Soggy Saturday round-up: 1s and 2s lose, 3s and 4s win

  • August 12, 2019
  • Ian Lamont

Defeat at Kempton, who are pushing for promotion, leaves second-bottom Merstham's first team perilously positioned in the Surrey Championship Division Five.

They are 13 points from safety behind SinjunGrammarians, putting huge significance on their home game with Weybridge Vandals this weekend.

On soggy Saturday, the Magics lost the toss and were inevitably asked to bat. Matters started badly when George Neal (1) was bowled, and the hosts were 18-3 with Will Preston (13) and Lithon Tarofder (1) back in the clubhouse in a rain-affected 80 over game.


Merstham slip into drop zone: Saturday round-up

  • August 5, 2019
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham slipped to a defeat at Horsley & Send, which leaves them precariously balanced in the Surrey Championship Division Five.

The visitors slipped into the relegation zone, having been leapfrogged by their hosts who overhauled their target of 98 in 23 overs.

Winning the toss, stand-in captain Ben Baker chose to bat at Twinn's Field, where Sean Hunt (2-30 off 14) took the opening wicket with 21 runs scored.


Surrey T20 Tickets Available

  • August 5, 2019
  • Chris Clayson

Through our affiliation with Surrey County Cricket Club, we have 50 tickets for the Surrey vs Somerset T20 match on Tuesday 27th August. Play starts at 6:30pm at The Oval.

The tickets are free and will be allocated, on a first come, first served, basis to any member who has registered and paid their membership subs, and are limited to 2 per member.

Tickets will be e-mailed to you as PDFs, so will need to be able to print them yourself (or display on your phone).

If you would like to take advantage of this offer please e-mail club treasurer Chris Clayson.


World Cup Fund grant from ECB

  • July 26, 2019
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham Cricket Club has been presented with a certificate to show that it received a grant from the ECB for the Cricket World Cup Fund.

With England hosting the World Cup this year, clubs were able to apply for grants to improve their facilities by way of celebration.
The club applied for a grant to spend on a glass washer for the bar, which we are sure you will agree has been a great success - especially if you have served behind the bar!
We thank the ECB for its continued support during this summer, one in which England brought home the World Cup Trophy after a dramatic final at Lord's.

Merstham CC achieves Clubmark Status again

  • July 26, 2019
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham Cricket Club has achieved Clubmark status yet again, after much hard work by club officials led by Bernard Feist.

Merstham Cricket Club is one of a growing number of clubs across England and Wales prioritising junior development, creating a benchmark for high quality community cricket.


Surrey matches at Quality Street in August

  • July 25, 2019
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham will host the following Surrey games at Quality Street in the next few weeks.

The U11 soft ball finals will take place on Thursday August 1, featuring five teams and starting at 10am.

'I am Ben Stokes': Merstham Magics v YMCA

  • July 24, 2019
  • Chris Roulston

Few teams can practise more often that the Merstham Magics, the club's disability team. Every week, winter and summer, they put in the effort under Dan Feist's careful guidance. So, when the chance of a match comes along, they are always ready and eager.

On Friday July 19, the Magics hosted a match against YMCA. This is held annually and is always a lively (and very noisy) fixture which is played with huge enthusiasm and goodwill on both sides.


Merstham firsts lose. Can thirds push for promotion?

  • July 22, 2019
  • Ian Lamont

A great chance for Merstham to secure a victory in Surrey Championship Division Five fell apart at Byfleet on Saturday.

After a rain-delayed start, the Magics made a great start, having asked their hosts to bat.

Humayoon Nasir had Andy Savage (2) stumped by Will Matthews at 8-1 and had Henry Buxton (10) trapped lbw on his way to 4-41, to leave the hosts 25-2.

Asim Jaffri continued the stranglehold with two wickets - one leg before and the other caught - as Byfleet faltered at 37-4.


Junior training off this evening

  • July 19, 2019
  • Ian Lamont

Junior training has been cancelled this evening because of the wet weather, with Quality Street judged too slippery.

We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Summer training camps from next week

  • July 17, 2019
  • Ian Lamont

Summer training camps - for cricket and football - will be run from next week at our Quality Street ground.

These will be run throughout the summer at various times. See the poster for full details and to book, or for enquiries email wackywickets&coaching@gmail.com, or telephone 07896 114068.
Sessions are suitable for Years 1-6 and run until early September and sessions cost between £10 and £20.

Magics progress in Slam: Three-day weekend round-up

  • July 16, 2019
  • Ian Lamont

Finn Harris scored 53 retired out as Merstham Magics beat the Lingfield Lancers to progress to the regional semi-finals of the Surrey Slam T20 midweek competition.

The teenager put on 77 for the first wicket, off nine overs, with Robin Hardman as the visitors made 124 from their innings, Ris Bakrania also bagging 20.

