All the Surrey Championship teams are handily placed for a promotion push as we enter the latter part of the season. Also, a plea for Lashings ticket sales – we are only 7 weeks away and need for everyone to assist in selling tickets for this event to be a success – please don’t ignore this and help your club!! On to the news…
News & Events
Reminder… Ray Cuffey’s funeral will take place at 10am this Friday at Eltham Crematorium for those that wish to pay their respects to our former chairman.
If you have some interest in getting a table, or have a contact that may be, please let us know. Tables are being sold so book now to avoid disappointment! We do, however, need help with advertising to maximise revenue from this fundraiser… if you have any spare time and can visit local shops / restaurants to spread the word, please let me know. I’ve also attached a shortened flyer to help with the advertising.
As most of you will be able to see, the periphery of the ground is overgrown and Roger requires some help with the maintenance. If you are free on Thursday afternoons (from 2pm) please can you lend Roger a hand. This will be a regular time slot unless there is poor weather around – please help if you can.
Summer Cricket Camps
We are running two summer cricket camps this year – please see the attached flyer for more information. The first camp starts on 5 August.
SMCC Cricket Camp 2014
Dates for the diary
8th August – Pool Tournament Final
6th September – End of season party with BBQ and live music
12th September – Lashings All-Stars XI
18th October – End of season Dinner & Dance
Last weekend’s results:
Seniors – Saturday
A win this week against Ashford would see the 1st XI go ahead of their oppo and into 3rd place. Roger had produced a fine batting track and so when the toss was won there was no hesitation from SMCC to bat first. Rao joined K Hassan at the top of the order as the pair looked to get us off to a good start. K Hassan played his shots but was bowled from a suspicious delivery on 8. Pulley joined Rao and took the attack to the bowlers, piercing the covers on a number of occasions before he was caught on 26 with the score at 48-2. Skipper S Hassan and Rao batted sensibly, rotating the strike and hitting the bad balls. With the score at 110-2, S Hassan found himself trapped in front for a well-made 42. Rao was the next to fall for a well grafted 27. Moffat took the attack to the bowlers until he was bowled for a run a ball 30. A few more quick wickets and SMCC found themselves 173-7 before Sarwavkhan (17) and Singh (14*) added a final push to take the score to 197-9 from 55, a score to bowl at.
Going out to field, SMCC knew that they had to take early wickets to put some pressure on Ashford. Carr got the breakthrough and 3 balls later Sarwavkhan got the batsman to edge to Knott. & balls later and another Ashford batsman found himself walking back to the pavilion after Goodwin fired down the stumps from cover. 11-3 and SMCC in the driving seat. However, a few partnerships saw Ashford edge closer and closer to their target. Spin was introduced with S Hassan picking up a wicket in his 1st over, and Singh taking the wicket of Anderson (68) for the second time in 2 games. At 179-6 with a batsman 50 not out, not many would have expected what was to come. Sarwavkhan and Mortimore bowled spells where they looked like taking a wicket every ball. Sarwavkhan took the wicket of Mansfield after a good catch from Goodwin and SMCC were right into the tail. Mortimore picked up the next with Moffat taking a good catch at mid on. A few 4s through the slips and Ashford took their score up to 194-8, needing just 4 more to win. Sarwavkhan steamed in and after Christie (58) slipped, Knott made no mistake in taking the stumping. 4 balls later Sarwavkhan steamed in again and fired down a quick full ball that took the batsman’s off stump to win the game. Ashford 195 all out! After a loss from Egham, SMCC move 4 points behind 2nd place and will hope to keep closing the gap at the top of the table. Many thanks to Tina for scoring and Roger for a top wicket. Away to league leaders Old Rutlishians next week as the 1s will look to take more points from the top. (S Hassan)
1st XI League position – 3rd / 10
A long trip away to plane-spotters paradise Ashford for the 2s on Saturday, and as it turns out, the batsmen rather enjoyed it too. Heathrow, during the morning, had issued a threat to cancel flights due to the risk of lighting. Thus armed with this information and the hot, humid conditions it was a crucial toss to win. Which of course, we (I) lost. Into bat we went and the condition were difficult early on with a drying outfield and some juice in the track. Austin (85) and Johnson (40), however, belied these with an excellent opening stand of 78. Further partnerships with Fuller, and then an 80 run stand between Little and Pickles, allowed the captain the luxury of an attacking declaration on 233-4 after 50.
