Warwick University Staff and
Graduate Cricket Club
Minutes of AGM Held 2nd
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.
- 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
- If the Club affiliated
officially to Warwick Sport, for which the cost would be an additional £3
per member, there would be certain benefits:
to sports injury clinic, without charge
support for certain expenses
of professional coaching
clothing at cost.
- It was decided to
affiliate to Warwick Sport.
Thanks were offered to Terry Monnington for explaining and making
- The treasurer would pay
a cheque on behalf of all Club members of Warwick Sport to cover the
- 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.
- Above all that follows
is the continued heartfelt gratitude of the Club to the University for
providing pitches every Saturday in the league season.
- 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.
- 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).
- A usable artificial
pitch was to be installed at HRI, Wellesbourne. This could be useful when all other options failed.
- It was notable that the
outfields had become better - flatter and better mown. Again, thanks were offered to the
University for the improvement.
- 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.
- Nets. The indoor nets in the Desso Hall were
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Nick Boucher would tell
the leading netters about any new members, so that they could be welcomed
and perhaps more certainly retained.
- 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.
co-ordination. Martin Lees agreed to
take on this vital role, to loud and prolonged applause.
- League registration. Lincoln Allison accepted responsibility
for this pathetically bureaucratic but essential task, to universal and
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- The Kineton 6-a-side
would be most desirable, if it was to be repeated.
- Equipment. Little was needed and Rob Wood would
obtain what was necessary.
- Subscriptions. The Club subscription was set at £18.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.