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A change in the premier


As you know it is my intention to step down as Premier of the SCC and let another comrade take on the role. In this notice I shall explain:

  • What the role requires
  • Who is permissible
  • The nomination process
  • Transition

Key points are:

  • Nominations for the premier elect are invited from now until New year’s eve 2019. Nominations must be through an email to myself, phil@sohocricketcollective.com
  • The comrade nominated must also confirm that they are happy to stand by email to phil@sohocricketcollective.com
  • The nominated and nominator must come both be comrades who paid subs in 2019.
  • You cannot nominate yourself.`
Premier Yuri

How very official!? But this will be the last piece of rule construction I will undertake for the collective. I am not vanishing off to the sticks any time soon,  I am in rude health and I love you all. This intention to depart is because I think the collective needs to be able to show it is not one man’s play thing, not some bizarre power trip or ego boosting exercise. It has become a vital,  self supporting cricket club that can bring sport, development and fun to all of its comrades. There is a group of committed and enthusiastic commissars who have well established responsibilities and the best intentions for the collective and a body of playing and following comrades who love our club and the cricket we play. So the SCC is in good hands, yours. 

The birth of the club and the development of our wonderfully bizarre ethos, rules and hierarchy has been immensely satisfying for me to create and witness and I shall carry on beholding this behemoth of cricketing silliness in the field and boundaries as we step through the seasons until my intended departure to the sticks when opportunity arises. 

What I do and what the role requires are two different things. Web hosting, blog support,  Facebook admin etc. will have to roll out to a new position of commissar archivist or something. I intend to continue in this position until another capable comrade steps up. 

The premier of the Soho Cricket Collective is broadly responsible for:

  • Maintaining the moral position and ethos of the SCC as founded in its very beginning.
  • Ensuring fair and decent play among is comrades in all things related to the collective. 
  • Taking a leading role at times of difficult or contentious times for the collective. This is both in how we deal with relationships internally and externally. 
  • It is expected that premiers intend to be in the position for several seasons in order to provide consistency and stability. 
  • Being chairperson at all meetings for the SCC. These typically being AGMs, social events,  awards and commissariat gatherings. 
  • Determining direction and content for the agenda of meetings.
  • Being responsible for the overseeing of all awards of the SCC. and singularly responsible for the presentation of the Cobramovich Samovar each end of season. 
  • Maintaining and developing the social calendar of the collective,  especially in regards to making sure the principle events occur: End of season drinks and awards, AGM, New members/season drinks.
  • Support all comrade commissars in the execution of their roles. 
  • Responsibility for the issuing of call outs and team selections to the comrades via email,  social media and any other future method that may be required to reach all members. 
  • Selection of captain for each fixture

This is not an exhaustive list but I hope it illustrates what is the least of what is expected. It will no doubt change and evolve and all the better for it. Please post to me and publicise additional requirements or changes as you discover them. But the underlying theme is of course one of leadership without ego.

Who is permissible? Any comrade who nominated by another,  both of whom being a paid and played comrade in the present season. 

Nomination of a comrade for the role must be made by another comrade and with the permission of the nominated. They must want the position!

I imagine this first transition will be a model for the future so I shall talk in terms of my transition here. If it’s not a disaster,  the collective can adopt this method going forward. 

Towards the end of the current season comrades can be nominated by an open email or social media post to the premier. These will be made public as necessary to form a vote. 

Nominations will close 23:59 on December 31st 2019. 

All paid and played comrades from the current season can vote for their preferred premier in a simple one name process. 
Voting will open one week before the AGM and close as the AGM opens. The AGM will then determine the result by an inspected and confirmed process. 

The result of the election creates a premier elect. Together with myself,  they will come up to speed with the position and its responsibilities and form new approaches, all with my help and support.

Approximately half way through the coming season or by prior arrangement. In this case the 10th anniversary event and match,  I shall hand over the premiership and no longer be responsible to that role. The new premier will be given a new number 1 shirt and all will be done.

