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Welcome to the Streatham & Marlborough Sweep (SMS)
Let's pray to the weather gods that we don't see a washout this weekend! Particularly with a fantastic festival planned...
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With reports of an increase in cases and cancelled league fixtures, we'd like to remind you to take appropriate precautions to limit the risk of transmission whilst at the club. If you test positive, please report to your captain or a committee member so we can advise the league and affected members appropriately.
Senior Roundup
The Men's 2nd XI had young Ollie Khan to thank for holding his nerve in a close winning chase vs Egham. Bowling first, the bowlers took advantage of the damp conditions with tight lines, taking wickets at regular intervals. Will Sewell the pick with 10-3-15-4 as Egham reached 125-9 from their 50 overs. The chase appeared to be comfortable, reaching 86-3 before losing a glut of wickets. Fuller (26) had anchored the chase as wickets fell but he too was dismissed just 3 short. Olly Khan remain composed, playing out a maiden from the remaining Egham bowling threat before slicing a boundary to secure the win.  In the Men's 6s, a brilliant 142 run partnership between Knott (90) and Baqa Haider (74) propelled us to a challenging target of 216-6 from 40 overs. In reply, Natwest Blues remained in the hunt for long periods but were ultimately undone by Paranjoy Roy Chaudhury (9-3-25-4) and fell 26 short. 

The Midweek XI had an exciting tie against Battersea Eagles, Haider (64) again scoring runs as we set 158. This looked like it would be achieved comfortably until wickets fell in the middle with Shaf Malik (8-1-21-3). The Sunday 1s beat Locksbottom by 24 runs with Chris Buttler (48) top scoring and wickets shared around. 

Elsewhere, there were reverses for the Men's 3s at Valley End, the Men's 4s at home to Banstead despite 52 from skipper Simon Wright and an excellent spell of 9-5-14-2 from James O'Sullivan. The Surrey Men's 5s also lost by 5 wickets to Beddington whilst the Men's 1s game was lost to the weather. 
Full match reports are available on the Facebook Group (where available)
Junior Roundup
On Saturday the Boys U9s beat Alleyn by a stonking 75 runs. It was another great team performance, but special kudos again to Jonathan Koder (3 wickets for 3 runs and 13 runs with the bat) and Ciaran Cavanagh (21 runs). The win keeps the U9s at the top of their division. Jonathan Koder now top the division's batting averages (20.50) while also having more than twice as many wickets as any other bowler (10 wickets for a total of 21 runs).
 
On Sunday, the Boys U13s beat Beddington, winning by 8 wickets. Special mentions go to Demir Ediz (2-11) and Rageh Alam (2-13 and 17 off the bat) and Harrison Bale (19 not out).
 
The Girls U9-11s lost to Blackheath by 45 runs. The standout performance was Lila Ashworth (2-5).
 
The Boys U10s lost a friendly against Old Ruts by 24 runs. The scorecard suffered a technical hitch, but we hear that Gabriel and Alfred both took wickets and Herbie from the U9s hit 3 boundaries and got 2 run outs.
 
The Boys U11s also played a friendly against Old Ruts that went right down to the wire. Just 1 run was the winning margin. There were wickets each for Arthur Leitch, Ewan Willis and Etienne Barry. Gus Butler-Wright, borrowed from the U12s, helped the team's total substantially (17 runs).
 
Meanwhile the Boys U11s also won a league game against Wimbledon C and recorded their highest team score of the season - a staggering 139. Albie Carrick-Birtwell and Noah Ghirlando set the platform with 31 and 30, both retired not out, before Daniel Tough made a blistering 18 from 12 balls. The U11 Boys remain undefeated in their division.
Alf Grimsey extended his lead in the Fantasy SMCC Cricket League, with Humphrey Craven & Luke MacWilliam switching places in second and third, respectively. 

Week 7 MVP was Baqa Haider with a 74 and a wicket. Well played, Baqa!
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