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
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
- Further travel in TV
- Quicker travel in TV (M25)
- More identity to league in SC
- Better grounds in TV
- Return on our ambition in TV – SC caps our 1st team at Div 3 due to boundary size
- More modern rules/ more limited overs in SC
- One league for all means better 3rd XI cricket in TV
- One league for all also means teams could get congested and held back in TV (two teams can’t share same division)
- Start at 1.00 in TV
- 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.
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.
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.