Surrey Cricket Foundation is running a new initiative to keep people engaged during the ongoing pandemic.
Surrey is running a competition to see how many members each club can get to sign up to and complete the online Stage 1 Umpiring course that ECB has made available to the network.
All you need to do is:
1. Sign up via the following link - http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/snqbcw
2. Ensure you select our club when prompted in the registration page (so Surrey can track the sign ups)
3. Complete the course once you receive the access to the e-Learning portal
We would encourage you to get involved and it will be incredibly useful to have more members with a greater understanding of umpiring as we move forwards and it will give us a chance to top the Surrey table this season as well!!
We as a club community are sad to announce today, on what would have been her birthday, the death of another club stalwart, Barbara Ryder.
While cricket activity - playing and practising - remains suspended after last night's announcement by the Government, we will be holiding a second Covid-19 Cricket Tea with a Difference, to support local charities.
We had fantastic support from members and the local community on May 2, for our Covid-19 Cricket Tea with a Difference - so we are holding another this Saturday, May 16 from 2-5pm.
It will be again in aid of Stripey Stork and local foodbanks at St Matthew's, Redhill and Merstham Mixed Cafe (Loveworks).
Please see below the list of items that can be brought to Quality Street, where social distancing measures will be in place. We will again ask you simply to open your boot for us to take out items. Last time, we had at least one item of everything on the list.
Hundreds of items were collected at Merstham Cricket Club by members and the community for two food banks and the Stripey Stork charity on Saturday.
A Covid-19 cricket tea (with a difference) on Saturday 2nd May 2020, 1pm to 5pm.
Firstly let me say thank you to you all for staying at home and helping with the government guidelines and regulations. We will hopefully see some cricket this summer.
Behind the scenes, we have been working hard keeping up the ground each week in case we get the call. With high demand by dog walkers, we have been in touch with the council regarding some dog bins along the North Downs Way walk way.
Merstham Cricket Club is applying to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for consent under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006 to carry out restricted works on Earlswood Common. The Planning Inspectorate will decide the application on behalf of the Secretary of State.
The proposed works are: For a rear extension to the cricket pavilion, to provide equipment storage.
Due to Government advice in respect of Coronavirus (COVID-19), a copy of the application will not be left in a public area for viewing. However, click on the underlined link to read a copy of the application form and accompanying documents. The application form and documents will be available until 31ST May 2020.
In view of the pandemic, any representations should, where possible, be sent only by email ON or BEFORE that date to email@example.com.
MERSTHAM CRICKET CLUB
Merstham Cricket Club continues to be guided by the England and Wales Cricket Board regarding health and safety and the coronavirus.
We have now been told by the ECB that all forms of cricket activity - from indoor training to matches and social gatherings - must be suspended. Therefore there will be no further sessions at St Bede's (adults and junior boys) or the Royal Alexandra and Albert School (girls). The indoor cricket leagues have also now closed.
Furthermore, the NatWest Cricket Force weekend, when we prepare both our grounds for the season, is also postponed. We will of course need to hold such an event to prepare for the season in due course. In the meantime, please do not use the club's facilities.
As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to dominate the headlines, at Merstham Cricket Club we want to share with you the latest set of guidelines that the ECB, via Sport England, has advised us to follow.
We are sure that many of your work places, too, will have adopted and shared the Government's advice.
This is a situation that is moving quickly, and we advise you to read carefully the advice from Sport England, which can be found here.
With a question mark hanging over this year's cricket season, Merstham had to take every opportunity they were offered and for the U15s, who got off to a flying start with victory in their Friendly Indoor Cricket competition on Sunday March 8.
Merstham's opposition in the final was South Nutfield CC U16s. Charlotte Gouldsborough, who captains the ladies' Maverchics at South Nutfield CC put the whole tournament together. It was played at Hawthorns School in Bletchingley. Dave Hooper from Ardingly College who controlled and umpired all of the matches, added much to the boys' fun for the 12 qualifying matches over the course of 14 weeks.
Registration for the 2020 season is now open. We require ALL members to register every year to ensure we have up-to-date details in our records and for insurance purposes.
Please note, at the AGM on the 19th January, an increase in membership fees was agreed, you can view the new fee structure on this page.
