Request to update details on Play Cricket

  • June 26, 2022
  • Richard Pitt

Good afternoon Fellow MCC Members,

A few of you would have recently received an automated message from the Play Cricket website stating that Richard Pitt has added your details to Play-Cricket.com.

The emails have been generated off the back of some data quality work we are doing on the Merstham CC Play Cricket site. We won't bore you with the details save to say we need your help (as below) to try to achieve a target the ECB has set each club on Members data (all within GDPR guidelines and applies to senior members accounts only).


Second monthly 100 Club Draw winner

  • June 14, 2022
  • Ian Lamont

For the month of May, Mike Wadsley's ticket for the 100 club draw, No.15, was drawn at the club on Saturday 4th June and he receives £51.20 in winnings. Congratulations Mike!

The 100 Club is a fundraising prize draw that is drawn year round. You can join at any time and half of your annual £24 fee supports the club and the other half goes into the prize pots. You stand a chance of a prize every month, for 12 months, from the point you join. Click here to visit the 100 Club webpage.


History making fifth team split five ways

  • June 12, 2022
  • Ian Lamont

The fifth team on Saturday made history for Merstham Cricket Club by featuring two female players at once, in a friendly against Reigate Priory Vikings at Mynthurst CC.

While Derry Ann Hammond (in the 1980s and 1990s) and Lizzie Donkin (after the turn of the century) played in Saturday sides thought of as "men's" XIs, this was special for several reasons.
Never before has a team featured a husband and wife - captain on this occasion Jon and his wife Claire, the club's ladies captain - or a father and daughter.

Young Merstham side mix it up

  • June 7, 2022
  • Jon White
On Thursday 2nd June, Merstham U14s Tier 3 side competed in a league fixture at Quality Street with SIX different age groups or squads represented.
With the Tier 2 side also playing (and beating Sanderstead) on the same night, the T3s called on players from the boys U14s, U13s, U12s and U11s squads, plus the girls U14s and U13s squads.
While losing a close game to Chipstead, Coulsdon and Walcountians, the spread of players within the team (pictured) highlights the strength in depth of the Merstham junior sides and the ambition to strive to play at a higher level.
A huge thanks to all the players (and parents) for making this happen!

Fond farewell to Graeme Attridge RIP

  • May 24, 2022
  • Bernard Feist

Bernard Feist pays tribute to another former Merstham Cricket Club chairman, Graeme Attridge, who died on Sunday.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Graeme Attridge (Mr A) on Sunday 22nd May.

Until recently, Graeme was the backbone of the club and had been since joining in the early 1980s.

Graeme passed away on Sunday afternoon, at the same time Merstham were playing their memorial game against Mogador Wanderers. In a strange way, it could be said that this was fate, as Graeme had been involved in diverse ways with the development of several players on both sides and several of the spectators were enquiring of him.


A rare, historic weekend for Merstham

  • May 24, 2022
  • Ian Lamont
Merstham Cricket Club had a humdinger of a weekend, with the women's team making history in style on Sunday, after, on Saturday, the club's four adult league teams achieved the rarity of all winning on the same day.
Making history by entering the Surrey Women's Cricket SMASH IT softball League for the first time, the ladies defeated hosts Salford, Reigate Priory and Horley to top their group. This sets them up nicely for the next round.
The club's Saturday first team continued their assault on the Fuller's League Division Two with a third straight win, defeating hosts Shepperton by 28 runs.
Having elected to bat on another glorious day for cricket, openers Daniel Kite and Andy Rivers put Merstham on a stable footing.
They accumulated a 68-run partnership before Rivers was caught at first slip for 37. Shepperton picked up another quick wicket of Jaikumar Uvaraju with a smart catch behind the stumps.

Firsts lose, threes and fours keep up winning ways

  • May 20, 2022
  • Ian Lamont
Merstham first team couldn't maintain their winning start to the season in the Surrey County League Division Two, but the third and fourth team maintained their unbeaten starts.
Sheen Park elected to bat against the first team and amassed 229-7 in their 45 overs (Luke Ashbery 103 not out). Humayoon Nasir bagged 2-35 off nine overs. Captain Ed Dawson (27), Daniel Kite (14), Andy Rivers (36) and Jaikumar Uvaraju (29) all made starts, but the hosts couldn't keep up with the run rate and finished on 167-7.
The second team were all out for 57, chasing 220 at Thames Ditton.

Javed starts season with a century

  • May 10, 2022
  • Ian Lamont
Surrey County League Division One
Roehampton 209 Merstham 213-7
Merstham made a winning start to the 2022 season in Surrey County League Division One, comfortably chasing down a tricky total of 209 at Roehampton. They achieved it with five overs to spare thanks to some outstanding batting from Noman Javed, who made an unbeaten century, and some inspired slip fielding from Laurie Nicholson.

Roehampton got off to a fast start, their opening batters punishing some rusty opening bowling from Merstham openers Asim Jaffri and Humayoon Nasir, who dropped short too often on a green track. Jaffri eventually hit his straps to remove the first Roehampton opener, before first change Charan Msdian took over to control the Roehampton run rate with some vicious inswing bowling, picking up a thoroughly deserved 1-28 off 7.2 overs.


First winner of 100 Club

  • May 10, 2022
  • Ian Lamont

We are delighted to announce the first winner of our 100 Club draw. For the month of April Jon White's ticket no.26 was drawn at the club on Saturday 7th May and won him £45.60. Congratulations Jon!

The 100 Club is a fundraising prize draw that is drawn monthly all year round. For full details click here. You can join at any time and half of your annual £24 fee supports the club and the other half goes into the prize pots. You stand a chance of a prize every month, for 12 months, from the point you join.


