Despite the rain, we managed to get in some cricket over the weekend. Here’s the news and reports.
Quiz – Friday 26th July
After the success of the previous quiz in February (which attracted over 70 competitors), we will be running a summer version of the quiz for the first time. These events are a great source of income and rely on members spreading the word and getting tables together – teams of friends and families are more than welcome. Even if you don’t have a team, we can find space in existing teams. Details are below:
7pm for 7.30pm start.
Pavilion, Dulwich Common, SE21 7EX.
£10 per entrant (includes food)
Cash prize for the winning team
Please e-mail Natalie Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm your attendance so we know how many to cater for.
We are planning on holding a BBQ on Saturday after the game – this will be weather dependant!
LAST WEEKEND’S RESULTS
1st XI vs Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians
20.2 overs of cricket interrupted the practice of rolling the covers on and off. In that time Chipstead were 101 – 2 with McGill and Rostami taking the wickets courtesy of fine catches by Hill and Fuller. Let’s hope for better weather for the challenge of Bank of England. (D Ellis)
1st XI League position – 4th / 10
2nd XI vs Egham
On Saturday the 2s set off to Middlesex to play their Surrey championship match against Egham. A long journey and the prospect of a rained off match didn’t deter the team from their travels. Armani “Jacamo” Sharif set off from Nottingham at 6.30am and was first at the club. Ben Walker lives on Overhill Road and he was late…….talk of the New Years honours list wasn’t impressive enough to see him move up to 9 after last Saturdays batting master class. We arrive early to find Egham playing all sorts of warm games and jolly japes on the outfield. Stuart Hall had to pull out of his commentary of their games due to another PA. Anyway another lost toss and guess what…? We are batting – captains, please get some sense of adventure! There are plenty of other options if you win the toss!!
After 2 short downpours which seemed to help Anton “hound” Baskerville and his very short attention span. He and Ginge helped us to the 3rd session – Ginge was tired as he thought he had batted the entire first day of a test match. He departed early into the 3rd session and enter the hero Martin Thompson. As soon as he walked to the wicket all the S&M boys who thought it was ok to park at mid-wicket (Dan “Miami” Johnson) had even reversed into the space to preserve his windscreen. Good thinking Dan… A fine 100 by the Hero and a superb 50 by the Hound had got us to 175-1 at 30 overs. Cue downpour 3 and an early tea. To be fair, most sides that were getting smashed would want to call it off but the Egham skipper seemed keener than the rest of his side. A 40 over match was loosely agreed and we take the field again. A nice cameo by Miami gets us up to 248. The captains talk of “give me 200 every week and that will be enough” truly forgotten!!!
A steady if expected slow start by Egham saw them 2 down after 20 overs. Fine spells by all the bowlers. A special mention to 13 year old debutant William Bailey who beat the bat regularly. A keen learner in the art of sledging here for sure!! Wickets began to fall a bit more regularly as Saif blasted away at the middle order another 4fer for the young lad who the rest of the team are looking to as a style guru. 93-8 was the reply and Egham seemed almost as pleased with their 1 point as they are with their sponsor (Richmond sausages). Someone reminds Tina that she has a flat tyre. We noticed it on the A3 but just assumed Knotty had had a reasonable sized breakfast so no cause for alarm. Enter the Hero. I didn’t see a phone box anywhere but Martin appeared wearing a cape and carrying some F1 wheel changing equipment and that tyre was replaced in 8.2 seconds. Tina was swooning as the handsome hunk put the rest of us to shame. Anyway next week it’s off to Hampshire to play Camberley. Martins getting there early to build an orphanage and read old olive letters to the elderly. (M Eldridge)
2nd XI League position – 3rd / 10
3rd XI vs Chipstead Coulsdon & Walcountians
The threes went to play Chipstead, Coulsdon & Walcountians at the lofty heights of Woodmansterne Rec, which affords lovely views across Croydon & Beyond. I won the toss (I’m tempted to end this here) and sent CC&W into bat. Sadhwani (3-37) and Haughton (1-31) tore into the CC&W batting; Harris (2-25) and Willmott (4-20) didn’t let them get away and we were well chuffed to bowl them out for 114. Former Marlborough CC Chairman Boothroyde top scored with 38.
The bowlers were backed by excellent fielding, we held our catches and Mehta even took a slip catch, our first of the season (though as the chairman said, it lobbed up so slowly that cover could have walked in and taken it). Mehta was thrilled with the catch, as it made him – and I quote – “the joint best fielder in the club this season”
Actually, I should end this here. Chasing 115 to win, Knapp opened with Hughes, Knapp toying with their square leg before finally falling for 17. Apart from Bartolo (15), only Harris, with a few lusty blows, made double figures (11) as we were all out for 64. (M Begg)
3rd XI League position – Joint 13th / 16
4th XI vs Wimbledon
4th XI League Position – joint 4th / 10
5th XI vs Old Wilsonians
A much changed V’s trundle over to Bexley Park to take on our huge rivals Bexley CC. The day is overcast, blustery and no fun for cricket. I lose the toss and Kirk Smith and I trudge out to bat on a greenish track. I receive a welcome full pitcher in the first over and punch it through the covers for two. Happy with this I start to assemble totals in my mind not dreaming this will be the extent of my scoring until I am well caught at slip ten overs later. I have made sure that I have lectured Kirk about running and calling. So it is inevitable I will run him out and I did. I have my excuses – his habit of charging down the track after playing the ball without calling and then returning to his ground is well known to me. So why I allowed myself to think he was running, charge down the track myself and turn to see the ball hit the stumps direct is beyond me. The track offers some encouragement to the bowlers. Justin Sbresni, Ed Lawrence,Paul Henly, Brett Lynch and Hugh Irmiger all perish to the seam of Taylor (10-5-13-2) and the impressive Iqbal (10-5-8-4. Both bowlers got some lift and movement. Shiraz Sheikh (6), Brijesh Patel (16) and Barrington Wilks (9) gave us some sort of total but it was a despondent team that took tea. All out for 69 off 31 overs.
