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Midweek SMS – 6 August 2014

Dear all,

A few fresh news items for your information – so without further ado…


News & Events

Outside area
Following a noise complaint from a local resident, we have to make sure that we are strictly abiding by our premises licence to avoid any possible situation whereby the new pavilion is put under threat. As a result, the outside area will be shut from 11pm going forward. Please be aware of this and smokers can move to the entrance of the club if need be.

Surrey Championship Playing Format
I attended a meeting yesterday with representatives from other league clubs to discuss the future playing format of the Surrey Championship. The main points were as follows and the details will thrashed out later. This will then be presented at the AGM for a vote.

  • Split format of limited overs and declaration cricket to remain – it allows players to develop different skills
  • Declaration cricket to have a fairer allocation of points with bonus points for batting and bowling
  • Start times to remain the same – it was argued that just as many would be unable to make an earlier start as are affected by a later finish
  • Further explore Duckworth Lewis being rolled out down the leagues in rain-affected games
  • League to encourage faster over rates in un-officiated games to avoid 8pm plus finishes

Pavilion Fund Pledge
A number of you were very generous at our Pavilion Launch and enabled us to raise close to £50k from the night, which was fantastic. However, most of those pledges are yet to be enacted. If you would like to spread out by cost by standing order, there are now only 12 months to do it!

If you were particularly inebriated that night and have forgotten how much you pledged (or if you pledged at all!)… fear not… Karen Klomp has a list! She can be contacted on

Finally, if you are keen to make a pledge – now is the time to do so! Again, contact Karen for more information or see the attached documents.

Bricks Explained1
Pledge form incl gift aid3

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 next camp starts on 12 August.

SMCC Cricket Camp 2014

Dates for the diary
16th 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
The 1st XI travelled to bottom of the table Woking & Horsell aiming to take all 13 points with them. A car with the skipper ran late so Ellis went out to toss and won choosing to bowl on a fairly green and soft pitch. Sarwavkhan and Haughton bowled extremely well with conditions that suited their bowling. Haughton got the breakthrough in the 4th over when Pulley took a low diving catch at 2nd slip. Sarwavkhan took the second wicket in the next over and Woking found themselves 11-2. Some good bowling from Haughton went without reward as four edges fell short or were slashed over the slips for 4. Skipper Hassan brought himself on to bowl along with Carr as the pair looked to tie down the batsmen. Carr broke the partnership when a short ball was pulled to Thomas at mid-wicket. Another few partnerships from the Woking batsman along with average fielding allowed Woking to get up to 222-7 when they declared after 51 overs. A score easily gettable with the batting on display and the short boundaries.

Ellis and Rao went out to bat and Rao was quickly back in as one lifted on him which he gloved to the keeper 1st ball. Pulley joined Ellis and quickly took the attack to the bowlers, punishing anything in his half. The pair added 74 for the 2nd wicket before Pulley was bowled for 50. Baskerville came to the crease and again took the attack to the bowlers, finding the boundary with ease on several occasions. Ellis and Baskerville put on 50 as Ellis was bowled for a well-anchored 37. With the score at 126-3, Thomas and Baskerville were free to play their natural games and attack the bowlers. Thomas took a liking to the Woking bowlers once again as he quickly found the boundaries along with Baskerville. A close LBW shout went Baskerville’s way however the next was given out as Baskerville fell sweeping on 50. At 163-4, skipper Hassan walked out to join Thomas and looked to build a partnership that would see SMCC over the line. Thomas continued his onslaught on the Woking bowlers as he brought up his 50 whilst Hassan was more reserved at the other end, waiting for the bad ball to hit away. 222-4 and needing just 1 to win, Thomas picked one up from leg stump and launched it over mid on into the car park to finish off the game in fine style. Thomas ending 66* with Hassan 20*, a near perfect batting display from S&M. Many thanks to Tina for scoring. Back to the 50/50 games next week as S&M take on Addiscombe and look to keep closing down the gap at the top of the table. (S Hassan)
1st XI League position – 4th / 10

2nd XI
Lost by 3 wickets
2nd XI League position – 4th / 10

3rd XI
If there ever was a must win game for the 3s, Saturday was it. Top of the table clash and with a game in hand winning was the only option if we wanted promotion. After getting to the away ground before the home team we had a solid warm up which led to no dropped catches in the game. The skipper won the toss and inserted top of the table Battersea. Sharad and walker both picked up a wicket in their first overs. The outfield was lightening quick, so a small partnership was put on before Sharad and Walks got the next 3 wickets in a short space of time. After their fiery opening spell on came Ryan and the returning skipper to try and finish off the innings. The skipper took 3 wickets for no runs in the first 3 overs and Ryan removed their dangerous middle order batsman. At 85 for 9 the skipper was taken for 16 in his final over by their number 11 whose previous top score was 6* to which Walks was brought back and immediately removed him to bowl them out for 101.

