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Midweek SMS – 03.08.2011

Dear all,


Following last weeks BBQ, there will be a repeat this saturday, with food available from 8pm.

Coaching Courses

For those of you who are interested, please see below information from Surrey regarding coaching.

The coach education programme for 2011/12 is now open for applications and we have a range of courses taking place from October – April. Details of the programme (together with some useful documents such as FAQs) can be found at:

In addition to the UKCC 1 and 2 programme we also have:

2 sets of CDWs (workshops for Level 2 coaches) in Guildford and Croydon

3 Training Methods Workshops (Course that qualifies L1 coaches to manage nets

A number of SPC and First Aid Courses

Last weekends results:


SMCC made the hop over to Kenley for the final round of declaration cricket, Matt Clark making his 1st X1 debut. SMCC’s bowling and fielding was pretty ragged early on and allowed SRK to reach 70-1 without really breaking sweat. The introduction of “spin” began to swing the game back to SMCC. 70-1 became 80-4 and soon came the seasons most controversial moment, opposing skipper Payton drove at the ball and Little took the catch tumbling in front of 1st slip. SMCC gave a token appeal as we went to congratulate the bowler before realising that Payton hadn’t walked and the umpire had not given the decision. Suffice to say that some words were had and tensions were simmering for the next few overs. Without him there, i’m not sure SRK would have made 100. With him, SRK limped up to 166-9, Ilbery taking 4-37 and Clarky returning 2-26. Benge got SMCC off to a good start, hitting two boundaries in the first over, but soon lost Ellis. Langan and Benge built a good partnership and took the score up to 43-1 before Langan was adjudged LBW. Benge fell soon after as he was early on a drive and Smith took a sharp catch at cover. Little didn’t last long as he picked out mid on, trying to clear the field. The skipper decided to send in Sarwar in the search of some quick runs, but he fell LBW attempting a reverse sweep. Ilbery ran himself out attempting a suicidal second and the saviour of the previous week (Davenport) was bowled. De Ruyter went on the attack and hit some fine shots in his 33, but fell before the end. SMCC bowled out with 2.3 overs to spare. (D Ellis)

The week before, SMCC entertained struggling Mitcham who lost the toss and were inserted by Blob. Wickets fell regularly and the top scorer was the captain with 28. Some light entertainment was supplied when the overseas came to the wicket – it was good of him to turn up an hour and a half late – i suppose it saved Mitcham the cost of a 1st class stamp when posting his cash! S&M had to score 183 to win. At 36-5 this looked to be a big ask! But a magnificent maiden league 50 by the ever improving Danny Davenport saw us home with 2 wickets to spare. (M Eldridge)

1st X1 League position – 6th / 10


2nd X1 League position – 4th / 10


3rd X1 League position – 11th / 18


A big game away to the neighbours at Alleyn began with early drama as the Chairman got lost on the way. Lost. On the way. Meanwhile, the remainder of the team was able to have a look at a strip which had earlier in the day been used for a rugby practise session and was showing the resulting damage with a series of potholes, a damp patch(?) and a lot of dust. This was going to be a tricky one and was a good toss to win. Ramsey charged in down the hill with great agression but the early damage was inflicted on the opposition featuring a couple of former Streatham members by young Chris (Special K, Metronome, Blonde Bombshell, K-hole) Knutson with 5 overs up the hill accounting for 3 top-order players. 5 overs, 2 maidens, 3 for 8 was an exceptional spell. Then in a move that proves the 4s are home to all levels of athletic ability Bell whipped out 3 more in 7 overs of cunning and uphill toil. Henderson took 1 and Bizley caused a few issues for all until Ramsey came back to clean up some stubborn resistance, finishing with 3 from 11.1 overs of proper quick bowling. Alleyn all out for 134 in 36.1 overs. Tea was excellent, causing a re-jig of the batting order as the skipper indulged in some fine egg and bacon sarnies. Moss and Greenwood both fell early as the devils in the pitch really began to show their teeth and spiky tails but innings of enormous, lengthy, Boycotesque patience from both Foster with 31 and Stuart with 36 saw Streatham almost to the end. A late kerfuffle as a couple of wickets went down was calmed as Henderson attacked sensibly and Bell supported with 25 and 7 not out respectively, and the game was won with 4 overthrows with 47.4 overs bowled to really demonstrate how hard the pitch was. A stunning performance in what could have been a bananaskin for the second in the league 4s. Still needing Oxted to lose and for holiday absences to not be too biting, the 4s have a great chance to win this league and the contributions of everyone who have played for the team over the season have been invaluable. Let’s keep it going to the end, and let’s win this thing. (Dave Gladstone) 4th X1 League Position – 2nd / 8


Another filthy Belair pitch (two young lads hit on the helmet), another day of the facilities not being opened properly. Aside from that a pretty decent day’s cricket on a lovely day against a good set of gentlemen. S&M won the toss again and once again inserted the opposition. Tight opening spells by Elliott Charles (12-4-33-2) and Alex Gordon (8-0-28-2) restricted the scoring. Barrington Wilks bowled well (6-0-16-0) but had to pull up with the first hamstring problem of the day. The star of the show was Asad Malik who mixed up classy left arm seam with filth to record 10.4-3-49-6. Brett Lynch caught three good catches We let them get probably 20 or 30 too many – mostly extras and faced a target of 195 from 48 overs. After a fine improvised tea (thanks Eileen and Savitri) owing to Southwark’s uselessness we went to work again. After stroking one glorious cover drive Stan Barrett-Johnston (8) could only fend a rising ball to short leg. Kev Morgan got his toe crushed and then lost his stumps – a rare failure for the Belair maestro. Ryan Willmott (13) hit a massive six straight down the ground but fell to a good in-jagger. Barrington Wilks fell to the pitch – the ball keeping low, hitting a rock and hitting the back of the bat to spoon to shot cover. Enter Kirk Smith (38) to join L. Johnston (68) who was still there. These two old pros put on nearly eighty runs for the fifth wicket and put us in with a real chance by defending the stumps, running well between the wickets and punishing the bad ball. Kirk hit the ball powerfully straight down the ground and called well. Unfortunately they were both out in quick succession with the line in sight. After that wickets fell quickly and we finished up twenty five runs short of the target. Never mind – it was a good game against a decent set of guys who put up with Belair and its vagaries with good humour. This is a side that is learning its cricket and we will be better for this experience – galling though to get so close. (L Johnston)

5th X1 League position – 10th / 10


A win for the Sunday 2’s and a draw for the Sunday 1’s

This weekends games:

Saturday 1st X1 home to Staines & Laleham

2nd X1 away to Sanderstead

3rd X1 away to Walton on Thames

4th X1 home to Sanderstead

5th X1 away to Old Wilsonians


Development home to Addiscombe

2nd X1 home to TBC

 Best of luck to all the sides.


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