Also note, for adults and students, the 'late playment penalty' now comes into effect after 3rd May (rather than 1st June as in previous years). This is in a effort to encourage members to pay early.
If you wish to pay the all-inclusive membership fee (including match fees), you should also ensure this is fully paid (or a direct debit setup) before 3rd May.
You can registister here: https://www.mersthamcc.co.uk/register
If you experience any issues, please contact the Treasurer.
Our winter nets at St Bede's School, Redhill, will run for 10 weeks, from Saturday and Sunday February 1 and 2 - and it will soon be time to be thinking about Cricket Force and preparing our grounds for the season.
To all members
In accordance with the constitution, notice is given to all members that The Annual General Meeting of Merstham Cricket Club will be held on Sunday 19th January 2020 at The Pavilion, Quality Street, Merstham at 7pm.
Members must advise the Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) of any other business to be moved at the meeting at least 14 days before the meeting.
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.
After a "sad day" in which Merstham's first team were relegated from the Surrey Championship, first team skipper Laurie Nicholson handed his player of the season award to two people - one bowler and one batsman.
Asim Jaffrey, who took 37 wickets in the Division Five season and Ed Dawson, who scored 474 runs, shared the award.
Merstham were relegated after losing, with three balls left, at champions Old Emmanuel, while relegation rivals SinjunGrammarians, to whom the Magics lost the week before and who started the day just above them, won at Egham.
Ed Dawson, left, and Asim Jaffrey pick up the first team player award, from Laurie Nicholson. All pictures by Carla Wood.
Laurie Nicholson, left, was the club's top run scorer.
"Our real chance to stay up was last week," said Nicholson, before focusing on the player of the year award. "The lads have all played a part. Hopefully we can reboot and come back stronger."
Merstham's bid to stay in the Surrey Championship took a turn for a worse despite a captain's innings 66 from Laurie Nicholson, as relegation rivals SinjunGrammarians took a vital victory.
The visitors to Quality Street leapfrogged their hosts, who were left second bottom of the division after an 85-run defeat, which means they have to beat Division Five winners Old Emmanuel on Saturday to have any chance of staying up.
Sinjuns chose to bat and lost two early wickets - Asim Jaffrey
taking his 2-41 in this spell - before putting on 37 for the third
wicket and, crucially, 82 for the eighth with Robin Mehta (31) and
Ali Almal (38) top scoring.
Amid perhaps one of the most bonkers Ashes Test matches, Merstham Cricket Club's first team had their own heroic performance in their battle against their own dreaded scenario - relegation.
Opening batsman Ed Dawson, like Ben Stokes for England, put in a back-to-the-wall innings of 70 as Merstham's first team dug out another vital victory in their bid to stay in the Surrey Championship.
Victory at Egham lifted them one place out of the Division Five relegation zone after a magical opening innings.
Having elected to bat, Merstham were in trouble at not only 28-4 and 60-6, but Dawson helped Merstham recover twice to post 153, supported by Will Preston (13) Lithon Tarofder (11) and Asim Jaffery (18).
Wicketkeeper-batsman Dawson was the eighth wicket to fall, having taken his season's tally to 465, his best return in a season since the 573 he accumulated in 2011.
In reply, Tarofder atoned for arriving an hour late because of trouble on the M25 by demolishing Egham's top order to 28-5 by taking 4-19 in eight overs to take his season's tally to 30 and his Merstham total to 220.
The Magics, Merstham's disability side, took part in the Essex League tournament at the county ground in Chelmsford, playing matches against sides from Harold Wood and Chelmsford & Basildon.
They set to the task with huge enthusiasm and took the honours in both their games, winning the first eight-over pairs match by seven runs and the second by a massive 58 runs.
It was a real team performance with everyone playing at their best, including the two press-ganged players brought in on the day to make up numbers - thanks, Roseanne and Jess.
Merstham's first team took a vital win to keep alive their chances of staying in the Surrey Championship, by defeating the only team below them - Weybridge Vandals.
On another wet Saturday, winning the toss and inserting the visitors on the Quality Street track was vital.
The toss won, the decision was quickly rewarded when Lithon Tarofder had Steve Hennessey caught behind with only a run scored.