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Midweek SMS – 11 June 2014

Dear all,

A lengthy e-mail this week following a successful weekend for the club, so grab a cuppa and settle in…

News & Events

England versus Italy – World Cup Football – This Saturday
Reminder that this Saturday we’ll be showing England’s opening World Cup match versus Italy live. With a 23:00 kick off, there’s plenty of time to get back after matches and settle in for a the big match. Why watch in a packed, expensive pub when you could be in the comfort of the club? Karen and Savitri will be offering Italian nibbles, pizza and lasagne to keep everyone fed (prices TBC), whilst deals on bottled beers will be available at the bar. Football not for you? Well there’s still food, drinks and what should be a warm summer evening to enjoy…

World Cup Sweepstake
Armani Sharif is organising a World Cup sweepstake to raise some funds for the Pavilion Fund. £5 a team so please see Armani in the bar on Saturday after the games. Cash prizes.

Pool Tournament
“Boy Band” Dan Johnson has also arranged the inaugural Streatham & Marlborough pool tournament and this weekend sees the draw. Again, £5 to enter with the eventual semi-finalists to face off in a finals night in August. Cash prizes to winner and runner-up and again profits to the pavilion fund! Sign-up sheet in the main hall.

Trust XI & Ladies XI kick off their home campaign
These two teams have their first home games of the season this Sunday. If you’re free, come down to support them and enjoy a drink in the sun! Game start from 1pm.

Dates for the diary
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 All-Stars XI – corporate package to be finalised soon!
18th October – End of season Dinner & Dance

Last weekend’s results:
Seniors – Saturday

1st XI
The 1s travelled the short distance to Addiscombe as they looked to get their season back to winning ways. After losing the toss, Ellis and Knott went out to bat, aiming to see off the new ball allowing the middle order to fire later on. The pair did this very well for 17 overs, fending off the good balls and capitalising on the bad ones. Spin was introduced in the 18th over and Ellis, after hitting the 2nd ball for 6, was caught at square leg for 29. S Hassan joined Knott at the crease and the pair added 20 before a ball bounced on Knott and he gloved for 25. New man, Matt Syrett, joined the skipper at the crease and the pair batted well, punishing the bad balls when they came, before S Hassan was stumped for 35. With the score at 142-3 from 36, there was a perfect platform for the middle order to come in and play their shots. However, when Syrett fell for a well-made 32, Addiscombe raised their game with some good bowling and fielding which prevented SMCC from reaching the total that they wanted as they found themselves 194 all out from 53 overs.

With 47 overs to take 10 wickets, SMCC went out on the attack. Syrett bowled with good pace and picked up 3 early wickets whilst Carr also picked up 1 to leave Addiscombe 49-4 from 15. Sarwavkhan was very unlucky not to get a wicket, beating the bat on several occasions as was Singh who bowled his usual tight line. At drinks, Addiscombe were 82-4 as the pair in took no risks. SMCC went out after drinks on the attack, aiming to take all 13 points. The skipper brought himself on and Syrett was reintroduced shortly after for his 2nd spell. Both bowled tight spells whilst attacking the batsmen at the same time. The pair did their job as Addiscombe were bowled out for 118 from 39 overs. S Hassan finishing with 3-11 from his 7 and Syrett finished the game off in his 13th over to leave with figures of 5-35. A great all round team effort and a much better atmosphere from previous weeks, if we keep this up then we will be right up there at the end of the season. Many thanks to Natalie Hill for scoring. Away to Staines & Laleham next week and the 1st XI will be aiming for another 13 points. (S Hassan)
1st XI League position 4th / 10

2nd XI
Lost by 2 wickets
2nd XI League position – 8th / 10

3rd XI
Saturday saw the 3rd XI take on Kempton away. After rain in the morning, the pitch was dry enough to play on by 13:30, half an hour late. This reduced the match from 100 to 92 overs. I lost the toss and we were put in to bat on a damp track, with the ball sticking and popping. After a slow start having lost a few wickets, the innings was steadied by C. Moffat and C. Hobbis  who scored 29 and 56, respectively. We ended up on 175-9 after 46.5 overs after an attacking declaration, wanting nothing less than a win after last week’s disappointment. Kempton had 46 overs to chase the required runs.

