Cricketers limber up for Merton Cup

The Merton Cup is up for grabs on Sunday, September 10 when a team from the African Caribbean Cricket Association (ACCA), which is based on Rowan Road, Mitcham, take on a local side in the popular annual fixture.

The competition was the original idea of cricket fan and former Mayor of Merton Councillor David Chung and helps raise money for the mayor’s charities which are Merton Mencap and Commonside Community Development Trust.

The match will be played on Mitcham Cricket Green, the world’s oldest surviving cricket pitch, which dates back to 1685.

The ACCA is committed to keeping the game alive among the younger generation as well as encouraging more black fans at cricket grounds.

Mayor of Merton Cllr Marsie Skeete said: “It should be a great family day out and money raised through the raffle will go to my chosen charities.

“The association does a lot of good work trying to encourage more people into the sport and it would be great to see a full house.”

The match starts at 1pm at Mitcham Cricket Green, Mitcham, CR4 4FH.

Note to editors: Merton Council offers a wide range of range of sports activities and venues across the borough making it a great place for families.

This includes three leisure centres with a fourth currently under construction in Morden Park which will include a 25-metre six-lane swimming pool. More details about leisure facilities can be found here.