About junior cricket at Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club (SMCC)
We run cricket for girls and boys of all ages, and we aim to be the most fun cricket club for miles around. Players and parents who have tried other clubs often tell us they love the relaxed, friendly and sociable feel of our club, and the high quality of our coaching. But you don't have to take our word for that - take a look at the results of our 2020 Junior Member Survey.
An amazing 2021 summer
235 boys and 77 girls played cricket at SMCC in the summer of 2021 (18% more kids playing cricket than 2020).
Congratulations to the following squads, who won league divisions:
Boys Under 9s, who won the Surrey Junior Championship U9 Soft-ball Saturday North
Boys Under 11s, who won the Surrey Junior Championship U11 Sunday Tier 2 East, winning all ten matches
Boys Under 16s, who won the Surrey Junior Championship U17 Tier 2 North-East
Across all squads, we won slightly more league games than we lost even though most squads were playing a tier higher than in the past, and we played an astonishing 230 matches in total - an average of 7.4 matches per player.
See more detail on our Results page.
Leaders in girls' and women's cricket
25% of our junior players are now girls (up from 20% in 2020). We believe this is one of the highest percentages in the region.
In 2021, we had a U9-11 soft-ball team (school years 4-6) and a U12-14 hard ball team (school years 7-9), both entered into girls-only leagues. In 2022 we are expecting to three girls' squads and a second Women's (including teenagers) team.
We have all-female training for the girls' squads, which for most squads will be on Thursdays year-round, both indoor in the autumn and spring terms and outdoors in the summer term. In the summer, our Women's squads also train on Thursdays at the club.
We have over 100 female players at the club across all age-groups.
Girls can play in women's cricket from school year 8. Our Women's team won inaugural Surrey Slam T20 competition in 2019 and were promoted to Division 1 (soon to be renamed the Premier Division), where they finished third in 2021. We expect to run a second women's team in 2022.
A short film about us
This short film made about the club in 2017 gives a taste of what we’re all about.
Our coaching partners, 360 Cricket
Our coaching is led by professional cricket coaches from 360 Cricket. Coaches and support coaches are all ECB accredited and DBS checked. Training sessions are lots of fun and we’ll help players learn the full range of cricket skills, even in our youngest age-groups. We'll have them playing full-on cricket within a term.
On summer training nights we have the bar open and usually fire up the barbecue on Fridays, making training as enjoyable for the parents and siblings as it is for the players, and we run holiday camps.
We also have indoor cricket in the Autumn term and Spring term.
Indoor training led by the fantastic 360 Cricket, who ensure every session is fun, varied and engaging.
Our growth in recent years
Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club formed in 2003 through the merger of Streatham CC (1805) and Marlborough CC (1870). Our junior section started in 2008 with a single team of Under 12s. We have grown substantially in the last few years and 2021 has been our biggest and best year yet. Counting all training, matches and camps, we estimate that our junior players now take part in around 24,000 hours of cricket per year.
Number of junior players up from 100 to over 310
Girls section up from 5 to 75+ players
Number of league teams up from 4 to 10 age-group teams
Number of matches per year up from 48 to approximately 250
Players attending indoor training courses up from around 15 per week to 160 per week
Having started with no holiday camps in 2016, we ran 29 days of camp in 2021 (weather permitting) for an average of around 40 players per day
Number of parents are involved in volunteering to help run our junior cricket is up from around 10 to over 40 and more parents (mums as well as dads) are playing cricket themselves with our open-age (senior) sides than ever before.
In 2022 we will again be focussing on growing our girls' and women's sections.
Families gathering for the award ceremony at our family fun & awards day, 2019.
SMCC Juniors help open new cricket nets in Peckham Rye Park
Thanks to an SMCC Juniors parent, Martin Koder, who successfully bid for funding from Southwark Council and the ECB, we now have new cricket nets in Peckham Rye Park.
We joined Surrey & England players Bryony Smith and Ollie Pope to celebrate the official opening in Sept 2020.
Martin then also bid for an artificial wicket to be installed in Peckham Rye Park, which is was installed at the beginning of Sept 2021.
Who we are
Our junior players come from many different walks of life. In 2021, of our 250 junior players, around 35% are of a non-white British ethnicity, 25% are girls (growing every year) and 3% have a disability.
Our players come from dozens of different schools and we estimate that at least 50% attend a state school. Some are beginners, most are intermediate and around 5% are advanced players who also play in Surrey, Kent or London Schools performance programmes.
Our junior members come from many areas across south London - Dulwich, Forest Hill, Peckham, Nunhead, Telegraph Hill, Brockley, Crofton Park, Catford, Sydenham, Herne Hill, Crystal Palace, Norwood, Camberwell, Brixton, Clapham, Tooting and beyond.
As long as you're crazy about cricket, you'll feel right as home at SMCC Juniors.
Join us and be part of this great club!
Families across south London choose SMCC Juniors to play their cricket.
Covid-Secure guidelines for cricket, 2021
We will be continuing to adhere to the ECB's guidelines for running Covid-Secure cricket. Obviously it's not possible to reduce the risk to zero, but as in 2020, we will follow these rules strictly, in order to keep the risk as low as reasonably possible. There's more detail on our Covid-19 risk mitigation policies page.
ECB guidance for Covid-Secure matches, valid from 19 July 2021.
Follow matches live in Play Cricket Live app
All competitive junior matches are now being scored in the Play Cricket Scorer app, meaning that as long as the scorer has a mobile data connection, you can follow the scorecard live in the Play Cricket Live app.
No registration or log-in is needed for Play Cricket Live. Just download the app, search for 'Streatham & Marlborough' and pick teams to follow.
Parents wishing to score games need register on Play Cricket, then join the Streatham & Marlborough 'site' within Play Cricket, and then notify the club admin team so that we can approve your registration and grant you scoring permissions.
Training for scoring in the app is provided on the Surrey Junior Championship site.