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.
When Tarofder returned, he had better luck than his
team-mates, taking another three as Kempton declared in the first
timed game of the season on 242-8.
In reply, Ed Dawson began the innings well, but found partners
hard to keep and top scored with 38, gone fourth wicket down on 69
as nobody could take control of the innings against Assad Buttar
(3-26) and latterly Andy Ward, who took 5-11 in 11.1 overs to
dismiss the visitors in the 30th over.
After two wins in a row, it was not the performance that the
Magics were looking for and they will hope to redeem themselves on
Saturday at Weybridge Vandals, who sit second bottom, a place below
In the second team fixture, at home to Kempton, it was a case
of clubmen and catches win matches.
After putting on the cover on Thursday night to protect the wickets
from Friday's rain, captain Richard Feist made a plea to players to
help remove it early Saturday morning to do some pitch
Three clubmen stepped in to help the captain and vice captain sort
it out. Thanks to Struan Clark and Thomas Kenny for their early
The wicket was dry until the downpour before the game meant
that a delayed start was upon us. Feist got out the blow dryer and
worked for 45 mins to get the start at 1235.
While doing this, he asked George Chellis to do the toss and he
came up trumps to win it and elect to bowl first.
Kempton were keen and padded up ready to go, but they all same came
Returning Saf Aslam, at the wrong end for him, picked up 4-17
in 10 overs with two maidens. He was at the "wrong" end
because the big friendly giant of Bobby Sharp was getting angry and
ready to steam in down the hill.
Sharp was rewarded with 4-38 in 13 overs (one
How these two could have more if Merstham had spent some time
warming up their hands!
If the saying catches wins matches actually is true, this week
was to prove it wrong and correct all in one innings. Six dropped
catches (four simple) could have helped the opening pair to even
Then two great catches from Chellis and Patel (who had dropped
one earlier) meant the team went from ridiculous to sublime
catching all in 28 overs.
Kempton were thankful for some Carribbean flair on this
Saturday as H Doyley top scored with 31.
Imran Aslam also took 2-19 off his five overs. And Kempton
were all out for 81 - after six dropped catches.
Merstham had Jason Drewett back at the top of the order but it was
Nav Saeed who took the game to the bowlers this week, smashing the
ball to all parts with real cricket shots.. scoring a quick fire
32. Drewett started to hit his drives and made 28 also in quick
Both fell in the space of a couple of balls to new bowlers but
Chellis (11 not out) and Haseeb Qureshi (3 not out) finished the
game off with Merstham finishing on 83-2 off 12 overs.
Another good win but still room to improve for this team. Hopefully
they continue next week at home again to Stoke.
The third team were asked to bat at RA&A School
after the game at The Ring had to be switched, because of an
invasion of temporary tourists.
One of the openers Jason Kyte knocked 28, much of it
with Ashar Syed, whose 50 included three fours and three sixes.
After a mid-order collapse, Ben Snelling (60 not out) and Ben
Carter (33 not out) pushed the score to 193-7 from 45 overs.
Would that be enough on unfamiliar territory? Callum
Letts took 2-29 in his opening four overs, but didn’t come back on
as Snelling (1-20 in seven), Carter (1-8 in six) and Sunny Bowry
(4-16 off four overs) did the main damage before Harrish Joseph
took the final wicket with the first ball of his third over to
dismiss Banstead for 106 in the 26th over.
The fourth team won for the first time this season
(apart from games conceded to them) at Beddington. Or Cottenham
Park, near Raynes Park station where Beddington hosted the
Omer Shuja could have had three (not one) wickets in
his opening spell were it not for failed diving catches, but kept
the openers largely in check.
For once, the middle period of the innings was held
together, rather than let the opposition score too heavily and get
the upper hand, by captain Gopa Nair and Satya Premakumar bowling
in tandem. After Luca Retter caught one just behind the
non-striking end - after Nair shouted it was his ball to catch and
not bowler Will Prior’s - Prior took a diving caught and bowled
with the inning’s final ball and a target set of 185 to win.
Openers Ian Lamont (18) and David Reeves set about the
task patiently, taking good chances for singles and striking the
odd boundary to keep the over rate comfortable at about four an
over, until aging Lamont got tired and swung at a staight one,
after a 50 partnership.
Reeves, returning to the game recently after
univserity, went on to confidently strike 73 including 11 fours,
taking most of the strike from young Toby Buckle (18). This
fantastic innings gave Merstham a strong platform for Glen Mollan
(20 not out) and Rob Wood (4 not out) to finish the job after Prior
got his season going with 15. Merstham won with a couple of overs
One day soon, all four Saturday sides will win on the