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Midweek SMS – 26.06.2013

Dear all,

A special mention this week for Andrew Mortimore – he achieved a feat this weekend which is unlikely to be repeated any time soon – 500 1st XI league wickets for the club. A Fantastic achievement.

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 ( to confirm your attendance so we know how many to cater for.

 Food after the game on Saturday
More delicious food on the menu this weekend:
• Lasagne, Baked Potato and Salad £5
• Beef, veggie or chicken burger and chips £3

Thanks to those who have donated prizes and contributed to the scratchcards last Saturday. There will be more fundraising this weekend, with prizes including Ashes DVDs and booze. All funds will go towards assisting younger members with travel and accommodation.

Battersea Net Sessions
Additional net sessions are being set up at Battersea Park for the remaining Thursday nights throughout the season. These are ideal for any players who are based in central or SW London or simply unable to make Tuesday nets. We’ll be looking to run sessions from 6.30. Unlike the Tuesday nets there will be a small charge but the surfaces are a good quality and less than a couple of years old. For more information please contact Marcus Shukla: 07828 174296

Saturday 1st XI vs Bank of England
The 1s entertained Bank of England on a wicket that looked full of runs but one that had been covered in the run up to the game. It was with that in mind that the Bank Skipper, Dickson, asked SMCC to bat first. A new look opening pair of Rostami and Ellis took to the crease and soon found the pace of the wicket with boundaries flowing early on. Both openers were punishing on anything off line and forced an early change as Ramesh replaced Cannon. This failed to have the desired effect as the runs continued to flow and they soon past the 100 mark. The wily “spin” of Samanta put a break on the run scoring and he made the breakthrough as Ellis (70) fell sweeping. Shah looked to attack but soon holed out at mid-off trying to hit over the top off Ferrick. Hassan and Martin Thompson also fell to catches off the same bowler. Rostami (64) then fell to Samanta and 114-0 had become 154-5. Fuller (42) and Hill (24) began sensibly and found their feet before picking off the bowling. Fuller enjoyed some fortune, notably when skiing a catch directly above the stumps. The keeper (wearing a lid) had trouble picking it up and (in his disoriented state) knocked over all three stumps before making a desperate dive for the ball which narrowly evaded him. SMCC declared on 244-8 from 54 overs.

