Foodbank collection - particular requests

  • January 10, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

We've been delighted with the response to our on-going winter monthly foodbank collections - and so have the places where items have been delivered at this difficult time for many families.

We have heard from Loveworks with particular requests on what they would really like to be donated at the next foodbank collection, next Saturday 16th January from 12-2pm.
Just bring your items by putting them in your car boot, driving into Quality Street, following the signs, opening the boot or telling a volunteer how, and allowing volunteers to take our your donations in a Covid-secure way. Further dates are Saturday February 13th and March 13th.
The foodbank requests, in order of priority, are:
Strong Supermarket bags or 'Bags for Life'
Tins of meat casserole (ideally 2/3 tins same thing for large families)
Tinned corn beef, ham etc
Pasta sauce
Tinned Potatoes
Tinned carrots & peas
Tinned Fruit
Tinned Custard
Small jars coffee
Toilet Rolls
Tinned fruit

Chairman's New Year message and update

  • December 31, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

Dear all

First of all, I hope you and your families are well at these uncertain times. Please stay safe.

What a year 2020 has been for all, let alone Merstham Cricket Club.

Although Covid-19 hit, we still managed to stage all but three weeks of our winter nets. We started training in July and went through until September. So we actually offered more training, although different to normal.

Covid-19 Cricket Tea collections to run through winter

  • October 22, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

Cricket Tea with a difference RETURNS…..

After several successful collections in the summer, Merstham Cricket Club will be re-starting the popular Cricket Tea with a difference, once a month until we return to playing.

Supporting St Matthew's, Loveworks plus Stripey Stork, we hope we can make a difference.

Where: Merstham Cricket Club, Quality Street, RH1 3BB


Saturday 31st October Saturday 21st November Saturday 12th December Saturday 16th January Saturday 13th February Saturday 13th March

Time: 12.00 - 14.00

How: Drive to the car park where members of Merstham Cricket Club will take your donation out of your boot whilst you stay in the car.

What's needed: Pasta, Coffee, Tea, Tinned meals , Cereal, Toiletries, Nappies, Vegetarian meals, Tinned meat, Soup, Jams, Toilet Rolls, Snacks, Custard, Rice, Tinned Vegtables.

Why: Many people are still in need of support and help with donations, if you can help support local families and individuals please come along.

Cricket club nets out of bounds for winter

  • October 19, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

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.

Indoor nets are due to start up in January, for junior and senior members, and outdoor training is now over until April at the earliest.

National Disabilities Manager hails Merstham Magics

  • October 12, 2020
  • Ian Lamont
Edgar Herridge, National Disabilities Manager for the England Cricket Board, recently visited Quality Street to meet our disability side, the Magics. He was impressed with what he found as they regained the annual trophy in a match with our girls team.
Summer 2020 will live long in the memory as the season stolen by Coronavirus, wth every aspect of the normal left reeling in the wake of the virus, lockdown and the pent-up hardship suffered universally.

And so, imagine my delight to attend Merstham Cricket Club on a warm September evening to witness the Merstham Magics regain the inter-club cup against the Merstham CC Girls' team.

Merstham make history with first ladies team

  • September 23, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham Cricket Club have made history by sending out a Ladies team for the first time. We are now looking to build on this by recruiting more female players over the winter period. Anyone interested should get in touch with our chairman Richard Feist at

South Nutfield scored 150-5 in their 20 overs and Merstham scored 105-6. Below, Rachel Fisher reflects on the first match - and the preparations that went into it - against South Nutfield.

One beautiful Friday evening at the start of September, a group of 14 ladies met at Merstham Cricket Club for their first (and only!) training session ahead of a pre-arranged game with South Nutfield Ladies.

Merstham to host Surrey Over 60s and disability side

  • September 16, 2020
  • Ian Lamont
Merstham Cricket Club is delighted to welcome the Surrey team for the over 60s age group on Tuesday September 22, and then the Surrey disability team on Sunday September 27.
Surrey Over 60s will host their counterparts from Kent on Tuesday from 1pm. The county's disability team, featuring some of our own disability squad members, will then host Essex the following Sunday, from 12 noon. Both games are at Quality Street.
Merstham Cricket Club prides itself on being one where all players are welcome, regardless of age, gender or and ability, at junior or senior level.
It is proud to run the "Magics", a squad of players with disabilities, who regularly enjoy not only training but matches at Quality Street.
Spectators are welcome for both games. All visitors will be asked to follow the club's Covid-19 guidelines as outlined by the ECB.

Players and social members survey 2020

  • August 27, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

To all Merstham Cricket Club members - we have a survey we would like you to fill in about this season.

Now the compacted season is well established, we are conducting a players' survey to ask various questions on how you (or a child in your care) has felt about playing and training under the Covid-19 restrictions.

We would ask you to fill this in whether you have played or not, because one of the questions is whether you would play under similar conditions. We would also welcome feedback from social members who might have come down to watch and used what facilities we have been able to provide. If sections do not apply, you can leave them blank.

