Warwick University Staff and
Graduate Cricket Club
Minutes of AGM, Friday
December 1st 2006
Lincoln Allison, Nick Boucher, Rob Burns, Steven Cammiss,
Neil Carter, Chris Cooper, Richard Dobedoe, Rob
Evans, Ken Faisey, Srinivas
Gowda, Paul Guerry,
Christopher Lamb, Steve Lamb, Martin Lees, Alan Lovell, Terry Monnington, Ajit Nair, David
Storey, Chris Stride, David Wilson, Rob Wood.
Mike and Steve Allison, Warren Finlay, Alvin Goh,
Clive Gregory, Dan Hall, Richard Lamb, Mike Smith.
- Warwick Sport. The first year of the new regime had passed without
organisational difficulty. Club
members had paid their £30 subscriptions to Warwick Sport, the club had
contributed £3 per paying member to be affiliated so that members could
receive the associated benefits, and Warwick Sport had made a contribution
to the cost of club kit.
- Warwick Sport membership cards could be revalidated by
notifying Terry Monnington of the desire to
continue in membership, with a cheque to Warwick University
for £30. There was no need to send
a new photograph.
- Terry Monnington would notify the
club of the level of support available from Warwick Sport for the purchase
- Warwick Sport could also provide support for coaching, if it
was thought right to use the services of a coach (see fielding practice,
below); for transport when selected teams had insufficient cars to get the
team to a match, and for the cost of obtaining fixtures.
budgets should be submitted to Warwick Sport, to allow it to plan its own
finances more precisely. The
single claim made by the club this year came very late in the Warwick
Sport year, and money might not always be available that late in the year.
- Warwick Sport could provide storage for club kit. This could be very useful out of season, and as a common resting place for the kit in
season so that the eternal search for the kit between matches could be
- Grounds. Pitches had been made available to the club even when
simultaneous home games were being played. Outfields and pitches were mostly of a
good standard, though there had been the odd mishap when timing and
weather conspired to produce a difficult pitch. The University knew that the position
could be still better, and found it frustrating that the students
sometimes played matches elsewhere in search of better pitches. There was the possibility of employing
an occasional Saturday groundsman. Meanwhile, the club's grateful thanks
were offered to the ground staff for their work on behalf of Warwick Staff
- A mechanical roller had been recovered from the hedge where it
had lain for some years, and a new engine and gearbox had been
fitted. This would allow both
pitches to have readily available rollers.
- The problem persisted of balls being lost in the stream beside
the Lakeside pitch. Some form of netting or fencing would
greatly alleviate the problem.
- The club should liaise with Stephen Sharman, Deputy Director of
Sport, concerning need for and quality of pitches and other matters arising
in the course of the season. He
would speak directly to Roger Boxall. Terry Monnington
would be the ultimate arbiter if all else failed.
- Nets. The new outdoor nets had been installed and feedback was
requested about their quality.
- Officers. The following agreed to serve, and were confirmed in position
in the absence of alternative candidates:
First XI Captain -
Second XI Captain -
Sunday Captain -
Wednesday Captain -
Social Captain -
Availability Co-ordinator -
Club and Fixture Secretary -
Membership Secretary -
Web Site Wizard -
- Thanks were offered to all who had served as officers in the
2006 season, with recognition of the hard work put in to organise
fixtures, to select the teams, to organise matters on match days, to keep
the web site up to date and to record all the figures from the
matches. The amount of work done
is not always recognised.
- Recruitment. Sarah Wood again agreed, with the
club's thanks, to circulate all graduate students with a poster
constructed by Chris Stride advertising the existence of the club. This would accompany brief instructions
- The lack of adequate club kit was a real barrier to
recruitment, as many graduates did not have their own kit in England
and did not like to borrow. They
would feel much happier to join if it was clear that there was plenty of
club kit available to use. This
applied to matches and also to the nets, when the lack of equipment
constrained severely the batting order planned by Alan Lovell.
- Equipment. It was agreed that there should be two kit bags, one for each
Saturday team, each to contain three sets of pads, gloves and protectors,
three bats and wicket-keeping kit.