SMCC almost got off to the perfect start as Harper defended a bouncer down and over his stumps, but he failed to take advantage of the let off cutting a short, wide delivery to point. Carr made the next breakthrough as he got some extra bounce to take the edge. Relleen looked to take the attack to the bowlers and was served up some width which he duly took advantage of. A double change made the breakthrough as Mortimore and Rostami struck in their first overs. Ferrick looked ill at ease, with a number of close LBW shouts before trying to hit his way out of trouble only to find Fuller at mid-off. At 59-5, Bank’s run chase had faltered and the objective had changed to survival for the remaining overs. Dickson and Ridgeway went some way to achieving that with a partnership that took 15 overs out of the game. When Dickson fell to become Mortimore’s third victim, SMCC had a sniff and O’Brien (J) fell soon after to a McGill yorker but Ridgeway continued to play sensibly with his new partner, Ramesh. Carr returned to remove Ridgeway but it was too late as Samanta and Ramesh comfortably batted out the remaining overs. A good all round performance from SMCC and one which will stand this side in good stead for the coming matches. The game also included a special achievement for Andrew Mortimore as the wicket of Woodroof was his 500th 1st XI league wicket for Marlborough (1870) and Streatham & Marlborough. Here’s to many more… (D Ellis)
1st XI League position – 4th / 10
2nd XI vs Camberley
Winning Draw
2nd XI League position – 5th / 10
3rd XI vs Sanderstead
3rd XI League position – 15th / 16
4th XI vs SinjunGrammarians
4th XI League Position – 5th / 10
5th XI vs Chertsey
No league game so we make a long journey by A3 and M25 to Chertsey to play at the pleasant recreation ground against Chertsey IV . Astonishingly we are at the ground early. I lose another toss and we go out to bat. After Simon Milligan runs himself out for nought Newton Moss (39) and Paul Henly (15) set about establishing our total. Newton plays with skill and aggression, hitting the ball very hard and punishing anything off line. Paul bats with class, composure and a high elbow. When they are dismissed Brett Lynch (13) bats sensibly to hold us together whilst Mark Davis (29) unleashes some lovely shots around the ground. They both manipulate the fielding and the decent bowling very well. Unfortunately from 101 for 3 we collapse to 120 all out with two more run outs and some poor shots. After tea SHiraz Sheikh (8-2-19-2) and Barrington Wilks (8-027-0) bowl with skill and aggression. Both should have had better figures but for the astonishing drop of the world’s easiest catch by the skipper off Shiraz’ last ball and Barrington dropping two off his own bowling.These shocking events were redeemed by Simon Milligan’s first catch for S & M at cover (!). Covering Brijesh as he flapped seal like at it, Simon was there to catch the rebound. Simon fielded with energy and commitment all day – hats off to him. Chris Knutson was a marvellous fielder sweeping all afternoon before coming on to bowl. Paul Henly bowled beautifully (8-3-14-5) including a beauty that pitched middle and leg and hit off and a smart stumping by Mark Davis – his hands a blur and the bails off before anyone can move or speak. This set up Ihsaan Syed-Hussain (6-1-23-1) to bowl a tight spell with flight and turn and then Brijesh Patel (3-1-9-1) and Chris Knutson (4.1-1-8-1) to bowl tight death spells and win the game for us. Brijesh produced a snorter that cut from outside off to hit middle and Chris bowling his trademark lovely full length bowled the skipper. Just as well as our skipper had dropped his second dolly at gully off the young seamer. Learn the lesson early, if you want something doing, do it yourself. Back to the league next week after this good workout. Many thanks to Chertsey for their hospitality. They are a good side with some fine young players coming along – especially impressed with 12 year old leg-spinner T. Drage who took 2 wickets in his 8 over spell. (L Johnston)
5th XI League position – 1st / 10
6th XI vs Eltham
A day to forget for the 5As after falling to a 74 run loss to Eltham CC. We won the toss and put our hosts in with Portuguese international Babar Khan (0-14) and Cockar (1-27) restricting the opening pair in the early overs (Cockar’s wicket taken with an excellent catch at slip by last minute call-up Sharad Patel). The wicket was certainly offering opportunities but Eltham are seasoned players and managed to wrestle the advantage in their favour; although wickets were falling regularly their top order took advantage of the short and loose deliveries to keep the run rate ticking over. Hunsley was brought into the attack and followed up last week’s maiden S&M wicket with another – that of Bullpitt who was playing a solid innings up until then – caught at point. To be fair, our opponents were giving us some catching practice and one of the few positives from the game is that all were held unlike the previous week’s at Horsmonden (can’t remember how many were put down, 5… 6… 7?). Chowdury (2-24) and Bale (2-32) shared the middle order before a debut wicket for Krinesh Patel (1-24) with the innings wrapped up by Sharad (3-24). Eltham’s final score was 174 so a tall order although I felt that we had the runs in the team to do it. Our early response did not do us any favours though, a wicket down after the 3rd over and with three of the top four registering single figures, the scorecard made grim reading at 27 for 3. The only highlight in this early stage was the recalling of Hall who was originally given out LBW (on 8) to a delivery that looked to be pitching outside and far too short. Their skipper probably felt he’d made a mistake shortly after as the reprieved batsman started to find his rhythm for a spirited 20 and with Chowdury (22) some much needed respectability was added to the total. Sharad hit a powerful 37 before being bowled and after other late wickets fell it was left to Cockar and Hunsley to defy the bowlers and block the game out. It looked like it was on the cards too as time was running out for the hosts – Hunsley knows only too well after his heroics against BoE last year – but ultimately the resilience was ended as Cockar was dismissed meaning there was to be no great escape this time around. (M Shukla)
Ladies XI vs Dulwich
On a very overcast and windy Sunday, the ladies made their way down the road to Dulwich to play a “friendly” 35 over match. Out of all the pitches available to our neighbours, we really had got the short straw. The wicket had a ramp at each end, meaning that the stumps stuck out at an 80 degree angle, and the less that is said about the outfield, the better. But never mind, we won the toss and captain, Rabz Hassan, opted to field. Opening bowler, Leia Mazur (7-0-23-3), tore through the top order, taking three wickets in quick succession. Rean Selby (8-0-19-3) gave almost nothing away from the other end without reward but then returned to take three wickets in four balls in the penultimate over of her second spell. Excellent bowling performance from the opening pair. Skipper Rabz (6-1-18-1) and Dag Selwyn-Kuczera (8-2-26-1) took the other two wickets. Collectively, we were much better in the field compared to last week. Admittedly it would have been difficult to be much worse. However, a few lapses of concentration did allow the ball to run through to the boundary on a few occasions. That said, we held onto more catches than we dropped, including a spectacular one by Tammy Mattinson, and Karen Klomp, stepping in for injured regular keeper, Marta Merjava, did well behind the stumps, conceding only two byes. Over all, we were pretty pleased with ourselves to restrict Dulwich, who play in a league above us, to 118-8 off 35. But then it was our turn to bat and disaster struck. We lost both our openers within the first three overs. Tammy perished to, as she put it, “the best ball [she’s] ever seen” and debutant, Verity Quade, quite possibly to the worst ball she has ever seen. None of us could say with certainty how many times it bounced before it reached the popping crease and dribbled onto the stumps, but the umpire adjudged it a legal ball and she was given her marching orders. Unlucky. And then, as has happened so many times over the last couple of years, panic set in and we lost wickets far too quickly. At 42-5 we were in real trouble. However, another debutant, youngster Farah Banton, was still hanging in there, seeing out the three opening bowlers and waiting patiently for the bad ball. We were much indebted to her for steadying the innings. Joined at the crease by Leia, the girls began to form a solid partnership, clearly frustrating the opposition who became increasingly tetchy and vocally over exuberant. This played into our hands – at one end, Farah was completely unfazed and carried on regardless, at the other, Leia wound up the Dulwich skipper further by backing up too far and then hitting her for consecutive boundaries – reminiscent of the spat between Trott and Jadeja in India last year. When Farah (19) was eventually caught off the bowling of the Dulwich captain, we only needed another 17 runs to record what had seemed an unlikely victory over our local rivals. With a combination of some good shots played by Leia (22*) and some wayward bowling from Dulwich, we reached the target with three overs and three wickets to spare. A good comeback after the disastrous performance last Sunday. (D Selwyn-Kuczera)
Ladies 1st XI League Position – joint 1st / 8
Trust XI vs Sunbury
Trust XI League Position – 1st / 8

1st XI away to Cobham Avorians
2nd XI home to Maori Oxshott
3rd XI home to West End (Esher)
4th XI away to Beddington
5th XI away to Sidcup
6th XI away to Bredgar

Trust XI home to Bank of England
Ladies XI away to Sutton Friendly XI away to Sutton

Best of luck to all the sides.

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