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On Bank Holiday Monday, 3rd August, 1914, Banstead’s 2nd XI played what was to be the club’s last fixture for nearly five years, when they faced Redhill ‘A’ at The Ring, Earlswood Common. 
 
Banstead won the toss and batted first. Despite the best efforts of their opening batsman, Roland Bentley, who carried his bat, the team were all out before lunch with a total of just 96 runs, Redhill’s F. Brown being the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 wickets for 13 runs.  Banstead dismissed Redhill’s top three cheaply but then E.H.L. Nice dug in and gave “a fine display of clean hitting”, making a century and giving Redhill a lead after the first innings.
 
Redhill’s Brown took a hat-trick in the second innings, ending the match with 6 wickets for 23 runs, and Banstead could not do enough to save the match, losing a “splendid” game by 70 runs.
 
At 11pm the following day, Britain’s ultimatum to Germany expired and we were at war. At least seven of the Banstead players involved in that match went on to serve overseas; four were killed, one was captured and the other two were wounded.
 
As we reach the end of the last centennial year of the war, it seemed fitting to mark the sacrifice the men of our club made during the war by replaying that final peacetime game. Redhill Cricket Club are sadly no longer with us but Merstham C.C. now play at The Ring and so the two clubs will be honouring their fallen players and members with a Twenty20 match to be played at Avenue Road on Friday 3rd August at 6pm. All are very welcome to attend. There will be a short ceremony before the game begins so come along and remember with us and enjoy the evening’s game, buy a burger at the barbecue and raise a glass in the bar.


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