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Players Meeting Part II

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You may have heard on the grapevine that the committee has been looking into options regarding Saturday cricket and the league that we play in. Well, you’d be right! We have been researching options other than the Surrey Championship League and have come up with an alternative in the Thames Valley League. The decision to change leagues will be made by the committee but, being the all-inclusive club we are, we didn’t want to make a decision without asking the playing membership what it thought.

There are valid reasons for staying and for leaving. I will try and impartially lay these out for you over the next few days in a separate email so you have all the information to hand.

There will be a meeting on FRIDAY 31st MARCH at the club starting at 7pm where you can either have your say or simply listen to other players’ ideas. The meeting will culminate with a secret ballot at 8pm when you will need to register a vote as follows:

1/ Stay in Surrey Championship

2/ Move to Thames Valley League

3/ Don’t mind either way

Although the final decision will be made by the committee, it’s important that you have your say and that the committee knows it has the support of the majority of the club.

I will chair the meeting but will be impartial and will not be offering argument for any side. The meeting will be open to all members and within reason everyone can have their say. Voting will be restricted to playing members. If you really cannot make the hour of the meeting you can apply to me to have a proxy vote whereby you can nominate a player to vote for you.

This does not affect the junior playing sides, only the senior Saturday league teams.

It’s your club – have your say.

Many thanks

Mark Nuti

Secretary

Ground help Saturday 11th March

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Mr Murray Sanger, our wonderful groundsman, has requested some help with the ground this coming Saturday 11th March.

He’d like volunteers to help clear the far side of the outfield of all the debris that has accumulated during the winter, mainly small branches, twigs and leaves which can be left on the fire near the garage.

It should take no more than one hour, starting at 10am. Anyone with a springbok (yeah, us neither) and leaf rakes are encouraged to bring those along.

BBQ help

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Do you know anyone in catering?

We’re looking for someone to pitch up and sell burgers on Thursday and Friday nights during the season. This is independant from the club and a chance to earn good money during our two busiest nights of the week.

If you know of anyone that may be interested in this please contact us on comms@chertseycc.org.uk

Introducing our new Sunday captain

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Chertsey Cricket Club is embarking upon a new era of Sunday cricket this season. We will be launching a new inter-club T20 tournament in a couple of weeks (keep your eyes peeled for more on that) and are pleased to announce the appointment of our new captain of the senior Sunday side too.

Jack Lloyd has been a fixture of the Sunday XI for the past few seasons, winning the team’s Best Player Award in 2014. He has expressed a real passion and desire to step into the captaincy role this summer and has been appointed by the committee this week.

The club are looking to push the standard of Sunday cricket forward this season and it will be Jack’s responsibility to ensure games are played in the right spirit and in a competitive manner.

It’s vital that Jack gets a great deal of support in his new role, so availability and commitment will be key. We wish him every success for the coming campaign.

Notes from Players Meeting on February 17th

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There was a decent turnout at the club to discuss a number of topics regarding the future of the senior sides, most notably the possibility of joining the Thames Valley League next season. If you weren’t able to attend, or drank too much to remember, here’s the notes taken by the Chairman.

Important decisions need to be made this year, which involves every senior player, so if you have any views on the below, please, please do share them. They are all valid.

CCC Players meeting 17th Feb 2017

SATURDAY CRICKET

CCC very disappointed with Surrey Championship conduct of their AGM and the latest decision to start all 1st and 2nd XI games at 12.00. Impact on CCC:-

  • Away games take out entire day
  • Morning workers affected
  • No ground availability in morning for juniors
  • Less availability for groundstaff
  • 3s and 4s could return to deserted club
  • The games will finish at a time (5.30) when we expect maximum crowds and bar income

Noted that Will Cooper favoured the earlier start times as he could spend more time socialising after earlier finishes before travelling home.

The early start was based on a poll of Surrey Championship players. No players in the room had participated.

Also, rule changes will restrict bowlers’ max number of overs in timed games (good). Proposal to have all limited over matches was defeated (question from floor suggested that there may be a pilot in Div 5 – to be checked).

CCC committee has previously discussed the Thames Valley Cricket League. Now is opportune time to apply as TVCL expanding. Application has been submitted, but NO firm commitment.

CCC officers meeting with Surrey Championship 22/02.17 to discuss unhappiness.

Scattered Pros and Cons

  1. Further travel in TV
  2. Quicker travel in TV (M25)
  3. More identity to league in SC
  4. Better grounds in TV
  5. Return on our ambition in TV – SC caps our 1st team at Div 3 due to boundary size
  6. More modern rules/ more limited overs in SC
  7. One league for all means better 3rd XI cricket in TV
  8. One league for all also means teams could get congested and held back in TV (two teams can’t share same division)
  9. Start at 1.00 in TV
  10. We don’t know our starting level in, or the quality of, the TV

The committee has to make an initial decision on 1st March.

Any players with views should contact Chris Smith, any Saturday captain or any committee member before that date.

SUNDAY CRICKET

General discussion exposed concerns that we have out grown the quality of our opposition whch is stopping some players from making themselves available.

