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Midweek SMS – 3 July 2014

Dear all,

I hope you all saw the e-mail last week regarding the match versus the Lashings All-Stars – eFlyer attached SMCC Lashings eFlyer – this is the flagship event in our fundraising campaign for a new pavilion so I hope you are all able to support this event. On to the news…


News & Events

Mid-Summer Party – Saturday 5th July
Time for some fun as we reach the mid-point of the season. There will be a BBQ at the club after matches this Saturday. Usual deal, £5 each. In addition plenty of other fun and games, weather depending any and all of water pistols, water slide, frisbee, stump game, beer pong…and if you’ve entered the pool tournament and not played your match make sure you fit that in too! All this and the World Cup Quarter Finals will also be shown on the TVs.

Summer Fun Day – Sunday 13th July, 2pm
SMCC’s first every summer fun day with all proceeds going to the pavilion fund. At the club on this day there will be amongst other things a 25 foot terror slide, a rodeo bull, a bouncy castle, BBQ, and Ice Cream Stall, as well as a whole host of fun stalls with chances to win prizes and kwik cricket and football competitions. Plus the bar will be open from 2PM and the club will be showing the World Cup Final.  Plenty to keep both adults and children entertained. So please come down and if you have or know any kids please encourage them to come down for the day and see all that the club has to offer.

We are looking for more people to help out on the day, so if you could spare an hour or two please speak to Karen G, Alexis, Savitri, Chantal, Natalie or Dan Johnson this weekend. We also need more prizes for the day and items for a ‘bric a brac’ stall. If you could spare a bottle of booze or other suitable prize, or have unwanted (but in good condition) children’s toys, books etc please drop them down to the club over this weekend or next.

Pavilion Fundraising
Message from Tina Knott: As most of you will know I’ve lost a considerable amount of weight over the winter months, but still have about 42lbs to lose to reach my target. To help raise funds for the new pavilion the exec committee have backed my idea to do a sponsored slim, so I’ll be bringing along a sponsorship form I’ve drafted at the weekend. You can either sponsor me per pound or for a set amount and I will arrange for my Slimming World Consultant to verify on the sponsor form how much weight I’ve lost. For those of you who may not be around message me on FB or email me and I’ll put your details on the form. The building of a new pavilion is crucial to the club’s future existence and if it means as much to you as it does to me, please please show your support. Many thanks. Tina

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.

Treasurers Position
As reported last week, the Clubs co-treasurer, Chris Sowton, has decided to stand down due to other commitments. If anyone is interested in assisting Eddie Goodchild, please can they make an approach to a member of the Committee.

CHEER Cricket Coaching – 19th July
Please see attached flyer from Cheer – a Trust based in South London which supports single parent families. They are offering cricket coaching at Dulwich College. Contact details for more information are on the attached flyer.


Dates for the diary
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
18th October – End of season Dinner & Dance

Last weekend’s results:
Seniors – Saturday
1st XI
Match abandoned
1st XI League position 4th / 10

2nd XI
A familiar theme is developing for the 2s- rain and lost tosses. So with the prospect of more rain to come, the 2s were asked to bat first. As requested by the captain, a solid platform was built and as the heavens opened after about 25 overs we were well placed on 122 for 2, Thanks largely to a well-compiled half century by Tom Clarke. An hour was lost and an almighty clap of thunder heralded a flurry of wickets upon the resumption, which seems to be another recurring problem. A few late order boundaries from Corns (44no) left the 2s able to set a stiff, but enticing, target of 201 in 38 overs for the opposition.

The opening batsmen of O&L took advantage of any opportunity to score in the early overs and this allowed them to get up with the asking rate early on. One of the O&L batsmen made the most of an early life (on 5) to score 119 out of the oppositions 180-8 total in reply. A fine spell of 14 overs 5 for 52 from JC wasn’t enough to force a result, despite a stunning one handed catch from Chris Austin- which must’ve been fuelled by his wedding day/night the weekend before! Frustratingly, the O&L side safely secured the winning draw target of 176 with a few overs to spare. Some good cricket played with sparse reward, but another game unbeaten and with other games abandoned no damage was done to the league position. (P Corns)
2nd XI League position  5th / 10

3rd XI
No fixture
3rd XI League position  4th / 10

4th XI
Thrills and spills this week, so away we go! Well, away we go once the ladies, delayed due to rain etc., were happily able to complete their game vs the Dutch.  They were very concerned about delaying a league game, but no problem in the end as the oppo, Malden Wanderers seemed not overly keen to play.  Good news for all.  Henderson lost the toss and the oppo captain, obviously confused by how cricket works, decided to have a bat.  Rain lingered, the pitch a little worn, and with 3’s gladiator Clarke monstering up the hill and Lynch caning it down the hill, the oppo were very quickly in difficulty as Lynch produced an excellent spell to take the first 3 wickets in 6 overs for 26.  Clarke kept it tight, only 13 coming from his 9.  William Bailey fitted in straight away at this level, his pace too much for some nervous batters with a stunning spell of 5 overs, 1 wicket for 5 runs, and continuing the youth policy was replaced by newly named No Sauce Hassan who tied them up in further knots with some deft changes in flight to wrangle out another 2 for 19 in 7 overs.  Henderson came on to remove another, and Gladstone managed to strangle 3.  Fielding in all departments was excellent, faultless, without peer and clinical, Stuart taking a couple of screamers from short cover and Clarke and Bartolo keeping it real.  Oppo removed from the field for 105.

