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Midweek SMS – 14 May 2014

Dear all,

Welcome to the midweek SMS (Streatham & Marlborough Sweep), especially the colts and their parents who are receiving this for the first time. For new readers, this is a weekly update of news, fixtures and results to keep you in the loop with what’s going on at Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club. So, let’s get on with it…

News & Events

2014 Season Welcome Party & BBQ – This Saturday
The first BBQ of the season and a chance to welcome our new members and De Laune Cycling Club to the Club. Please see attached poster for further information. Additionally, if you are keen to join the cycling club, they are open to membership and this is a good opportunity to find out more about them!

Presidents Day – Sunday 25th May
There will be the usual day of food, cricket and copious amounts of rum punch on this bank holiday Sunday with our President, Peter (Coach) Edwards, putting out an invitational XI to play against the 1st XI. All welcome to come and enjoy the day!

England versus Sri Lanka – Thursday 22nd May
Surrey are obviously struggling to sell their allocation of tickets for the ODI next week and have offered us 50 free tickets. If you want to go, please contact Karen Klomp on for tickets. Priority will be given to those who have volunteered their time to assist club efforts (for example, at the CricketForce weekend).

Other dates for the diary
14th June – England v Italy World Cup Football on the TV’s with pizza / pasta
5th July – Mid-season party
13th July – Summer Fun-day
27th July – Colts v Parents end of season match
8th August – Pool Tournament Final
6th September – End of season party with BBQ and live music
12th September – Lashings Fixture
18th October – End of season Dinner & Dance

Last weekend’s results:
Seniors – Saturday
1st XI
With the league finally underway, the 1st XI looked to improve on last year’s campaign as they took on Woking & Horsell in the first of their 50 over matches. After losing the toss, we were asked to play in conditions that very much suited our bowlers. K Hassan and Sarwavkhan started off well with Hassan providing very little for the batsmen whilst Sarwavkhan attacked the stumps. The breakthrough came in the 4th over as Sarwavkhan got the Woking opener to play on. After some more tight overs, K Hassan (6-2-9-0) was replaced by skipper S Hassan just as the rain came down. After roughly 10 minutes off the field, play resumed and S Hassan picked up the wicket of Newton in his 1st over. Raj Singh took over from Sarwavkhan and the pair tied down both of their ends, giving nothing for the batsmen to work with. Singh dotted up his end, picking up 2-23 from his 10 overs whilst Hassan did the same and picked up 5-30. At 72-9, Woking were in danger of being bowled out for double figures, however some clever batting from Nawaz and Allen saw Woking reach 135 before Fuller bowled Nawaz for a well grafted 39.

The game was still very much in SMCC’s hands as they went out to bat, but after losing Ellis first ball and S Hassan in the same over SMCC quickly found themselves 1-2. Baskerville and Fuller ensured that the game wouldn’t get away from us, mixing aggression with control as the pair guided the team to 99 before Baskerville (55) was caught at mid wicket as he tried to up the rate before the rain came. K Hassan joined Fuller at the crease with instructions to finish the game as quickly as possible as the pair looked to capitalise on some poor bowling. Again, rain stopped play for 15 minutes with SMCC needing just 20 runs to take all 10 points. Fuller was bowled by Nawaz for 30 and Pickles joined Hassan. Needing just 3 to win, K Hassan (27*) got down on one knee and slog swept the bowler to finish the game off in fine style with a 6. All in all a good all round display from us, but there is still some work to do if we are to challenge for the league. Many thanks to Tina Knott for scoring and Roger Price for doing a great job to get the pitch ready in time. (S Hassan)
1st XI League position Joint 1st / 10

2nd XI
Match abandoned.
2nd XI League position – Joint 4th / 10

3rd XI
A great game of cricket culminated in a warm-lagered posse of moist, dishevelled members huddled under a tree cheering on the club’s resident Portuguese International  Babar “Ronaldo” Khan ( smiting the winning runs with one of his trademark mows over deep backward square. Having been 60-5 and 100-8 chasing an adjusted score of 170 of 46 overs, things were looking bad for the 3s before new member Matt “Max” Whittaker joined forces with Ronnie to see us home in style. Such was the magnitude of his 87* there were thoughts of hoisting him aloft and carrying him off shoulder-high to the adoring ululations of the crowd. Such thoughts were, rightly, quickly ignored. But it was a mighty fine innings – chapeau.