New purchases would have to be made. Rob Evans agreed to assess the requirement
and, in conjunction with Rob Wood, to buy what was needed before the start
of winter nets.
- All agreed to contribute their old balls to the stock to be
used for winter nets.
- Finance. The club's accounts showed a surplus income of one penny over expenditure
for the year, a happening that the treasurer had to agree with members was
the purest luck. The accounts were
- The annual subscription was set at £20 for 2007.
- Fixtures. The fixture list was well established, with about 60 of the 100
matches organised by leagues and the associated cup competitions. New fixtures at Blenheim Park
and Shipton-under-Wychwood were welcomed
strongly. Wednesday on tour would
be a new fixture in Cardiff.
- Fewer fixtures would be arranged in August, since the club has
had difficulties in raising teams then.
The Conference (MCCC) would be used to find fixtures if there was
enough player availability. The
Conference could also be used to balance fixtures to availability at other
- There was a need for greater numbers of friendly mid-week and
evening games. Cup matches were
sometimes unpredictable and could obstruct any proposed fixture list.
- There was also a need for care over the standard of teams
fielded in friendly matches, particularly those in the Oxford area where there are many strong
- Members should communicate to Chris Cooper any ideas for
fixtures they had.
- Transport. Warwick Sport has access to a fleet of eight minibuses and
people carriers. These are
available to sports clubs for taking teams to away matches, and the cost
of such travel attracted some support from Warwick Sport.
- League AGM. This had been a very short meeting as none of the proposals
from the league management committee has found a seconder,
and consequently no changes had been made. Gayton had
been excluded from the league for non-payment of fines.
- Captains' reports. These had been posted on the web site some time before. The Saturday first XI had had a
successful first season in the Premier Division, coming third. The second XI had started well but
ended up struggling to avoid relegation, due mostly to batsmen being
unavailable. The Wednesday team
ended in mid-table. The tour had
been enjoyable despite an overall losing record; indeed it had been the
first season for over twenty years in which the club as a whole had lost
more games than it had won.
Nevertheless, the cricket had been enjoyed and had thrown up the
usual quota of extraordinary incidents.
- Other business. The conduct of nets was discussed at length. There had been so many cricketers
coming to nets in 2006 that batting time had become severely curtailed,
and there had been unreasonable pressure on the better bowlers to give
adequate practice to those who batted late in the session. It was agreed that if large numbers
again came to nets, Alan Lovell had the support of the club if he so
organised matters that not everyone batted every week.
- The question arose of fielding practice at net sessions. There was support for the principle of
using the last half-hour of the session for fielding practice. This was however difficult to do
indoors, and it might be better to aim to include fielding practice
shortly before the season, and particularly at outdoor nets.
- The services of a qualified coach would be useful, particularly
for fielding skills which were often ignored. It would be established whether a coach
was regularly available to the University before deciding what to do.
- The students played indoor cricket throughout the winter and
this was a useful way of keeping all match skills sharp, including
fielding skills. The club would
consider whether to start indoor cricket, perhaps as an alternative to
some net practices.
- An artificial pitch had been installed at HRI and would be
available to the club on those occasions when other pitches were neither
available nor playable.
- Alan Lovell remarked that some of the scoring had been so
wretchedly bad that he had been unable to enter all figures for the
averages, and on some occasions even to work out who had won the
games. Everyone agreed to put
greater emphasis on accurate scoring in future.
- A number of match reports had not been done in 2006. These were quite widely read, by
members of our opponents and other clubs, apart from non-playing current
and former club members. The
reports did not need to be too long, but they should be done. It might be considered something of a
slight by some of our opponents to overlook the report.
- Robert Pettifer, who had to
everyone's sadness become ill, was to retire from the University
shortly. He could not play any
further part in the club, though it had been good to see him at a recent
social event. The club would find
a way of marking Robert's retirement.
The meeting closed at 8.50 and some of the stalwarts adjourned for a
curry, amidst satisfaction about another enjoyable season. Enjoyment depends upon many things,
including particularly the playing attitudes of opposition clubs, and there was
a feeling of gratitude to our opponents for giving us so many good games.