I’ve come to the point in the season where I struggle to come up with original intro’s… So, without further ado…
News & Events
Golf Day – 21 August
Message from Jack Thomas: The cricket club are holding a golf day on Thursday 21st August at the Surrey National Golf Club. The cost for the day is £25 and includes a bacon butty on arrival, 18 holes and a meal. Tee times have been booked for 10:08 with a meet time at the club set for 9am. There are still 4-6 spots available so please contact Jack Thomas on Facebook / 07540 943 151 ASAP to avoid disappointment! The day requires each player to have their own golf clubs and adherence to proper golf etiquette – regarding clothing, shoes, behaviour etc.
Club night out – 23 August
Message from Armani Sharif: A few of us have decided to arrange a club night out on the 23rd of August. The plan, as it stands, is to have some food and a few drinks at the club and head down to the Clapham Grand (http://www.claphamgrand.com) once we’re sufficiently fuelled. It’ll be £5 for anyone on the guest list so if you want me to put you down, please comment on the Facebook post with names. Looking forward to a good (messy) night.
There are only a few left in the competition so can you please arrange those games this weekend so we can set a date for the finals.
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!
Dates for the diary
16th August – Pool Tournament Final
21st August – Golf Day
23rd August – Club Night Out
12th September – Lashings All-Stars XI
3rd October – Surrey Championship Dinner
18th October – End of season Dinner & Dance
Last weekend’s results:
Seniors – Saturday
This week saw the 1st XI host Addiscombe needing 10 points to keep it tight at the top of the table. After losing the toss, SMCC were out into the field – mainly because Addiscombe had arrived with 10 players and no keeping gear. Syrett and Haughton took the new ball and regularly beat the bat but were unfortunate to not pick up wickets. Sarwavkhan and Hassan were brought on to try and take a wicket but neither were successful until the 22nd over when Noble was caught at long on by Pickles off Hassan. Sarwavkhan was replaced by Singh who contained an end whilst also picking up wickets, finishing with figures of 3-21 from his 10. A good spell of bowling and fielding meant Addiscombe could only manage another 35 runs from the next 15 overs. However, some lower order runs from Saleem and Starnes took Addiscombe up to 191 before Starnes edged off to Syrett.
Ellis and Baskerville opened up with Baskerville taking the attack to the Addiscombe openers. His stay was short lived when he drove one to mid-off in the 4th over for 18. Pulley joined Ellis at the crease but a few overs later was given out LBW to the surprise of many, and 5 balls later Syrett edged to 1st slip for 0. Thomas and Ellis looked settled at the crease with the score at 78 before Thomas left a ball that nipped back in and he was given out LBW. At 78-4, skipper Hassan joined Ellis with the pair needing to take their team over the line to ensure that all 10 points were taken. Hassan attacked the bowlers early on hoping that once the field was spread the two could rotate the strike a lot easier. Ellis batted superbly and brought up his 50 shortly after drinks, as did Hassan a few overs later. Several discussions between the two went on about breaking the score down into 5s which made it a lot easier for Hassan to keep a cool head and eventually see the team over the line. Ellis with another fine innings finished 80* with Hassan ending on 62*.Many thanks to Tina for scoring. SMCC travel to Pyrford next week looking to take another 10 points with them. (S Hassan)
1st XI League position – Joint 3rd / 10
Saturday was a lovely sunny day and Esher the venue for the second team’s latest road trip. A picturesque ground with a charmingly undulating outfield overlooked by an elegant new pavilion made for a lovely place to play cricket. A generous range of comfortable armchairs on the pavilion terrace, a bar showing England dispatching the Indian batsman at a steady rate, and host of benches dotted round the boundary in both sun and shade made a pretty good place to watch too. On the pitch Esher were charming hosts, allowing our skipper to win his first toss of the season and providing an umpire willing to sledge his own batsman, one poor lad being told ‘to sort his life out’ after he dared to check his guard one time too many. Tea too was excellent, chicken satay and pigs in blankets being particular highlights. At just a 45 minute drive from Dulwich, Esher definitely provides the best option for those 2s players wishing to play a division higher next year. (If you were wondering about the cricket, we lost, thus ending any promotion hopes, Esher extend their lead at the top.) (A Fuller)
2nd XI League position – 4th / 10
Winning the toss has started to become a habit in the 3s and as it is limited overs we had no hesitation on batting first. With a solid opening stand of 100+ from Kash and Guns, we had a solid platform. Guns got out to a one handed catch at mid-wicket from one of his trademark flicks. In came J Rao who looked scratchy and was caught behind for 10. In came Hobbs who batted sensibly with Kash to build another platform. After being given a life in the 90s Kash went on to score his second ton for the 3s this year. He soon got out top edging to the man on the 45 for 117. In came Sowton and him and Hobbs really put them to the sword smashing it to all parts. Sowton fell 7 short of a deserved 100 and Robin fell for 69. Curtis and Udal came in and played some proper cricket shots at the end and we amassed an astonishing score of 391.
