Merstham's first team were overtaken in Surrey
Championship Division Five by SinjunGrammarians after their hosts
set an imposing 280 total and went on to bowl out the Magics and
take the win.
Having won the toss and invited their host to bat,
Merstham didn't count on Hammad Amir Malik scoring an unbeaten 107.
Humayoon Nazir (3-52) took half of his side's wickets,
ending Malik's 89-partnership with AbuBakr Malik at 174-3.
Ali Jaffri, Gus Locke and Simon Rivers also took
wickets, but even though the hosts were all out after 47 overs the
target looked imposing.
The reply didn't start well, with the early loss of Ed
Dawson for ten and the top four with only 53 scored, Robin Hardman
making 20. Ben Baker (28) and George Chellis put on 43 for the
fifth wicket before the former was caught.
Chellis went on to top score with 69, forming first a
52 partnership with Will Preston (17) as Merstham lost their final
five wickets for 35 runs as they tried to hold on for a draw but
were all out for 183, Nazir triggered lbw after 49.5 overs.
On a scorching afternoon, the second team also chose
to bowl, dismissing Old Emmanuel at Quality Street for 166 in the
Bobby Sharp (2-20) and Safyan Aslam (4-57) took care
of the openers and Ben Carter chipped in with 2-39. Imran Aslam
took the other.
Jason Drewett set about the run chase by patiently
accumulating 80 as Merstham won by six wickets, with Haseeb Qureshi
knocking 41, Arham Ali 14 and Will Matthews 21 not out. Merstham
won in the 29th over.
Callum Letts took 6-16 in just 5.3 overs and Afsar
Khan plus Zeeshan Murtaza took another couple of wickets each as
Addiscombe were all out for 117 in 24 overs.
In reply, Merstham lost several early wickets, but
Jason Kyte of the top order notched 27 and Ben Snelling carried on
the job with 24, George Corrie struck 18, and James Lowe (15 not
out) and Zee Murtaza (11 not out) steered Merstham over the
The fourth team also chose to bowl, inviting league
new boys East Molesey to bat. Merstham restricted the Moles early
on to a low run rate, although wickets were sometimes a while
Omer Shuja had no luck with wickets in his first
spell, but took a late wicket to finish on 1-25 - and the top three
all departed lbw for less than 10 - while Asif Akhtar took one at
either end of the innings (2-25), with Harrish Joseph starring in
the middle (3-11) and new face Kush Patel taking 2-17. John Young
and Matt Greaves also took a wicket. There was a missed run out and
a dropped catch or two and a few loose overs which enabled the
visitors to reach 167.
Even so, the target did not look imposing or seem
beyond the capabilities of a team who had scored more than 180 a
couple of times this season.
Unfortunately while the run rate kept pace wit
requirements early on, wickets fell quickly. Only Kashif Noon
(bowled on 13 at 30-3), Akhtar (trapped lbw on 25 at 70-7) and
keeper Brennan Calafato (26 and the ninth wicket at 90-9) scored
more than 20.
The team limped to a disappointing 101 all out after
27 overs, four of them caught by the keeper.