After some filthy width was reined in we started to bowl well. Barrington Wilks (3-0-21-1) was bowling with venom and troubling the batters. Shiraz Sheikh (2-0-10-2) found his rhythm and was bowling beautifully. Bexley were playing the right way, going after it and the score was 31-3 when the rain came down. It is always a pleasure to play Bexley. They really are proper people and sportsmen and we look forward to entertaining them back at Mayow later in the year. Today the rain saved us. We cannot play so badly again. (L Johnston)
5th XI League position – 1st / 10
6th XI vs Burgh Heath
Ladies XI vs Stoke D’Abernon
Sunday began with thin grey drizzle and seemed to set the tone for the day. Skipper Rabiena lost the toss and we were told to bowl. From the first ball the fielding looked flat and we seemed to forget basics such as backing up. The bowling was better than it had been in previous weeks meaning we bowled (only) 26 extras although overall it just didn’t seem to be our day with the ball. Pick of the bowlers was Ellen Filor, who bowled economically and accurately. The opposition ended on 108 off 20.
Unfortunately our batting performance did little to outshine our time with the ball. We faced our same age old issue of scoring too slowly and consequently finished on 64 runs off 20 overs. Marta Merjava put in the best performance of 18* but unfortunately the rest of the team could not follow suit. Overall it was a poor performance from a team that can do much better. Hopefully this loss will inspire us to do so. (E Johnston)
Ladies 1st XI League Position – joint 1st / 8
Trust XI vs Sutton
This week’s development fixture saw us travel to Sutton in search of our 3rd consecutive win to maintain our unbeaten start to the season. With 5 players unavailable from the previous week, along with 3 from the week before, selection was at its toughest. We eventually fielded a side with 10 players under the age of 21 along with Kirk De Ruyter, making just his 3rd appearance for the club this season. Skipper Shareef Hassan lost the toss for the 3rd game in a row and we were put in to bat. K De Ruyter and K Hassan opened up and De Ruyter was shortly back in the changing room after trying to swing a ball to the leg side and getting bowled. Rao and K Hassan maintained control, working around the singles and hitting the occasional boundary before Hassan was caught at cover. In form batsman Saifullah Sarwavkhan was given orders from the captain to use his head as he did in the previous game which resulted in the bowler being hit straight back over his head for 4 first ball. After Rao edged was caught at slip SMCC were stuggling at 42-3 after 13. Skipper S Hassan and Sarwavkhan batted intelligently and put on 41 for the fourth wicket before Sarwavkhan was caught at square leg shortly after drinks. In came Michael “Gunz” Goodwin who, with a broken toe, was made to run quick singles with the captain before he was caught trying to clear the infield. G De Ruyter came in and after 3 balls hit one to mid-on. At 117-6 Thomas came in and looked to give the strike to Hassan where he could. Sutton had set their field very well for Hassan and for a period could only manage to get a few singles. With Hassan on 46 he then walked down the wicket and hit one over the leg side for 4 to bring up his 50. After 34 overs, SMCC found themselves 140-6 and in need of some quick runs. A single off the first ball from Hassan brought Thomas onto strike who tried to up the run rate and was caught in the ring. Barnard was the next man in but as the batsmen crossed Hassan would face. Hassan got out the very next ball for a well played 59 and Vinay Patel was then bowled first ball which gave the bowler his hat-trick. Viren Patel came in and edged behind 2 balls later to leave SMCC 141 all out.
After tea, SMCC had a talk and decided that trying to defend 141 in 40 overs would be tough and instead set themselves to bowl out Sutton. Some good bowling from Sarwavkhan and Barnard put pressure on the batsmen. A dropped chance in the deep off Barnard gave the batsman a lifeline which he failed to take when Sarwavkhan got the breakthrough in the 7th over. Sarwavkhan was taken off after 5 overs and Viren Patel took the ball. After a steady first over, followed by another good over from Barnard, Patel took the second wicket and a few balls later had his second. Barnard kept his end quiet and Patel took a third in his third over. After Barnard’s economical spell (8-2-14-0), skipper S Hassan brought himself on to bowl looking to keep things tidy from one end again. Hassan and Patel bowled well together and kept the runs down until Patel took his 4th wicket two balls after drinks leaving Sutton 50-5 and SMCC on top. Patel came off after his 7th over and Sarwavkhan was brought on to bowl his last 3 at Sutton’s 1st XI players. Sarwavkhan immediately got the breakthrough in his second over getting the wicket of captain Woods who looked in good touch. 4 balls later Sarwavkhan had his 3rd wicket and Sutton were in even more trouble at 83-7. Hassan then got the wicket of Neale-Smith two overs later who had batted well for his 23 and Sutton were 89-8. A direct hit from G De Ruyter a few overs later and SMCC had their 9th wicket. After Sarwavkhan’s spell, Rao took the ball and completely dried up the runs. Hassan’s spell finished soon after and Thomas was brought into the attack to take the final wicket which he did in the last over. Sutton all out for 110. (S Hassan / S Mehta)
Trust XI League Position – 1st / 8
1st XI home to Bank of England
2nd XI away to Camberley
3rd XI away to Sanderstead
4th XI home to SinjunGrammarians
5th XI away to TBC
6th XI away to Eltham
Trust XI home to Sunbury
Ladies XI away to Dulwich
Wednesday 26th June
Midweek XI away to Dulwich
Best of luck to all the sides.
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