Despite keeping Kempton to a score that looked achievable given their previous batting exploits, Merstham's first XI couldn’t continue their winning habit in the Surrey Championship Division Five, losing by 137 runs.
UPDATE: Junior training tonight has been cancelled, as well as our World Cup Fun Day, planned for this Friday at junior training, being postponed because of poor weather forecast.
Three of Merstham’s Saturday sides earned victories last weekend, with only the fourth team falling short, by 23 runs.
Merstham’s first team began Saturday eager to follow up from their first win of the season against Hampton Hill the previous Saturday. Horsley & Send were the opposition on a sweltering afternoon at Quality Street.
Despite losing the toss, Merstham got off to the perfect start when the abrasive Asim Jaffry (7 overs 41-2) claimed two wickets in his first two overs.
Captain Laurie Nicholson’s Merstham took their first win of the season on a historic day for the club - they fielded a fifth team on a Saturday for the first time.
Ed Dawson led the way with 120 against Hampton Hill in the Surrey Championship Division Five, finally falling as the eighth wicket on 210. A partnership of nearly 100 with Simon Rivers (37) was the most profitable partnership along the way.
When Dawon was out, his was the fifth wicket to fall within 33 runs and the innings looked over before a ninth wicket partnership of 60 between Mohsin Ali (25 not out) and Asim Jaffri (35) ended on 270.
Merstham Cricket Club have made history in May, with girls teams playing official league fixtures under the club's name for the first time, at U14 and U11 levels.
Previously around the turn of this decade, girls fixtures had been played for Merstham, friendlies against Lingfield and Caterham when leagues were not accessible.
Now, after several years of hard work, girls teams are playing league matches under the Merstham banner.
Merstham U13s won their ESCL Division Two fixture with Felbridge & Sunnyside by seven runs.
Merstham scored 101-9 while their opponents managed 94-5.
On a cool but sunny Sunday morning at The Ring the U13s won their first match of the season.
Captain Max Yates won the toss and elected to bat first. The hosts found themselves at 5-2 because of some strong bowling from Felbridge.
Merstham 1st XI begin the season with an enthusiastic outlook in the Surrey Championship Division Five. With the return of Ammar Tahir and Simon Rivers to the 1st XI ranks, in addition to some promising new members, they go in to the 2019 season with arguably their most rounded squad in recent years.
Albeit star all-rounder Noman Javed undoubtedly will be a miss early in the season, prior to his potential return later in the year.
The first game against Alleyn’s, who missed out on promotion last term by the narrowest of margins, was always going to prove a stern test of this new look side. With rain in the air and a slightly damp pitch the correct call at the toss and decision to bowl seemed like an early victory.
Now indoor nets are nearly over, come and help your club prepare for the new season! On April 6 and 7 our annual NatWest Cricket Force Day takes place.
On the Saturday morning from 9am up until possibly 1pm, the main focus will be at The Ring, which needs a clean inside. There will also be a litter pick in the growth behind the clubhouse, as part of GB Spring Clean - Keep Britain Tidy’s national campaign to get people to take an interest in the environment around them. There will also be a small group at Quality Street to start the work to prepare the ground for the season. Please bring gloves suitable for outdoor work - eg gardening gloves - and wear sturdy outdoor footwear.
Richard Feist was elected the club's new chairman at the annual general meeting, as Graeme Attridge stepped down after a decade in the post.
Registration for the 2019 season is now open. You should fill in the registration form each year to ensure we have the latest details for you and to review your mailing list options.
Payments can be made in the all the usual ways, including setting up a direct debit over up to 10 months to spread the cost (the last payment must be taken in November, so the earlier you register the longer you can spread payments). If possible, please use one of the electronic methods (direct debit, bank transfer, credit/debit card or PayPal) of payment as it is easier for our treasuer to reconcile.
Parents of juniors should first contact the relevant age group manager to ensure there is space in the age group and to be issued with the code that will allow you to register.
In accordance with the club's constitution, notice is given to all members that The Annual General Meeting of Merstham Cricket Club will be held on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at The Pavilion, Quality Street, Merstham at 8pm.
Members must advise the secretary Carol Pearce (email@example.com) in writing of any other business to be moved at the meeting at least 14 days before the meeting.
After a long summer break, the Merstham Falcons turned out on a beautiful early September morning at Quality Street to face Banstead in the U14 ESCL cup final. Banstead captain Adam Foreshaw won the toss and elected to field and Merstham’s openers, Aditya Chougule and Ed Cecil took to the crease.
Initial progress was slow, continuing in the batting pattern the team has followed all season and the first wicket of Cecil fell for 13 runs with the score on 21-1, bowled by Samuel Stracey. The new batsman Matt Retter, who’s had a fantastic season with both bat and ball arrived to partner Chougule.
After a further nine runs, Chougule was caught for 12 runs by Foreshaw, off the bowling of Stracey’s twin brother Reuben. Retter’s wicket was next to fall without any addition to the score, and new batsman Matthew Greaves was also out a few runs later. Merstham were 37-4 and starting to feel the pressure when Luca Retter (twin brother of Matt) joined Jude McRobbie.
Asim Jafferi was crowned Merstham first team's player of the year on Saturday at the club's players' awards night.
Come and celebrate the season at this year's annual dinner dance, which will take place on Friday October 5 at Chipstead Golf Club, from 7.30pm to midnight.
Whether you've enjoyed the senior or junior season as a parent, or just been a social member, it's a great way to celebrate the successes of teams from throughout the club. We've had several junior teams win titles as well as senior players and teams enjoy good seasons.
After a three course meal there will be dancing - so book tickets via Richard Feist today!
One of Merstham two Under 14 sides, the Falcons, are looking forward to their East Surrey Colts League Cup Final - and would love your support on their big day!
Report by Clyde Jeavons
How does it feel to score your maiden century at the age of 76?
Well, just ask Merstham Cricket Club's John Turner, who did exactly that this week for Surrey's Over 70s 2nd XI against Kent at Four Elms.
Opening the batting, he carried his bat for 129 almost flawless runs, in a fluent innings which contained 15 boundaries.
This must be an extremely rare achievement, if not a first, if you wanted a definition of happiness, it was written on John's face in the bar afterwards.
Surrey Championship Division Five
Weybridge Vandals 137
AFTER a disappointing loss to Alleyn last weekend that all but ended their chances of promotion this season, Merstham returned to winning ways with a hard-fought victory away to Weybridge Vandals in the Surrey Championship Division Five.
Merstham were asked to bat and Vandals had Merstham 30-4 after some tight bowling by openers Jonny Powell and Mark Fenton, who were aided by a remarkably green pitch.
The premature departure of the in-form Ben Baker (8) fresh from a superb 83 not out the previous week, brought skipper Laurie Nicholson to the middle, and the captain set about steadying the ship with characteristic pugnacity.