Excellent energy in the field with everyone pulling together and fighting for each other helped us to win by 17 runs with special mentions to A. Sharif (12-4-56-4) and L. Harris (10-0-24-0) for an excellent bowling display unfortunate not to take a wicket. J. Falconer, A. Dilipkumar and C. Moffat all ended with 2 wickets, Moffat taking his from just 5 balls. Everyone had their heads up throughout the game with the field only being quiet as the ball was being bowled. A final mention must go to D. Udal who took 3 catches in the field, the first of which was diving forward after a bit of a run in from mid-on. If we keep this spirit up throughout the season, we will be definite promotion contenders. (M Clark)
3rd XI League position – 2nd / 10

4th XI
The 4s were once again thankful for the facilities we enjoy when playing at home as the covers and a well-draining outfield meant an uninterrupted game in glorious sunshine as several other games in the league were called off. The visitors were Malden Wanderers, long standing friends of the club, and things started as normal with skipper Jack tossing incorrectly, and the 4s being inserted on what seemed to be a road of a deck.  Sean Cannon (aka Jeff Hardy) started solidly along with new dad, and looking it, Henderson, but with wickets falling for 27, Cannon (6) 36, Stuart (6) and 50, Henderson (28) a good opportunity may have been missed.  However, Dasandi and skipper Jack, looking full of runs, stuck in and steadied the boat with an excellent stand of 66, and after Dasandi fell looking to accelerate for 30, Gladstone got stuck in also for an uncultured 27.  With overs running out, and the slog on, Buck ably supported the skipper as a diminutive bowling attack was dispatched with alacrity.  The skipper reached his maiden club ton from the last ball of the innings, and with Buck red-inking with 17 a score of 237 from 43 overs looked like a stiff test.

Once in the field, Whitaker charged down the hill generating some good pace whilst Hazzledine kept a tighter line but with some aggressive batting the openers pushed on to 72 without loss and skipper Jack rang the changes, bringing on the oldest and youngest players in the team in a double off-spin assault.  The game was quickly changed as Gladstone removed both openers and latest off the production line Haneef Hassan whipped out numbers 3 and 4.  Another for Gladstone and the oppo reduced to 110 for 5 and the batting team in full block mode, a method of playing that is encouraged by poor playing conditions in this league.  Chip chip chip away, as Henderson came on from the lower end to whip out 2 obdurate batters, sadly one of whom had been thoroughly schooled in looking very innocent when edging in front of 1st slip, and Bell drifting one through the defences of an Australian with a football shirt and trainers.  Hughes took over from Bell, preferring not to look to stifle runs from the bottom end, and took the 9th wicket with 2 overs remaining.  Out came the oppo skipper at 11, and in true 4s league fashion, decided that taking the 3rd run with a required rate of 98 per over was a great idea.  It was not.  Run out by a country mile.  4s win. So, top of the league, 2nd highest run scorer and highest wicket taker, the 4s looking well set for a league win.  Some more difficult games to come but at the moment the team is finding ways to win.  Home again this week, come watch the fun!!! (D Gladstone)
4th XI League position – 1st / 8

5th XI
There is nothing in this world harder to take than losing to Dulwich in any form of cricket. But that is what we have to take this week. Heavy rain cleared to leave a drying pitch and drying outfield and a pleasant afternoon at Dulwich Sports Ground. Buoyed after our victory last week we made the short trip with what may well be the finest V XI ever to leave SMCC Car Park. So it had disaster written all over it. The skipper being both injured and useless demoted himself to scoring duties in which he was joined by his Father. Barrington took the reins and won the toss and thought that we would bowl first. Shiraz Sheikh (11.5-6-16-3) again bowled a fine spell of seam up at the tope of the innings but with more luck than usual in the wicket stakes. Mark Davis (9-0-40-1) struggled with a side injury and had to come off. The injury would seriously affect his batting later and we hope that it will not prove to be a season wrecker for the voluble all-rounder. Brijesh patel (12-1-43-1) stepped in to the breech and bowled a fine spell with wretched luck – at least three catches spilled off his bowling. All this meant that Dulwich scored slowly on a track that was not easy to bat on in the sense that the ball did not come on to the bat. The Dulwich batters were watchful with J. Johnson (39) ad M. Kaffuredeen (39) the stand out performers for them. After 36 overs Dulwich were 101 for 4 and we were in a good position. Unfortunately they got away from us a bit in the last ten and finished with 167 all out. Barrington Wilks (11-2-51-4) reaped some reward for his huge efforts and Andy Chowdhury bowled two useful overs at the end for 13 runs and one wicket. We bowled Dulwich out on the penultimate ball and set about the task.

