During Councillor David Chung’s tenure as the Mayor of the London Borough of Merton; The Mayor’s Cricket Match was conceived as one of his charitable funding activities. The event was and continues to be supported by Mitcham Cricket Club and the African Caribbean Cricket Association (ACCA).
At the outset, councillor Chung emphasised that he wanted to encourage and involve more youth participation in cricket. His intended legacy is therefore not only an annual cricket match played between two teams but also the promotion of future talent and local youth.
The event takes place at the historic Mitcham Cricket Green, 4 Cricket Green, Mitcham, Surrey. CR4 4LA. The African Caribbean Cricket Association was initially invited to provide the players who participate in the match.
This was and continues to be beneficial in promoting the purpose of the ACCA. Mindful of Cllr Chung’s cricket and ancestral background Guyana which associates him with the great cricket tradition in the Caribbean and cricket powerhouse of his fellow countryman and legend, Clive Lloyd.
The first two years, featured Commonwealth Offices Cricket Club (Commonwealth 1920) a local Guyanese centric recreational cricket team. It provided the opposition to a team selected from amongst the ACCA affiliated member clubs.
The event attracts donations and some sponsorship which provides the funds used to cover the cost of the player’s refreshment, lunch, and individual player trophies. In 2019, The Wimbledon Brewery Company Limited decided to withdraw it support as the primary sponsor. The competition’s main trophy is presented to the winning team after each match for a photographic session and then returned to the safekeeping of the Chairman of the ACCA.
The Merton Cup continues to evolve and new ideas and support are always welcome to ensure that it remains relevant and adds some value to the future prosperity of cricketers; recreationally and to those with aspirations to pursue playing the game at a higher level. In particular, the aspiration is to encourage young cricketers of African Caribbean heritage.