After a good tea it was pretty clear the weather forecast wasn’t quite accurate- wall to wall blue sky accompanied us into the field. We failed to get the couple of early breakthroughs that are always needed when trying to bowl a team out on a good pitch, and this allowed Ashford to move to 81-2. After drinks we kept taking regular wickets and manifested into a real lack of intent or even ambition to chase down our total. It wasn’t until a 8-1 field and some gentle words of encouragement to their number 9 batsmen did the we see some attacking intent. This was too late for them, and too late for the game, as it petered into a comfortable winning draw for the 2s. Ashford 185-8 from 50. This was a battling, confident display from an in-form team and with the top 3 teams to play in the next 3 weeks, we should all be looking forward to continuing this 6 game unbeaten run. (P Corns)
2nd XI League position – 4th / 10
Won by 1 wicket
3rd XI League position – 2nd / 10
A costly weekend for the 4s…….lead in league reduced to 11 points, potentially broken bat, keyboard soaked with the salty tears of defeat. Passports were required for the 4s journey to Worcester Park, to find a very damp pitch on the side of a hill. Winning the toss, skipper Jack did what you always do in this league and optioned to bowl 1st, but despite extravagant movement from the soggy surface both Lynch and walker struggled for accuracy allowing the oppo a flier to reach 40 before the 1st wicket fell. Then S+M pulled it back, as Walker picked up 3 with hooping in-swing and Lynch used his levers to bounce out another. Skipper Jack took a glove, and then it was over to No Sauce Hassan to noodle out another 4, employing the proper off-spin theory that the good balls never get you wickets. Oppo all out for 144 in 42.5 overs.
Tea featured Netto basics, and as the sun continued to beat down Streatham openers Stuart and Cannon went out to begin another successful run-chase. Sadly, they quickly returned, along with the rest of the top 6 as the earlier dampness had dried out to leave a strip now shooting or taking off. Accurate medium pace bowling and very astute field placing from the oppo captain were backed up with some very high class fielding, as Walker and Gladstone re-built with a dogged stand of 45, but when Walker fell looking to up the run-rate, Begg was runout by Gladstone’s fielder blindness and the lower-lower order were exposed the game was up. All out for 116. So, home game this week with the league very much still in S+Ms hands, but wins are now paramount. This is a good team, but needs to re-learn how to battle after a few weeks of dominance and cancelled matches. (D Gladstone)
4th XI League position – 1st / 8
The 10am pitch inspection after a night and early morning of heavy rain was not encouraging. The track was wet and the footholds would not have taken much more rain. As the forecast was for more heavy rain then we were prepared mentally for abandonment. As it turned out it was a beautiful hot day on a goodish if somewhat slow track. I lost the toss again and we went out to bat. Losing Justin Sbresni without scoring to a mistimed pull top edge was a disaster but one that Newton Moss (24) and Jim Hughes (11) began to repair. Playing carefully they put on 49 for the second wicket before Jim holed out. Real signs that the elegant right-hander was rediscovering his touch after a miserable run. Newton played the track and the bowling with care and looked good. Rory Thomas (16) hit some lovely shots in his all to short innings but with Stan Barrett-Johnston (10) put on 20 odd and then Shiraz Sheikh (19) played powerfully. Jamie Davorn showed us again that number 9 is too high a position for him with another first ball duck for his collection. This week’s excuse was he’d tried to move his feet and it had hit his toe and diverted on to his stumps thus proving the young man right never to move them. The tail failed to wag and we were dismissed on the penultimate ball for 119.