A day to celebrate and £1350 raised for charity

  • April 27, 2022
  • Ian Lamont

Having spent time in Harefield Hospital over the winter, teenager Ben Jones decided to hold a charity match to raise money for them. This took place on Saturday 23rd April between Merstham's youngsters and an adult side. Here he reports on the occasion, which now could become an annual fixture.

Wow, what a day. In total we raised around a sum of £1,350 for Harefield hospital. An unbelievable sum which I think is mainly a credit to the people we have at this cricket club.

None of this would have been possible without the donations in the form of the raffle, the barbeque sales or especially the mammoth donation by Richard Pitt of the signed Freddie Flintoff shirt.


Enquiries about junior cricket welcome at MCC

  • April 23, 2022
  • Ian Lamont

We welcome enquiries about joining Merstham Cricket Club at all age groups and have many teams and training for youngsters aged five upwards. We have opportunities for boys and girls.

Our outdoor season for all age groups started on Friday 22nd April at Quality Street Merstham RH1 3BB.

Coaching is on Friday evenings between 5pm and 6pm for Years 1-6, between 6pm and 7pm for Years 7-8 (and the girls' squad), and between 7pm and 8pm for Years 9-12.


100 Club launched!

  • March 29, 2022
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham Cricket Club has launched a 100 Club - a club fundraising draw running 12 months of the year!

For an annual fee of £24 you can have a chance of winning, while supporting your club at the same time. The club will receive half the money, while the rest goes into the prize pot. So the more people who enter, the bigger the prizes!

All named participants must be 16 or over. The first prize draw takes place on Saturday May 7th at the clubhouse - so don't miss out, sign up today! Visit our 100 Club webpage for full details and enter now!


A magic day in Guildford

  • March 28, 2022
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham Magics - the club's disability side - had a triumphant day at the Surrey Cricket Centre in Guildford on March 27, winning all three of their matches and easily coming top of the table.

Batting first in an afternoon of pairs matches, they comfortably beat Rowledge Ramblers 65 to 25, then achieved their highest score of the afternoon, defeating Surrey Legends 114 to 63.

Their final match was tighter, scoring only 52, but they succeeded in holding Valley End to 39 to gain a clean sweep.


Get set for the season!

  • March 18, 2022
  • Ian Lamont

It's time to get ready for the new season - come and help your club prepare the ground at Quality Street on Saturday, 26th March from 10am to 2pm.

There will be lots of jobs to do, so come in work clothes and ready for anything from cleaning, to bringing out the chairs and tables to the rope around the ground.

Let our chairman know you are coming on the email address on the poster.

There are likely to be other times before we start cricket on the week commencing 16th April that the club will need volunteers to ensure everything is set up, so please also let the chairman know of your availability at other times, such as weekends and evenings.


Fundraising Golf Day, 29th April

  • February 12, 2022
  • Ian Lamont

Dear members

Get into the swing of thinking about cricket in 2022 by signing up for our first ever golf day! This club fundraiser is being organised by our vice-chairman Jason Drewett, who has written the message below.

I am pleased to invite our members and parents to the MCC Golf Day on Friday 29th April. We will meet at Reigate Hill Golf Club at 1pm (Country Club, Surrey | Reigate Hill Golf Club|Golf, weddings, parties) and tee times are from 2pm.


Subs registration open and net times

  • January 21, 2022
  • Ian Lamont
Winter nets begin on Saturday 29th January and Sunday 30th January and run for 10 weeks. We have a growing club and times are spread across two days.
The slots are as follows: All junior members or their parents should check with the relevant age-group coach if they are unsure which sessions to attend.
Everyone attending indoor winter nets should choose the appropriate subscription and pay their annual membership fees before attending. Please go to www.mersthamcc.co.uk/register

AGM report: thanks to groundsmen. Subs to rise

  • January 18, 2022
  • Ian Lamont

Chairman Richard Feist paid a huge tribute to his father Bernard for his work as groundsman over several years, when the club gathered for its 2022 AGM on Sunday.

Bernard and his assistant Bob McGillivray have carried out pitch and building maintenance work at Quality Street and at The Ring and stepped down from their voluntary roles this winter.

Richard said the club owed them and Mike Griffin - who also volunteers with maintenance work - a "massive thank you" for their efforts.


Notification of AGM 2022

  • December 23, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

To all members.

Notice is given that Merstham Cricket Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 16th January 2022 at The Pavilion, Quality Street. The meeting will start at 6pm.

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.


Merstham Cricket Club Diversity Statement

  • December 22, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

In the light of the necessary, relevant and continuing conversation about racism in cricket, which can be read about here, Merstham Cricket Club wish to confirm that there is no place for racism or any form of discrimination within cricket or society.

We are open to all quarters of the wider community and will not tolerate any discrimination based upon sex, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other belief.

The Independent Commission for Equity on Cricket (ICEC) has launched its public Call for Evidence, asking for everyone in cricket to share their perceptions and experiences of discrimination and inclusion in cricket. We encourage everyone to do this, regardless of background, and the survey can be found here.


Star players handed awards for 2021

  • September 8, 2021
  • Ian Lamont

Merstham Cricket Club team captains rewarded their star performers with player of the year awards on Saturday night.

Leading the way was Asim Jaffri, who took 24 wickets for the first team. Captain Laurie Nicholson said Jaffri had also got the team over the line a few times having applied himself with the bat, too.

Second team captain Matt Williams gave his award to Joe Rees-Davies for his excellent bowling performances.
The third team award, presented by George Corrie, also went to a bowler in Callum Letts. Teenager Fin Willshire, another bowler, picked up the fourth team award from Gopa Nair.