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Midweek SMS – 3 September 2014

Dear all,

Another week, another promotion! The 3s are promoted as Champions following a bonus point win against Merstham. This week it’s over to the 1s who need to beat Egham to secure promotion – what a season it’s been for the club so far! A fair bit of news to inform you of, so let’s get straight to it…

News & Events

Colts End of Season Match and Awards – 7 September
There will be a colts versus parents cricket match, kwik cricket for the younger colts, prize giving, a BBQ plus the bar will be open. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon!  All are welcome. See attached flyer for further details.

SMCC Colts Day 2014

Cricket This Saturday
As the 3s and 4s have no game, we are trying to arrange an interclub game at home. If you have not already got a game and want a home fixture, please contact Sagar Mehta on or 07983 333 709 or through the SMCC Facebook page.

End of Season Dinner & Dance – 18 October
Two promotions to celebrate already on this ever popular evening – book early to avoid disappointment! Details on the attachment and below. As ever, the food will be provided by the fantastic Alysha and her team.

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.

SMCC Dinner & Dance 2014

Post-Game Responsibilities
A reminder to all that we need to clear the edge of the pitch of chairs, litter, flags, fielding discs, scorers’ table, boundary rope etc after the game. If you don’t do it, it falls to the groundsman (Roger) and limits the amount of time he can then spend on the playing surface. Please help him out!

Pool Competition
This weekend will see the finals played – so if you are in them, make sure you are there in the evening to play your game! It would be a shame to have to concede the final…!

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
7th September – Colts Day (Colts versus parents match, award giving, BBQ)
3rd October – Surrey Championship Dinner
18th October – End of season Dinner & Dance

Last weekend’s results:
Seniors – Saturday

1st XI
Saturday brought another must win game for both teams as the 1st XI took on relegation candidates Staines & Laleham. SMCC won their 2nd toss in a row and elected to bowl on a green and soft wicket. Blackburn quickly got the breakthrough in his 2nd over with Fuller taking the catch at cover. Blackburn and Haughton continued bowling good lines and lengths but with no reward and spin was soon introduced. Between Singh and Hassan, 20 overs were bowled for 52 runs, picking up 3 wickets on the way. Fuller continued to build the pressure, taking a one handed caught and bowled and Moffat got the wicket of Choudhary, who had batted well for his 70, with a well-disguised slower ball. Haughton was brought back on and picked up 2 wickets to leave Staines 206-9 from their 50.

Ellis and Thomas set out again looking to get off to a similar start as the previous week. However, Thomas was trapped in front in the 2nd over to a ball that kept low and Pulley joined Ellis. The pair started to rebuild, punishing the bad balls on offer until Pulley lobbed a catch back to the bowler. Baskerville and Ellis continued to take the attack to the bowlers but when Ellis brought up his 50 he was out soon after. Baskerville was bowled for a quick fire 25, and Fuller was run out 2 balls later. Moffat and Hassan started to rebuild still needing 70 to win. The pair ran well between the wickets and hit the bad balls to the boundary. Hassan was stumped shortly after drinks and Blackburn joined Moffat with 30 to win. Both batted sensibly and found the runs easy to come by to see us over the line, finishing 25* each and 10 points for the 1st XI. Many thanks to Tina for scoring and Roger for preparing the wicket. Away to Egham next week where a win will see us promoted. (S Hassan)
1st XI League position – 2nd / 10

2nd XI
Won by 11 runs
SMCC 232-4 (50) / Stoke D’Abernon 221ao (50)
Highlights: Clarke 61 & Pickles 79*
2nd XI League position – 4th / 10

3rd XI
Needing a bonus point for guaranteed promotion, Merstham won the toss and chose to bat, their openers punishing loose balls got to 40 for no loss. Very rare for the openers to not make a break through, so on came Hendo and Sagz to tighten it up and a good partnership bowling performance really slowed things down until drinks. After drinks the revolving door started and Merstham were skittled out for 157 which should have been less and extras was the top scorer which says it all really!

Batting has been one of our strong suits and after a steady opening partnership of nearly 50, our top run getter for the season departed. In came J Rao and after picking up wickets slowly led us back into it with some wristy leg side flicks. Hendo then got out and 3s debutant DJ came in. This was the last game we needed an infamous 3s collapse, as a bonus point was vital! DJ and JR built a solid partnership with DJ going on the attack and J Rao watching carefully. JR then snicked off bringing to the crease the angry badger. After being given a life at 1st slip these two got us up to 157, before badger got out (bowled) to the worst ball I think I have ever seen in my life. Martin came in and left (missed) the first ball, this fittingly left DJ to smash one more 4 to wrap things up. Celebrations a plenty, cheap champagne poured and lots of drinks flowing. As this was Martin’s penultimate game, we decided to sign the winning match ball and give it to him as a souvenir. No more Sinjuns next year was the main source of celebration! #WhatAreYouSayinnnn. Top of the league to ensure the first 3rd XI promotion at the club and hopefully one of many to come! (S Mehta)
3rd XI League position – 1st / 10

