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.
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.
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We have tickets available for the following two matches:Sunday 25th August:- Surrey Stars vs Western Storm at Guildford CC (2:30pm start) Tuesday 27th August:- Surrey 1st XI T20 vs Somerset at The Oval (6:30pm start)
Tickets are free to all members (including juniors and parents) and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
To claim tickets, please e-mail the club treasurer Chris Clayson.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summer training camps - for cricket and football - will be run from next week at our Quality Street ground.