Warwick University Staff and Graduate Cricket Club

 

Annual General Meeting 2007

 

 

Present: Lincoln Allison, Michael Allison, Nick Boucher, Rob Burns, Steven Cammiss, Neil Carter, Chris Cooper, Rob Evans, Alvin Goh, Steve Lamb, Martin Lees, Alan Lovell, Terry Monnington, Kevin Morrell, Ajay Nair, Ajit Nair, Sandeep Sandhu, David Storey, Chris Stride, Pavan Utchil, Paul Wilson, Andy Wootton.

 

Apologies: Richard Dobedoe, Christopher Lamb, Richard Lamb, Mike Smith, Rob Wood.

 

  1. The 2007 season had been one of the wettest on record, and the number of games actually played in June and July was a tribute to groundsmen everywhere. The club had come fifth in the Premier Division of the SNCL, won the Premier knock-out cup and the Division 3 championship, and achieved a mid-table position in the Wednesday league. The cricket had been enjoyed by those who had played, despite the odd adverse decision. Season's reports had been posted on the web site some time before.

 

  1. Election of officers. Following some retirements, the full list of club officials for 2008 is:

 

Chairman and social games organiser - Lincoln Allison

Secretary - Chris Cooper

Treasurer - Paul Wilson

First XI captain and vice-captain - Steve Lamb and Chris Cooper

Second XI captain and vice - Michael Allison and Lincoln Allison

Sunday captain - Rob Evans

Wednesday captain - Rob Wood

Fixture procurement and web site - Chris Stride

Membership secretary - Steven Cammiss

Archivist - Alan Lovell.

 

Thanks were offered to the retiring officers for their work in helping to run the club in past seasons, and to all the officers for their considerable work during the 2007 season.

 

  1. Finance. The club had incurred a deficit of 98 in 2007, which was regrettable and had been caused entirely by increases in the telephone bills of the two Saturday captains during the season. These secretarial costs had arisen because players had not thought to confirm their availability, or had changed their minds about availability at short notice. This lackadaisical and selfish approach had cost the club real money. All members should make concerted efforts to notify availability accurately, and then stick to their undertakings in all but the most difficult circumstances.

 

  1. There was discussion about transport costs. These were borne by car drivers and were seldom offset by contributions from passengers. An additional difficulty was foreseen in 2008 and possibly further ahead too in that Wednesday evening transport in team cars from the university would probably not be available, because the drivers would not be starting from Coventry. No regular system of payments to drivers was agreed, but it would be made clear to all members before the new season that their drivers would expect contributions towards the cost of their transport.

 

  1. The treasurer would research the costs of hiring taxis on Wednesday evenings, and would set the 2008 subscription within the range 20 to 25 after working on this and on certain other matters. If Warwick University minibuses were to be used there would have to be a list of registered drivers, with a copy in the hands of Steve Sharman.

 

  1. The Warwick Sport subscription had increased to 32.

 

  1. Grounds and Nets. The brief sojourn of Lee Fortis as Head Groundsman had led to a huge improvement in the quality of the wickets, quite apart from his prowess as a Wednesday bowler. Charlie Yeomans had been appointed to replace him. Steve Lamb spoke of most constructive conversations with him, at hours beyond the normal call of duty, and there was general encouragement at Charlie's appointment.

 

  1. The club's home grounds had been ranked third amongst the SNCL grounds.

 

  1. The university was planning to buy in expertise from external consultants to augment the abilities of the ground staff.

 

  1. Lakeside was reckoned to be the better of the two university pitches and was worth spending money on. It had been levelled and reseeded. Work would be done later on Roadside.

 

  1. If Lakeside was to be the ground of choice, the problem of lost balls in the river would need to be addressed. This had been asked for but nothing had yet been done. The need was clear, and was accepted.

 

  1. The outdoor nets needed to be relocated. The existing position suffered from water run-down which had contributed to the disappointing quality of the nets. Suggestions for new locations were sought. A site close to the pavilion would be most convenient but a better location might be close to the Roadside mini-pavilion.

 

  1. The indoor nets had been a great success, suffering only from overpopularity. The sheer numbers attending had led to continuation into the summer, since four nets were better than two outdoor ones for providing practice for large numbers.

 

  1. Alan Lovell said that he would no longer be able to organise the nets, news which was received with great sadness by everyone. He had done a grand job for over twenty years, and grateful thanks were offered to him by all. Andrew Hardwick's name was suggested as a replacement - in his absence. Andrew's ankle injury would in all probability prevent him from playing again, which was another sadness.