We did lots of things right . Justin Sbresni (27) and John Greenwood (22) shared a partnership of 36 for the 3rd wicket but that was as good as it got. We lost wickets regularly and no one came off in the way that we hoped. Paul Henly (12) played a good innings but no one could stay with him and he sacrificed himself once the tail was in. The keeper took three good catches and there was some poor judgement but all in all it was just not our day. Another time someone will come off and we will get over the line. But not today. Credit to Dulwich who bowled tightly and fielded well and held their catches. Skipper T. Brown took the bowling plaudits with 11.1-1-42-5. All out for 123 with four overs left. I hope that this defeat will enable us to become better at chasing totals and will motivate us to do better. I hope that it does not lead to recriminations and fault-finding. Hard to take but there is always next week at Mayow Park. (L Johnston)
5th XI League position – 7th / 10

6th XI
Won by 8 wickets
6th XI League position – Joint 3rd / 9

7th XI


No game
Ladies League position – 5th / 5


1st June
Unfortunately Wandgas conceded the match.   Mertsham also conceded  the second round of the cup.  This means that the U10s has now made it through to the third round of the cup.

The Under 11s took on Wimbledon at home on Sunday in the League.  Choosing to bowl first SM were made to work hard for their wickets.    Sonny Nicholl Noah G and Under 10 year old recruited on the morning of the match Ben Khan were SM’s wicket takers.  They shared 11 overs between them performing with great accuracy.  Warrick  also kept wicket admirably in his 3rd appearance with the gloves. Wimbledon managed to secure 288 in their innings losing 3 wickets.

SM got off to a great start and after 8 overs were 41 for 1. Warrick scoring 11 runs and Sonny Nicholl 27 runs including a 6 over mid wicket! SM lost 3 wickets through unnecessary run outs and 10 wickets in all scoring 54 runs in the process. A better all-round performance from the team stand out players being Sonny Nicholl, Noah G, Warrick and Ben Khan.

After a long wait to start the season the u13s got underway with an honourable defeat to a good Beddington side. With several boys making their debut SMCC did well to keep them down to 148 after losing the toss and then all of the Beddington top three retiring at 30. But a flurry of late wickets kept the damage down and the two Stanleys, Ifaz and Aaron can be very pleased with their performances. The reply was also a lot stronger at the end than the start. Five catches and a run out in the first seven wickets shows that several of the boys got themselves out. But Ishaq and Aaron came together then came together and turned the innings around with a fantastic 50 partnership that showed the value of crease occupation, getting your eye in and good calling and running. It wasn’t enough to get close to the Beddington total but gives the boys a lot of encouragement for the season ahead.  Final result Beddington 148 for 4 SMCC 89 for 8.

A tough test for the U15’s away at Spencer especially with only 9 players but the lads kept a positive attitude throughout the day. After being skittled out in less than 8 overs in the last match the boys were determined to apply themselves better and bat through the 24 overs. They started well with Julian Perera and Alex Blayden setting up a decent platform before Julian got a shooter when well set and batting well. This brought Roshan Patterson  to the crease who batted freely top scoring with 17. The middle order failed to contribute much but the tail applied themselves led by Fraser Knapp(u13) but found it difficult to score quickly against some tidy bowling and very long grass in the outfield but at least achieved their goal of batting through the 24 overs.

With only 56 to defend and nine men the lads attacked from the start with the impressive Will Bailey ( 4-1-4-2) and Brendan Guest (4-0-11-2) opening the bowling. Their figures barely tell the story as edges just eluded fielders and good lbw shouts being turned down. The Spencer batsmen and (umpire) appeared very rattled  and the tension increased with on field delegation from Spencer management  insisting incorrectly that Guest and Bailey could not bowl another over. With the opening bowlers having been taken off the bowling remained tight but no more wickets fell and Spencer ran out winners by six wickets.

