Neal sets up Merstham victory: Saturday round-up

  • August 14, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

Surrey Championship Division Five
Merstham 163
Weybridge Vandals 137

AFTER a disappointing loss to Alleyn last weekend that all but ended their chances of promotion this season, Merstham returned to winning ways with a hard-fought victory away to Weybridge Vandals in the Surrey Championship Division Five.

Merstham were asked to bat and Vandals had Merstham 30-4 after some tight bowling by openers Jonny Powell and Mark Fenton, who were aided by a remarkably green pitch.

The premature departure of the in-form Ben Baker (8) fresh from a superb 83 not out the previous week, brought skipper Laurie Nicholson to the middle, and the captain set about steadying the ship with characteristic pugnacity.


Large crowd for Memorial Game

  • August 10, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

A large crowd made up of supporters from both clubs came together for a memorial match at Banstead last Friday.

The Twenty20 fixture commemorated 104 years exactly since Banstead 2nd team played their final match before several of their players were called up to the First World War.
On that occasion, they played Redhill, a club which no longer exists. As Merstham now play many matches at The Ring on Earlswood Common, the then home of Redhill where the match was played, Merstham were invited to take part.
Before the game, both teams lined up for a short service to commemorate the men. The names of 14 Banstead cricketers who served and died in the war were read out, along with five from the Merstham and Redhill clubs.


Promotion hopes suffer a blow: Saturday round-up

  • August 7, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

After a strong run of results catapulted them into the top four, Merstham’s chances of sustaining a promotion push took a blow on Saturday when they were defeated by second placed Alleyn.
The Magics dropped to fifth behind Horsley & Send, to whom they travel on August 18.
Captain Laurie Nicholson decided to bowl at visitors Alleyn in their Surrey Championship Division Five encounter.


Surrey Stars KSL Tickets Available - August 18th

  • August 5, 2018
  • Chris Clayson

As part of our membership to Surrey County Cricket Club, we have available 30 tickets for the Surrey Stars vs Western Storm Kia Super League (KSL) T20 fixture on Saturday 18th August. Play commences at 7pm at The Oval.

The Surrey Stars squad features Sarah Taylor, Natalie Sciver and Laura Marsh from the victorious England World Cup team of 2017.

Tickets will be allocated, on first come, first served basis, to any fully paid (or paying by direct debit) member. Due to limited availability, a maximum of 4 tickets per member are available.

To claim your tickets please e-mail club treasurer Chris Clayson.


Jaffry strikes six - and all four Merstham teams win

  • July 30, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham’s four teams took a rare clean sweep of victories on Saturday, all four teams winning for the first time this season.

Merstham got back to winning ways with a convincing victory over bottom side Guildford City at Quality Street, with fast bowler Asim Jaffry taking 6-19.

Merstham have now won six and drawn one of their last eight fixtures, and remain optimistic of challenging for promotion in the Surrey Championship Division Five.

After winning the toss, captain Laurie Nicholson was keen to continue the pattern of bowling first, and felt vindicated after Noman Javed (0-25) and Gus Locke (2-24) restricted the opposition’s opening batsman whilst taking two early wickets.

Locke in particular bowled with both pace and control to regularly outclass the batsman, and could easily have taken a few more wickets before the end of his spell.


U9s Cobras retain league title after last-ball thriller

  • July 29, 2018
  • Jon Dean

The Merstham Cobras U9 cricket team enjoyed another fantastic unbeaten league season, retaining the East Surrey Cricket League for the Club and building on their Championship winning season of the previous year. A very close victory off the last ball against Sanderstead proved the decisive result.

Success in the cup continues to elude the side, with Oxted & Edenbridge winning a close and high quality semi-final.
A total of 22 children played in at least one of the matches, demonstrating both the depth of talent at the club and the continuing policy of giving all abilities the chance to play in actual matches. This will hopefully allow us to run two sides next year.


Silver-Plated end to the season for Merstham U12 Lions

  • July 29, 2018
  • Jane Allen

On Friday 20th July, Merstham Lions beat Chipstead, Couldson and Walcountians in the East Surrey Colts League U12s Plate final.  The match was played in great spirit and both teams should be congratulated for this.  Hosted by CCWCC at their High Road ground was watched by a large friendly crowd.  Thanks to CCWCC for organising and their great hospitality.

After electing to bat, the Lions’ first three batsmen, James Pieters, Alex Blair and Alvin Richard Sathya all retired on reaching 25 runs, Sathya achieving this off only 14 balls, including a six and two fours. 


U16s celebrate title win by beating Merstham’s men

  • July 29, 2018
  • Neil Maplesden

After early summer GCSE exam stress, it was a pleasure for the parents to watch as the Merstham U16s re-grouped, rekindling cricketing friendships, many of which began on the sacred Quality Street turf as early as U8s.

Their 2018 colts cricket season was short, condensed into one month, but ultimately rewarding as the side won all four league games to win the East Surrey Colts League title, claiming the shield from current holders Reigate Priory.


Banstead to host war memorial T20 against Merstham

  • July 19, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham Cricket Club have been invited by Banstead CC to play a commemoration T20 match on Friday 3rd August, at 6pm. This is in memory of the Banstead players who played their final match before going to war in 1914, some never to return. They played against Redhill at The Ring, which is now used by Merstham 3rd and 4th team and for junior matches. Here, Banstead historian James Crouch tells the tale. 

On Bank Holiday Monday, 3rd August, 1914, Banstead’s 2nd XI played what was to be the club’s last fixture for nearly five years, when they faced Redhill ‘A’ at The Ring, on Earlswood Common.

