It is with great sadness that Merstham Cricket Club reports the passing of Allan Lewis on Boxing Day after a long battle with cancer.
Allan came down south from Liverpool in 1962 having played cricket for Liverpool 2nd XI and by a fortunate twist of fate was encouraged to join Merstham Cricket Club Allan was a fine bowler and the Surrey Mirror of the day recorded many of his exploits. Here are just a small selection of his achievements as recorded by that local Wisden.
The funeral is arranged for 10am on Friday 2nd February at the Holy Family Church, Yorke Road, Reigate, RH2 9HF and afterwards at Old Reigatian Rugby Club, Park Lane Reigate, RH2 8JX.Tweet
Winter nets/indoor training starts on January 20th and 21st at St Bede's School, Redhill. They run for 10 weeks. Times are below.
Notice of AGM
To all members.
Notice is given that Merstham Cricket Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 16th January 2018 at The Pavilion, Quality Street. The meeting will start at 8pm.
Members should advise Carol Pearce Club Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.Tweet
Please would any member using the outdoor nets at Quality Street for cricket practice stop doing so during winter.
It has become apparent that the nets at Merstham might well have been used by enthusiastic members whose passion might have been increased during the current Ashes series.
However, the club is officially closed for cricket at this time. Members should not be using these during the winter months, until the nets have been set up for use for outdoor net practice which begins officially in April.Tweet
Merstham Cricket Club picked up two honours at the Reigate and Banstead Sports Awards evening held at Reigate Priory Rugby Club on Monday night.
There are just a few days left to book your tickets for this year's Annual Dinner Dance on October 13. You need to book by this Friday, September 29.
So why not celebrate a great season - either junior or senior - by taking your partners out for a great night?
After enjoying a three-course meal, Reigate Hill Golf Club turns into a dance floor to the pounding tunes thrown down by the Reservoir Frogs, who are returning once more.Tweet
Noman Javed took the first team player of the year trophy at Merstham’s annual awards night on Saturday.
The all rounder pipped Razi Khan for the award, said joint captains Laurie Nicholson and Ben Baker in their speech.
Javed, who has played four seasons at the club, scored 678 runs in his 18 games, with a top score of 119. He also took 32 wickets, with a quarter of his 163.5 overs being maidens.Tweet
Merstham 168 Battersea 146
Surrey Championship Division Five
Merstham’s first team signed off the season with a victory against second bottom side Battersea on Saturday, to finish a comfortable mid-table sixth in their first season in the Surrey Championship.
Now discussions will take place about who will take on the first team captaincy, after a number of players have chipped in following the mid-season resignation of Nav Saeed.Tweet
Laurie Nicholson only set a club record of 162 for an individual score at Merstham last season – and on Saturday he broke it when scoring 173.
The major difference is that last year his score was achieved in the third team after he was reintroduced to cricket via former Reigate Grammar School pupils – and this year he achieved the feat for the first team.
Having learned to play the game at school and as a junior at Reigate Priory since the age of 12, Nicholson then didn’t play at university but was invited along by friends to play at Merstham – and hasn’t looked back.Tweet
Merstham’s first and second teams both secured their places in their current divisions at the weekend, staving off the threat of relegation with victories.
The club’s first team, in their first season in the Surrey Championship Division Five, won at Merrow.
They chose to bat, having done so in the title decider between the sides in last year’s Fuller’s League Premier Division.Tweet
Ben Baker took decisions with military precision to ensure Merstham took a vital victory in their bid to stay in the Surrey Championship Division Five.
As the “Magics” seek a regular captain for next season after Nav Saeed’s resignation, Baker stepped up to the task in place of Andy Rivers, who had led them previously but was unavailable.Tweet
Gentlemen and ladies it is that time of year again - sign up to take your partners out to Merstham Cricket Club's biggest night of the year, the annual Dinner Dance!
After enjoying a three-course meal, Reigate Hill Golf Club turns into a dance floor to the pounding tunes thrown down by the Reservoir Frogs, who are returning once more.
Friday October 13 is the date to show your other halves your moves when the whole club comes together, adult players and parents of juniors to celebrate our successes over the past few months.Tweet
Merstham’s first team match was abandoned again on Saturday, and the second and third teams could only manage bonus points in defeat during rain interrupted matches, while the fourth team won by default.
The first team were perhaps grateful for the interception of the weather, being 69-5 when the rain forced an abandonment.
Meanwhile the second team were sent into the field by their hosts, Kingstonian, who then only put together 156 in 48.3 overs.Tweet
Spot the ball: The Saturday fixtures were up in the air throughout, but the Sunday fixture against Old Woking survived. Picture by Harry David
Merstham’s Saturday teams were frustrated by the weather on Saturday. The first and second teams began their matches but the second innings did not reach the 20 overs mark to count for a draw calculation before rain intensified and their respective games had to be abandoned.
Equally, any overnight rain did not leave pitches at The Ring or Lime Meadow Avenue unplayable, meaning the third and fourth teams started their respective matches against Trinity Mid-Whitfigtians.Tweet
Merstham's Under 9 team rounded off a fantastic season with a terrific win over Oxted & Limpsfield to be crowned ESCL U9 League play-off winners.
Batting first, Merstham batted sensibly, gradually accelerating throughout their innings. Good lower order scores from Travis Bateman, Paolo Bertorelli, Oliver White and Charlie Halford-Nichols took the team to 278 with the loss of only two wickets – a real credit to the boys for good batting and sensible running.Tweet
Merstham U9s are hoping for a bumper supporting crowd on Thursday at Quality Street, after reaching the ESCL playoff final with a fantastic win over a strong Horley side.
Fielding first, some excellent bowling and catching restricted Horley to 255-11 with four wickets for James Barkwith, and two for Oliver White with others being shared around.
A particularly brilliant catch by Paolo Bertorelli and excellent wicket keeping by Oliver Clements rounded off a great team performance. Merstham's 284-6 in reply featured some big hitting from Thomas Pieters (17) Oliver White (14) and Charlie Halford-Nichols hitting a huge six.. A fantastic team effort with every player making a valuable contribution.Tweet
Surrey Championship Division Five
Maori Oxshott 239-5
Five dropped catches went much of the way to being the difference between winning and defeat for interim captain Andy Rivers as Merstham lost by five wickets on Saturday at Moari Oxshott, who are second in the division.
On a really good track and a fast outfield, Merstham lost the toss and were asked to bat against what Rivers described as the fastest pace attack in the division and were reduced to 63-4.
“You could see us getting bowled out for 100 unless something happened,” mused the new skipper. “Assad [Naeem] came in and batted very well for 47 and was only out to an outstanding one-handed catch.”Tweet
Surrey Championship Division Five
Merstham suffered a heavy defeat in what turned out to be Naveed Saeed’s last game as skipper, who stood down on Monday saying he had taken the team as far as he could after five years in charge.
“I think the team needs a bit of a new voice and direction and I now give it to someone younger,” said Saeed, whose side have earned three consecutive league titles in the Fuller’s League and reached the Surrey Championship for the first time in the club’s 153 year history.Tweet