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.
Senthilkumar Rajaram and his daughter from the U14s, Bav Senthilkumar were others from the team.
Whether it is the first time a father played with his two sons is another question (if you know, do tell us).
Imran Rashid turned up just to watch sons Ammar (a university student) and Hamdan (who plays for the U14s). But after a late pull out Imran stepped in to play - and top scored with 55.
A fifth section of the club was represented - our disability section. Zahir Hafeez, who has featured in our Saturday and Sunday adult sides many times, also played, meaning that five sections of the club were represented: adult men, adult women, the girls' section, boys' section and disability squads.
Merstham on this occasion scored 142 from 35 overs and while they contained their hosts for long periods, Priory surpassed the total in the 29th over.