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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new Vice President was elected at the AGM of Merstham Cricket Club on Sunday evening.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
Some of our junior members gave up their February half-term to help with developments at our second ground's clubhouse at The Ring.
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.