Warwick University Staff and Graduate Cricket Club

 

Minutes of AGM, Friday December 1st 2006

 

Present: 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.

 

Apologies: Mike and Steve Allison, Warren Finlay, Alvin Goh, Clive Gregory, Dan Hall, Richard Lamb, Mike Smith.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Terry Monnington would notify the club of the level of support available from Warwick Sport for the purchase of equipment.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Termly 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.

 

  1. 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 eliminated.

 

  1. 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 cricket.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Nets. The new outdoor nets had been installed and feedback was requested about their quality.

 

  1. Officers. The following agreed to serve, and were confirmed in position in the absence of alternative candidates:

            First XI Captain - Steve Lamb

            Vice-Captain - Chris Cooper

            Second XI Captain - Mike Allison

            Vice-Captain - Lincoln Allison

            Sunday Captain - Rob Evans

            Wednesday Captain - Neil Carter

            Social Captain - Lincoln Allison

            Availability Co-ordinator - Martin Lees

            Club and Fixture Secretary - Chris Cooper

            Treasurer - Nick Boucher

            Membership Secretary - Steven Cammiss

            Web Site Wizard - Chris Stride

            Archivist - Alan Lovell

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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 about joining.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. All agreed to contribute their old balls to the stock to be used for winter nets.

 

  1. 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 accepted.

 

  1. The annual subscription was set at 20 for 2007.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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 times.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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 clubs.

 

  1. Members should communicate to Chris Cooper any ideas for fixtures they had.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.