Warwick University Staff and Graduate
Annual General Meeting 2008
Present: Rob Burns, Neil Carter, Chris
Cooper, Rob Evans, Andrew Hardwick, Sohail Iqbal, Kevin Jacob, Vijay Krishnan, Deepak Kumaresan, Steve Lamb, Martin Lees, Alan Lovell, Ajit Nair,
Nicky Sandhu, Sandeep Sandhu,
Mike Smith, Paul Wilson, Rob Wood, Andy
Apologies: Lincoln Allison, Nick Boucher,
Steven Cammiss, Warren Finlay, Chris Lamb, Richard Lamb, Terry Monnington, Kevin Morrell, Ajay Nair, Chris Stride, Aditya Venkat, David Wilson.
- It was proposed and agreed as an excellent idea that a new
award be initiated in memory of Robert Pettifer,
a stalwart of the club from the late 1980s through to the mid-2000s who
sadly passed away this year. The award will be presented to the player who
contributes most to the club during the year. The Treasurer will purchase
a suitable trophy for this purpose.
- Election of officers. The club officials for 2009 are:
First XI captain
- Steve Lamb
captain - Michael Allison
Sunday captain -
captain - Rob Wood
Sunday captain Ė
captain - Lincoln Allison 1
secretary and Web editor - Chris Stride 2
Treasurer - Paul Wilson
secretary Ė vacant 3
Umpire Ė Andrew Hardwick
Coach and Archivist
- Alan Lovell.
can do all the preliminary admin for these games, including tour, but may be
away for most of the Thursday evening games in May and June, so would welcome a
deputy or two to deal with these games.
2 Chris Stride is to take over the administration of friendly
fixtures after consultation with Chris Cooper.
3 Due to family commitments Steven Cammiss will not be able to attend
nets regularly and will therefore be standing down as Membership secretary.
No-one present came forward as a replacement and therefore the position will be
filled after an email request to members.
offered to all the officers for their considerable work during the 2008 season.
- Equipment. It was reported that inventories of club kit and equipment
had been taken in May and November. After the final game of the season, a
club bag was found on top of the locker in the sports centre, and an inventory
of kit carried out in November showed that certain items had gone astray.
Rob Evans and Paul Wilson had
identified kit needs for 2009 and the necessary purchases would be made. A
request was made for used balls to be added to the diminishing stock of
- Consideration of
- Chairmanís report. Lincolnís full written report was circulated. The weather had again
been poor, although it was pointed out that the 1st and 2nd
XIs combined had only lost two games to the
weather during the league season. The overall record of the season had
been 29 wins and 29 losses. The 1st XI had come fourth while
the 2nd XI had been relegated back to SNCL Division 3.
- First Team Captainís
report. Steve noted that the top four in the
Premier Division, which included us, had finished some way ahead of the
rest, and this was an accurate reflection of the season. We were the only
team to have beaten the eventual champions. Several games had been tight
but we had won most of these on merit. The batting was seen as the weaker
part of the teamís game, possibly due to a twenty-20 approach from the
batsmen. The team spirit and acceptance of decisions was noted, and this
had been respected by umpires. Thanks were offered to Andrew Hardwick for
his consistent umpiring through the season.
- Wednesday captainís
report. Rob reported that a promising start
had tailed off, finishing in a mid-table position. Some opposition teams,
notably Pak Shaheen, Highway and Bablake, had been particularly strong. Transport had
not been an issue, as there had always been at least two car-owners in the
- Second Team report. In the absence of Mike, Nicky Sandhu
gave a season summary. A decent start to the season had been followed by a
slide, due to the strength of opposition and the withdrawals to the 1st
XI. A lack of familiarity with new players had not helped the cause. The
games had also been poorly scored which showed a certain absence of
responsibility by players.
Sunday report. Discussion was left to
the separate agenda item.
Report of SNCL AGM 28/11/08. Chris reported that the meeting at Woodford Halse
had agreed that the changes to umpiring regulations in 2008 had gone down well,
and that club umpires would now be able to submit ground reports. We had come 3rd
in the evaluation of grounds in the SNCL, and thanks were expressed to David
Wilson and the groundstaff for this. The following
rule changes were passed:
a) A player can only play for one club in a season.
b) Fines for not informing Pat Ashby of the match result will be
increased to £10 for a first offence, £20 for a second and £20 plus a 5-point
deduction for a third.
c) Not more than one team from the same club will be permitted in the
same division, although the fine detail is to be confirmed.
d) It is the responsibility of clubs to inform umpires of a
e) Northampton Grange Park will be
permitted to use an artificial pitch.
f) It will not be compulsory to enter the divisional cup competitions,
but entries have to be made by 31/12/08.†††††
A discussion of
f) highlighted the difficulty of raising teams for two cup matches on the same
evening in mid-week, especially long-distance away games. The experience of
2008 led to the decision not to allow any future opposition requests for
postponements. It was agreed that the club would enter both cup competitions in
2009 and that selection for cup games would take priority over friendly
matches, if they coincided. This would be achieved through close consultation
between the selectors.
the make-up of the Premier and Third divisions for 2009.