Lewis Still took an early wicket as Merstham made a great start with the ball, courtesy of an excellent Rory Crouch catch. Another catch, by Richard Feist, soon followed off the same bowler.


Nicholson ton leads firsts to win: Saturday round up

  • July 8, 2019
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham returned to winning ways with a complete all-round performance against league leaders Old Emmanuel in Surrey Championship Division Five, with captain Laurie Nicholson scoring a century and bowler Asim Jafferi taking five wickets.

Merstham elected to bat on what looked to be a very good Quality Street surface.


Merstham U13s win to keep up title hopes

  • July 6, 2019
  • Jane Allen
Merstham U13s won the local derby by 10 runs against Reigate Priory Llamas last Sunday in the East Surrey Colts League , on a beautiful sunny late June morning at Quality Street.
Priory won the toss and put the home team in to bat. Merstham made a good start reaching 18-1 off their first three overs, but were then pegged back and by the halfway stage had only made 35 runs.
Realising that 3.5 an over wasn't enough, Merstham pushed forwards, helped by partnerships of 20 by Max Yates and Matt Gray and 29 by Yates and Dinuk Jayamanne.

Magics fall at Sinjuns: Saturday round-up

  • July 2, 2019
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham's first team were overtaken in Surrey Championship Division Five by SinjunGrammarians after their hosts set an imposing 280 total and went on to bowl out the Magics and take the win.

Having won the toss and invited their host to bat, Merstham didn't count on Hammad Amir Malik scoring an unbeaten 107.

Humayoon Nazir (3-52) took half of his side's wickets, ending Malik's 89-partnership with AbuBakr Malik at 174-3.


Merstham firsts lose, thirds win easily. Saturday round up

  • June 28, 2019
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham first team will hope for better luck tomorrow at SinjunGrammarians, a place below them in the Surrey Championship Division Five, than they had against Egham, now two places above, last week.

Set a modest total by their visitors, who chose to bat, the Magics ran out of batsmen as they tried to chase 151.
The visitors ran up 65 for the first wicket, then lost two withing a run, with Ali Jaffri's 14 overs conceding a tight 27 runs, but reaping no reward of wickets.

U14s win ESCL Cup Final with win over Priory ESCL Cup final

  • June 28, 2019
  • David Swan
David Swan provides the latest of his Coach's Blogs, reflecting on last night's U14 ESCL Cup victory over Reigate Priory at Reigate Pilgrims' ground in Betchworth.
 
It's been a long time between drinks.....from a silver CUP.
 
Greenest wicket we've ever played, so when Reigate Priory won the toss and chose to bat, we had a head start.

Support U14s in Cup Final this evening

  • June 27, 2019
  • Ian Lamont
To celebrate our U14s competing in the East Surrey Colts League Cup final this evening, we publish coach David Swan's blog which marked them winning their semi-final.
 
The game this evening starts at 6pm and is against Reigate Priory at Reigate Pilgrims Cricket Pitch, Old Road, Buckland, Betchworth, RH3 7DS. All supporters are welcome.

Merstham U13s beat Salfords

  • June 25, 2019
  • Jane Allen
With The Ring back in action, Merstham U13s faced local rivals Salfords. Captain Max Yates won the toss and elected to bat first.
 
Two exceptional innings by Yates (29 balls, five fours and one six) and Rowan Smith (30 balls, five fours) saw retirements at 30 runs by both. Tanay Patel then helped get the home team to a great final score of 134-4.

Firsts clinch dramatic win: Saturday results round-up

  • June 18, 2019
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham first XI were eager to get back to winning ways after last week’s dismal display away at Kempton and with The Magics sitting just one place above the relegation zone in Surrey Championship Division Five, a win on their travels to Weybridge Vandals on Saturday was imperative to get their season back on track.

Despite losing the toss in what looked to be bowler friendly overcast conditions, Merstham were confident of posting a competitive total to allow the best chance of bowling out the Weybridge side.

Ed Dawson (60) and James Coggins (0) opened up, and the early loss of Coggins bought skipper Laurie Nicholson to the crease at 8-1. Dawson continued his great start to the season, playing in his usual attacking manner, and Nicholson managed to accumulate 45.


Merstham firsts lose but the rest win: Saturday round-up

  • June 10, 2019
  • Ian Lamont

Despite keeping Kempton to a score that looked achievable given their previous batting exploits, Merstham's first XI couldn’t continue their winning habit in the Surrey Championship Division Five, losing by 137 runs.


Having won the toss, Laurie Nicholson invited the hosts to bat and was rewarded with an early wicket, Lithon Tarofder taking the first of his 4-28 in 12 overs.

Unfortunately it was 113 run before Merstham struck again when Humayoon Nasir removed the other opener for 71, caught by Ben Baker. Nasir (2-58) struck again soon after and Kempton lost three wickets in the space of 19 runs and Merstham clawed their way back into contention.