3rd June
The club paid host to 120 very excitable School children from St. Anthony’s School and Goodrich School. There were four games separate games of kwik cricket going on at any one time. The kids had a great time. We have already signed up some new members from Goodrich School as a result of the day.

8th June
Well what a weekend it proved to be for the colts!  Many a parent was seen pacing up and down as there were three very exciting games.  What made it even more special is that we beat our two local rivals Dulwich and AOB! The training is clearly paying off and credit is due to the coaches who are working hard with the boys.  Thanks are due to Karen for looking after the boys and providing bacon butties, tea and coffee.

The U10 boys played well to beat the Bank of England in an exciting match that went down to the last ball. SMCC bowled first and despite not taking many wickets managed to keep the score down with some good fielding. Freddie and Oscar were the pick of the bowlers and kept a good line and length. Wides and no balls were the main problem and this is where the opposition are getting most of their runs at the moment. Laurie continues his excellent form as wicketkeeper, only letting one bye through despite over twenty wides! The batting was impressive, with good innings from Will and top scorer Oscar.  Ben also batted well, managing to stay calm and keep the winning total in a tense finish. SMCC 269 runs (6 wickets lost) Bank of England 262 runs (3 wickets lost).

The Under 11’s took on Dulwich at Turney Road.  Losing the toss we are asked to bat.  Scoring 237 doesn’t sound a big total but proved to be a tough task for the opposition.  Once again the Streatham team were grateful to some decent hitting by the 2 Noahs and Sean Ryan. Losing 6 wickets for Streatham was a notable step in the right direction.  What followed was great for the team and highly exciting for all of the families watching.  Louis Sandison pitched the ball up to great effect taking 6 wickets in a tremendous spell.  He received great support from Oli Khan, Noah Dodds at the death and Max CT who bowled 4 wily overs on a wearing Dulwich pitch. The Streatham boys managed to take 13 wickets which was a stunning achievement.  A great win for the team with tremendous enthusiasm.

A fantastic and deserved win for the boys against their friends and rivals from down the road. In only their second match of the season and with two debutants the 13s were on the money from ball one from Fraser and never let their grip of the game go. The bowling effort was led by man of the match Stan FW who tore into the AOB top order with figures of 4-2-6-4. He was well supported by all seven other bowlers who all kept it tight on an artificial pitch which offered them little. Credit especially goes to Lucas and Rodney who both bowled well on their debuts. The fielding was also sharp with Aaron’s direct hit for a run out the highlight. After an early wobble the batting chase was navigated safely for the loss of just five wickets and with two overs to spare. Ishaq and Daniel got the scoreboard moving and then Fraser and Stan FW finished the job with a calm and controlled unbeaten 30 partnership.

The U15s were disappointingly let down by two no shows which meant that they were only able to field 8 players. They faced a strong Felbridge and Sunnyside side who batted imperiously with their opening bat Sullivan retiring on 102 and Clarke getting 72 not out.  Plugging the gaps in the field was never going to be easy and 228 runs were scored.  The  Felbridge team were certainly not a sunnyside! They chirped incessantly in the field (including their team manager) with nonsense and sledging aimed mainly at their own team mates. These boys need to learn respect for the umpires and the result was a headache for me (or was it the sun?).  The only SMCC highlight from the game was quality bowling from Ethan Pentycross who bowled 5 overs for 15 runs. (Sally Keith)

Upcoming games:
Saturday 14th June
1st XI away to Staines & Laleham
2nd XI home to Stoke D’Abernon
3rd XI away to Merstham
4th XI home to Oxted & Limpsfield
5th XI away to OD Cuaco
6th XI home to OD Cuaco

Sunday 15th June
U10’s away to Old Whitgiftians
U11’s home to Purley
U13’s home to Trinity Mid-Whitgifitian
U15’s away to Tadworth
Trust XI home to Merstham
Ladies 1st XI home to Epsom


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

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