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Midweek SMS – 06.07.2011

Dear all,

Straight on to the news…

Quiz night

Please can people start sending some responses if they will be making the quiz – Roddie has only heard from a few people thus far…



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 to Roddie Bell (

Chairman’s Charity Event

I am running (well jogging really) the London 10k on Sunday with my daughter Natasha to raise funds for our research institute (see I know I am always calling on my friends to donate to one cause or another but if you can spare a little I would greatly appreciate it. The just giving web page is: and if you give as gift aid we get the tax as well! Thanks in anticipation, John Greenwood.

Last weekends results:


SMCC made their final long trip of the season to Cranleigh keen to put in a good performance against the pro’s. The pitch looked an absolute belter and SMCC decided to make first use of it on winning the toss. Benge and Ellis opened for SMCC and looked comfortable without being allowed to score freely before Benge edged behind. Cranleigh soon turned to seasoned county pro, Rob Ferley, to make the next breakthrough as the score passed 50. The introduction of these two bowlers allowed SMCC to score more freely but Langan soon departed. De Ruyter played nicely before Ferley found his edge, 1 ball before drinks. Soon after drinks, Ellis (55) got a pretty average decision and the dynamic of the game was changed . Only McGill really got to grips with the two (ex) professionals who were now bowling as the wickets began to fall. Adam Eldridge was LBW, McGill was caught in the deep, Davenport was stumped and Mortimore LBW as SMCC stumbled to 131-8. Then some entertainment began… Sayif Sarwar is an enigma and everyone was keen to see what he would when faced with a veteran of the county scene. The first ball was blocked, the second saw the reverse sweep come out (4 runs), then came the Dilscoop (2), followed by the slog sweep (4). This was soon put to an end as another attempted Dilscoop caught the toe end and Mark Eldridge called through a suicidal single and Sarwar was run out. Cruttwell fell soon after and the innings closed on 144 from 49.2 overs. The former pro’s bowling more than half of them. Not satisfied that they had earned their match fee, Kenyan international Seren Waters and Rob Ferley then came back out to open the batting. They only departed when the job was done. (D Ellis)

1st X1 League position – 6th / 10


No report 2nd X1 League position – 3rd / 10


No report 3rd X1 League position – 13th / 18


The 4s faced Oxted and Limpsfield, the undefeated league leaders at home. A crunch match. O&L were asked to bat first and for a good while this seemed the wrong decision as after 29 overs they had posted 143 for 1 wicket down. But it all turned round as the captain decided to remove himself from the attack after bowling some awful garbage and brought on the wiley skills of Bell and Henderson. Runs dried up, pressure was applied and wickets began to fall. In the end, O&L scraped to 222 from a crafty 45.5 overs. Ramsey 3 wickets, Bell 1 and Henderson 4 from the longer wobbly run. Jones, Nicholas and Gill also contributed useful overs and the overall fielding effort was excellent on a hot day, absorbing pressure and keeping patient. Moss and Greenwood began the reply with yet another 50+ partnership, the chairman cursing his luck and Sri Lankan airport food as he fell skying the ball for 19. And then in came Stuart. And he didn’t leave. A 115 stand between him and Moss was well judged as the run-rate was managed and some lusty blows struck. Moss fell for 82 as he pushed for quick runs, caught on the long-on boundary. Henderson, eyesight affected by one of the captain’s painkillers and Jones, unfortunately run-out fell quickly but continued strokeplay from Stuart with 86 not out and some disrespectful hitting from Gladstone with a quick 22 closed the game out with 2.4 overs to spare. A great win, keeping Oxted in sight as the season ticks over into it’s second half. This league is winnable, and with a good batting line-up, disciplined and aggressive bowling and, if not class, but commitment in the field it can be done. Many thanks to all for a great game in which everyone contributed, and also to Chris, Laurie and Sags who were most helpful and understanding in a week of several selection difficulties. As a post script, stat of the day from Henderson. Against O+L, the 4s have scored 503 runs for 5 wickets. Good eh? (D Gladstone)

4th X1 League Position – 2nd / 8


A patched up V’s took the field with just 10 men and boys after a difficult week selection wise. The skipper lost the toss and the V’s faced the vagaries of Belair once more. Having decided to play on a strip other than the one ‘prepared’ for us it must be said that this was one of Belair’s milder days. Except for poor Stan Barrett-Johnston who was on 9 runs after 5 or 6 overs when one pitched two feet outside off, shot along the ground at a 45 degree angle in to his stumps. Alex Murray batted nicely for 14 until undone by one that turned and lifted. After that it as pretty meek stuff. 78 all out. When we had reduced Dulwich to 5 for 3 we were daring to hope. Then Tony Ebert was dropped on 0. He went on to make 48. We took a couple more wickets and tried hard but Dulwich got home by 5 wickets. Perhaps the brightest spot of the day was Alex Murray’s three excellent slip catches. That’s one fielding position sorted. (L Johnston)

5th X1 League position – 10th / 10


The Sunday 2’s travelled to the picturesque setting of Eynsford for a friendly match and returned to SE21 with a victory. Skipper Karthik and Bell steadily took the score into the 30’s before Bell decided that a half tracker was a wicket taking delivery. Blob arrived at the wicket and pushed the scoring rate on before departing in a similar manner to Bell just before drinks. Moss missed a straight one. Crutts had obviously upset the skipper by calling him the wrong name one too many times and was promptly ran out by him for 0 before colts Kalla and Josh also departed cheaply. The Skipper and Barty then took the score on to 118 before the skipper was dismissed in the high sixties. Then the fireworks started. Brijesh and barty put on 91 for the eighth wicket. Brijesh defied convention with some of his shot selection and normal cricketing convention when he raised his bat to acknowledge that he had reached 38. He was out shortly afterwards for 42 and Dagmara played out the last two balls for her first not out in a seniors match, much to the relief of Eleanor. Innings closing on 209-8 off 40. Barty was unbeaten on over 50. Eynsford got out the blocks quickly with some savage hitting on anything wayward from Dagmara and Josh, before Crutts came on and removed both openers. Brijesh’s legs confused their number 3 and he managed to bowl him whilst Josh returned to take out the leg stump of the Eynsford youngster who had played Cruttwell without the care or apprehension that many more experienced batsmen have shown in the past 25 years. Despite some savage hitting Barty and Blob continued to take wickets (some to good catching, some missed straight ones and umpire Wacko could find no doubt that Barty’s right arm round the wicket legspin had trapped a right hander LBW) and I think we might not get invited back next year. Eynsford all out for 170something. Fun continued in the bar afterwards, where Bell and Blob held Eleanor’s phone away from her at arms length. At this point the youngster showed commendable violence and promptly glassed Bell in the face. He promptly handed over the phone and will not mess with her again. (R Bell)

This weekends games:


1st X1 away to Metropolitan Police

2nd X1 home to Thames Ditton

3rd X1 away to SinjunGrammarians

4th X1 home to Old Rutlishians

5th X1 away to Orpington

5a’s away to Reigate Priory


Development away to Banstead

1st X1 home to Putney

2nd X1 away to Barnes Common


Away to Leeds & Broomfield (in the grounds of Leeds Castle)

Best of luck to all the sides. Dan

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