We came out to bowl in naturally high spirits and Matt Clark and Luke Harris opened the bowling. Under instructions of being professional and getting the job done, Luke set about cleaning up the batting order with controlled swing bowling. Matt Clark was very unlucky to not get any wickets with a very close LBW and a few catches going inches over or past fielders. On came the captain and instantly removed their top scorer with Harris catching it at fly slip. The second for the skipper was an LBW, all in-between Luke getting 5 cleaned bowls and an LBW. Ryan minus his hairband ran out their second top scorer with a great piece of work. All in all a good performance but a tougher test awaits against Sinjuns next week. Top of the table with no margin for error. Let’s keep this momentum going! (S Mehta)
3rd XI League position – 1st / 10
A journey to Malden Wanderers this week as the 4s looked to keep the pressure on Worcester Park in the battle for promotion. The ground was helpfully signposted, directions to the ‘Cricket Table’ clearly marked. Which was just as well, as the ‘table’ itself was barely findable amongst the mud, dog foot-prints and cavernous holes on a length. Never mind, we plough on, and to mix things up skipper Jack lost the toss and SMCC were inserted. Dark humour, as those umpiring were asked to be also padded up as a minefield was expected but the pitch was actually so wet that nothing really happened, and when it did it was veerrryyyy sssssllllllloooooooowwwwwwwwwwww! Cannon and McDonald saw themselves in, got used to the timing, and got bashing. Some pretty poor bowling also helped as the openers put on 135 before McDonald finally fell for 75, with Cannon completing his 50 before falling similarly, and slightly, bored. Hughes and Bartolo took up the baton, and pushed the score along until a declaration after 40.5 overs for 221 for 2, Hughes red-inking with 57 and Bartolo more watchful for 23. Tea featured big blue Ikea bags, sitting on the floor and surprisingly nice sandwiches.
And so out to field where a win was expected but only after some hard graft. Not so. Dilipkumar whipped out the 2 openers and continually threated both edge and head from the 30 yard run, whilst Henderson moved the ball about for another 2 to add to his mounting tally. Then the ball was thrown to Hazzledine. And it was over. With his great combination of long aggressive run-up, leap into the bowling action and terrific control of slow flight, Jazz Lesions (blame Twitter auto-correct) sent back the last 6 batsmen in 4.5 overs, for a measly 3 runs. Please note that 2 of those runs were wides, and an area he must improve to consider re-selectionJ. Game done, oppo all out for 53. Huge, if not overly satisfying, win. Jugs aplenty into the evening, and with the further joyous news that Worcester Park had lost means the 4s are back in control of the league. 2 more games in this truncated season and the maths are simple. Win both, win league. Everyone’s contributing, let’s get it done. (D Gladstone)
4th XI League position – 1st / 8
SMCC 188ao / Dulwich 190-6
Lost by 4 wickets
5th XI League position – 8th / 10
A sunny day in Dulwich saw the 6th XIs local derby, and it didn’t get off to a great start with Dulwich winning the toss and sending SMCC into bat. Shane Pilay and Lewis Knapp stepped up and begun a safe but slow start, with progress being hindered by some tight bowling featuring 5 maidens in a row from Dulwich’s Osbourne, before Shane was undone on 13. What followed was the next four batsmen trying and failing to keep out the bowling whilst Lewis batted himself into form. Relying on Chrstoff Van Aswegen to come in, when SMCC were 50-5, and steady the ship, putting on 20 before offering up a catch bringing in Tom Adams. So began the counter attack, which saw 70 runs come from 7 overs, before Lewis mistimed a big hit and holed out in the deep, finishing with 73 on his first match of the year. Tom kept scoring, until he was left on 49 with two balls remaining at the wrong end. Suraj Peshavaria threw himself on his sword, to get Tom back on strike, and getting run out in the process, allowing tom to get his 50 with the last ball of the innings. SMCC finished on 172 for 9 off their 40 overs.
SMCC came out onto the field with the confident there was a defendable total on the board, and an early break-though from Asif Cockar buoyed that confidence. Dulwich weren’t about to capitulate, and several of their batsmen got in scored runs before getting out. Leaving them needing only 20 from the last 4 overs. Asif and Suraj stepped up, and bowled some tight overs, supported by some outstanding fielding from SMCC, notably Dan Raeburn restricted them to only 15. Dulwich CC making 167 for 6 from their innings. Streatham and Marlborough win by 6 runs. (P Hutchin)
6th XI League position – 4th / 9
Trust League position – Joint 2nd / 7
A full season report will appear soon.
Saturday 16th August
1st XI away to Pyrford
2nd XI home to Pyrford
3rd XI away to SinjunGrammarians
4th XI home to Epsom
5th XI away to OD Cuaco
6th XI home to OD Cuaco
7th XI away to Cudham Wyse
Sunday 17th August
Ladies 1st XI away to Rowledge
Trust XI away to East Molesey
Friendly XI home to Sidcup
Best of luck to all the sides.
Streatham & Marlborough Club Captain