Another vice president elected at AGM

  • April 13, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

A new Vice President was elected at the AGM of Merstham Cricket Club on Sunday evening.

Chris Lowe, who served the club for several decades in various roles - as a coach of juniors, club captain and fixtures secretary - was nominated by Dick Mantell in advance of the meeting.
Meanwhile, in the club's first online AGM, Chairman Richard Feist announced that his father, Bernard (himself a former chairman), would be stepping down as estates and new projects manager at the end of the year.

Calling the next generation to cricket: U6s, U7s and U8s

  • April 6, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham Cricket Club are seeking to find and develop the next generation of cricketers, with a series of sessions for U6s, U7s and U8s.

Coaching for Under 6s (School Year 1), U7s and U8s starts on Friday April 23rd (subject to weather) at our Quality Street ground and runs through until Friday July 23rd. Sessions will run from 5pm until 6pm.

No special clothing or equipment is required and we will provide all bats, balls etc. For safety reasons it is best that the children don't bring their own for now. No experience is necessary! The sessions are open to boys and girls.


Foodbank collection Saturday April 10th

  • April 6, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

As we approach the season, Merstham Cricket Club is continuing its support of local foodbanks with its latest monthly collection, on Saturday April 10th, with drop off from 12-2pm.

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to put extra pressure on families. Did you know there are more than 2,000 foodbanks now operating in the UK, (according to the Trussell Trust)?

Our club's efforts have really been appreciated by St Matthew's Church and Loveworks, the two foodbanks locally that we have supported since last summer.


Not quite time for nets yet: please be patient

  • March 30, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

After some great recent weather, Merstham Cricket Club have received a number of enquiries from members wanting to know if the nets are open for practice yet, or whether the ground can be used for training.

The simple answer is no: the ground is still too wet and the relevant preparation work, via a maintenance day, has not been done to accommodate even net practice.
We appreciate that cricketers, like everyone else, are keen to resume life after lockdown.

Notice of AGM, April 11th

  • March 29, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

Notice is given that Merstham Cricket Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday April 11th 2021. The meeting will start at 6pm via Zoom, details of which will be issued before the meeting.

Members should advise Carol Pearce Club Secretary (ctpearce@ntlworld.com) in writing of any other business to be moved at the meeting at least 14 days before the meeting.

Nominations of candidates for election of Officers should be made in writing to the Secretary at least 14 days in advance of the Annual General Meeting. Nominations can only be made by full members and must be seconded by another full member.


Could you become a Young Leader?

  • March 16, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

Could you become a young leader in cricket? Are you aged 14 to 16?

The Young Leaders in Cricket organisation is running a five module course for 2021.

This covers various aspects such as a junior activator coaching module, umpiring and scoring, grounds keeping and the environment, first aid and fundraising. Why not join the Enthuse Evening on March 24 at 6.30pm to see what it's all about?

Youngsters help restructure Ring clubhouse

  • February 22, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

Some of our junior members gave up their February half-term to help with developments at our second ground's clubhouse at The Ring.

Working with the charity, Volunteer It Yourself (VIY), which is carrying out much of the work, they learned trade skills while helping their club.
The charity works with young people aged 14-24, teaching them trade skills while helping the community.
The clubhouse is being redeveloped. One obvious change will be that entrance to each changing room will be direct from outside. Also, greater storage space will be provided for cricket maintenance equipment. Among the tasks were to put up new partition walls.

We are very grateful to the youngsters who volunteered and to everyone who has played a hand in helping to improve the facilities so far. The charity VIY also posted a video of the work being done, which can be seen on our Facebook page.


Items particularly needed for foodbank collection

  • February 10, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

Can you help local families in need by popping a few extra items in your shopping this week and supporting our monthly foodbank collection on Saturday 13th February?

Our January collection was our most popular yet. This seems no surprise when the Covid-19 pandemic has put extra pressure on people. Did you know there are more than 2,000 foodbanks now operating in the UK, (according to the Trussell Trust)?

Our club's efforts have really been appreciated by St Matthew's Church and Loveworks, the two foodbanks locally that we have supported since last summer.


Chairman's New Year message and update

  • December 31, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

Dear all

First of all, I hope you and your families are well at these uncertain times. Please stay safe.

What a year 2020 has been for all, let alone Merstham Cricket Club.

Although Covid-19 hit, we still managed to stage all but three weeks of our winter nets. We started training in July and went through until September. So we actually offered more training, although different to normal.


Covid-19 Cricket Tea collections to run through winter

  • October 22, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

Cricket Tea with a difference RETURNS…..

After several successful collections in the summer, Merstham Cricket Club will be re-starting the popular Cricket Tea with a difference, once a month until we return to playing.

Supporting St Matthew's, Loveworks plus Stripey Stork, we hope we can make a difference.

Where: Merstham Cricket Club, Quality Street, RH1 3BB

When:

Saturday 31st October Saturday 21st November Saturday 12th December Saturday 16th January Saturday 13th February Saturday 13th March

Time: 12.00 - 14.00

How: Drive to the car park where members of Merstham Cricket Club will take your donation out of your boot whilst you stay in the car.

What's needed: Pasta, Coffee, Tea, Tinned meals , Cereal, Toiletries, Nappies, Vegetarian meals, Tinned meat, Soup, Jams, Toilet Rolls, Snacks, Custard, Rice, Tinned Vegtables.

Why: Many people are still in need of support and help with donations, if you can help support local families and individuals please come along.


Cricket club nets out of bounds for winter

  • October 19, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

Members are kindly requested to note that, after the end of the season, the outdoor cricket nets at Merstham Cricket Club are not to be used for training over the winter.