Tea was taken early, after 20 overs in fact due to rain, and featured tiny onions and the colour beige, and so the 4s turned round quickly to bat with Henderson and Hobbs quickly taking a toll on some naïve oppo bowling to move quickly to 57, but 2 quick wickets upped the chatter and called for cool heads from Stuart and Bartolo.  But Stuart has been busy in the last few weeks caning some dodgy off-spin around in nets, and proceeded to launch an assault on the oppo bowling that was slow and canny.  With Bartolo also taking toll on the bad ball, the game quickly ended after 20 overs, the winning runs coming from 4 byes.

Well, on this team goes.  A 2 week break but now 43 points clear at the top of the table, and promotion coupled with an unbeaten season looking a strong possibility.  Special thanks to Kash for umpiring with such sartorial élan, Roger for another sporting track and Henderson for his stand-in captaincy. See you in July! (D Gladstone)
4th XI League position – 1st / 8

5th XI
5th XI League position – 6th / 10

6th XI
Won by 8 wickets – including Ryan Willmott taking 6 wickets for just 11 runs.
6th XI League position  5th / 9

Despite the promise of sunshine (lies) from the weather forecast, Sunday was wet and dreary come 2 o’clock for the start of the ladies game. Purley were our opponents this week, and straight away looked to be a team with the right mixture of experience and youth. We lost the toss but got our way anyway, as the opposition elected to bowl first.

Purley managed to couple pace with accuracy throughout their bowling attack, meaning our batsmen found it hard to score as prolifically as would have been preferred. The focus became defending good bowling rather than looking to smack it around, but this was unfortunately not something that changed throughout the innings as we might have expected it to be. Purley did not appear to have a noticeably weak link in their bowling, highlighted by the fact that they used 7 bowlers. Having said this, our batsmen did well to not give their wickets away, and although the run rate was at times slow, we never looked to be in a state of panic. The acceleration we needed was provided by Pavi Chandrasekerai  (38 retired not out) who played a series of thundering shots which found the boundary all around the field. She was by far the stand out batsman of the innings. In the end we finished on 106-5 off 30 overs- not particularly imposing but still not impossible to defend.

The rain had been falling in an annoying on and off fashion all day (ruining both hair and moods) but started to come down harder as we took to the field with ball in hand. Despite this, Purley managed to chase the runs down in 19.5 overs- a comprehensive and convincing victory that left us wondering what we had done wrong. There was not much difference in the extras conceded in both innings (31 and 37 respectively) and I did not feel we had performed badly- our bowling was good, particularly from Dag (6-1-16-1). Yet still, the opposition managed to roll us over all too easily. In the end it has to be concluded that their bowling and batting was simply of a better quality than ours- surely the result of several more years of training. We shall get there someday, which is a prospect to feel excited about rather than moping about our losses now. We must keep going! (E Johnston)
Ladies League position – 5th / 5

Trust League position – Joint 1st / 7

Apologies are due to all U11s for a rather haphazard training session last Wednesday.  This was due to a number of coaches being unavailable at the last minute which left us rather short.  We are hoping that before the end of the season Ebony Rainford-Brent (formerly of England and Surrey) will join us to do a master class for the boys.

It was yet another cracking performance from the U10s. We took a mixed team with 5 experienced U10s and 4 relatively in-experienced U9s and one U8. Everyone played their part – the bowling was strong and there were only 20 extras. The wickets were shared around with one each for George, Michael , Jake, Oscar and Ben.  Laurie Campling was in outstanding form behind the stumps taking 5 catches! He also scored an assured 14 runs from 11 balls.  Mention must also go to Lucas Berry who is an U8 and played his first game for the club. He batted well, not losing his wicket and also bowled a tidy over only conceding 4 runs. Final score Tadworth 236 SMCC 262. It is now onwards and hopefully upwards from here for the U10s with a semi-final cup game on Friday night at Oxted and Limpsfield. We have picked a very strong side and are quietly confident that a place in the final could be ours.  Good luck to the U10s!

In a very exciting match our U11s beat our local rivals AOB.

There’s not a lot to say that the scorecard doesn’t already. The boys were well beaten at home by an excellent Purley team but didn’t put their best performance of the season in themselves either. We chose to bowl but took a while to find our line and length and allowed the Purley openers to get away. Two of their batsmen retired out at 30 and 46 extras was more than we could afford against such strong opposition. Stanley F and Tyrese (who both took two wickets in two balls) pegged it back a bit and were well supported by Nick, who was unlucky to go wicket less. However some sloppy fielding meant we ended up conceding a huge score of 200, not helped by the fact that their retirees came back out.The batting was not much better and if anything was worse. After extras, Fraser top scored with two. Charlie and Daniel showed application to stay out there for several overs. And three of our boys were unlucky to get nasty blows on the body. All in all a bruising day. Final score Purley 200-7  SMCC 37

The U15s also found it tough against a strong Purley side. It is fair to say that none of the boys bowled at their best. The Purley openers were skilful and the boys struggled to get a break through. Brendan and Roshan finally managed to get a wicket each. As has sadly been the case all season, we struggled with the bat, although Roshan and  Brendan did manage to get into double figures. Final score Purley 176 SMCC 53.

After the Tadworth U10 game, I received the following email form the Tadworth Team Manager :
“ I just wanted to say that the U10s that we played today were the most gracious and engaging bunch of lads that we have played all season. They played the game in the right spirit and were extremely friendly and sociable. They are an absolute credit to your club!!!”. (Sally Keith)

Upcoming games:
Saturday 5th July
1st XI home to Egham
2nd XI away to Camberley
3rd XI home to Addiscombe
5th XI home to Orpington
6th XI home to The Roebucks
7th XI away

Sunday 6th July
U10’s home to Dulwich
U11’s away to Old Wimbledonians
U13’s home to Roehampton
U15’s away to Roehampton
Ladies 1st XI home to Stoke D’Abernon


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

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