In fairness, the chase should not have been such a struggle. A decent bowling display with stand-in skipper Sowton burgling a Michelle with a full Bizley of variations and Whittaker bagging an impressive 3-23 off 10. Hopwood and Hassan Minimus, the latest brother off the production line, also bowling efficiently and economically. In the main, the fielding was good – a special commendation to Curtis Knott for allowing only one bye through in what were, throughout, very poor conditions for cricket. Also thanks to Battersea Ironsides, new to the league, who were good sports despite the loss, and who throughout were keen to play and get a game in despite the dreadful weather. (C Sowton)
3rd XI League position – 2nd / 10

4th XI
Match abandoned.
4th XI League position – Joint 3rd / 10

5th XI
Eventually the rain washed away the game. No covers here. A very marginal decision not to call the game off at 9.30am was followed by BOCA arriving late with just 8 players and losing 8 overs from their allocation and the toss. Skipper Wilks inserted them and Mark Davis (7-0-23-2) and Shiraz Sheikh (6-3-7-2) getting back in the groove and reducing BOCA to 33-4. Mark was his usual mixture of bluster, skill and thought and Shiraz was his usual economical, machine like operation. It was good to have Shiraz and Paul back and to have Raj and Jack for the day. Good catch by the Chairman behind the sticks and hope to see a lot of him this year.

Truth be told it was the right decision to abandon the game. The track and the square were saturated but there was enough time for grown men to behave poorly. I dont include Justin in that judgement. The site of him wagging his finger at the opposition skipper repeatedly and asking him how he dared to call Sir Barrington Wilks ‘awkward’ will be an enduring image. Very reminiscent of Mike Gatting and Shakoor Rana all those years ago. Awkward? Barrington? I think the opposition skipper has a point.

The ground looked nice and the track played well. All the work put in by Carribbean Mix, Glendale and ourselves looks to be paying off. Disappointing that the pavilion is still in a state of disrepair and the benching has been taken out of the changing rooms. Never mind, we’d only be bored. (L Johnston)
5th XI League position – Joint 4th / 10

6th XI
6th XI League position – Joint 4th / 10


On the 7th May, our U11 side played against  an unbelievably strong Dulwich side in the preliminary round of the cup.  The score was Dulwich 300, SMCC 176.  The boys struggled with batting, with Dulwich bowling accurately and fast to start with and then bringing on a very talented off spinner  and a leg sinner.  Sean Ryan managed to hit some good shorts and most of the boys defended their wicket really well. The bowling was rather better, with Max Cargill Thompson getting two wickets, and one each for Noah Dodds and Alex English.   The boys were enthusiastic throughout. They never let their heads drop and the SMCC team spirit was there in abundance.

On the 9th May, we launched our girls section. Three girls turned up.  Chris Sowton did an excellent job in welcoming them to the club and in introducing them to the basics of the game. The girls then joined the ladies training, where one girl proceeded to tell off our Ladies Club Captain,  Dagmara, for killing a wasp! We are actively recruiting for girls  so please email Sally at if you know of anyone who is interested.

On the 11th May , we played an NEC league Division B U10 away at Spencer. Spencer have 140 boys at U10 age group, so playing them is never going to be an easy task! The final score was Spencer 265 SMCC 167. The boys acquitted themselves well in the field and for Spencer to only get 265 is a good result. The boys bowled well and there were wickets for Avery Trotter and Michael Beaubrun. Batting was rather harder, and the boys wilted in the face of some strong bowling.  The pick of the batters were William Kay and Laurie Campling who both played very well.

The U11 match (home to Spencer was cancelled) as was the U13 match (away at Addiscombe).

The U15s kicked off their season on the 11th May, with an NEC League Division B match against Addiscombe at home. SMCC batted first in a rather shambolic way, with most of the boys gifting their wicket to the oppo. Julian Parera was the pick of the batsmen with 9.   The final total was 34 runs. To post  such a low total was a real shame, as the boys then proceeded to bowl extremely well. Will Bailey, fresh from the playing fields of Eton, got three wickets and Brendan Guest bowled with  real pace and was rewarded with two wickets. Addiscombe won by four wickets.

Like the Surrey County team, a common theme throughout all the age groups is the need  to work on improving our batting and this is what we will be focusing on at training this week. (S Keith)


This weekend’s games:
1st XI away to Ashford
2nd XI home to Ashford
3rd XI away to Alleyn & Honor Oak
4th XI home to Worcester Park
5th XI away to HSBC
6th XI home to Dartfordians

Ladies 1st XI away to Purley
U10’s away to Addiscombe


Best of luck to all the sides.
Streatham & Marlborough Club Captain

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