Below is a potted timeline of Merstham Cricket Clubs history. To contribute to the timeline please e-mail details of significant events to 150 Years.

 

 
  • 2014

    150th Year Celebrations

    Merstham Cricket Club prepares to celebrate its 150 years of cricket.
  • 2012 June

    New Pavilion Official Opening

    Merstham's current pavilion is officially opened by former England captain Mike Gatting.
  • 2012 April

    Natwest CricketForce attended by England and Surrey players

    As focus club, this years CricketForce weekend was attended by a few hundred people including ECB, Natwest and Surrey Cricket Club staff. Also present was former England captian Mike Gatting and current England players Chris Tremlett, Lydia Greenway and Charlotte Edwards.
  • 2012

    Merstham named as ECB Focus Club 2012

    The ECB named Merstham as one of its 'Focus' clubs for 2012.
  • 2012

    1s Relegated

    Contributor: Ed Loader
    Saturday 1XI relegated to SCL Division 2 after one year in the top flight. After league restructuring Saturday 2XI gain Premier Division status.
  • 2011

    Bowling Success

    Contributor: Ed Loader
    Nassir Hossain breaks division bowling record with 71 wickets in a season. Safyan Aslam takes 40 League wickets for Saturday 2XI
  • 2011

    1s Promoted

    Contributor: Ed Loader
    Saturday 1XI gain promotion to SCL Division 1 as Division 2 runners up under the captaincy of Ed Loader.
  • 2010

    Ed Loader tops 500 runs

    Contributor: Ed Loader
    Ed Loader scores 565 League runs for Saturday 1XI
  • 2010

    2s Promoted

    Contributor: Ed Loader
    Saturday 2XI promoted to SCL Division 1 under captaincy of Rob Young.
  • 2009

    Merstham earns ECB ClubMark status

    Merstham is rewarded for it's hard work and commitment to inclusive junior cricket by gaining ECB ClubMark status.
  • 2009

    3s Promotion

    Contributor: Ed Loader
    Saturday 3XI gain promotion to Surrey Championship under captaincy of John Young
  • 2006

    Jeff Spencer tops 500 runs

    Contributor: Ed Loader
    Jeff Spencer Scores 517 League runs for the Saturday 2XI, the highest tally in SCL 2XI Division 2 that year.
  • 2005

    More Success for Tristan Newton

    Contributor: Ed Loader
    Tristan Newton takes 40 League wickets for Saturday 1XI
  • 2003

    Tristan Newton Breaks League Bowling Record

    Contributor: Ed Loader
    Tristan Newton breaks League best bowling figures for the Saturday 1XI in SCL Division 2 with 10-23 vs. Englefield Green at Quality Street
  • 2001

    2s Relegated

    Contributor: Ed Loader
    Saturday 2XI relegated to SCL Division 2
  • 2000s

    Club Membership Swells

    Merstham colt section grows to include age groups from U7-U17 as well as a girls team and our disability squad. A Saturday 4th XI (originally called the 'Club XI') is introduced.
  • 1995

    1s Relegated

    Contributor: Ed Loader
    Saturday 1XI relegated to SCL Division 2
  • 1995

    2s Promoted

    Contributor: Ed Loader
    Saturday 2XI gain promotion to SCL Division 1 under captaincy of Ray Shinners
  • 1994

    Relegation

    Contributor: Ed Loader
    Saturday 2XI relegated to SCL Division 2
  • 1992

    Saturday 3 XI Enter Surrey County League

    Contributor: Ed Loader

    Merstham enter 3 XIs into the Surrey County League as a founding club

  • 1990

    3rd XI Introduced

    Merstham introduces a Saturday 3rd XI under the captaincy of Pat Periam.
  • 1989

    Club 125th Anniversary

    Club celebrates its 125th Anniversary.
  • 1964

    Club Centenary

    Club celebrates its Centenary and new sightscreens (some say the best in Surrey) were erected.
  • 1950s

    Sunday Fixtures Introduced

    Regular Sunday matches were started. Merstham fields three sides each weekend.\
  • 1950s

    Colts Matches Started

    Coaching of Colts and the introduction of Senior Colts matches under the tireless Mr. F. H. Smith. During their first three years the Colts were undefeated.
  • 1940s

    Saturday 2nd XI Introduced

    The Surrey Colts fixture was arranged and the 2nd XI came into being, two of the first captains being Jimmy Lund and Russell Smith.
  • 1930s

    New Tea Pavilion

    New tea pavilion built under the reign of captain, and later chairman, Cyril Bowring.
  • Late 1920s

    Ground enlarged

    In the late 1920s the square was dug up, tons of rubble were put down to improve the drainage, and the ground was enlarged to its present size.
  • 1919

    Club restarts

    The Club was restarted in 1919, and in the 1920's scores of 200 were commonplace, though it must be admitted that the ground was smaller then. A pleasant Bank Holiday fixture was against Limpsfield, the team being conveyed by horsedrawn bake! Levenson Gower was the opposing skipper. At this time the ground was well mown by horesdrawn mover, the horse led by the local postman, Harry Hudson.
  • 1914

    22 Merstham players go to war

    In 1914 twenty-two players joined the forces and the ground was let to the farmer at 3 per annum.
  • 1906/07

    First Annual Cricket Week

    Rev. J. C. Crawford, captain of Cane Hill Hospital, and his famous cricketing sons, J. N. Crawford, captain of Surrey, R. T. Crawford of Leicester, and V.F.S. Crawford of Surrey and Leicester, all played in the festival match.
  • 1905

    First records of junior coaching

    W. Smith (who had topped 1,000 runs for the club) is recorded as undertaking the coaching of young players
  • 1905

    Merstham acquires its own pony

    Merstham acquires its own pony for labour.
  • ~1900

    First free lease granted

    In the early 1900s the first free 30 year lease is granted to Merstham Cricket Club by Lord Hylton.
  • 1895

    First Pavilion Gifted

    1895 Lord Hylton gave the first pavilion in lower corner of Quality Street pitch. Some seats "for ladies" and a chain for protecting the pitch from cattle were also provided.
  • 1890

    In 1890 there was talk of a park-like meadow belonging to Lord Hylton (our current landlord).

    First Cricket Played at Quality Street
  • 1864

    Club Founded

    Merstham Cricket Club is founded. The first recorded fixture was on May 16th.