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Midweek SMS – 7 May 2014

Dear all,

The midweek SMS (Streatham & Marlborough Sweep) is back! For those new members, 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 – Saturday 17 May
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. Welcome Party Poster

Presidents Day – Sunday 25 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 Edwards, putting out an invitational XI to play against the 1st XI. All welcome to come and enjoy the day!

Lashings All Stars – Friday 12th September
The famous Lashings Cricket Club will be playing a game at the club against the 1st XI later this summer. This forms part of the new pavilion fundraising appeal so book the day off, come down and start thinking about who you could target to buy a table in the marquee. Lashings boast an amazing roster of players with recently retired Graeme Swann and Herschelle Gibbs joining players like Courtney Walsh, Gordon Greenidge, Inzamam Ul Haq and that great blonde leg spinner… yes… you guessed it… Chris Schofield.

If you think you could get a table together (and we’re thinking about corporates initially) let me know and I’ll direct you to the correct people.

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
18th October – End of season Dinner & Dance
Last weekend’s results:
5th XI
Our first game of the season ends in our first defeat since 2012. We all knew it would be a different campaign this year and this defeat just means we have to play better and harder. We had to bat first on a good Orpington pitch that was drying out and slow. Newton Moss (23) batted well at the top of the order batting with power and judgement until he was undone by a wonderful return catch by D. Game (12-2-36-4). The rest of the top order amassed 2 runs between them with the exception of Raj Patel who played some powerful shots in his 14. The tail wagged a little with M. Davis (24) hitting some ferocious blows in his usual pugnacious style before being caught at slip. A. Taylor (11), Brijesh Patel (8 not out) and Barrington WIlks (20) helped us get to the semblance of a total and we closed on 123 all out in the 43rd over.

We knew we needed to make inroads but the O’s batting was too strong for us. Andy Henderson bowled a fine spell of seam bowling (12-5-26-3) and he was backed well by M. Davis (6-0-32-1) and Ryan Willmott (3.5-0-12-1). Brijesh Patel bowled well and was unlucky to get no reward save dropped catches. Fielding was not good – we dropped at least four catches albeit they were sharp chances and there were some elementary ground fielding horrors mostly from yours truly. Orpington batted well, seizing on anything loose with aggression. M. Andrews (68) looked a fine young player and although we chipped away the result was never really in doubt. Maybe another 50 runs would have made it interesting. Never mind we kept our good humour and we know we can do much better.  Roll on next week. (L Johnston)
5th XI League position –       Joint 3rd / 10  


Ladies 1st XI
Out-bowled, out-batted, out-classed is probably a fair summary of the ladies’ opening match against last season’s league toppers. We didn’t get off to a great start, only managing to muster nine players to make the arduous trip across London to Heathrow’s third runway, aka Ashford CC’s Short Lane ground. Things did look up (briefly) as all nine arrived on time, including the skipper, who won the toss and elected to take the field. That was as good as it got. The opening bowlers, Dag (6-0-24-0) and VQ (6-0-30-0), largely failed to trouble the batters, so Rabz (6-0-19-2) brought herself on and dismissed Ashford’s No 2 and No 3 in quick succession. Unfortunately these were the only two Ashford wickets to fall and momentum soon swung back in the oppo’s favour. Chantal (6-0-40-0) tried to vary the pace and length hoping to make a break-through but it wasn’t to be. Sally (6-0-41-0) stepped up and claimed the 5th bowling spot and was unlucky not to take a wicket.