 

  1. Recruitment. Despite the annual high-wire act of waiting to find out who arrived at the university and wanted cricket, there had been no difficulty in the last few years in finding enough players. Indeed, early in the 2007 season there had been 72 players wanting to play, of whom 36 - exactly half - were students from India and Pakistan, most of whom were here on one-year degree courses.

 

  1. Sarah Wood would circulate an email to all graduate students and staff, as in previous years. Once again the club was grateful for this.

 

  1. Thanks were offered to Steven Cammiss for the mug-shots of new players. They had been invaluable in enabling recognition of new players, and thereby helping to integrate them into the club.

 

  1. Fixtures. There was little change needed to the fixture list, except that new late-season afternoon fixtures were needed to replace the Leamington, Aberdare and Aberystwyth fixtures.

 

  1. The MCCC fixture bureau had not worked very well, after years of invaluable service. At one point the bureau committed the cardinal, if not mortal, sin of not knowing who our Chairman was. It was hoped that the service would remain useful in future years.

 

  1. Tour. All the tour fixtures had been lost in 2007, the first whitewash ever. The tour party needed to be strengthened.

 

  1. Equipment. Paul Guerry would look at the kit to see what needed replacement. Steve Sharman had suggested a regular programme of kit purchases, with Warwick Sport doing the buying as part of their annual support for the club.

 

  1. Wednesday League. There were difficulties, particularly about transport, in participating in this league. But the Wednesday games gave invaluable practice to those who played at the week-end, and it was decided to continue. The club would pay for taxis if their use became necessary.

 

  1. Sunday Policy. The Sunday XI had suffered in 2007, winning only one game before late success in September. The club had had too many players at the start of the season and the Sunday XI had been a de facto 3rd team, selected so as to give as many people as possible a game.

 

  1. Stronger Sunday teams would be picked in 2008. The three week-end captains would make judgments on a week-by-week basis, even if it meant that some players played fewer games. It was dispiriting to lose constantly.

 

  1. If there were again too many players, a second Sunday fixture could be arranged at short notice. This would also allow some of those who wished to do so to play twice per week-end.

 

  1. SNCL AGM. Chris Cooper had attended this and reported upon a number of possible rule changes which had been put to the vote. These were:
    1. Replace "no Premier League or Cup matches played on artificial pitches" with "no matches of any kind played on artificial pitches". This was passed by 28 votes to 27, a result so close that there was some suggestion of overturning it.
    2. The following changes were approved by large majorities:

a)      All clubs must purchase at least 5 handbooks per team

b)      Fine increased from 10 to 20 for non-attendance at SNCL meetings

c)      Umpires' fees and travelling expenses to be increased - Premier Division, one umpire on their own, 18 to 30 Other Divisions, single umpire, 15 to 26

Minimum expenses, 3 to 5

d)      No transfer of registered player after 12th Saturday of playing season

e)      Late return of trophies, fine increased from 25 to 50

f)        Batting points for Divisions 3, 4 and 5 to be 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 points for 50, 75, 100, 125 and 150 runs

g)      Tied games to cause 5 points plus all accrued bonus points to be awarded to each team, rather that 10 points plus bonus

h)      The N.C.L. code of conduct to be adopted.

 

    1. Three motions were defeated:

a)      Bowler limitation of ten overs in the Premier Division and nine overs in other Divisions - limitations to remain as now, twelve overs and ten overs

b)      In Cup games, any ball passing the batsman down the leg side will be called a wide and any ball deemed unreachable on the off side will be called a wide - existing practice to continue

c)      Divisional Cup competitions to be discontinued - they will continue.

 

  1. There was a serious shortage of league umpires. There had been only six on the panel in 2007. A number of options had been proposed to remedy this, including compulsory provision of umpires by every club and the reduction of leagues to nine teams so that the non-playing team could provide umpires for the other games. There had been no agreement. A committee had been set up to try to find a solution to the problem. The club had the opportunity to make representations to the committee. It was felt strongly that leagues should not be reduced to nine teams, but otherwise the difficulty of the situation was recognised and the committee was wished well in its quest.

 

  1. Umpiring costs would continue to be paid as now, by the players actually playing in the games where an official umpire stood.

 

 

  1. Player of the Year. This was Sandeep Sandhu, with acclamation for his club record 51 league wickets.

 

  1. Trophies. The SNCL had provided twelve individual trophies to the Third Division championship team, and they were distributed to the players who had played most games. 33 players had played at least one game, so most had to go without a trophy.

 

  1. Alvin Goh told the meeting that he would be returning to Malaysia, and so would play no more for the club. This news was received with sadness and Alvin was thanked for his contribution during his time with the club.

 

The meeting closed at 9.00 and members adjourned for a celebratory curry, in memory of a rather damp but nevertheless successful season.