Comrades, semper sodales, fors et victores!

MATCH REPORT – SCC versus XILES CC – 7thMay 2017

XCC win by 10 overs
285 to 122

This home match for the SCC was interestingly played in Brighton. Patcham to be exact. We had hoped to play at St.James Montefiore but this was not to be. We may discount that pitch for future fixtures. But The Xiles CC kindly agreed to do a tea for us and we were soon all struggling to park at Patcham cricket pitch. There was then a small dilemma of having to unscrew the padlock from the door of the pavilion but we were soon in and the day stretched out before us like a heavy sea – much the same in shape as the pitch!

PAWS for applause

Dacha (Dan Woodhouse) was keen and eager to skipper us through this one and in his capable hands we were fielding first. Their opening pair of Scolze(?) and Hannant were not easy to shift. We kept their run rate as low as we could by opening with some zip from Ruboneoff  (Will Roberts) and Yuri’s lugubrious lobbing. Not easy and not always pleasant as they plugged away a refused to get out. Finally Yuri slid a long one up the leg of Hanant and took out the stump to boot. But all that did was release a the Hooper we know as Hooperoff. 

Stumped by Brandonovski

Bowling rotated to bring in Hodderoff and Chipmonkski. The run rate was beginning to rise, less due to the bowling but more the eyes snapping in as the overs progressed. But on we battled. Hodderoff exchanged in the bowling and Daggers comes in from the North end. So nice to see his flicky little wristy action. This proves enough and a smashing ball zips past a Scolze who was strolling down to smack it. Brandonovski wasn’t going to have that and with both hands clasped on the ball, he clatters the stumps down. Lovely. 

But that was the last wicket to fall. Bailey was walking out to bat and even swinging as he did so. Sadly this continued through his innings. He scored 118 and Hooper retired injured with 52 to bring on Hatrey who also added 31. We chucked all manner of things at them, even Skipper Dacha, who has a broken arm still in recovery. But it was that Bailey that did the damage. Psychology is a powerful mistress, I feel chins were heavier. At drinks it looked alright, at tea it looked ridiculous.

Patcham Cricket Pitch

Tea completed, we needed to set up a steady ship and bat liked we meant to draw. An option left open for us! Our openers were to the field, Vlad (Charlie Richards) and Ruboneoff (Will Roberts). This opening partnership were both surprising, different but delightfully ‘in’. Vlad was well off-book and knew his orders well. Dorothy and tactical runs were his bread and butter. Ruboneoff had us all frightened at first as her clattered shots about and ran with astonishing vigour, was he playing too aggressively? Not really, he worked hard at it and stayed in! Great stuff. Indeed our openers got through over 60 balls before Tulley forced a catch from Ruboneoff, exiting with 20 runs. The catch was actually not an easy over head two hander at a close mid-wicket.

On comes Dagleyev (Neil Dagley). He and Vlad set up shop. A partnership of 7 overs. Dagleyev is always a splendid watch and was keen to push the score up safely. He had his eye settling in on this raggedy wicket and with 20 to his name, slapped away a beefy stroke to the deep off. But Deep point man, JD (Hartley) collected it and Dagleyev was off and Brandonovski on.

Kathick was bowling well enough and he finally got our man, Vlad caught behind for 35. But great stability from our man from the steps and there for the first 21 overs is the kind of solidity we need to foster – not fester! Simon Woods, our new blood and his first game, then joined us. He had some very nice strokes on display but suddenly Brandonovski was walking home. A bouncier delivery from Kathick and straight onto his finger. It pitched up and was caught. Brando home for 5.

Hodderoff pads up

Owenoff was valiantly in and out, aureum anatis. Woods out next ball with a balletic LBW for 5. Yes comrades, the SCC disease was upon us! Hodderoff was there and the new replacement was Sewelski. Cometh the hour, cometh the birthday boy. His ninety three years barely showing as he opened up with two runs and all this despite a variety of bodily injuries. A few balls in and a sweeping hook brought a boundary 4 at fine leg for the celebrating, Sewelski. Birthday congrats! However just before that, Hodderoff hand his stumps removed by Karthick for 4. Then in a snap Sewelski was LBW for a very useful 10 runs.