HSBC are a good batting side and they set about the task carefully. Brijesh Patel (6-0-15-0) and Shiraz Sheikh (7.5-2-25-1) bowled well and were unlucky not to reap more reward. Vinay Patel (8-0-28-0) bowled a good challenging spell without reward. Jamie Davorn (3-0-16-1) and Barrington Wilks (4.1.-2-17-2) chipped in with wickets. Barrington bowled beautifully after a shocking first over and had a catch dropped before in trying to take a stinging caught and bowled damaged his finger and had to go off. Not our greatest day in the field with at least three presentable chances going down. Those taken and another 30 runs would have made it a much tighter contest but in truth we were well beaten inside 30 overs by a good team. Disappointing to lose as always but a pleasure to play against honest and good natured opponents. (L Johnston)
5th XI League position – 8th / 10
Lost by 19 runs
6th XI League position – 3rd / 9
Sunday saw the ladies travel to Richmond for a friendly game against a relatively new and inexperienced side. The toss was lost but skipper Dag (we rotate the captaincy for friendlies) got her way anyway as the opposition inserted us to bat first. Richmond proved to have a decent pair of opening bowlers, meaning that initially the runs were not flowing off the bat as easily as would have been preferred. Emma (0) unfortunately perished to a good ball from the better of the two openers, which she then replicated to remove Eleanor first ball. Two wickets in quick succession has in the past caused everyone to jump overboard quickly/ throw their wicket away, but this was not to be the case on Sunday. Oriana (13) walked to the crease, and set about crafting a steady yet prolific partnership with Karen (30*), as both played with intelligence, finding quick singles and pushing 2s where possible. Karen in particular must be commended for her score of 30*, which was built by batting cleverly with both patience and skill. Together, she and Oriana moulded the entire innings and were largely responsible for posting our total of 153-3 off 30, helped by Rabz (13*) hitting a few quick runs as she came in at the end.
We took to the field with ball in hand feeling largely confident that this was an impressive target that Richmond would struggle to reach. We were not wrong- Sienna (5-0-27-2) removed their opening batsman with the first ball of the innings and we would continue to take wickets regularly throughout the innings. Generally the bowling was impressive; particularly from skipper Dag who bowled 4 consecutive maidens- the opposition simply did not know how to play her. Special mention must also go to Rean (5-2-7-1) who bowled very well on return from her year abroad. Our performance in the field was equally good, with standout performances from Rose and Emma who let nothing past them. The 30 overs ended with Richmond making 105 runs- an utterly convincing win. It feels nice to write that in one of our match reports! Dag captained fantastically and the game ran smoothly- it looked to be under total control through the window of the changing room where I sat for half an hour after getting a golden duck. I managed to eat an entire bar of dairy milk whilst there and tea wasn’t half bad either- this coupled with the win meant it was a good day out. Now let’s go do this in the league! (E Johnston)
Ladies League position – Joint 5th / 10
This week saw the Development side travel to Weybridge with hopes of keeping it close at the top of the table. After winning the toss, skipper S Hassan opted to bat first on a soft green track, a decision that left some of his team confused. With the score 0-1 off 0.1 overs his decision was questioned even further. However, S Hassan joined K Hassan and the pair took the attack to the bowlers before S Hassan was adjudged caught behind. Goodwin was the next to fall as a ball nipped off the seam and took his off stump. Hembrow and K Hassan continued to attack and took the score up to 61 before Hassan was caught at cover. Knott and Hembrow batted intelligently, taking the singles and hitting the bad balls on offer, Hembrow especially taking a liking to the Weybridge spinner. The pair added 66 before Hembrow was caught for a well-made 47. A few quick wickets and SMCC were 169-9 before C Knott (25*) and Singh (22) added 38 for the 10th wicket. 207 all out, a score easily defendable with the bowling on show.
Hembrow and Sarwavkhan took the new ball with Hembrow taking a wicket from his 3rd ball. A few overs without wickets were followed by 6 overs where a wicket was taken in each and Weybridge found themselves 65 all out. Sarwavkhan 6-31 and Hembrow 4-32. Many thanks to Tina for scoring and driving, along with Conan Bailey, Alan and Neil, Wacko for umpiring too. A break for a week then back in action against Burgess Park as SMCC look to stay at the top of the table. (S Hassan)
Trust League position – Joint 1st / 7
Conceded through lack of players
Won by 11 runs
Saturday 26th July
1st XI away to Old Rutlishians
2nd XI home to Dorking
3rd XI away to Chipstead Coulsdon and Walcountians
4th XI home to Old Rutlishians
5th XI away to Blackheath Select
Sunday 27th July
Ladies 1st XI home to Sutton (am) / Dulwich (pm)
Wednesday 30th July
Midweek XI away to Dartfordians