So, 157 to chase down – an ambitious total, but not impossible. Or so we thought. Rabz (1) was harshly given her marching orders in the 4th over. The umpire adjudged that the bowler had touched the ball as VQ drove it straight back at the stumps. Nobody else seemed convinced. VQ (13) looked comfortable at the crease and worked the ball around nicely until she was deceived by an in-swinger. Farah (2) and Karen (3) played some nice shots but the gaps were hard to find – those two extra fielders made a huge difference. Dag (7) tried to up the tempo and although she did manage to spoil the excellent Yolandi Maynier’s stats within the space of an over (3-3-0-1 to 4-3-7-1) she gifted her wicket in the following over by attempting a premeditated slog. Marta (1) started positively hitting a lovely shot over mid-on but was soon out LBW, proclaiming “How can I be out? It hit my leg here” (pointing between boot and pad)! Isabelle’s innings were also short-lived, ending with a golden duck. Sally (0*) and Chantal (0*) batted out the remainder of the 30 overs stoically, saving us the embarrassment of being bowled out. A familiar story with only one of our batters reaching double figures and extras once again top-scoring with 59 (that’s not a typo – wides and no balls count as 2 runs). And we can’t rely on every the opposition being so generous. On a more positive note, we were pretty good in the field, Chantal and VQ in particular, and Marta had a very assured game behind the stumps, conceding only one bye. However, we need to be much more convincing with both ball and bat. Otherwise this could be a very long season… (D Selwyn-Kuczera)
Ladies 1st XI League position –       5th / 5

Under 10’s
The U10 kicked off the start of the season for the colts.  And what a start it was in the glorious sunshine! They played fantastically well – there were no run outs when batting and they bowled with accuracy and skill. They comfortably beat a well organised Addiscombe team. Particular mention goes to the Sandison family with Louis top scoring with the bat (14 runs including a couple of cracking fours) and getting two wickets.  George who is an U7, stepped in at the last minute,  entertaining the umpires and showed great skill in bowling which was rewarded with a wicket.  The team was captained  enthusiastically  by Freddie Oxley.  It onwards and upwards for this talented team with a match against Spencer next week. (S Keith)

Twenty20 XI
Alleyn & Honor Oak were the opposition in the T20 National Cup as new skipper, Shareef Hassan, took charge of his first competitive fixture. Things got off to a good start winning the toss and choosing to bat first. Dan Ellis and Jack Thomas made full use of the fielding restrictions, finding the gaps and clearing the boundaries when needed to take the score to 103 from 9.5 overs before Thomas holed out to long on for a well-made 59 from 38 balls. Skipper Shareef Hassan joined Ellis and looked to keep the momentum going with some big hits and sharp running. The pair added 88 in just 7 overs until Hassan ran himself out on 49 from 25 balls. Ellis went 2 balls later for 67 from 43 as well as a first baller for Sarwavkhan. With the score at 195-4 from 18 we were looking to fall well short of what was expected. Kasheef Hassan then gave the quick burst that was needed, adding 35 from the 12 balls he faced without a single dot ball allowing us to finish on 233-5 from our 20.

Barnard and Sarwavkhan took the new ball and were punished when they couldn’t find their lengths. 41 from the first 2 overs gave AOB a good chance of taking the game from us. Mehta and Carr were introduced and quickly pegged the batsmen back as well as Carr taking the wicket of the dangerous Eadon (40 from 14). Both bowlers bowled tight lines and didn’t allow either of the batsman to get after them, finishing with 1-27 and 2-21 respectively. Spin was then brought on to try and kill the game with both Singh and Hassan picking up wickets in their 2nd overs, Sarwavkhan providing the stand out moment in the field with a well-timed jump to pluck the ball from over the boundary with one hand. However after some poor fielding and Hassan not finding his lengths, momentum quickly shifted the other way. With the score at 171-5 from 17 the game was very much in the balance as Sarwavkhan was brought back on, picking up the wicket of Murday for a well-made 63 off 40 as well as keeping the runs down to just 8 from the over. After some big hits from Abdullah (37* from 13) the game could still go either way with 36 needed from the last over. Sarwavkhan kept it tight and restricted the batsmen to 11 from the final over to secure a 26 run win. A top batting display from SMCC but a lot of work is needed in the field if we are to beat Sutton in the next round. Many thanks to Tina Knott for scoring and Roger Price for producing a fine pitch. (S Hassan)


This weekend’s games:
1st XI home to Woking & Horsell
2nd XI away to Woking & Horsell
3rd XI home to Battersea Ironsides
4th XI away to Beddington
5th XI home to BOCA
6th XI away to Old Elthamians
Friendly XI away to Old Wimbledonians

1st XI away to Town Malling
2nd XI home to Oakhill Taverners
U10’s away to Spencer
Best of luck to all the sides.
Streatham & Marlborough Club Captain

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