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Midweek SMS – 11.08.10

Dear all,

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. or

Charity Cricket Match

Cricket 4 Change will be holding a match in association with Croydon Business Venture Ltd to raise funds for disadvantaged children. It is held on Friday 10th September at Plough Lane and it is £20 a ticket for informal BBQ lunch followed by a 25 over a side match. Phil Tufnell will be attending from 12.30 till 3 prior to the match for autograph signing and photographs etc.

Club Hoodies

Please note that we still have 4 club hoodies left for sale (2 x Large & 2 x XL). Please see me if you would like one: £35 each.

Ground Work

Bart is putting together a list of people who are willing to volunteer some time to assist with ground preparation in the close season and the 2011 season. He is aiming to get a list of around 30 individuals who will be able to volunteer a small amount of time to help Roger as he will be taking on the upkeep of both squares at the ground. If you are willing to assist in any way (be it strimming, mowing the outfield, wicket preparation, etc), please contact Bart directly.

 Last weekends results:


Metropolitan Police were the opponents for this crunch relegation fixture for the 1st Team. Unfortunately, no one turned up and we got hammered. Only bright points from the game was the batting of Hassan and JC turning the ball, twice…(D Ellis)

1st X1 League position -10th / 10


The 2nd XI travelled away to 3rd place Woking for a huge game in the promotion race. At the start of the day, Woking were only 1 point behind us in second. We batted first on a drizzly day. The track was virtually unplayable with the ball popping up or keeping low nearly every delivery. The overcast conditions didn’t help as the new ball was swinging in both directions. Brian Slaughter had to work very for his top score of 21. Wickets fell at regular intervals which made building partnerships near impossible. Lee Vidler did his best to provide some stability in the middle order with a patient knock of 20. Alan Knott also did the same, trying to occupy one end. He eventually fell for 13. Sager Mehta tried his best to get some late runs but it didn’t help when he ran Armani Sharif out cheaply. We were bowled out for just 94. Woking were talking like they had won the game at tea, with one of their boys even suggesting they reverse the batting order. They had obviously never seen Paul Cruttwell bowl in these conditions.

We took to the field in a mixed mood. On the one hand, we knew the track was absolutely shocking, but on the other, we knew we only had 94 runs to defend. Crutts gave us the dream start getting a wicket in his first over. Armani then followed suit, also bowling their other opener in his first over. Crutts continued to keep the pressure on the Woking batsmen with huge amounts of swing ending his fantastic spell with figures of 5-14. Woking were 55-6 when skipper for the day Craig Brinsden and Armani were bowling through until the end. Craig bowled brilliantly to pick up 3 more wickets to leave Woking on the verge of a win or a loss at 84-9. Armani then picked up the last wicket to scenes of jubilation as the whole side knew we had just secured a massive win. We are now in pole position with four games left to play. Let’s not let wins like this mean nothing at the end of the season boys. (A Sharif)

 2nd X1 League position – 2nd / 10


Luke Harris and Leo Syed were the only bowlers required as the 3’s bowled out Chipstead Coulsden & Walcountians for just 39 in 25.1 overs. Harris, the wind whistling though his beard, returned figures of 5-13 whilst Syed took 5-23. Not a bad day at the office… The target was achieved in just 7 overs with the loss of 2 wickets.

3rd X1 League position – 4th / 18


The 4th eleven went into the game with Sanderstead looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat the week before. Captain Henderson pulled off his usual trick of winning the toss and put Sanderstead into bat. Tight opening spells from Ramsay and the debutante Dampier put the 4s into a dominant position which was then backed up by all the bowlers. Clark, Jedward Ball, Hendo and Dragon all took wickets with Showbiz Gladstone returning great figures of 3 for 12 off 10 overs to leave the 4s chasing 136 to win.

