Prizes for U15s and retiring coach

  • July 31, 2021
  • Jane Allen
The U15s celebrated their end of season in what has become the traditional boys v families match. Winners for the last two years, the U15s retained the trophy again after being given a couple of extra overs to beat the families' score.
As ever, it was a fun evening, but tinged with sadness as Dilhan Jayamanne was standing down as head coach. Dilhan gave the boys a final team chat, before presenting the annual awards. Then it on to big thanks and a presentation to Dilhan himself.
Most improved player went to Matt Gray, particularly for bowling, including his 2-18 against Salfords. Flynn McRobbie won the coaches' award for his commitment, especially in the field taking four catches and getting two run outs. Player of the season was very deservedly to James Pieters as the team's top scorer with 138 runs.

Summer Cricket Camps

  • July 3, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham Cricket Club is running a series of fun cricket camps in the summer holidays for youngsters of different ages.

These are all in August. People can book for the full number of sessions in a week (ranging from three to four) or for individual days. See poster for full details of dates and how to book.


Foodbank collections continue, on July 17th

  • July 3, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham Cricket Club is continuing to take food donations to help support the local community, with its Alternative Cricket Teas.

The next collection will be on Saturday July 17th from 9am to 11am at Quality Street. As normal, any member of the public can just drive in and a volunteer will take your donation from your boot.

Club members are welcome to leave donations at the clubhouse during their cricket sessions in the week before. Please see the poster for a wishlist of items from Stripey Stork and the two foodbanks were are supporting.

Thank you for your generous support since we began these collections. The recipient charities have been most grateful.


Brothers lead U17s to league victory over U16s

  • July 3, 2021
  • Jane Allen
Merstham U16 95/8 (20), Merstham U17 96/3 (13.4)
Merstham U17s won by 7 wickets
Three sets of brothers helped Merstham U17s to a league win over Merstham U16s in the Under 17 T20 Tier 2 South East division.
The U17s won the toss and put the U16s in to bat. U16 batter Matthew Evans top scored with an impressive 34 off 44 balls, with other notable innings by Hamish Walker (15) and Jasper Parsons (13).

Announcing the death of David Loader

  • June 16, 2021
  • Ian Lamont
Merstham Cricket Club is sorry to be informed of the death of David Loader, a much loved player and umpire.
David passed away on 14th June after struggling with Parkinson's for seven years.
David played for Merstham in 50 consecutive seasons from 1965 to 2014 and continued to umpire once he could no longer turn his arm over.
David bowled leg breaks and took over 100 wickets in a season on several occasions for Merstham, having moved from Kent in 1965.
He held the majority of committee positions during this time, and also coached juniors. He enjoyed the Merstham tours to Devon, managing one of the North Devon tours in the 1970s and had fond memories of those, and all his times at Merstham.
David made many long-lasting and special friendships during his long time at the club.

Disability cricket day at Merstham

  • June 9, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham is one of four clubs in Surrey which will host a dedicated Disability Cricket Day this summer, in association with the Surrey Cricket Foundation, the Berkeley Foundation and the Lord's Taverners.

On Sunday July 4, Quality Street will host the Super 1s Roadshow - free disability cricket sessions in the morning, from 10.30am to noon, for ages 12-25. This will be followed by a Surrey 40 over hardball match in the afternoon.

Merstham has a close association with disability cricket, providing opportunities for players with disabilities of all kinds by running the "Magics" side who train together, play matches and have social events at Quality Street. The club has also hosted disability matches for the county in the past.

Everyone is welcome to attend the match in the afternoon. In the meantime we hope you can spread the word about this great opportunity for any players with disabilities to come and experience the great game of cricket!


Announcing the death of Mark Wicks

  • June 8, 2021
  • Ian Lamont
Statement from Richard Feist, club chairman
It is with great regret that I need to let you all know of the sad passing of Mark Wicks.
Mark has been a great asset to the club over the past few years. He has pushed the girls and ladies section at the club, which has gone from strength to strength.
For those who don't know Mark, he was always to be seen on a Friday night first of all helping with coaching the now under 13 team and also the girls. He had a great reputation with the kids in both teams who could look up to him, not only in his height but because of the way he helped them and the way he treated them.

Foodbank collection continues for June

  • June 2, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

Our season might be up and running, but we continue to think about those less fortunate in our community with another collection for the local foodbanks and Stripey Stork, whose wishlists are detailed on the poster.

This time it is on a Saturday morning, 9-11am on June 12th. The public are welcome. Just drive into Quality Street, follow the one-way system and a volunteer will open your boot and take your donations in a Covid-secure way.

If you are a club member, you can bring items to your training session at any time next week and leave them in the clubhouse. We thank you for your continued support.


In-form Javed steers Merstham to first win

  • May 24, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

A spectacular display from returning batsman Noman Javed saw Merstham rediscover winning ways in a rain-affected Saturday 1st XI Surrey County League Premier Division fixture at home to Godalming.

Chasing a revised total of 134 from 27 overs, Javed blasted 65 from 48 deliveries in a 107-run unbeaten stand with in-form skipper Laurie Nicholson as Merstham won by seven wickets to kick-start their season following defeat in the first two games.

The game looked to be drifting away from The Magics as they slipped to 27-3 chasing an initial target of 205 from 45 overs.


U9s take early season victory

  • May 18, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

Dark clouds and a chilly day greeted the U9s at Quality Street at 8:30am last Saturday, but it was all worth it as they secured a victory over local rivals Salfords.

With memories of a victory against Salfords in a friendly game last summer, the team were eager to see if they could achieve a repeat.

Salfords arrived and their captain strolled out to the middle to meet Jack, Merstham's skipper, for the toss.

The coin spun high in the air, a cry of heads from the Salfords captain proved a good choice, giving them the win and the opportunity to field first on what looked to be a good day for bowling.


U15s make fine start in cup

  • May 10, 2021
  • Ian Lamont
Merstham U15s111-2 (12.4 overs) beat Salfords U15s 110-5 (15)
Under 15 Tier 2 Cup
An unbeaten 41 off 20 balls in an innings which included five huge sixes by James Pieters helped Merstham beat local rivals Salfords in the first round of the U15 Tier 2 Cup.
Cup rules limited each team to 15 overs and a retirement score of 40 to create a playing experience to mimic existing short form cricket competitions and the new 100 in particular.

Alternative Cricket Tea May foodbank collection

  • April 29, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

Our efforts to support the community via our Alternative Cricket Tea foodbank collections have been much appreciated over the winter - and they will continue now the season has started, with some slight alterations.

The May collection will be on SUNDAY 9th (as opposed to the normal Saturday) and from 10am-noon - but you can bring items to any Quality Street training sessions from week commencing Monday 3rd May.

If coming on 9th May, please remember to follow the usual one-way system. There is also no need to exit your car. A volunteer will take items out of your boot, in a Covid-secure way.


Cows, colts and a centenary: Ray Pescud's Sixties memories

  • April 27, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

Ray Pescud's involvement with Merstham Cricket Club in the 1960s might have been short, but it was in a time of great change for the club and the area, predating the M25 and the neighbouring golf club. It was either side of the club's centenary in 1964 and coincided with the progression of two colts teams.

In 1962-63 I was in my fifth year at Reigate Grammar School - there now as a sportsman and not an academic! Peter Tharp had just left after being head boy, captain of rugby 1st XV and captain of cricket 1st XI. Merstham was basically in three areas. There was the original village on the A23, then down School Hill under the railway bridges was South Merstham based mainly on Nutfield Road, and further east was Merstham Newtown based mainly on Bletchingley Road.


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.