Annual General Meeting of
Warwick University Staff and Graduate Cricket Club
Held on Friday 6th December 2002 at the "Virgins and Castle", Kenilworth
Present: Lincoln Allison, Nick Boucher, Steven Cammiss, Neil Carter, Chris Cooper, Richard Dobedoe, Ken Faisey, Warren Finlay, Andrew Hardwick, Mike Keating, Steve Lamb, Martin Lees, Alan Lovell, Robert Pettifer, Mike Smith, Chris Stride, David Storey, Rob Wood, Andy Wootton.
Apologies: Rob Burns, Clive Gregory, Roddy Vann.
- SATURDAY CRICKET IN 2003. Following the club's successful opening season in Division 4 of the South Northants League, double promotion to Division 2 had been granted. Willoughby had likewise been promoted to Division 1 and Stoneleigh to Division 3. Woodbourne had departed for Division 6 of the Cotswold Hills League.
- The other former WICC clubs had done well in 2002. Warwicks County Council had been promoted again to Division 2 of the Cotswold Hills League and Long Itchington had been promoted to Division 5 in that league. Hunningham were to raise a second team and had won promotion from Division 6 of the Warwickshire League. The WICC had evidently been a relatively strong village league. Only Ashorne remained in the bottom division of the Cotswold Hills League. The fates of West Haddon and Horley were unknown.
- A fine cup was displayed, the Division 4 Championship trophy. Strict instructions were issued to return it on time, to avoid yet another fine from the pecuniarily grasping SNCL.
- The AGM of the SNCL had been held in the previous week. The League appeared to have been responsive to suggested changes in the playing conditions. There was to be a bonus system covering all divisions in 2003. Maximum points would be 25, with 15 for the win, 5 batting points available for 100, 125, 150, 175 and 200 runs and 5 bowling points for 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 wickets.
- WEDNESDAY CRICKET IN 2003. More teams had joined the Coventry evening league. There would probably be two divisions, one of eight teams and one of seven. The Staff Club would be in the top division. The extension had come about because the Under-19 league was to be incorporated into the existing Over-21 league.
- THE 2002 SEASON. The season had been easily the most successful in the Club's history, with 48 wins recorded and only 11 defeats. The losses had mostly been in the very strong Wednesday league. There was little further discussion of the 2002 season because the facts were available on the web site. Chairman's report and averages had been posted long before.
- Player of the year was Neil Carter, for his all-round contribution to the club - 1000 runs, wickets when needed, ever enthusiastic fielding and stand-in captaincy of the Wednesday side.
- OFFICERS. A hearty vote of thanks was given to the club's officers for their work in the past year. Most were re-elected for the 2003 season - only Andrew Hardwick and Mark Smith stood down, after two years as Sunday Captain and Wednesday Captain respectively, citing pressure of work. The officers for the new season would be
Chairman Lincoln Allison
Saturday Captain Steve Lamb
Sunday Captain Robert Pettifer
Wednesday Captain Neil Carter
Fixture Secretary and Club Secretary Chris Cooper
Treasurer Nick Boucher
Archivist etc. Alan Lovell
Webmaster Chris Stride
- There was again great admiration, frankly amounting to astonishment, at the sheer quality of Chris Stride's web site. Few sports clubs at any level have remotely as good a site.
- FINANCE. The Treasurer's report showed an excess of expenditure over income of £66 for the year. The underlying position was slightly better than that because £95 of expenses had been carried over from the previous year, and new balls costing £61 had been bought after the end of the season for use in 2003. The bank balance on 30/10/02 was £530.
- It was decided to retain the £15 annual subscription for 2003.
- GROUNDS. The University's pitches had been better than ever before in 2002. Lincoln Allison would write to the University to express the Club's appreciation of the quality of the pitches, and also of the outstanding degree of co-operation from the pavilion staff.
- It was not clear why the Roadside ground had been taken out of commission so early in the season. If there was any choice, the Club would prefer to play there because the pitch was better and it was less far to walk.
- It has been minuted in 2001 that the condition of the nets was causing concern. One in particular had been sufficiently dangerous to be unusable by fast bowlers. This had been a real problem, with the possibility of a nasty accident. These words had unfortunately proved to have been prophetic, as David Storey had broken his arm late in the 2002 season facing a ball that had not been particularly short. The matter would again be raised with the University.
- The new sports centre had been started and would contain indoor nets. A select party of Club members had tested the new facility at King Henry VIII in Coventry and pronounced the nets to be very good. Some recommendations had been made to Terry Monnington after the visit, and the Club was grateful for having had the chance to make recommendations. There was concern from one member about the use of a sprung floor in the new University facility.
- KIT. Rob Wood had again been in charge of kit and he was thanked for an excellent job. There was an immediate need for a new bat appropriate for both net and match use and for a thighpad, and these would be obtained.
- The thighpad cover would need regular laundering, and this consideration naturally led to an attempt to appoint a Club Washerwoman. No member was brave enough to volunteer to raise the subject with his life partner.
- RECRUITMENT. The only definite loss from the 2002 playing strength was Rajesh Sanghi, though it was possible that Tim Devitt might also move away. On the positive side the Club had been approached by Gavin Scorey, it was possible that Greg Jones might play, James Perkins and Mark Newton from Physics had expressed an interest, and another friend of Chris Stride might come. An ex-professional player had joined the MBA course and wanted to play on Wednesdays.
- There was no need to recruit actively. If players joined they would continue to be welcomed. The qualifications for membership were emphasised - staff and graduates of Warwick University. This was an unusually strong position from which to start the new season.
- FIXTURES. Chris Cooper was thanked for his continuing work on the fixture list. Few changes to the friendly fixtures were needed. Offchurch had recently cancelled fixtures at short notice, but they were long standing opponents and there was reluctance to drop them.
- The Club might be in a position to put out two teams on some days. This could not however be forecast reliably and it was decided to establish definitely that enough players were available before arranging two simultaneous fixtures, which if done would be arranged through the MCCC on a week-by-week basis.
- PLAYER AVAILABILITY. It was emphasised that players must indicate their availability as early as possible, and continue not to change their minds once having declared availability. The system had worked well in 2002.
- Steven Cammiss volunteered to run the availability spreadsheets and give the information to captains. He was thanked sincerely for this. Captains would select early in the week only from those who had declared themselves available.
- TOUR SELECTION. Tourists would be selected preferentially from those who had given one month's notice, could come for the whole tour and had been regular players. Some players needed for work reasons to give more than a month's notice and to be certain of selection having given the notice, and this could be accommodated. The 2003 tour dates were to be July 16th-20th.
- It was important that every tourist should get a chance to take a leading position at some point on the tour.
- SCORING. Scoring needed to done better in social matches, to give the archivist a fair chance to keep the statistics.
- INSURANCE. The club had not taken out insurance in 2002, nor in previous seasons. Details of available cover would be circulated and Lincoln Allison would ask Terry Monnington what the University's cover was, so that the Club could reach an informed decision about additional cover.
- TEAS. Some players needed to be told what to do when it was their turn to supply the tea. A proposal for an instruction sheet was rejected in favour of an informal arrangement whereby experienced caterers would just tell the novices what to do.
- WINTER NETS. These would start on Friday January 3rd at Alderman Callow School, which was on Mitchell Avenue close to Kirby Corner. The time was to be 5.30-7.00 p.m.