Equally our availability and commitment is inconsistent.

We have not managed games particularly well, and it was suggested that we have not always respected opposition or the reputation of CCC as well as we could have done.

Clearly we need a strong committed captain, who can work with Stuart Bailey and get opposition and availability aligned, by application, planning and communication.

This is a first XI captain role: part of our senior selection committee. The Captain is responsible for the quality of cricket, reputation of the club and accountable for the well-being and discipline of the players.

Sunday cricket presents opportunity to develop skills for Saturday cricket, including captaincy.

The players should have sorted this out by the AGM!

If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else, contact Chris Smith, Greg Burton, Phil Boast or Dan Shepherd by 26th February.

TRAINING

Richard Hall has defected to Egham CC

General view that professional coaches are wasted as net supervisors.

However we can’t focus on specialist coaching without the wider group organisation (and in my view as Chairman that has to come first).

Greg has a budget for coaching and the club is very keen to progress in this direction. Any suggestions for coaching speak to Greg or Dan.

Ideally we need a small group of people to act as the coaching /training co-ordinators. Suggested names included Mick Shepherd, Dan Shepherd, Ricky Redmond and Bruce Raeside. Names to Greg /Dan please.

There were a number of very positive comments, James Richards for one, regarding the impact that Paul Erasmus had last year on mind sets and games plans.

Chertsey Premier League.

This will be taking place during the 2017. We continue to moving forward with the plans. However, we need everyone’s support for this. Think outside the box.

Look out for more information on a dedicated section of the website soon.

Bar staff required

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Our busy little bar is gearing up for summer, so we’re back on the hunt for a couple of energetic bar staff.

We’re looking for people who are keen to be part of our team, have the club’s interests at heart, have a chirpy disposition (no one likes a grumpy barmaid/barman) and can handle a bit of pressure!

No experience needed, you’ll learn on the hoof with ad hoc random training.

It’s a fun, relaxed environment and when it’s busy, never a dull moment. We pay and there are a few perks too (mainly drink related!).

We mainly need to cover our busy Friday nights, but you would also need to help out in our rota of Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday shifts, which is flexible.

If you’re interested in joining our team, please contact me by text or phone on 07870552929

Cheers

Phil Boast,
Chertsey CC Bar Manager

Agenda for Friday’s players meeting

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Our planned players meeting is going ahead as advertised on Friday, starting at 7:30pm. We have drawn up the following agenda for the evening so please come along and have your say on any/all of the issues listed:

 

AGENDA FOR CCC SENIOR PLAYERS MEETING, FRIDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2017 AT 19:30

1. SATURDAY CRICKET

a. RULE CHANGES – CHANGE IN START TIME

b. LIMITING BOWLERS FOR TIME CRICKET

c. FAILED VOTE TO CHANGE FORMAT TO 50 OVERS EXCLUSIVELY

d. LIMITATIONS OF GROUND WITH REGARDS TO CHAMPIONSHIP RULES – CURRENT RULES STIPULATE THAT THE CLUB CANNOT PROGRESS ABOVE DIV 3

e. PROPOSAL TO APPLY TO JOIN THAMES VALLEY LEAGUE AND LEAVE SURREY CHAMPIONSHIP

2. TRAINING

a. CURRENT FORMAT

b. UTILISATION OF COACHES

c. FIELDING PRACTICE

3. SUNDAY CRICKET

a. CURRENT STATUS

b. SUNDAY CAPTAIN

c. PROPOSED CHANGES

d. CHERTSEY PREMIER LEAGUE

4. AOB

Players’ Meeting

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There will be a pre-season players meeting held at the club next Friday, February 17th, starting at 19:30.

The main topics of discussion will be the Surrey Championship’s rule changes for 2017 and they how they affect us. The most divisive of the lot is the decision to move the start time for the 1st and 2nd XIs Saturday fixtures forward an hour to 12:00. Closer to home, we also want to look at the future of Sunday cricket at our club and have a few other things to go over too.

If all senior playing members could make an effort to attend it will be greatly appreciated.

Some 2017-season dates for your diary

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While we continue to prepare for the coming season, we thought you might like to start marking your calendars with a few of the social summer staples, along with some other dates of note heading into the new season (with more to come):

26th February

Senior nets start at Fullbrook school

8th April

Pre-season work day

21st April

Colts signing on evening

16th July

Colts day

23rd July (pencil this one in, it’s TBC)

President’s Day

Welcome Wade Cupido, our 2017 overseas player

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We are delighted to announce that the club have secured the signing of South African batsman Wade Cupido as our overseas player for the coming campaign.

The 24-year-old, who opens the batting, will arrive in April ahead of the 1st XI’s Surrey Championship Division 5 festivities and brings with him a wealth of representative honours from his homeland.

A Western Province player at U17, U19 and Academy level, Cupido plays for Tygerberg CC at home, the same club that produced Test match bowler Vernon Philander.

The left-handed batsman scored 454 runs in 2014/15, 590 last season and has coaching qualifications to his name as well.

We welcome Wade to the Bluecaps family and look forward to seeing him in action.