4th XI
As captain of the 4th XI I’ve become used to losing crucial players to higher teams so it came as no surprise when I heard that Dave Gladstone had been Shanghaied into the 2nd XI. The unfortunate repercussion of this, besides the loss of the league’s top wicket taker, is that we have been denied one final taste of his critical élan for 2014. The blame for this, and for the following incomprehensible prose, (makin’ Dan Brown read good) clearly rests with Paul Corns. This week the 4s were away at Oxted and Limpsfield, fresh from a win over Worcester Park which conveniently gave us the title with a game to spare, they were no longer deserving of the title ‘Surrey’s worst Colts XI’. The toss was duly lost on a pitch full of holes, not uncommon in this league, and a callow batting order invited to set a total.  Scoring was hard work on the slowest pitch of the year and showing an impressive inability to adapt to the conditions the top 3 were all caught at mid off, driving on the up. At 18-3 after 14 overs Patel and Hughes set about the rebuilding job with a 50 partnership courtesy of filthy half-trackers and the skipper’s penchant for the pull shot. Once some semblance of respectability had been achieve, both decided to give their wicket away, leaving some lusty lowered order hitting from Bale (26), Bell (23), and Buck (27*), and the criminally underrated (by the Captain) Jeff Hardy (21), required to take us to a very decent 204 from 47. Tea wasn’t memorable, although I’m sure Gladstone would have painted a picture. Thanks Paul.

Hughes and Hardy opened the bowling and picked up a wicket a piece, Hardy’s seamless return to bowling for the first time in 13 months unfortunately didn’t extend to catching as he put down a regulation caught and bowled that would have better reflected the quality of the spell. Hassan and Bell bowled with decent control with Gavin Buck taking a sharp chance behind the stumps off Hassan, before the Oxted middle order put them in control of the game with a 100 partnership for the 4th wicket. With time running out, the ball was thrown to Rory Thomas with the instruction to bowl as fast as he could. In response he produced a spell of 5 overs 3-14, some of which, before he got tired in the middle of the second over, was bowled with genuine pace and aggression. With Hughes at the other end taking advantage of some scared batsmen (4-76(!)) Oxted fell apart losing 6-20 (ish) bringing the game to a thrilling conclusion before the 6.30 cut off.  Unfortunately they recovered to reach the total with 2 minutes to spare, but who cares, we won the league, and then we got very, very drunk. (J Hughes)
4th XI League position – 1st / 8

5th XI
A nervy, narrow win for the V’s in our last game brought down the curtain on a poor season. A definite feeling of autumn in the air and a track that despite herculean preparation by Jim Ferguson, showed signs of a lot of rain in its low bounce. Caribbean Mix were only able to muster eight players and we bowled them out for 68 runs in the 22nd over. Shiraz Sheikh (6-2-11-1) and Brijesh patel (7-1-24-2) bowled beautifully and troubled the batters constantly. Brijesh found late movement and Shiraz bowled a beautiful line. Mark Davis (4.5-0-12-2) also bowled at the top of his game and between them they destroyed the batting. The bowling was backed by a fine fielding display and in particular from Shiraz who ran two batters out. One a fine direct hit after hesitation and the other a comedy decision rendered unfunny for the Mix by a fine throw from the deep.

At 33 for none we were going well. We then contrived to get to 35-4 and the captain was doing his pieces. We managed to lose three more wickets getting the last twenty odd runs until Shiraz capped a fine performance with two quality shots to finish it in the eighteenth over. Some pride restored but not enough to save us from the drop. I still think we were good enough to have stayed up. We haven’t been smashed by too many teams but we have not closed out games when we should have. Nevermind – we will be back. (L Johnston)
5th XI League position – 9th / 10

6th XI
Won by 4 wickets
Roan and Lambethans 136-4 (40) / SMCC 137-6
6th XI League position – 4th / 9

7th XI
No game

Ladies League position – 4th / 5

Trust League position – 3rd / 7

A team of 10 colts turned up for a kwik cricket festival at Mayow Park on Sunday 31 August. Unfortunately, no other teams turned up (due to circumstances beyond our control) so we played an inter-club game. All good practice for the end of season colts party on the 7 September.
Upcoming games:
Saturday 6th September
1st XI away to Egham
2nd XI home to Camberley
3rd XI away to Addiscombe
4th XI no game
5th XI no game
6th XI away to The Roebucks

Sunday 7th September
Colts Awards Day
Colts vs Parents
1st XI home to Carnegie


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

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