It should not take more than a couple of minutes to complete. But your answers will very much help us reflect on this season and shape plans moving forward. Please click on the link to begin.

Five-star Merstham U14s take victory again

  • August 21, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham Cricket Club's U14s took a fifth win this season yesterday evening, to remain unbeaten this season with two games left.

All matches this season have been friendlies and coach Dilhan Jayamanne is delighted that his youngsters have done so well. "They are all very good players - and that's what I tell them," he said.
On Thursday night, Rowan Smith (21) and Matthew Gray (15 not out) helped Merstham set a total of 83, for visitors Dorking to chase.

Merstham U15 girls strike victory

  • August 3, 2020
  • Ian Lamont
Merstham's U15 girls team enjoyed a great finish and victory at Cranleigh on Sunday. Merstham fielded six players against Cranleigh's 11 but their opponents allowed them to field two U12 boys and leant them two fielders, as well.
Captain Lottie Burnett won the toss and chose to bowl. All five outfield players bowled four overs each. Rianna Patel and Orla Chavasse opened and restricted Cranleigh to two runs in the first two overs.
Orla took a great clean bowled wicket, followed up by Hollie Jones with two more clean bowled to her name.

New Merstham U8s win their first game

  • August 3, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham CC's Under 8s side got off to a flying start by winning their first ever game, away to Pyrford CC at Hoebridge School near Woking. This is the youngest age-group that plays matches at Merstham and this latest generation seems to have the club's future in fine hands.

The bright sunny skies and light fluffy clouds meant it would surely be a good day for batting and when James Reeves called "tails" as the coin fell, eight young players eagerly awaited the outcome. Alas, the toss went to the home team and Pyrford chose to bat.

Matty Porter opened the bowling, taking three wickets in his two over spell and applying some good early pressure to the home side. The runs came in as did a few more wickets and after their fourth pair had finished batting, Pyrford had set an impressive 272 from their 16 overs (having started on 200).

Reminder on social distancing

  • August 1, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

We hope all members are enjoying their cricket now we have managed to return to matches in the past couple of weeks.

We would just like to remind you about social distancing rules set out by the Government and the rules laid down by the ECB which have enabled us to return to matches. Please follow the advice given to you by your captains or the instructions laid down by individual clubs at which you are playing.

These have some variations between clubs, such as how to register as being at a club on the day to enable track and chase if required and the regularity of cleaning the ball with sanitiser. The ones for Merstham Cricket Club venues can be found here. Particularly important this year is to register your contact details on our website for the current season.

Fifth Covid-19 Cricket tea with a difference, this Saturday

  • July 8, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

Our latest Covid-19 Cricket Tea with a difference, to support local charities, will take place this Saturday, July 11, at Merstham Cricket Club between 2pm and 4pm.

We had fantastic support from members - and the public - on the previous four occasions we have run this. The recipients, Stripey Stork and two foodbanks, St Matthew's, Redhill and Loveworks, have been most appreciative.

Support our Covid-19 Cricket Tea with a difference this Saturday

  • June 25, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

Our latest Covid-19 Cricket Tea with a difference, to support local charities, will take place this Saturday, July 11, at Merstham Cricket Club between 2pm and 4pm.

We had fantastic support from members - and the public - on the previous four occasions we have run this. The recipients, Stripey Stork and two foodbanks, St Matthew's, Redhill and Merstham Mixed Cafe (Loveworks), have been most appreciative.

Covid-19 Cricket Teas continue

  • June 8, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

This Saturday, June 13, Merstham Cricket Club will be running another Covid-19 Cricket Tea with a difference, to support local charities.

We had fantastic support from members - and the public - on the previous three occasions, so we are holding another this Saturday, from 1.30pm-4pm.

It will be again in aid of Stripey Stork and local foodbanks at St Matthew's, Redhill and Merstham Mixed Cafe (Loveworks).

Sign up for an umpiring course and put us top of the table

  • May 14, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

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 -

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!

Barbara Ryder

  • May 12, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

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.

Barbara - wife to Paul, a former captain and chairman and an active player for many years as well as our club auditor until very recently - was well known around the club in her own right.
She had been a tea lady and a lively presence for many years around the club.
Given the many messages of condolence we have already had, she was a much loved supporter of Merstham Cricket Club. Our thoughts and condolences are with Paul and his family at this time.

May 16: Another Covid-19 Cricket Tea for Stripey Stork and foodbanks

  • May 11, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

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.

Covid-19 Cricket Tea a huge success

  • May 3, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

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.

Organiser and club chairman Richard Feist is already planning a second Covid-19 Cricket Tea with a Difference, on May 16, as a result of the success.
His brother Dan Feist, who was separating items in the clubhouse after people had dropped them off, reported that something had been contributed to every section of items that had been asked for, which included tins and dry food as well as nappies and toiletries.

Collections for foodbank and Stripey Stork - a Covid-19 cricket tea with a difference

  • April 25, 2020
  • Ian Lamont

A Covid-19 cricket tea (with a difference) on Saturday 2nd May 2020, 1pm to 5pm.

Dear Members,

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.