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.
Dobedoe, Christopher Lamb, Richard Lamb, Mike Smith, Rob Wood.
- 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.
- 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 -
Archivist - Alan
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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
- The Warwick
Sport subscription had increased to £32.
- 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.
- The club's
home grounds had been ranked third amongst the SNCL grounds.
university was planning to buy in expertise from external consultants to
augment the abilities of the ground staff.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Sarah Wood
would circulate an email to all graduate students and staff, as in
previous years. Once again the
club was grateful for this.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Tour. All the tour fixtures had been lost in
2007, the first whitewash ever.
The tour party needed to be strengthened.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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:
"no Premier League or Cup matches played on artificial pitches" with "no matches of any kind played on
This was passed by 28 votes to 27, a result so close that there
was some suggestion of overturning it.
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
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.
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
c) Divisional Cup
competitions to be discontinued - they will continue.
- 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.
costs would continue to be paid as now, by the players actually playing in
the games where an official umpire stood.
- Player of
the Year. This was Sandeep Sandhu,
with acclamation for his club record 51 league wickets.
- 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.
- 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