Annual General Meeting of
Warwick University Staff and Graduate Cricket Club
Held on Thursday 22nd November 2001 at the "Virgins and Castle", Kenilworth
Present: Lincoln Allison, Nick Boucher, Rob Burns, Steven Cammiss, Neil Carter, Chris Cooper, Richard Dobedoe, Clive Gregory, Andrew Hardwick, Steve Lamb, Alan Lovell, Robert Pettifer, Chris Stride, David Storey, Mike Smith, Rob Wood, Andy Wootton.
Apologies: Dan Hall, Mike Keating, Mark Smith.
- SATURDAY CRICKET IN 2002. Much the most important business concerned the virtually complete disintegration of the W.I.C.C. league, leaving the Staff Club with no Saturday fixtures. It had been a sorry tale of largely concealed disloyalty, with some clubs heading secretly for the gangplank with little or no thought for the interests of the other clubs that had shared their interests for the preceding seasons. Ashorne and Long Itchington had joined the bottom division of the Cotswold league, West Haddon had defected to the Northamptonshire league and Willoughby and probably Hunningham had joined the Warwickshire league. There was understanding of the position of those clubs that had youth teams to bring on, and the need for second XIs and promotion and relegation in a larger league to retain their younger players. The manner of some clubs’ departure had however left a sour taste in the mouth.
- Only the Staff Club, Flecknoe, Stoneleigh and Woodbourne were left of the Saturday teams, and Horley on Sundays. This was insufficient to make up a league and the remaining teams were now left to find what future they could. There was particular sympathy for Woodbourne, who had abandoned their previous fixtures to join the W.I.C.C. league only to find the league collapse under them after one season.
- Despite the undignified collapse of the W.I.C.C. league there was considerable gratitude to Graham Seal for having done the administration and collected the results for the past seven years. The club would write to him to thank him for his work.
- The Staff Club was left with only one option for the 2002 season, if there was to be any Saturday cricket. An application would be made as soon as possible to the Warwickshire league. There was some speculation that if we were accepted our opposition might include Badby, Barby, Dunlop, Massey-Ferguson II, Alvis-Sphinx, and possibly Willoughby and Hunningham.
- The playing conditions of the Warwickshire league were 50 overs per side, no bowler restrictions, with the draw. The prospect of more urban cricket was not of universal appeal.
- There could be problems with pitches if we were not able to be more flexible than in previous seasons. Some other clubs might have second XIs and be unable to swap their away fixture with us to the second half of the season, as we had been able to organise in the W.I.C.C. league. We would have to be flexible.
- It was resolved unanimously to apply immediately to the Warwickshire league. We should know the outcome by January, possibly earlier.
- THE 2001 SEASON. There was little discussion of the 2001 season because the facts had been disseminated throughout the season on the web site. Chairman’s report and averages had been posted long before. Graham Seal’s league overview was tabled.
- As in the previous season, we had ended up in mid-table in both Saturday and Wednesday leagues. We had almost always been competitive, we had won more games than we had lost and everyone who had played had enjoyed their cricket. The game at Horley had been most memorable.
- Various league awards had been won. Steve Lamb had won the Wednesday league bowling prize. He also shared the Saturday league catching award, while David Storey had the best Saturday bowling analysis and Chris Cooper the most wicket-keeping victims. Congratulations were offered to them all.
- Steve Lamb felt that the Saturday batting had not been consistently good enough to finish at the top of the table. Only four Saturday fifties had been scored all season.
- Player of the year was Chris Stride, who had bowled consistently well and economically throughout the season. One opponent had described him as "That guy with the 22-yard run-up who bowls everything". Congratulations to Chris, who was a clear choice.
- OFFICERS. The club’s officers for the year were thanked sincerely for their work over the past year. Most were re-elected for the 2001/2 season – only David Storey stood down, after about ten years as Treasurer. The officers for the new season would be
Chairman Lincoln Allison
Saturday Captain Steve Lamb
Sunday Captain Andrew Hardwick
Wednesday Captain Mark Smith
Fixture Secretary Chris Cooper
Treasurer Nick Boucher
Archivist etc. Alan Lovell
Webmaster Chris Stride
- There was particular admiration for Chris Stride’s web site. Few cricket clubs have remotely as good a site, and many commercial companies would envy its quality.
- The matter of finding volunteers to supply the tea had been more troublesome than it need have been. It was important that teamakers should come forward to ease the burdens of the club officers. This was particularly true on Sundays.
- FINANCE. There was a succinct Treasurer’s report. In the absence of any subscription income, the club had made a book loss of £683 in the year. The bank balance on 9/10/01 was £596.
- At the full subscription rate of £30, subscription income of about £600 in other years had been foregone. The cost of equipment had been high, about £300 more than in a normal year. Club funds had contributed £80 towards the cost of the Llanidloes clock. These were non-recurring depredations on club funds.
- It was decided to defer the decision about 2002 subscription rates until the Saturday league position was known. There might be high associated expenses.
- There could be additional match costs in the Warwickshire league, if we were accepted into it. Umpires’ fees might have to be found, though that was unlikely in the lowly division we might find ourselves playing in. Rather than place an additional burden on club funds, most members supported the idea of a match fee on Saturdays. Nick Boucher would gather the information and make a recommendation on this and on the annual subscription rate.
- GROUNDS. The University’s pitches continued on a long-term improving trend but there had been some problems in 2001. The Lakeside square had become dangerous in mid-season, to the considerable discomfiture of the batsmen against Matt Pettifer in the Hunningham match. The Roadside square was much better and the drainage work on the outfield, which was intended to have been done while all cricket was played on the Lakeside pitch, did not affect the quality of the cricket.
- The Lakeside mini-pavilion was a big improvement, and the club’s thanks would be conveyed to Terry Monnington for it.
- The condition of the nets was causing concern. One in particular was sufficiently dangerous to be unusable by fast bowlers. This was a real problem, with the possibility of a nasty accident. Lincoln Allison would contact Terry Monnington about it.
- KIT. Rob Wood had been in charge of kit and he was thanked for an excellent job. There was an immediate need for left-handed gloves and these would be obtained.
- RECRUITMENT. We should be losing Matt Hodgkin and Colin Corbett from the 2001 playing strength, and Andy Wootton might not be available. On the other hand the club’s youth policy had paid dividends with the return from Sabbatical leave of Robert Pettifer, and the return from exile of Ken Faisey.
- Chris Stride had created some literature about the club for circulation. He would concentrate particularly on first year postgraduates and would aim to recruit through the web site.
- FIXTURES. Saturdays would be filled if the Warwickshire league accepted our application to join. There was a problem in fitting in those old friends that we wanted to continue to play on Sundays. On the other hand some Sunday fixtures had been mismatches. Chris Cooper would sort it out in the best way. There was appreciation for his continuing efforts.
- WHERE TO DRINK? The club poll revealed that the "Varsity" was a most unpopular venue for post-match drinking. It was very noisy and the delays at the bar were interminable. We would look for an alternative. The "Virgins and Castle" was itself a possibility, though it had unfortunately suffered a makeover.
- WINTER NETS. These would start on Friday January 11th at Alderman Callow School, which was on Mitchell Avenue close to Kirby Corner. The time was to be 6.00-7.00 p.m.