Banstead won the toss and batted first. Despite the best efforts of their opening batsman, Roland Bentley, who carried his bat, the team were all out before lunch with a total of just 96 runs, Redhill’s F. Brown being the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 wickets for 13 runs.


Impressive Baker gives Merstham five wins from six: weekend round-up

  • July 16, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

Surrey Championship Division Five
Old Pauline 240-4
Merstham 241-3

Merstham continued their excellent run of form with a convincing win against promotion rivals Old Pauline.

Old Pauline’s skipper decided to make first use of what seemed to be a good wicket. Merstham were aware of the short boundary on one side and felt confident being asked to chase.


Surrey T20 Tickets Available - Tuesday 31st July

  • July 11, 2018
  • Chris Clayson

As part of our membership to Surrey County Cricket Club, we have available 30 tickets for the Vitality Blast Surrey vs Glamorgan T20 fixture on Tuesday 31st July. Play commences at 6:30pm at The Oval.

Tickets will be allocated, on first come, first served basis, to any fully paid (or paying by direct debit) member. Due to limited availability, a maximum of 2 tickets per member are available.

To claim your tickets please e-mail club treasurer Chris Clayson.


U14 Falcons reach league cup final

  • July 9, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

The U14 Falcons faced a tough match against Horley in their cup semi-final last week.

Merstham captain Noah Young won the toss and decided to bat, on a scorching hot evening at The Ring.

Young opened the batting with Aditya Chougule and the pair quickly took advantage of an early mishap in the first over, followed by Chougule knocking two consecutive fours at the start of the second.


Four wins in five for resurgent Merstham 1s: weekend round up

  • July 9, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham maintained their winning form with an excellent bowling display against Merrow, taking their recent record to four wins from their last five games.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Merstham got off to a poor start with captain Laurie Nicholson (9) being dismissed following a bottom edge onto his stumps. His opening partner Jason Kyte (26) looked assured and positive before missing out to a full delivery and being bowled.

Merstham then made steady progress, but failed to capitalise on starts with Gus Locke (19), Noman Javed (13), and keeper Ed Dawson (3) not establishing any significant partnerships.


Noman's unbeaten 139 defeats leaders. Saturday round-up

  • July 2, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham beat Surrey Championship Division Five leaders Chertsey by five wickets thanks to Noman Javed’s outstanding 139 not out.

The Quality Street club travelled to Chertsey looking to bounce back after a performance against Kempton. They did not get off to the best start when, having just won the toss and chosen to bowl, the captain was informed that due to severe traffic both opening bowlers and the front line spinner would miss the start.

Merstham took to the field with eight, and Gus Locke (1-43) and part time seamer Will Preston (1-31) looked to contain with what was very limited fielding cover. Both bowled well, especially in Preston’s case, keeping a nagging line and length in what was his first outing with the ball all season.


Merstham fail to set imposing total: Saturday round-up

  • June 25, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham 175
Kempton 176-6
Surrey Championship Division Five

After two successive wins Merstham lost to hosts Kempton by four wickets.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Merstham made steady process with new opening partners George Neal (12) and Jason Kyte (11) reaching 26-0 off the first 10 overs.


Mixed results for U11s and another tight U14s win

  • June 25, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

Graeme Law rounds up recent Under 11 matches, while Sara Smalley reports on another Under 14s nailbiter!

The Under 11s NEC team played against Sutton, looking to bounce back from their heavy defeat the previous week.

Merstham were put into bat and lost both openers early, but then, remarkably, didn’t lose another wicket.  


U14s prove Cap-able of reaching cup semi-final

  • June 21, 2018
  • Sara Smalley

Earlier this molnth, Merstham beat Capel in the quarter-finals of the Under 14 ESCL Cup.

It was a hard fought and close game, coming down to the very last over when Merstham just pipped Capel to secure the win and progress to the semi-final.

Capel won the toss and elected to bat; their opening pair steadily piling on the runs before Jude McRobbie claimed the first wicket in the eighth over.


Firsts win another thriller: Saturday round-up

  • June 18, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

Horsley & Send 121

Merstham 122-9

Merstham won by one wicket

For the second week running the 1st XI won at home following a thrilling run chase.

With Horsley & Send electing to bat Merstham were quietly confident that they could get some assistance from the wicket.

Noman Javed (5-33) took two early wickets to set the tone for another excellent bowling performance, and remained accurate whilst making the most of conditions overhead to ensure the ball moved.


Merstham 1s see off Vandals, but it’s tight. Weekend round-up

  • June 11, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

Weybridge Vandals 153

Merstham 154-8

Surrey Championship Division Five

Merstham 1st XI got back to winnings ways, but did it the hard way during a nail-biting game against Weybridge Vandals. 

With the Weybridge skipper winning the toss and electing to bat, Merstham were keen to continue their early season form with the ball. 


U11 teams fight hard against quality sides

  • June 9, 2018
  • Graeme Law

Last weekend wasn’t so much a bad day at the office for the two Under 11 teams, but rather a catastrophic disaster where the corporate internet went down, half the sales team quit and the junior receptionist ran off to South America with the keys to the coffee machine and the contents of the company bank accounts.

The nightmare started even before a ball was bowled in the ESCL game on Friday evening, a pre-match "training ground” accident seeing Thomas Harris fracturing his elbow.  Put into bat against a very strong Trinity Mid-Whitgiftian team (who were fielding some of their Division 1 table-topping side), the team then got off to a terrible start, with two run-outs in the very first over.