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Midweek SMS – 31 July 2014

Dear all,

A fairly short report this time around, so let’s get straight on to it…


News & Events

Surrey Championship Dinner – 3rd October
Normally a very enjoyable evening. The club have already purchased four tickets, but it would be great to get a table together, especially considering the number of teams pushing for promotion and could be in with a shout of receiving an award! More details in the attached poster.

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.

Dates for the diary
9th August – Pool Tournament Final
6th September – End of season party with BBQ and live music
12th September – Lashings All-Stars XI
3rd October – Surrey Championship Dinner
18th October – End of season Dinner & Dance


Last weekend’s results:
Seniors – Saturday

1st XI
Lost by 9 wickets
1st XI League position – 4th / 10

2nd XI
What are the odds of losing 9 coin tosses in a row? somewhere near a 1000 to 1 (apparently). So to bat first on a damp green track was the challenge for 2s against league leading Dorking on Saturday. It was to prove a difficult challenge against a side containing 3 of the top 8 bowlers in the league. The bowlers bowled to their containing fields and they took all the chances early on to leave the 2s at 42 for 4. Chris Austin played very well for a defiant 38 in 30 overs, an innings of equal importance to his previous weeks score of 85. Martin Thompson came back in to the side after his foreign sojourns and made the most of an early life to find the boundary regularly and score 41. With little other resistance from the tail the 2s closed on a mediocre 135ao.

We knew it wasn’t easy to bat on that wicket, and we knew if we kept them out there long enough chances would surely come. Walker removed the opener early on with an in-swinger, however the next two batsmen set about accumulating runs to reduce the target to within range. At 49-1 the odds were stacked against us again, however, this team doesn’t know when it’s beat and an inspired spell of bowling from Armani Sharif left the Dorking line up in tatters, taking wickets regularly to reduce them to 54-5. With momentum and belief now with the home team, the Dorking batsmen couldn’t piece together any partnerships and with only one batsman willing to chance his arm, the league leaders were bundled out for 104. A brilliant result from a team of talented and committed players who refused to roll over and concede; which will stand us in good stead for the upcoming challenges. Armani finishing with an outstanding return of 12 – 4-34-6. (P Corns)
2nd XI League position – 4th / 10

3rd XI
Won by 1 wicket
3rd XI League position – 2nd / 10

4th XI
This week’s 4s report features few facts, but much angst.  Win toss, field, and oppo dismissed for 146.  Cannon caught well, Buck caught well, Dilipkumar bowled beamers and swinging yorkers and No Sauce Hassan continued his development as a high class offy with another 4 victims. Tea featured, well, excellence.  Thanks for that.

Batting started well, Cannon and Hughes both falling for 31 and 24 respectively, followed by complete nonsense from all involved.  Frankly embarrassing.  All out for 107. Glum faces and introspection.  Retirements discussed, bats thrown, jugs purchased.  Yes, we do do this for fun apparently, but this team demands more than this from everyone, and this week is that time.  Beddington can win this league and are the next oppo, but with an 11 points advantage still in hand, it’s up to S+M to reset and pull out the stops for this week’s title encounter at home.  A MUST win, no argument.  Let’s get it done guys!  (D Gladstone)
4th XI League position – 1st / 8

5th XI
Lost by 15 runs
5th XI League position – 8th / 10

6th XI
6th XI League position – 5th / 9

Sunday saw the women’s side take on Dulwich at home in a friendly game. Co captains Karen and Eleanor managed to lose the toss between them and consequently were told to go and have a bowl. Keen to continue on in the fashion of the previous game, Dag (5-0-16-0) and Sienna (3-0-6-0) were instructed to open the bowling. The Dulwich openers found it hard to score off pretty much all of the bowlers, generally because the bowling was accurate and tidy with few loose balls. Verity (5-1-9-1) bowled well on return from Finland and took the wicket of one of their openers lbw. The joy of this wicket was short lived however as this brought young K Chatli (35*) to crease, who immediately set about playing a series of fine shots all over the ground, including 2 that thundered straight back over the bowler’s head and across the boundary. It was the class of this number 3 that really took the score from being very restricted to fairly decent. As Karen said to me whilst the game was going on, it is hard to set a field to a batsman who is clearly of a different class. Credit to us though for suppressing runs where possible and continuing to chip away at the rest of their order with good bowling and fielding, with wickets from Oriana and Rabz and a direct hit run out from Sienna. Dulwich finished on 130-5 off of 25.

A no show and an injured Karen meant our batting order had to be somewhat re-jiggled, but we knew nonetheless that our line up was strong enough to put off a fight. The pick of the batting without a doubt was Verity (32), who batted with intelligence and skill until she was bowled right at the end of the innings. In the end we fell 40 runs short of Dulwich’s total. It is disappointing to lose but we must remember that they are a team with both talent and experience, which proved to be a deadly combination. Never mind, we will bounce back next week when we play Rowledge away. (E Johnston)
Ladies League position – Joint 5th / 10

Trust League position – 3rd / 7

A full season report will appear soon.

Upcoming games:
Saturday 2nd August
1st XI away to Woking & Horsell
2nd XI home to Woking & Horsell
3rd XI away to Battersea Ironsides
4th XI home to Beddington
5th XI away to Blue Star
6th XI away to Bexleyheath

Sunday 3rd August
Ladies 1st XI away to Rowledge
Trust XI home to Burgess Park


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

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