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Midweek SMS – 25 June 2014

Dear all,

This weekend saw a Club record for Kasheef Hassan as his 194 runs beat the previous highest league score for the club – only a good catch on the boundary prevented him from a stunning double century – well done Kash! A bit of news to get through and can I particularly draw your attention to the first item, which is of the upmost importance.


News & Events

Code of Conduct
While the vast majority of our games are played in the spirit of the game, there have been a few incidents in recent weeks which have brought the club into disrepute just when we are on the cusp of securing it’s very existence. In playing for Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club, you are bound by its Code of Conduct, a copy of which is attached. This Code is expected to be followed regardless of any perceived provocation from umpires or opposition players. This Code is designed to create a positive environment to play the game and any behaviour which contravenes this is likely to be followed by a further disciplinary measures by the Club (including lengthy bans and, in serious cases, expulsion).

Please consider your conduct whilst representing the Club going forward as this behaviour will not be tolerated and also jeopardises future funding streams.

SMCC Code of Conduct for Members & Guests
SMCC Code of Conduct for Junior Members & Parents

Treasurers Position
The Clubs co-treasurer, Chris Sowton, has decided to stand down due to other commitments. The Executive would like to thank Chris for the amazing work he has done over the last three years in which he has been a key part of the Committee. We now desperately require someone to come on board and assist with the position in conjuction with Eddie Goodchild. If anyone is interested, please can they make an approach to someone on the Committee. Chris has kindly offered to be on hand to help with the transition and will be available to answer any questions but the sooner we find an appropriate replacement, the better.

Mid-Season Party – 5th July
The next in our busy summer of social events is scheduled for Saturday week. Please see the attached poster for more information.

ECB Player Survey
Last season, the ECB ran a survey which achieved over 21,000 responses nationwide regarding how they can improve the playing conditions to ensure you are playing the game that you want to play. It was the first time that the players have had a real voice which has levered, in some instances, significant change. Building upon this, they are launching the 2014 survey to shape the future of cricket in our County and nationally. Your views are vitally important, so please take the time to complete the survey by clicking on the link below.

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 follow shortly
18th October – End of season Dinner & Dance

Last weekend’s results:
Seniors – Saturday

1st XI
Another poor fielding and bowling display cost the 1st Xi the game last week to Pyrford. Losing the toss and being put in the field, Pyrford made good use of the flat pitch, fast outfield and poor bowling. Pyrford made a declaration after 50 overs with the score at 281-4, overseas Jake Thorne with 107*. In return, SMCC got off to a good start as Ellis took the attack to the bowlers. However, when he was given to a catch which could be considered questionable, the 1st XI lost wickets quickly due to poor shots and further poor decisions. 154 all out allowed Pyrford to take all 13 points.

Many thanks to Tina Knott for scoring, and Roger Price for preparing a fine pitch along with umpiring. An improved all round performance will be needed next week as the 1st XI travel to Old Wimbledonians. (S Hassan)
1st XI League position 4th / 10

2nd XI
Pyrford conceded to SMCC
2nd XI League position  5th / 10

3rd XI
Won by 30 runs. Special mention to Chris Hobbis for volunteering to score when his game was called off. Good lad!
3rd XI League position  3rd / 10

4th XI
Firstly, apologies for incompleteness and some guesswork of the match report.  Sadly, the oppo have not felt it necessary to complete the match info on Play-cricket, so no figures for oppo innings.  Never mind, Hendo played. Off to 2nd place Epsom the 4’s went, and after much miss-direction and delay arrived to find a green pitch and a changing room kindly stocked with a large bin, bicycle and filing cabinet. Thanks for that oppo.

Skipper Jack finally won a toss, and finally elected to field first and for some time it looked as though S+M were in some sort of bother.  Flashing shots from the openers, coupled with wayward bowling, contributed to a score of 110-1 at drinks, with their number 3, A. Campanoloist I believe, looking well set.  And so to the stage comes Hendo, bristling with sleep deprivation, to bowl unchanged for 15 overs and whip out 6 wickets.  A whole different class on the day, using the slope intelligently and with control of length, he was virtually unplayable.  With Gladstone chipping in with 3, a potentially dire situation was retrieved.  Oppo all out for 150.  9 for 40 post drinks.  Superb comeback.