Skipper Dacha (Dan Woodhouse) and Chipmonkski were now holding fort. But not for too long either. Dacha worried away a nice 13 but was then bowled by Matt and so the brothers, Yuir and Chip were there together – briefly. Not known for his skills with the bat, a little nick scored him a single before running for a second he was run-out off Matt.

There is no pretending it was close. We were whooped. Bailey was a very good bat and despite a reasonable bowling field, we couldn’t get to his stumps. We need to make sure that our bowling line-up ‘thinks’ some wickets – take a breath before running. We also suffered our frequent batting collapse. But in the old days, it wasn’t frequent, it was usual. So that’s good! Thank you Skipper, Dacha, all comrades and all PAWS – and thank you Xiles CC

Do Svidaniya!





Stoke Row CC
Stoke Row CC

SCC won by 33 Runs with 148 all out

SRCC at 115 runs all out
40 over match timed match



Stoke Row CC is a brand new fixture and came out of our great game at Stonor a couple of years ago. It’s a very pretty village and the ground is neatly filed at the top of the high street and conveniently close to a very nice pub – our kind of ground! Surrounded by trees and beneath a warm sky of dark, flat clouds and sunshine, the weather behaved itself and we got under way.

Skipper Jontin

Under the fine skipperage of comrade commissar Jontin, we set to the game. It’s true that comrade commissar Jontin is a firm hand upon the tiller, it’s true that he is stiff of voice and firm in approach, but there is no doubt that he is the right man to be stiff and firm once taken in hand.

Taking guard together was opener Marx-B and Yankheroff. The former was to settle in for a good long stretch, but sadly not Yankheroff. Caught May off Roberts. Marx was in true form and not off anywhere in a hurry.

Up to the crease followed Busteroff adding 9 to the score and then Conbramovich. This fine gentleman of cricket was to be seen scampering back and forth with Marx, each passing each other in a graceful manner. However after adding 13 he was taken by A.Roberts.

Twizzle showed great flash and panache and knocked up a commendable 32. This was a great addition and put a slight air of unrest amongst the oppo. He was eventually LBW to Kimber, but this knock put us up on the map.

Another knock of note is 17 scored by Soldya. Great ball placement and a vigorous demeanor. So when finally we were all NINE out for 148, I feel we had a made a fairly good bash.

Doleful Soldya
Soldya preparing for his knock

And now for tea – THE VICTORIA SPONGE was gorgeous!

Bowling opened with Yankheroff and myself, Yuri. It took a while to work ourselves up into a stew, but we kept good economy and kept their run rate down. And then the wood began to tumble. Yankheroff was outstanding and  bowled two, LBW another caught another later on!

I obliged with a niggley wicket and my new and amusing skippy run-up. Caused souly by my lack of effort in measuring out my run! But talking of run-ups, Soldya provided just what the atmosphere required – a breath taking run up of 100 yards! That had everyone tittering and remembering the point of an amateur Sunday XI game – fun.

Say what
He called me a what?

Hats off to Twizzle – Skipper advised him to lower his pace below 80mph and he took it down to 79.8 – which was generous!! He slammed into the wickets of May, Roberts and Kimber and those balls that didn’t hit the stumps, were later found in Middlesex.

Chipmonkski was wicky for the majority of the match and made great work with his hands and I must also commend skipper Jontin for helping scoring whilst i made my brief journey to the crease.

We got them all out on the 30th over leaving them on 115.

Comrades, from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of us all who form the SCC, I say congratulations and thank you. May we preserve forever the memory of this game in our hearts for it showed us that victory is possible for us, that comradery is a key element to our play and that if we lose sight of FUN in our team, we lose the point in playing at all.



SCC_innings_V_StokeRow 2014

SRCC innings 2014 Stoke row
SRCC innings 2014 Stoke row