No Tea or drinks break required, and we went straight back out. Kash and Guns batted sensibly putting the bad balls away and putting on a solid opening partnership before Kash got bored and skied one up in the air. Robin came in and started off edgy by twice dissecting keeper and first slip much to the disappointment of their opening bowler. After some sledging and dodgy looks Robin played the shot of the game and smashed him to the square leg boundary on one leg. Hobbs and guns soon saw us home. 13 points, finished by 4pm and back home to start the drinking festivities. Top of the league and it’s ours to lose! Home to Kempton this week and another professional performance should see us pick up another win! Back to 50 over cricket which stops teams batting out for draws and suits us down to the ground! (S Mehta)
3rd XI League position – 1st / 10

4th XI
After the histrionics of the last 2 weeks, the 4s re-grouped, bounced back and generally recovered for an impressive win against 2nd in the table Beddington.  Skipper Jack won the toss for a 5th time, obviously the Ying to the 2nds captain Yang, and inserted the oppo on a pitch tinged with green but hard and dry.  Falconer and Dilipkumar opened impressively, regularly beating the bat and both picking up a wicket, and contributing to a comedy run out with an umpire trying to say not out because Buck was holding the ball with his hand when he took the bails off with the self-same hand………Umpiring this year has been sketchy at best.   Pace followed pace, as they were replaced by Hughes and Henderson, and Henderson began his one man trip through their batting order and a world of tired by bowling 17 overs unbroken up the hill, into the wind, thankfully from the short run with less of a kink in it to record a ridiculous 17 overs, 5 for 42.  Outstanding work.  No Sauce Hassan picked up another, and the oppo ran out of time 9 down for 159. Tea featured cake, doughnuts and cake.  Cake cake cake.  Yum yum yum.

So out to bat, Cannon and Henderson, feeling he wasn’t getting value for his £12, set about building a good opening stance against some tricky opening bowling, and were only dislodged once the dodgy old spinner began to operate and fooled Cannon on 26 into top edging a full-toss to square leg.  Cunning old spinners…’s not the good balls that get wickets as many can attest.  Stuart settled in and tested the infield until, drama, Henderson was dismissed lbw.  Controversy, disagreement, but very glad to see handshakes and drinks bought post-game to show how these kinds of issues should be resolved.  Stuart fell soon after, stumped by a good 5 yards, and with Skipper Jack unusually not-impressing Bartolo and Patel, recently and brilliantly self-selected, looked to see it through to the end.  Rules and regulations were banded about as overs ran out, but with the team relieved that an extra ½ hour was available Bartolo went from blocker to basher to launch the ball into the churchyard and Patel overcame his recent troubles to smite the winning runs through mid-wicket.  160 for 4 and game over. So, in this increasingly complicated league, SMCC retain their lead but must win all 3 remaining matched to have a chance at promotion.  Now 2nd Worcester Park have 4 games remaining, and if they win all theirs, will win the league on a better record against SMCC.  Couldn’t be tighter. (D Gladstone)
4th XI League position – 1st / 8

5th XI
Lost by 5 wickets
5th XI League position – 8th / 10

6th XI
Won by 118 runs
6th XI League position – 4th / 9


After skipper S Hassan lost the toss, his side were asked to bowl as the opposition skipper said ‘I would rather you bowl us out for 80 and finish it quick than make us chase 300’. SMCC did just this bowling Burgess Park out for 76. Rao was the pick of the bowlers with 4-21 from his 5 along with S Hassan (2-7 from 8) and Haughton (2-24 from 7). A quick turn around and Thomas and K Hassan went out to finish the game off as quickly as they could. After adding 69 in just 7 overs, Hassan hit one straight up and was caught on 23. Moffat joined Thomas and 4 balls later the game was finished, a very comfortable 9 wicket win. Many thanks to Tina for scoring, Sagar for umpiring and Roger for preparing the wicket. Away to East Molesey on the 17th for the final game of the season as SMCC will be looking to keep their winning ways. (S Hassan)
Trust League position – Joint 2nd / 7


A full season report will appear soon.

Upcoming games:
Saturday 9th August
1st XI home to Addiscombe
2nd XI away to Esher
3rd XI home to Kempton
4th XI away to Malden Wanderers
5th XI home to Dulwich
6th XI away to Dulwich


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

SMCC Sign off

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