The Men’s 4s beat Reigate Priory to win the league by one point at the weekend. Following a nervy start with the bat, they found themselves three down with no many on the board. However, Stuart (49) was ably assisted by Corner (28) and Perkins (28) and extras (26) to set 170. All the SMCC bowlers bowled tightly to make the Reigate batters work for every run and ultimately they fell short by 21. A fantastic finish to a season in which thirteen from eighteen games were won, deserved Champions! The Men’s 5s had a slightly more comfortable victory as they posted 189-7 against Bexley Park, runs from Knapp (51*) and Southworth (42). Wickets were taken at regular intervals with Horlock (4-31) making the decisive impacts. Promotion, however, was out of their hands and they had to await results from elsewhere. News of which filtered through late on Saturday and the club celebrated both teams! A remarkable ascent through the table for a side that lost four of their first six games, they went on to win eight of the next nine completed games to finish the form team in the division.
The Women’s 1st XI were also confirmed as Champions on Sunday as Dulwich failed to win so the Women’s section can claim a League and Cup double in 2019. Undefeated in the league and just the solitary loss in an early cup round which was avenged in the final. An excellent year.
Elsewhere, Cheadle (104) played a lone hand with the bat for the 1s in a challenging chase following a maiden senior five wicket haul for Nicholls (6-54) and 4fer for skipper, Davis. Unfortunately, Cheadle was running out of partners and fell trying to clear the rope just fifteen runs short. His first hundred for the club, I’m sure we’ll see many more from this talented bat.