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
The second team player of the year, chosen by captain Richard
Feist, was Mohsin Ali whose 22 wickets helped keep the team in the
James Lowe's choice for the third team was Callum Letts, who
as an opening bowler had been "unplayable" in spells, while Gopa
Nair's choice for the fourth team was wicketkeeper Rob Wood, whose
batting tally came second only to the skipper this year.
The Sunday first team player of the year was shared between
George Chellis and Fergus Carrick, while Michael Pitcher's choice
for the Sunday second team was Tony Rickards for his advice to the
Anthony Maplesden picked up U16s player of the year as his
team showed off their shield for winning their league.
Club stalwart Mike Griffin was re-presented with his
certificate from the Surrey OSCAs, as runner-up for the Heartbeat
of the Club category.
Groundsmen Bernard Feist and Bob McGilvray were thanked for
their sterling efforts in a difficult season, weather wise, in the
enduring heat and given a meal out with their wives.
Chellis took the runs award, scoring 803 during the
season, ahead of next best Nicholson on 766.
Jafferi and Javed shared the most wickets trophy with 37
apiece, one ahead of Imran Aslam, while Dawson topped the catches
table with 18.
The only non-wicketkeeper on the list of the top five was
Rickards with 10 - but he did pick up another "most of" award,
being the unfortunate recipient of the most ducks award with
This year the prize was a big rubber duck. He did play
rather a larger number of matches than many, and just so he
doesn't feel alone, those presented with smaller ducks for their
(ice) baths were Alvin Sathey (6), Sunny Bowry and Matt Greaves (4)
and Matt Hill and Ian Lamont (3).
Thank you to Harry David for the photos, and Harry David and
Sathey Kumar for the food on the night.