Roddie Bell set about the task in rapid fashion. Energised by having his brother/twin/clone  playing for the oppo, he scored a quick-fire 54 that near enough took the side past the winning draw margin with the dark clouds gathering. Pushing the big hitters up the order to try and reach the target before the impending downpour seemed fruitless when the heavens opened after 19 overs, 1 short of the total needed to amount to a game. Quick work with the covers and a large amount of sawdust (huge thanks to Barty for leading the work) allowed the game to continue once the sun had returned. Clark and Dampier knocking off the runs with 16 overs to spare. (A Henderson)

4th X1 League Position -joint 1st / 10


 Shorn of skipper Bell by the urgent need of the 4’s and bereft of the experience of Wayne Fitzharris by the claims of the 3’s, a young 5’s made the trip to Dulwich to try to complete a famous double. Led by rookie skipper Johnston and bolstered by the wiles of Keeper Buck we cunningly tricked Dulwich in to winning the toss and batting first. The pitch was hard and bare and the outfield short and fast. A wonderful opening spell from Ivan Taylor (12-2-28-2) and Saifullah Sarwah (11-1-46-1, 15 of the runs off the final over of the innings) kept Dulwich to a crawl in the first exchanges backed by the best fielding in the 5’s the skipper has ever seen. Goodyer, Khaira, Barrett-Johnston, Viossat, Murphy and Taylor being particularly impressive. Gavin Buck kept beautifully. Canny batting by Dulwich, particularly J. Johnson (87) and C. Osborne (26), saw Dulwich to a declaration that mystified us all of 190 for 5 in the 42cnd over.

This left us 191 to win in 48 overs. The rain had, by now, made the track sticky and it would need real application for us to get close. So thought the wise old hands in the commentary box. We lost Christy Murphy early caught behind but Stan Barrett-Johnston (a lusty 34) and Gavin Buck (carefully crafted 33) steadied the ship with a partnership of 70 for the second wicket and building a platform in the process. We were helped by generous Dulwich fielding with a double figure haul of dropped catches across the innings. C. Viossat hit a couple of nice shots before getting a leading edge to the bowler who dropped it but managed to run Viossat out after Saifullah Sarwar refused the run. This brought Sarwar (85 not out) together with Shindy Khaira (16) and they put on 88 for the fifth wicket in a breathtaking display of outrageous hitting (Sarwar) and restrained sense (Khaira) that took the game away from Dulwich. Saifullah restricted himself to one switch hit but did indulge himself to at least five dilshans that I can remember. Much tutting and shaking of heads from the senior pro’s. There were also some thumping pulls and drives. After Khaira had a heave and was bowled we had a little wobble with Sarwar managing to run Brijesh Patel out needlessly before Saif played his final dilshan for the winning run off 39.2 overs. Bliss was it to be alive…as Wordsworth would have said. (L Johnston)

5th X1 League position – 7th / 9


The Development XI played their last game of the season away at Cheam. Armani Sharif lost the toss and Cheam chose to bat first. We managed to get Cheam on the back foot early on thanks a brilliant opening spell from Kasheef Hassan (4-26) and a fiery few overs from Daniel Forde (2-25). We had Cheam 18-4. Some good batting and loose bowling helped Cheam stage a recovery to 113-6 but after some tight bowling from Kirk De Ruyter, the big shots began to come and so did the wickets. We bowled Cheam out for 181 on a very flat deck.

We started our innings slowly losing Alan Knott (2) early on but Jack Thomas played some lovely drives to put us above the run rate. Unfortunately Jack (25) fell to a good delivery and the middle order couldn’t get beyond their starts and gave their wickets away cheaply. Luke Harris (8) and Armani (10*) did their best to keep the game alive producing the second highest partnership (27) of the innings but in the end we were bowled out for132 with 8 overs to spare. It has been a mixed season for the Development side. Evidence was there that we are good enough having lost 4 games that on another day we may have won. The majority of our squad is under the age of 21 so there is definitely plenty of potential in the future of Streatham and Marlborough Cricket Club. It was also very good to see many of the youngsters breakthrough and play for the senior sides this year after gaining a bit more confidence having played in the Development side. It has been a very enjoyable experience captaining a great bunch of lads and I look forward to next season. (A Sharif)


The Sunday 1st X1 match was cancelled as the opposition were unable to fulfill the fixture.

This weekends games:

Saturday 1st X1 away to Ashford

2nd X1 home to Brook

3rd X1 home to East Molesey

4th X1 away to Chessington

5th X1 home to Gravesham


1st X1 away to Sunbury

2nd X1 home to TBC

Best of luck to all the sides.


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