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Haye vs Klitsckho
The fight will be shown in the bar after the game. Unsure of the timings as yet, but the programme starts at 8pm. Fight likely to be on after 10pm.
Following the great success of April’s quiz (over 60 attendees), I am pleased to announce your next helping of questions on Friday 22nd July. Please make an effort to come down and encourage friends, family and colleagues to attend as well! Don’t worry if you haven’t got a full team, we can always find you a place on a team. All welcome.
Details are as follows:
Venue: Clubhouse, Dulwich Common
Cost: £10 (£5 concessions) – includes a brilliant curry by Savitri.
Start: 7.30pm (questions to start @ 8pm prompt).
6 per team (there is some flexibility)
If you need any further details, then please let me know. Confirmations of attendance to go direct to Roddie Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please do confirm as Savitri needs to know how many to cater for.
Last weekends results:
The 1’s took a short trip to the picturesque Staines & Laleham to find a great cricket wicket with evenly cut grass and a flat outfield, played against a fine set of upstanding young gentlemen. There’s not much truth to the previous sentence but even so, SMCC didn’t really compete in any aspect of the game. Having won the toss, we inserted S&L who got off to a quick start. Wickets pegged back the run rate, but S&L batted sensibly to give themselves 226 to defend. Davenport (4-57) and Mortimore (3-59) the pick of the bowling. S&L opted to bowl with the old ball (which was barely fit for play) and SMCC found it difficult to pierce the slow outfield. The pressure built and wickets were lost in clusters. Former Middlesex bowler, Tim Bloomfield, ending up with 6-24 as SMCC were skittled for 67. At least we enjoyed the nice hot shower at the end of the game, oh… wait… it was cold. (D Ellis)
1st X1 League position – 6th / 10
A great win against the league leaders which has put the 2nd’s on the same points as them. A good start from Knotty that was back up with a mature innings from Barty and a muscular 51 from Simon Gartshore set up a platform which the lower order failed to capitalise on and we were bowled out for 180 some 40 behind where we wanted. The young opposition were quiet cocky at the start of their innings but after some polite conversation from Cornsy they started to unravel. Rossco and Cornsy put on a great opening spell and a magnificent catch from Barty to remove their Captain was big moment in the match. Wickets fell at regular intervals and the game was finished off by Clarky playing his first game for the 2nd’s taking 3 for 10. A really strong performance in the field with no dropped catches and with two home matches coming up gives us a real chance to consolidate our position at the top end of the league. (C Brinsden)
2nd X1 League position – 4th / 10
3rd X1 League position – 12th / 18
The 4s travelled to the barren wastes of Sanderstead, only a looming Waitrose store a reminder of the last 30 years of civil development. Winning the toss, Sanderstead were inserted on a pitch that played a lot better than it looked, and with a good all-round performance in the field were bowled out for 97 in 44 overs of low ambition from the home side. Sheik and Ramsey are forming a potent opening attack and this week it was Shiraz with the wickets, taking 3 for 4 in 9 miserly overs of extravagent swing bowling. New player Mateen also took 3 in slightly less ‘classical’ mode, with Mehta, Gladstone and Ramsey chipping out the rest. Then there was tea. The less said about that the better. Going into bat with an experimental order, Moss and Bell made a good start, scoring 18 and 19 respectively. Henderson’s 10 was full of good running, and Mehta at 4 played responsibly for 17. But as a couple more wickets fell, Bizley and Buck not managing to cash in on some dispirited bowling, things began to get a little squeeky, especialy as the side was unexpectadly reduced to 9 due to ‘appointments’. Happily a lusty blow from Sheik ended the game, and the nerves, to give the team another win and go second in the league. Congratulations to all on a hard fought game. This week, the table topping and undefeated Oxted at home. A narrow loss to them with only 9 players at their ground means we go into this game with a great deal of confidence and the chance to put ourselves in with a shout to win the league. (D Gladstone)
4th X1 League Position – Joint 2nd / 8
Sullen cloud gave way to bright sunshine by 7pm at a busy Footscray Rugby Club. The captain won the toss for the 4th time this season and put the opposition in. Tight and hostile opening spells from A.Jones (10-2-27-3) and R. Thomas (10-0-41-3) saw us on top for the first 20 overs. Both bowlers used the conditions to swing the ball and the track was helpful. Stan Barrett-Johnston caught three behind the poles and dropped one (according to him). Several bisected slip and keeper and we had high hopes of rattling Blackheath out for less than a hundred. Luck and some less disciplined bowling and fielding saw Blackheath get back in to it after drinks. Blackheath’s skipper bludgeoned his way to 41 not out and Blackheath finished up on 169. We definitely let them get too many runs but Asad Malik (4-0-20-1)and Elliott Charles (10-1-37-1) bowled well at the death and the fielding was good in parts. We dropped too many catches this week but 4.5 an over was gettable. Credit to debutants Dagmara Selwyn-Cruzca and Asad Malik who fielded well and saved runs in the field. We lost Stan Barrett-Johnston and Mike Nicholas to good deliveries early. Andy Jones and Tim Ash then took us to 40 odd before both were gone in quick succession, Andy getting a brute of a ball that leapt at him from a length and Tim the victim of a brave colts LBW decision. Kev Morgan then batted beautifully on a track made for him. Variable bounce seems to bring out Kev’s cussed side and he was brutal to anything with a bit of width. Both classy Rory Thomas (18) and brutal Asad Malik (17 off 13 balls) gave good support to Kev and got us within sight of the finishing line. Then a clatter of wickets left us 26 short. The unusual sight of the captain being caught at long on being both an uplifting (literally) and tragic end to a good game. All that was left was a good chat with the opposition ( a fine bunch of gentlemen) and the endless chewing over of ‘what if’s’. (L Johnston)
5th X1 League position – 10th / 10
A fabulous afternoon in the sun ended in a credible draw for a side featuring young and old of both genders. Everyone worked hard, contributed and enjoyed themselves. OD’s batted first and made 167 for 3 off their 36 overs with R. Thomas (10-1-36-0) Dagmara Selwyn-Kuczera (2-0-10-0), Stan Barrett-Johnston (7-1-12-1), B. Patel (9-0-43-1), C. Pierre-Packer (4-0-29-0) and C. Knott (4-0-30-1) sharing the bowling duties. The sun was a crucible and it was pleasing to see everyone stick to their task with good performances in the field. Eleanor, Dagmara, Chantelle, Jim and Stan impressed in particular. Stan Barrett Johnston (42) and Jim Roebuck (6) got us off to a sound start. We started to accelerate at the right time but lost a clatter of wickets in the middle order. Stan kept going and was joined by his father (16 not out). Once the floppy haired opener played a tired shot to gully after 2 hours in the heat, Brijesh (5) struck a couple of lusty blows before Johnston and Reardon re-enacted their famous ‘shut up shop’ routine and played out the last 6 overs with no alarms to cling on for a well-earned draw. A lovely day, a good tea and fine opposition. What could be finer? (L Johnston)
This weekends games:
1st X1 away to Cranleigh
2nd X1 home to Ashford
3rd X1 away to Esher
4th X1 home to Oxted & Limpsfield
5th X1 home to Dulwich
5a’s away to TBC
Development home to Spencer
1st X1 home to Petts Wood
2nd X1 away to Aynsford
Best of luck to all the sides.