Tea featured a very small grey crop-top and Cadbury mini-rolls, and out to bat went Hobbs and, yes you know it, Henderson.  Hobbs looked as good as ever and worked his way to 39, with Henderson cramping due to his earlier efforts and looking decidedly sketchy.  But drama in the 10th over.  A claimed catch, an indifferent batsman, Hendo, and an unsure umpire reduced the oppo to some unfortunate language that overstepped the line for this correspondent.  As the match slipped away from Epsom, Stuart fell quickly but Hughes joined Henderson with a composed 26 to virtually finish the game off.  Patel, employing the Ponting tekkers, joined Hendo at the end to see off the required 15 for the win, and with 17 overs left the match was done, Hendo 72 and red-inked. 1 outstanding performance, but in reality a very good all round win.  30 points clear now, but with 2 fallow weeks to come this week’s home draw needs a good performance, this week under the captaincy of, yes blah blah blah, Henderson.  (D Gladstone)
4th XI League position – 1st / 8

5th XI
Midsummer was another lovely day in Mayow Park, lots of people about, many of them on the outfield. No whip man but plenty of alternative local character. No fairies but some folk definitely on the ethereal side. Along with the more earthy and earthly. I lost the toss and we had to bat first on a very green strip that looked under-prepared to me. Newton Moss (24) looked in fine form after his tour of Devon and cut imperiously and drove pleasantly until he was undone by a good one that cut back. John Greenwood (8) batted very patiently and ensured we got off to a solid start. It was the kind of track where lift and occasional low bounce meant that you could never feel in. All our batters applied themselves and played carefully. No one made a big score but everyone made a contribution and allowed the extras to keep racking up. Matt Begg (20),Shiraz Sheikh (10) and Barrington Wilks (19 no) were the major contributors after Newton and extras (42). Matt Begg played some thunderous shots as did Shiraz. Barrington was at his murderous best, clubbing the ball to all corners and ensuring we batted all our overs and finished on 140. Slightly below par maybe but the track was definitely tricky.

Barrington Wilks (6-1-22-1) opened up with Shiraz Sheikh (10-3-25-4) and they destroyed the Hayes top order between them. Hayes had clearly learnt nothing about the track from watching us struggle, the one exception to this was young Joshua Pratt (22 no) who looked  a class act. The game was not without controversy, albeit completely unfounded. Nobody asked the Hayes batters to play across the line to dead straight balls from Shiraz that would have hit middle stump. They did this four times and umpire Davis had no alternative but to raise the finger. A fifth very good shout was turned down. Unhelpful observations from the opposition from their excellent vantage point at not very fine leg caused some irritation to the bowler, Given the optimistic appealing from point during our innings and one or two instances of unfamiliarity with the rules of the game we were inclined to discount their objections. One piece of very bad luck befell one of the Hayes openers when his partner hit a glorious straight drive back down the pitch, Shiraz got his hand to it, diverted it on to the stumps and ran the poor guy out by a yard. Vinay Patel came on to bowl at the top end and was straight away in to the wickets with his fast off breaks. The young man was straight driven by Shakil (24) and Vin was encouraged to keep bowling that line by the opposition on the boundary. The young wizard took their advice, kept the line, dragged his length back an inch or so and bowled the dangerous bat all over the place. Paul Henly replaced Shiraz who had bowled beautifully and gave lots of F and G resulting in a splendid bowled wicket. Another late finish but a much happier one than last week. The fielding had been wonderful, this ring of Jim Hughes, Andrew Brook, Paul Henly, Stan B-J, Vinay Patel and Shiraz Sheikh is a marvel to behold at times. Barrington made sure that square leg did not miss Justin too much. A good day out. (L Johnston)
5th XI League position – 6th / 10

