Falcons lose out in league cup final

  • September 11, 2018
  • Sara Smalley

Jafferi takes first team honour at awards evening

  • September 4, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

Asim Jafferi was crowned Merstham first team's player of the year on Saturday at the club's players' awards night.

Captain Laurie Nicholson said it was a close run thing, especially up against Noman Javed who had claimed the award for the past two years. He also commended others for their contributions including Ben Baker, Ed Dawson and Andy Rivers, as well as returning faces George Neal and Gus Locke for their huge contributions.
 
The second team player of the year, chosen by captain Richard Feist, was Mohsin Ali whose 22 wickets helped keep the team in the division.

Book now for Dinner Dance

  • August 29, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

Come and celebrate the season at this year's annual dinner dance, which will take place on Friday October 5 at Chipstead Golf Club, from 7.30pm to midnight.

Whether you've enjoyed the senior or junior season as a parent, or just been a social member, it's a great way to celebrate the successes of teams from throughout the club. We've had several junior teams win titles as well as senior players and teams enjoy good seasons.

After a three course meal there will be dancing - so book tickets via Richard Feist today!


U14 Falcons need your support for cup final

  • August 25, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

One of Merstham two Under 14 sides, the Falcons, are looking forward to their East Surrey Colts League Cup Final - and would love your support on their big day!

It couldn't be easier - the match is scheduled at Quality Street for 10am on Monday, September 3, just a couple of days before school term starts. So, reschedule the shopping for school uniforms to another time and come and support the lads!
 
We hope as many of you as possible - particularly junior members - will be able to come down and cheer them on against Banstead. This is a great achievement not only for them but for Jack Letts, in his first year as coach.

Turner scores his maiden century, aged 76

  • August 23, 2018
  • Ian Lamont

Report by Clyde Jeavons

How does it feel to score your maiden century at the age of 76? 

Well, just ask Merstham Cricket Club's John Turner, who did exactly that this week for Surrey's Over 70s 2nd XI against Kent at Four Elms.

Opening the batting, he carried his bat for 129 almost flawless runs, in a fluent innings which contained 15 boundaries. 

John Turner

This must be an extremely rare achievement, if not a first, if you wanted a definition of happiness, it was written on John's face in the bar afterwards. 


Firsts lose but seconds take a giant step towards survival: Saturday round-up

  • August 21, 2018
  • Ian Lamont
Merstham came up against Horsley & Send’s bowlers in blistering form, as any hope of promotion from Surrey Championship Division Five evaporated.
Having won the toss, the Magics were bowled out for 74 and lost by nine wickets. 
 
With two games left, Merstham are fifth on 202 points among a host of clubs chasing Alleyn, in second, on 247. Horsley are on 225 having held fourth spot.

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.