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Midweek SMS – 06.06.2012

Dear all,
A disappointing weekend overall, with only the 3’s getting a win and weather curtailing the games on sunday. Let’s hope for better weather (and results) this weekend…

Scorer – 1st X1
This just won’t go away….! The 1st X1 still require a scorer to avoid being fined by the league – the most pressing dates are 9 June & 23 June – if anyone is available to assist, please get in touch with me asap. The club is willing to offer a small payment to the right person.

If you need any kit, please contact Peter Swann @ Intersport in Herne Hill and he can sort out all the stuff that you need. You can contact Peter by e-mail (, call the store direct on 020 7326 5050 or pop in to store at 134 Herne Hill, SE24 9QL.

Last weekends results:

The 1st X1 made the long trip to Egham to play only their second league game of the season. They made the worst possible start as the top order were blown away to leave SMCC at 35-5. The Hassan brothers dug in and took the score up to 69 before Shareef lost his wicket. A few more partnerships took the score up to 133 all out. Kasheef top scoring with 40. Egham made progress to 25 for 0 before a spell of quick seam bowling reduced the score to 45-5 as McGill and Sharad Patel made inroads. With Lassana Dias still to bowl, the unlikely victory looked on. But, determined 6th and 7th wicket partnerships held the spinner at bay and slowly edged the score up to the required total. (D Ellis)
1st X1 League position – 7th / 9
The 2nd’s chose to insert the opposition on an overcast day and didnt take the early wickets they had hoped for, with Egham batting sensibly to reach 150-3. Some good controlled bowling in the middle overs from Ilbery and Harris and some late wickets from Sarwan (4-54) and Corns restricted Egham to 224-8 off of 54 overs. A good effort in the field to turn a potentially large total into an average one on a good batting wicket. The run chase was marred by some loose shots, a suicidal run out and a lack of any telling partnerships leaving S&M struggling at 110-7 at drinks. A late order partnership from Brinsden and Corns was too little too late and despite Mehta and Harris’s valiant last wicket effort the 2’s were bowled out with 10 balls to go for 165. Overall a very dissappointing run chase, which has to be improved quickly for the 2’s to keep in the hunt for promotion. (P Corns)
2nd X1 League position – 4th / 10
A very professional performance by the 3s saw our second win of the session and catapulted us up the table. The win was based on a very disciplined performance in the field and with the ball. Thomas added to his burgeoning reputation with 2-37 and Sowton taking 2-3. The real star of the bowling show, however, was Safi, who bowled aggressively but with discipline throughout, and took 3-14. Showr also bowled well, increasing in confidence throughout, and he deserved his wicket. The response was again led by Thompson, who hit a confident 42 before smacking one back into the bowler’s hands. This provide to be only a temporary blip though, as Bartolo and Hawyard assuredly steered us to a comprehensive 8 wicket victory. Good stuff all round – keep up the good work. (C Sowton)
3rd X1 League position – 6th / 18
The 4th eleven faced off against Sunbury coming off of a good performance the week before. Skipper Henderson won the toss and into the field S & M went. After a wayward start from the opening bowlers Sunbury had raced to 45 for none off of 9 overs only for Henderson and Hardy to bowl in tandem and drag Sunbury to a very pedestrian rate. The opening bowlers coming back and realising that bowling at the stumps was the way forward and Showbiz bowling a good spell claiming a couple of wickets. Highlight of the innings was Roddie’s application for the Olympic volleyball team, the ball smashed high in the air, Roddie getting in a great position only to palm the ball away from him. Sounds bad right…….but then debutant Burch pulls off a one handed diving catch to save the day and as Rod put it “that’s not a drop!!”. The oppo eventually posted 165 for 7 off of their 47 overs. Tea was taken and S&M felt confident that the target would be chased down. An attacking start from the chairman had the 4s going along nicely until he decided that he had paid a lot of money for his bat and therefore would hit everything, including a short wide ball that was hardly on the strip and hit it straight in the air! The umpire already had his arms out to signal the wide!! A few wickets fell but with the skipper and Bell at the crease the target was easily manageable. That is until they both decided that running themselves out was the order of the day. 97 for 5 quickly turned to 122 all out and what should have been an easy win against on paper one of the best sides in the league turned into a frustrating, helmet destroying defeat! (A Henderson)
4th X1 League Position – 9th / 10
A dull day sees us putting up the tent and the camp again at Mayow Park. A rest from the league this week as we take on a great bunch of gentlemen from Team Mitcham. The skipper wins the toss and decided to bowl. The bowling is strangely wayward and the fielding not to recent standards as we drop 11 catches and concede 50 odd extras. Exceptions to this are two fine spells from Jamie Davorn and Barrington Wilks who gave us control for a while. Mike Nicholas bowled intelligently from the School end and stopped Mitcham from cutting loose in the midle overs. The fielding stars were Stan Barrett Johnston and Jim Roebuck who saved runs in the covers and midwicket respectively. Stan managed the best dropped catch of the season as he flew in the air at cover and caught a fierce drive behind him only for it to squeeze out of his hands as he hit the ground. Jim and Lewis clung on to catches and Mike Nicholas very nearly took a blinding caught and bowled but managed to save his face anyway. So that’s alright. Mitcham put 240 on the board before we finally bowled them out in the 38th over. Kirk Smith (11) and Allington Jackson (33 – some lovely shots off front and back foot) started off like a hurricane before tight bowling and sharp fielding reined us in and both openers were dismissed. Curtis Knott (7) batted well with Stan Barrett-Johnston (44). Stan batted very well with one straight driven six in to the tree particularly pleasing. After Elliott Charles (8 – one cracking shot for four) and Barrington Wilks (6 – one scoring shot) had added to the total Stan wa joined by his father for a 41 run partnership for the 8th wicket with the old man scoring 18 off 18 balls before being run out for the third time by a direct hit. The old man’s excuse is that he was still incandescent about the LBW decision that had done for SBJ (huge stride, bowler bowling leg breaks right arm round the wicket!!!) and was berating the oppo for yet another daft LBW shout instead of regaining his ground. Young Lewis Knapp batted pleasantly for his 7 not out before Jamie Davorn repaid the skipper’s faith in giving him the number eleven position by recording a well judged 0. We did not bowl or field well and we were well beaten in the end but we did post our highest total of the season and we were in the game for long stretches. Allington was so pleased by the performance that he announced we will win the league. A pleasant afternoon of cricket all around with great opposition, the Mayow track playing well and a nice tea. And the tent was put up in record time. (L Johnston)
5th X1 League position – 9th / 10

We managed to squeeze in just over half a game before the weather put an end to proceedings on a wet and windy Presidents Day. The President won the toss and elected to bat and were soon on the front foot as Alex Senn found the gaps in the field. Bernie Thys fell (literally) to a run out and Senn picked out Ellis who put in a dive for the cameras. Adam Senn and Matty Syrett took the score on until Senn, Handy and Fuller fell in quick succession. Syrett continued to play his shots before holing out for a well made 70. It was left to Corns and Mortimore to put the gloss on the score as the Presidents X1 made 223-8 in 40 overs. There was only time for 8 overs in reply, where the Chairman and Barty lost their wickets before the Presidents X1 were saved a mauling by the rain. Still, good fun was had by all, there was fantastic food and the drinks flowed.

This weekends games:
1st X1 home to Southern Railway & Kenley
2nd X1 away to Addiscombe
3rd X1 home to Thames Ditton
4th X1 away to Ashtead
5th X1 home to Ex Blues
Sunday 1st X1 away to Kingfisher
2nd X1 home to Cudham Wyse

Best of luck to all the sides.

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