Warwick University Staff and Graduate Cricket Club

 

Minutes of AGM Held 2nd December 2005

 

Present: Lincoln Allison, Nick Boucher, Rob Burns, Steven Cammiss, Neil Carter, Chris Cooper, Richard Dobedoe, Rob Evans, Richard Lamb, Steve Lamb, Martin Lees, Alan Lovell, Terry Monnington, Kevin Morrell, Mike Smith, Chris Stride, Rob Wood.

 

Apologies: Mike Allison, Dan Hall, Mike Keating, Christopher Lamb, Hywel Lovell, Phil McNicholas, James Perkins, David Storey.

 

  1. Warwick Sport. The new administration of sport at Warwick required all participants in sport at the University to become members of Warwick Sport. Arrangements for this have been circulated elsewhere. The cost for existing members is to be 30.
  2. If the Club affiliated officially to Warwick Sport, for which the cost would be an additional 3 per member, there would be certain benefits:

-         insurance

-         access to sports injury clinic, without charge

-         financial support for certain expenses

-         possibility of professional coaching

-         sports clothing at cost.

  1. It was decided to affiliate to Warwick Sport. Thanks were offered to Terry Monnington for explaining and making the offer.
  2. The treasurer would pay a cheque on behalf of all Club members of Warwick Sport to cover the affiliation fee.
  3. Grounds. A new Head of Grounds, Roger Boxall, had been appointed. Ground Staff were to be offered courses to improve their groundsmanship skills, including those needed to make cricket pitches.
  4. Above all that follows is the continued heartfelt gratitude of the Club to the University for providing pitches every Saturday in the league season.
  5. There was an occasional Saturday morning problem, particularly on league match days. One match had been lost to the weather in 2005 when all other league matches had been played. This came about because the Friday had been wet and it had been impossible to prepare a pitch. Saturday morning would have been overtime and nobody was available - nor possibly would have been the funding - to prepare a pitch on the Saturday morning. This could lead the Club into difficulties with the (excessively disciplinarian) league, with the possibilities of fines and major deductions of points. As it was, the Club was put at a disadvantage compared to other clubs, being denied the opportunity to win matches at home.
  6. It was agreed that Steve Lamb would put the problem to Terry Monnington formally, so that he could raise the problem with Estates. The ideal solution would be for overtime to be available to a willing groundsman on those Saturday mornings when it had been impossible to prepare a pitch by Friday evening. This would perhaps be on no more that two or three Saturdays a year (it happened once in 2005).
  7. A usable artificial pitch was to be installed at HRI, Wellesbourne. This could be useful when all other options failed.
  8. It was notable that the outfields had become better - flatter and better mown. Again, thanks were offered to the University for the improvement.
  9. The installation of netting along the stream bank by the side of the Lakeside pitch was to be considered. This would cut down considerably the number of lost balls.
  10. Nets. The indoor nets in the Desso Hall were excellent.
  11. The outdoor nets were more problematic. Two members had suffered broken arms in the last three years when balls had jumped from a length. Neither had sued but the possibility remained.
  12. The surface unpredictability came about because whilst the surface was of good quality, it needed to be rolled and watered like a grass pitch and had not been getting enough attention. The students had raised exactly the same problem.
  13. If the net surface could not be adequately maintained, it would be necessary to replace it with a surface which did not need regular maintenance.
  14. Web site. The Club web site had been moved to the University server, thanks to the intervention of Warwick Sport. Thanks were offered also to Chris Stride for continuing to run the site so professionally.
  15. Recruitment. The Club had lost some good players at the end of 2005; Reg Darius, Roddy Vann, Nick Goold, Tughral Turab Ali, Paul David, with Bob Speight and Keith Bradbury uncertain at the time of the meeting. These players would be missed both on and off the field, and replacements would have to be sought. A rough count of remaining members showed 24 who would be likely to be available on Saturdays, and another 8 who might play on some Saturdays. More were needed.
  16. Contact would be made through Warwick Sport with every postgraduate student, in the same way as had been done before the previous season through the alumni office. The one-year MBA students' interests were being checked for cricketing potential, again as in the previous year.
  17. Nick Boucher would be the contact point for new members. He would liaise with Lincoln Allison before the end of January about the need for any further recruitment.
  18. Nick Boucher would tell the leading netters about any new members, so that they could be welcomed and perhaps more certainly retained.
  19. Rob Wood mentioned that it would be useful to have a supply of cards in the Club's kitbag, giving essential information about the Club to new members.
  20. Availability co-ordination. Martin Lees agreed to take on this vital role, to loud and prolonged applause.
  21. League registration. Lincoln Allison accepted responsibility for this pathetically bureaucratic but essential task, to universal and deafening approbation.
  22. Election of other officers. Other officers were re-elected, in the absence of rival candidates. The Sunday captain would emerge from the players after the team had been selected; that system had worked in 2005.
  23. All the Club's officers were thanked for their efforts during 2005. The club had run smoothly, the cricket had been enjoyable and a good season had been had by everybody, injuries allowing. This had been brought about by a great deal of hard work, particularly on the part of the captains and the fixture secretary.
  24. Fixtures. Few changes were needed, and Chris Cooper would effect those. He was thanked for the organisation of the hundred-odd fixtures which the Club's season now extended to.
  25. There was discussion about the number of mid-week social fixtures. They could easily clash with cup games, particularly if postponed cup games had been reorganised. On the other hand the social games were popular with some members, and they could be used to introduce players from some of the existing departmental teams. Chris Cooper and Lincoln Allison would sort out a sustainable level of social matches.
  26. The Kineton 6-a-side would be most desirable, if it was to be repeated.
  27. Equipment. Little was needed and Rob Wood would obtain what was necessary.
  28. Subscriptions. The Club subscription was set at 18.
  29. SNCL meeting. It had been resolved that all Saturday league games were to start at 2.00 p.m. There was increasing pressure for umpires, and a proposal that every club should nominate one umpire to the league panel was made but not accepted. Another proposal that there should be an odd number of teams in each division so that the non-playing team could umpire the other games was considered. The league had set up a study group.
  30. Coventry and District AGM. This was still to come but Neil Carter was able to report some changes. Peugeot were to leave, and Coventry University were again to combine with Massey-Ferguson and would play at Banner Lane. AJK and Newdigate were to join. Staff had finished mid-table in 2005.
  31. Saturday A team report. The team had won promotion to the premier division, despite the early loss of 20 points to a failure of communication which had been excessively harshly dealt with. Kevin Morrell, Rob Wood and Neil Carter had all scored heavily while Steve Lamb, Mike Keating, Chris Stride and Tughral Turab Ali had taken most of the wickets.
  32. Saturday B team report. The team had struggled earlier in the season but had won a number of matches in the second half, eventually securing their place in Division 3. Warren Finlay, Tom Day and Steven Cammiss had been successful with the ball, and Rob Burns stood out as the most prolific batsman.
  33. Player of the year. This was Steve Lamb, by fiat and acclamation. He had been described as "flipping awesome" by a younger member of the Club.
  34. Umpiring. It was essential that members should be prepared to take their turns at umpiring, so that the willing horses did not have to do over-long stints. It was also essential to know the laws.

 

The meeting ended at 8.45 p.m. amidst a general feeling of contentment at a good season, and with anticipation for a hard but enjoyable season in 2006.