- Treasurerís Business. Paul reported a small surplus for the year of £35.76, leaving
a closing bank balance of £496.48. The subscribed membership had been 37,
slightly lower than anticipated, and the £750 budget allocation from
Warwick Sport, for which the club is very grateful, had been used
principally on equipment and balls. Secretarial expenses had been lower
than in 2007, suggesting an improvement in membersí communication with
captains and selectors. Transport costs had been limited to one hiring of
a minibus for a first team game, as there had been no need for hired
transport on Wednesdays. An amount of £263.45 had been used in October to
buy 15 Double Century balls and 20 seconds from the Dukes sale.
For 2009, the
budget allocation from Warwick Sport would be £815. The levy that the club pays
to Warwick Sport out of the subscriptions received would rise from £3 to £4 per
member in 2009. It would still be £32 to join Warwick Sport for all players in
the club, an arrangement the club greatly appreciates. For 2009 it was agreed
in principle that players who may initially wish only to attend nets, rather
than playing in matches, would make a contribution to the club at a rate to be
set by the treasurer, in order to cover the cost to the club of providing
equipment. There would therefore be a two-tier method of paying subscriptions,
details of which would be confirmed when the overall budget for 2009 was drawn
up. The fuel costs to drivers, and to the club when a minibus is hired, in
making the journeys to away games was again discussed, with reference to Paulís
spreadsheet of fuel costs for away games. The principle was underlined that
those who benefit from this transport, whether private or University, should
contribute to its cost.
- Recruitment. Paul reported that the Sports Fair in Freshersí
Week had attracted twelve possible new players from seven different
departments. A banner had been bought and displayed outside the Student
Union during the last three weeks of term; it would be displayed through
January too, to attract new postgraduates to the club. A stall would be
organised at the Warwick Network event for staff on December 10th
and the club had been mentioned in the most recent Warwick Sport email.
Thanks were offered to those contributing to the recruitment process.
- Grounds. A written report was tabled by David Wilson. The Lakeside wicket, and to a lesser extent Roadside
too, had been worked on with the advice of a specialist consultant during
autumn 2007. Both wickets had performed extremely well, due in no small
part to the hard work put in by Charlie Yeomans
and his team. A vote of thanks was offered to David, Charlie and the team
for their efforts. The condition of the outdoor nets would be monitored
but it was thought likely that nets would remain indoors throughout the
season once again. The standard of the scoreboard on Lakeside
was questioned, as it is small and difficult to read from the middle. The
question of fencing on Lakeside, to
prevent loss of balls on the far side, was also raised. Rob Evans would
communicate with Steve Sharman on these matters.
- 2008 Season Review. The Chairmanís seasonal survey was outlined in a written
summary, which was distributed. The Best Match suggestions included the
first team games against Byfield (A), Syresham (H) and Fenny Compton (A), and the second
team games against Gayton (A) and Croughton (H). Best Performance suggestions included
Aliís bowling against Byfield, Ajitís batting and bowling against Fenny Compton (A)
and Rob Woodís catches against Syresham (H). For
the seconds, mentions were made of Jamilís
batting performance against Croughton (H) and
Jonathan Wortmannís wicket-keeping against Gayton in the cup semi-final. Two innings of 99 from
Rob Wood in the only tour game and from Rich Lamb against Hunningham also received a mention. It was agreed that
whole-team performances had swayed results in our favour on several
The First Team
Skipper dominated the nominations for best match report, by virtue of being the
sole correspondent. From this fact, it was decided that other report writers
should volunteer or be nominated. The standard of scoring in the second team
scorebook was said to have been poor. The importance of having an accurate
record of matches was underlined.
- Sunday Cricket. Given the difficulties in 2008 in raising eleven players and
also teams of sufficient quality to be competitive, the club policy for
2009 was discussed. Chris Cooper produced a spreadsheet to categorise the
2008 Sunday and Thursday friendly opposition. Very few of these games had
been at home, and the distance travelled to away matches had been reduced.
A potential conflict between having friendly matches on both a Thursday
and Sunday in the same week was identified. Chris emphasised the need to establish
fixtures before the start of the season since changes in the working of
the MCCC, and proposed the omission of certain Sunday games to leave gaps
in the fixture list. Other views centred on the outcome of the recruitment
process and the availability of first team regulars for the strongest
fixtures. The two fixture secretaries and the Sunday captain were mandated
to resolve the Sunday question.
- Player of the Year. This was awarded to Ajit Nair for his excellent performances
both with bat and ball, with his match-winning innings of 41* against
Fenny Compton the outstanding memory.
- AOB. A reminder was given of the importance of the tasks involved
in running the club and managing match days. Support in the setting out of
boundary markers, the making of teas, the safeguarding of club kit and
accurate scoring in the book were all encouraged. Notice was given that
nets would begin on Friday
9th January 2009.
closed at 8.30 and a number of members adjourned to Leamington
for a celebratory meal.