Merstham U13s won the local derby by 10 runs against Reigate
Priory Llamas last Sunday in the East Surrey Colts League , on a
beautiful sunny late June morning at Quality Street.
Priory won the toss and put the home team in to bat. Merstham
made a good start reaching 18-1 off their first three overs, but
were then pegged back and by the halfway stage had only made 35
Realising that 3.5 an over wasn't enough, Merstham pushed
forwards, helped by partnerships of 20 by Max Yates and Matt Gray
and 29 by Yates and Dinuk Jayamanne.
Man of the match Yates was unluckily not to retire (at 30) for
the second week running when he was bowled at 26. Second top scorer
was James Pieters with 12.
This was the first time that Merstham had made less than 100
this season and the team knew that they needed to bowl and field
tidily to successfully defend this total.
They did this well, giving away 24 less in extras than in
their previous match. Merstham got off to a great start with with
Edward Jobling taking a wicket in the first over. Priory came back
with with a second wicket partnership of 36 which was eventually
broken by Connor Thorpe getting an lbw.
A steady fall of wickets after this saw Priory ten runs short
of their target at the end of their 20 overs. Bowlers of the day
were Jake Dean (2-0-2-7) and Yates (3-0-1-7), with a wicket each
for Jobling, Thorpe, Dinuk Jayamanne, Gray and Pieters. Catches
were taken by Jayamanne, Pieters and Jobling.
Great teamwork by Merstham resulted in their fourth league win
out of five and puts them in contention for the title.