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Midweek SMS – 13.06.2012

Dear all,
Straight on to the news…
Surrey T20 Cricket
Surrey have announced an offer to give cash back to clubs whose members buy tickets for T20 fixtures at the Oval. For every full price adult ticket sold for £20, Surrey will give £5 back to the club! Please contact me for more information, or see the attachment and don’t forget to mention Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club when you return the form!

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.

Adidas Sunglasses
James Ilbery, spin sensation and manager at Decathlon Sports, is able to get Adidas sunglasses at a significantly reduced rate through work. Various options are available (models are in brochure attached) and the rates can be achieved if we have 10 orders of any model or 20 orders overall: Raylor RRP £85 (Ones Strauss wears) can do for £50 Duramo RRP £85 can do for £50 Adizero Tempo RRP £120 can do for £70 Evil eye half rim RRP £135 (Ones Bell wears) can do for £80 Please contact James direct on if you’re interested.

Last weekend’s results:
The 1’s played their first home league game of the season and were keen to make amends for the previous weeks poor batting performance at Egham. Despite having covered the wicket, the track was still quite damp so SMCC invited Southern Railway & Kenley to bat. The lack of pace was clear from the start as McLean went on the attack by hitting through the line. This attack was soon ended by McGill with Fuller taking a good catch at mid off. With Patel having to work hard into a strong wind, the seamer produced a series of leg cutters which had the SRK batsmen groping at thin air. He soon got his (deserved) reward as Hindmarsh chopped on. Smith and Barber battled on and took the score up past 50 without much alarm until the introduction of the evergreen Mortimore. In collaboration with Kasheef Hassan, they started to strangle the scoring rate until Hassan broke through the defences of Smith. Saines was caught at slip off Mortimore before Barber left a sharply turning delivery which cannoned into off stump. This dismissal was repeated a few balls later as Smith was bowled. Patel and Manns showed some fight to take the score up, before Lassana Dias was introduced to clean up the tail, taking 3 for 6 off 5 overs. Mortimore was the pick, taking 4 for 19 off his first 13 overs of the season. SRK bowled out for 95. This looked to be a tricky chase on a slow wicket and outfield but SRK had the worst possible start as captain Hindmarsh pulled up after 1 over. His replacement, Manns, soon took the opening wicket as Benge chopped on. Shareef Hassan came in and played some pleasing shots all around the ground before top edging a pull shot for 16. With Ellis determined to be there at the end, Dias tried to attack but only succeeded in edging a wide ball to the keeper. Kasheef Hassan was adjudged LBW before the end, but there were no further dramas as SMCC comfortably overhauled the target. Ellis ending 48 not out. A good performance, but tougher challenges await this team as they look to climb the table. (D Ellis)
1st X1 League position – 6th / 9
Lost – No report received.
2nd X1 League position – 5th / 10
On a cool sunny afternoon on a damp pitch at home, stand in skipper Thompson for the on holiday Sowton managed to win an important toss and send Thames Ditton (TD) into bat. An important game this with TD one spot above us on the league table in fourth position. It was a typical start to recent bowling performances of the season with Thomas, Safi and Showr (aka Golden) restricting the runs through bowling excellent line and length to have TD reeling at 40 for 4 with both Safi and Showr doing the damage taking 2 wickets each. Barney then bowled a couple of wobbly over’s before getting his rusty bowling arm back onto the pitch taking a couple of handy wickets. The days bowling performance however belonged to Tommy Booth-Cole after the ball had followed him around the field the entire game, he came on to bowl a splendid spell of 3.2 over’s, 4 wickets for only 2 runs! TD 78 all out. It was now down to the three wise old men to bring the innings home for S&M with Thompson (40* not out), Hobbs (4) and Bartolo (16* not out) reaching the target with more than 40 over’s to spare and 9 wickets in hand. The team are now showing great signs of an all round display with disciplined bowling and fielding followed by intelligent batting. The team are now only 2 points away from 2nd spot and there is no reason why this team can’t win the league! Keep up the good work! (M Thompson)
3rd X1 League position – 4th / 18
Lost – No report received
4th X1 League Position – 9th / 10
The sun came out and made a mockery of the V’s league game being abandoned the day before. The 6’s travel to play in the opulent surroundings of the Bank of England in pleasant Roehampton. Late drop outs and complicated journeys failed to dent our good humour as we are led in to the fray by Captain Matzen. We lose the toss and have to bat. Colts Bailey (9) and Knott (5) get us off to a solid start against useful bowling but then both young men appear to lose patience and gave their wickets away. Their time will come. A harsh LBW decision robbed us of Mark Matzen (0) and with the uncharacteristic loss of Jim Roebuck (4) to a forcing shot 28 for 4 was not looking too clever. Home in time for tea? The loss of Matzen brought Johnson to the wicket and ended a most absorbing discussion about Stalinism in the scorebox. We were then treated to the most tedious and fortunate innings in the history of the 6’s as the old communist Johnston proceeded to bore everyone including himself rigid for the next two hours scratching around horribly for 14 not out. The aged tailender also managed to run Joseph Raj out (20) ending a promising knock from the uncomplicated all rounder. He might have made it if he had not admired the shot to deep point so long. Johnston was also dropped horribly twice. There is no god. With Simon Milligan (5) and Chris Banks (4) departing cheaply the stage was set for belligerent and intelligent run making by Mark Davies (39). The powerful all rounder smacked the ball to all parts with one fine cut over point for 6 particularly memorable. With his eventual demise to a fine running catch at long off we declared and set off for scones for tea. Bank needed 139 to win in 45 minutes and 20 overs. We got off to a fine start with Davies (8-37-1) and Yodhan Sachdev (14-4-49-4) making early breakthroughs. Sachdev looks a proper leggie to me with turn, bounce, control and a vicious quicker ball reminiscent of Tony Lock – all this and a wrong un too. Young Bailey behind the stumps did well to take ball after ball beating the bat and stumps. Sachdev took four wickets but could have taken twenty. A fine stumping by Adam Bailey off a fine leg break was perhaps the highlight. Your correspondent was thinking of the possibility of Sachdev and Knapp cleaning up for the 5’s in times to come. Davies could have had more than his one wicket with two going for four byes so sure was the young keeper that the ball was hitting the stumps. The fielding was as good as it could be with Martin Langridge particularly impressive, taking a fine catch in the gully and saving runs all afternoon. A great run out – direct hit by Sachdev from fine leg was not given as the umpires view was obstructed. The bat had a fine view of his failure to make his ground by two yards but elected to bat on. We had them 6 down with plenty still to get but young Herbert (35 no) batted very well to see Bank home by four wickets. Important innings were played by Austin (33) and Hudson (35). 5’s take note only 21 extras conceded by the 6’s today and only 3 wides. A lovely day against a very decent bunch of blokes – the side well led by Mark Matzen and much credit to him for opening with the leg spinner and mixing things up. A proper game of cricket. (L Johnston)
5th X1 League position – 9th / 10

The Sunday 1’s lost their fixture against Kingfisher whilst the Sunday 2’s won against Cudham Wyse with the highlight being Lewis Knapp’s first senior 50 and two wickets in two balls for Eleanor Johnston!

This weekend’s games:
Saturday 1st X1 away to Maori Oxshott
2nd X1 home to Warlingham
3rd X1 home to TBC
4th X1 away to Spencer
5th X1 away Old Wilsonians

Development X1 away to Ripley
Women’s 1st X1 home to Reigate Priory
1st X1 home to TBC

Best of luck to all the sides.

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