursed upon completion for those over 19 years old. Under 19 places are discounted to £60 (Level 1) and £75 (Level 2).
Colts Indoor Cricket
There is an ambition to start an U11 indoor cricket league this winter (Oct/Nov for 10 weeks) to be held at the weekend at Latchmere sports centre. Probably cost £4-5 per person per game to cover costs. If there are any parents interested, please can you make that known to Mark Eldridge directly.
Curry – 14th August
Savitri and Brijesh Patel will be making a curry for after the game on Saturday 14th August – please let them know directly if you intend to be there so they can get some idea of numbers. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Last weekends results:
The 1’s again failed to take the points they deserved after outclassing Trinity Midwhitgiftians. The highlight of the batting was Wesley Fernando’s first ton for the club, a superb 119* which took the game away from the opposition as SMCC had stuttered to 76-3. He shared a 105 run partnership with McGill (38) and SMCC posted a challenging 261-8 in 51 overs. McGill and Davenport then tore through the top order, well backed up by Hassan and Talbot. At 53-5 off 20 overs, TMW started to block and SMCC endured a boring final 30 overs to the game, eventually reducing their opponents to 190-7. Roger’s making these pitches too good! (D Ellis)
1st X1 League position –joint 9th / 10
A negotiated toss with Alleyn & Honor Oak skipper, Russell “Brearley” Clayton, meant that the ‘Boro batted first. Claws 1st 50 of the season set S&M on their way to a very respectable 250. A grafting 58 by Blob and a fine cameo by Cornsy enabled the captain to declare after 49 overs. Ex ‘Boro boy John Steel bowled 15 overs 0-86-well bowled Steely!A fine spell of bowling by crutts of 7-13 meant that AOB were never in the game. A double wicket maiden in the 1st over set the tone. Kirk chipped in with 2 wickets in his 1st bowl since the colts!With the skipper on holiday this week the boys travel to 3rd place Woking-good luck lads, see you next week.(M Eldridge)
2nd X1 League position – 2nd / 10
Early wickets and some good fielding meant that S&M were in this must-win game from the start. Some disciplined bowling from Kev and some lively stuff from Sayif put the pressure on early doors, and Bizzle bowled excellently until a brutal final-over assault spoilt his figures. The bowling star, however, was Martin with a proper five-fer (were you watching Lethal?). 250 was probably 50 more than it could have been, particularly if some of their edges had gone to hand and Justin Bowden had given a blatant caught behind which could be heard even at cow corner.
The chase began well with Shail and Martin, until the latter was run out with a direct hit. Two more runouts, combined with some slack strokeplay and a shocking decision for Chris, meant that we were always behind the eight-ball. Cameos by Sayif, Ollie and Beggsy (!) were not enough, and, in the end, we came up well short. A disappointing result which makes promotion this season a remote possibility.(C Sowton)
3rd X1 League position – 4th / 18
The 4th X1 went down to league leaders Old Ruts. Ruts were bowled out for 205, Dave Gladstone taking 4-47 and dismissed SMCC for 172, Henderson making 60.
4th X1 League Position –3rd /10
Old Colfeians beat the 5th X1 by 76 runs on a poor wicket at Belair Park. Colfe’s made 176 with youngster Karan Kumar taking 4-22. None of the SMCC batsmen got going and the 5’s were bowled out for 91 in 33 overs.
5th X1 League position – 7th / 9
The Development XI travelled to Trinity Mid-Whitgiftians looking to build some momentum for the end of the season. Trinity won the toss and chose to bowl first. We went out to bat hoping for a similar performance to the one we got at Purley. This wasn’t to be as we didn’t bat very well with near enough every batsman getting himself out as a result of silly shots or poorly executed shots. We managed to scramble 163 together as we were bowled out in the last over.
We took to the field knowing a fair bit about a couple of their batsmen due to their efforts against our first team on Saturday. Kasheef Hassan and Danny Davenport got the ball to move during their opening spells and managed to make a few breakthroughs (without any help at all from the Trinity umpire). Trinity were well up with the run rate so we turned to spin at both ends. Kirk De Ruyter and Jake Ashgar bowled tight spells picking up a few wickets along the way. At the 20 over stage Trinity were 82-4, so we knew it was going to be a tight game. They had one 1st X1 old timer still at the crease but we knew he was going to give us one chance. Luckily, straight after drinks, Sayif Sarwan took this chance after the batsman tried to hit Jake over the top of mid-on. The runs kept coming for Trinity and with 8 overs to go we knew that to win the game, we would probably have to bowl them out. They needed 34 off 8 and were 7 down. Armani Sharif picked up two wickets and Sayif bowled a few tight overs to put them behind the run rate. 2 overs left, they needed 14 and we needed 1 wicket. Sayif bowled a tight over only to let one delivery to slip out and go for 5 wides. Trinity need 6 off the last over. They get a single off the first ball. The next ball, the Trinity number ten attempted to win the game with one shot trying to hit Armani back over his head. Kirk covered a lot of ground to get under the catch and did very well to take it at full stretch. The next thing he new, he had 10 other lads sprinting at him and jumping on top of him (sorry about the glasses mate). We won the game by 5 runs.
Another good win considering we didn’t have many runs to play with and got nothing from the umpire. Let’s go on and win the last game to finish the season strongly. (A Sharif)
The Sunday 1’s secured a comfortable victory against Frimley. Both John Greenwood and Mark Bartolo retired on 51 and 47 respectively as SMCC chased down 160.
This weekends games:
1st X1 home to Metropolitan Police
2nd X1 away to Woking & Horsell
3rd X1 away to Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians
4th X1 home to Sanderstead
5th X1 away to Dulwich
Sunday¦lt;br /> 1st X1 home to The Stage
2nd X1 away to Franklin Lewin
Development X1 away to Cheam
Home to Linden Park
Best of luck to all the sides.