6th XI
Lost by 8 wickets
6th XI League position  6th / 9

7th XI

Ladies League position – 5th / 5

After doing an hour of fielding practice before the game, the Trust XI went on to drop 7 regulation catches as Walton on Thames got up to 239-7 from their 40. Only Shareef Hassan (8-3-22-1) and Janaum Rao (8-0-33-1) went at less than 6 an over. S&M were then bowled out for 151 due to some clueless shots. Shareef Hassan (66) and Saifullah Sarwavkhan (20) were the only batsmen that made the opposition think and try something different. Many thanks to Tina Knott for scoring, Sagar Mehta for umpiring, Roger Price for preparing the wicket and Neil Hembrow for running the drills before the game.

Once again, the Trust side find themselves putting in a poor fielding display, something that allowed them to win so many games last year. A much better performance will be needed next week if they are to beat Bank of England. (S Hassan)
Trust League position – Joint 1st / 7


Another U10 match went down to the final ball, this time against Old Alleynians. We bowled first and generally bowled straighter than before, giving away fewer runs. The fielding was a mixture of some excellent stops and catches and some players getting out of the way of the ball. Oscar was the best of our bowlers and fielders, showing great athleticism and commitment. In the second half of the innings much more effort was put in by all the team and Old Alleynians were reduced to 270 runs. We batted well on the whole, with some good shots and no silly run outs, and the final pair of Will and Laurie got us very close to another victory with 6 needed from the final ball, but we fell just short of the line. These 20 over games always seem to be very close and the boys need to learn that every run matters! Final score AoB 270 for 6 – SMCC 266 for 6.

Having won the toss and opting to bowl, we opened up with pace at both ends through the two Noah’s. Some excellent bowling brought just one wicket from the first 4 overs, but Cheam were struggling to score runs. Two wickets for Sonny, and one each for Max, Sean and Felix, along with some sharp fielding, helped restrict Cheam to 33 (233).

We’ve struggled to score many runs at times this year, but we batted with real intent this week. Sonny set the tone with a brisk 21 in a good opening partnership with Max. Stanley in his first game helped consolidate with Alex English, before Noah D hit an unbeaten 24 off 17 balls. Sean and Felix chipped in with useful innings before Noah G finished with a flourish, scoring 30 off the last 4 overs. Cheam’s bowling attack wasn’t the strongest we’ve faced, but some excellent stroke play throughout the team left us on 126 (326), and a convincing 93 run victory.

After last week’s shambolic 34 all out we asked for better batting and we got it. The boys – down to just nine after a number of withdrawals and a management miscommunication – put in a heroic effort and deserve a lot of praise. Batting first they put together a series of excellent partnerships, showing patience and application as well as some classy shots and good running between the wickets. Openers Adnan and Stan S put on a very solid 26, Hursh and Ishaan 17 and Ishaan and Stan FW 30. Extras contributed heavily as well but only because the boys dug in to use up all 24 of the overs.

The fielding effort was always going to be tricky with just nine and one borrowed from the oppo. Captain Aaron and Stan FW bent their backs to bowl with real hostility but couldn’t quite get the early breakthroughs we needed. But both effected excellent run outs and Hursh then chipped in with two wickets in two balls to put the pressure on. However a fast 31 from the OWCC number six and a few to many extras took the game away from us and the total was reached in the 15th over.  All in all though a fantastic effort and an especially encouraging batting display.   Final score SMCC 108-8 Old Wimbledonians 109-5.

Sadly Old Wimbledonians conceded at the 11th hour.  Such a shame as we had a real chance of winning. (S Keith)

Upcoming games:
Saturday 28th June
1st XI away to Old Wimbledonians
2nd XI home to Oxted & Limpsfield
4th XI home to Old Wimbledonians
5th XI (home &) away to Caribbean Mix
6th XI home to Roan & Lambethans

Sunday 29th June
U10’s away to Tadworth
U11’s home to Alleyn & Honor Oak
U13’s home to Purley
U15’s away to Purley
Trust XI home to Bank of England
Ladies 1st XI home to Purley Redoubtables


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

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