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Midweek SMS – 24 September 2014

Dear all,

Another short SMS with the Clubs last league game of the season to report on, along with a couple of reminders.

News & Events
Cricket this weekend
As ever towards the end of the season, availability become difficult to ascertain. If you do want a game, please contact Sagar Mehta on 07983 333 709 or comment on the SMCC Facebook page, if you prefer.

End of Season Dinner & Dance – 18 October
Two promotions to celebrate on this ever popular evening – book early to avoid disappointment! Please contact Natalie Hill ( before 10 October 2014 to reserve your spot. As ever, the food will be provided by the fantastic Alysha and her team.

SMCC Dinner & Dance 2014

Saturday 18th October
Venue: Clubhouse, Dulwich Common
£35 (or £25 for concessions)
Formal Dress Code
Partners / Friends / Family / First dates (especially) all welcome.
7.30pm till late

Club account details for online payment are:
Streatham & Marlborough CC
S/C: 20-80-57
A/C: 80617997
Ref: “D&D (Initial & Surname)”

Additionally, we will be running a raffle alongside the Dinner – if you (or the company you work for) are willing to donate something, please let me know so I have some I have some idea of how many prizes we will have on the night.

Dates for the diary
3rd October – Surrey Championship Dinner
18th October – End of season Dinner & Dance

Last weekend’s results:
The ladies left it until the last league match of a rather joyless season to assemble a team of 11 players (yes, actual players, featuring no mums – though admittedly the skipper’s mum was a pretty handy fielder – and no friends drafted in at the last minute exclaiming “OMG what’s that big stick protruding from your bag”). That was just as well, as we were facing Ashford, a team we had not managed to beat on seven attempts.

Having lost the toss we were asked to bowl. We didn’t trouble the Ashford openers too much and they made the most of a good batting pitch. We really could have done better. We were a bit more wayward than usual, giving away too many extras, had a couple of dropped catches and both the bowler and the keeper failed to appeal for a caught behind heard by most of the field. However, with the openers both having retired on 35, the ball was given to our star fielder, young Sienna ‘I don’t want to bowl’ Peters-McCalla (3-1-12-1) who made an immediate breakthrough and dismissed Ashford’s no 3 for 1 with her second ball. This season’s new recruit, the diminutive Emma Williams (3-0-26-1) flummoxed the batters with her turn and eventually got her reward, VQ taking a decent catch. This stalled the run rate leaving VQ (5-0-29-1) and Dag (5-0-18-1) to pick up a wicket a piece in the last over of their respective final spells. Ashford finished 145-4 from 25.

Considering that this season we have struggled to chase down totals of less than a hundred, this was a pretty big ask but we started off well. Our in-form batter, VQ, hit 18 off 8 balls before she uncharacteristically misjudged the length and gave her wicket away. Eleanor ‘I can’t bat’ Johnston joined the skipper at the crease and they batted assuredly, continuing to add runs at a good rate until Rabz (32) missed a straight one. Oriana Newman, coming in on the back of a couple of very decent innings, was unfortunate to get out when on 2, the bowler managing to hold on to a return catch. The youngster is one to watch next season. Losing two quick wickets usually signals the start of an epic collapse for the ladies so it was rather baffling that the skipper (evidently in a moment of madness) decided on a last minute reshuffle of the batting order and sent in Dag ‘I used to be able to bat’ S-K at 5, so the outlook was not great, given she’s had a miserable season with the bat. Apparently Coach turned away in disgust after the second ball that she swung at and missed … a shot she replicated the next 3 balls. With the run rate of over 7 required, it was left to El to take charge, and she promptly obliged. Dag (28*) eventually managed to connect and the runs started flowing. We run everything, including an all-run-4 following a comical misfield. El’s brilliant innings came to an end when she had to retire not-out on 36, finishing with a classy boundary. A player-of-the- match performance. The match was finely poised and when Karen (2) was bowled in the last over, we needed 2 off 3 to win. Marta, returning from a long absence through injury, came to the crease and immediately managed to get something (though probably not the bat) on the ball to score the winning runs. Welcome back, Marta!

A full team, solid batting performance, victory over a very good team … it definitely gives us something to build on next season. (D Selwyn-Kuczera)
Ladies League position – 4th / 5

Streatham & Marlborough Club Captain

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