Indoor nets are due to start up in January, for junior and senior members, and outdoor training is now over until April at the earliest.

National Disabilities Manager hails Merstham Magics

  • October 12, 2020
  • Ian Lamont
Edgar Herridge, National Disabilities Manager for the England Cricket Board, recently visited Quality Street to meet our disability side, the Magics. He was impressed with what he found as they regained the annual trophy in a match with our girls team.
Summer 2020 will live long in the memory as the season stolen by Coronavirus, wth every aspect of the normal left reeling in the wake of the virus, lockdown and the pent-up hardship suffered universally.

And so, imagine my delight to attend Merstham Cricket Club on a warm September evening to witness the Merstham Magics regain the inter-club cup against the Merstham CC Girls' team.


Merstham make history with first ladies team

  • September 23, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham Cricket Club have made history by sending out a Ladies team for the first time. We are now looking to build on this by recruiting more female players over the winter period. Anyone interested should get in touch with our chairman Richard Feist at retro_rich@hotmail.co.uk.

South Nutfield scored 150-5 in their 20 overs and Merstham scored 105-6. Below, Rachel Fisher reflects on the first match - and the preparations that went into it - against South Nutfield.

One beautiful Friday evening at the start of September, a group of 14 ladies met at Merstham Cricket Club for their first (and only!) training session ahead of a pre-arranged game with South Nutfield Ladies.


Merstham to host Surrey Over 60s and disability side

  • September 16, 2020
  • Ian Lamont
Merstham Cricket Club is delighted to welcome the Surrey team for the over 60s age group on Tuesday September 22, and then the Surrey disability team on Sunday September 27.
Surrey Over 60s will host their counterparts from Kent on Tuesday from 1pm. The county's disability team, featuring some of our own disability squad members, will then host Essex the following Sunday, from 12 noon. Both games are at Quality Street.
Merstham Cricket Club prides itself on being one where all players are welcome, regardless of age, gender or and ability, at junior or senior level.
It is proud to run the "Magics", a squad of players with disabilities, who regularly enjoy not only training but matches at Quality Street.
Spectators are welcome for both games. All visitors will be asked to follow the club's Covid-19 guidelines as outlined by the ECB.

Players and social members survey 2020

  • August 27, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

To all Merstham Cricket Club members - we have a survey we would like you to fill in about this season.

Now the compacted season is well established, we are conducting a players' survey to ask various questions on how you (or a child in your care) has felt about playing and training under the Covid-19 restrictions.

We would ask you to fill this in whether you have played or not, because one of the questions is whether you would play under similar conditions. We would also welcome feedback from social members who might have come down to watch and used what facilities we have been able to provide. If sections do not apply, you can leave them blank.

It should not take more than a couple of minutes to complete. But your answers will very much help us reflect on this season and shape plans moving forward. Please click on the link to begin.

Five-star Merstham U14s take victory again

  • August 21, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham Cricket Club's U14s took a fifth win this season yesterday evening, to remain unbeaten this season with two games left.

All matches this season have been friendlies and coach Dilhan Jayamanne is delighted that his youngsters have done so well. "They are all very good players - and that's what I tell them," he said.
On Thursday night, Rowan Smith (21) and Matthew Gray (15 not out) helped Merstham set a total of 83, for visitors Dorking to chase.

Merstham U15 girls strike victory

  • August 3, 2020
  • Ian Lamont
Merstham's U15 girls team enjoyed a great finish and victory at Cranleigh on Sunday. Merstham fielded six players against Cranleigh's 11 but their opponents allowed them to field two U12 boys and leant them two fielders, as well.
Captain Lottie Burnett won the toss and chose to bowl. All five outfield players bowled four overs each. Rianna Patel and Orla Chavasse opened and restricted Cranleigh to two runs in the first two overs.
Orla took a great clean bowled wicket, followed up by Hollie Jones with two more clean bowled to her name.

New Merstham U8s win their first game

  • August 3, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham CC's Under 8s side got off to a flying start by winning their first ever game, away to Pyrford CC at Hoebridge School near Woking. This is the youngest age-group that plays matches at Merstham and this latest generation seems to have the club's future in fine hands.

The bright sunny skies and light fluffy clouds meant it would surely be a good day for batting and when James Reeves called "tails" as the coin fell, eight young players eagerly awaited the outcome. Alas, the toss went to the home team and Pyrford chose to bat.

Matty Porter opened the bowling, taking three wickets in his two over spell and applying some good early pressure to the home side. The runs came in as did a few more wickets and after their fourth pair had finished batting, Pyrford had set an impressive 272 from their 16 overs (having started on 200).

Reminder on social distancing

  • August 1, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

We hope all members are enjoying their cricket now we have managed to return to matches in the past couple of weeks.

We would just like to remind you about social distancing rules set out by the Government and the rules laid down by the ECB which have enabled us to return to matches. Please follow the advice given to you by your captains or the instructions laid down by individual clubs at which you are playing.

These have some variations between clubs, such as how to register as being at a club on the day to enable track and chase if required and the regularity of cleaning the ball with sanitiser. The ones for Merstham Cricket Club venues can be found here. Particularly important this year is to register your contact details on our website for the current season.


Fifth Covid-19 Cricket tea with a difference, this Saturday

  • July 8, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

Our latest Covid-19 Cricket Tea with a difference, to support local charities, will take place this Saturday, July 11, at Merstham Cricket Club between 2pm and 4pm.

We had fantastic support from members - and the public - on the previous four occasions we have run this. The recipients, Stripey Stork and two foodbanks, St Matthew's, Redhill and Loveworks, have been most appreciative.