2016 Season Review

Honorary Secretary’s Report, 2016.

The latest AGM in November 2015 saw several changes in the Club’s General Committee and Officers. Most notably was that of Tom Greaves becoming Club Captain after James Heslam’s successful 8-year reign. James himself took over from father John as the Fundraising Officer and thus remained on the Committee. Ian Osborne who had joined only earlier in 2015 stepped into the vacancy of Colts Liaison Officer that Peter Wholley had performed for a number of years in conjunction with his dual role of Fixture Secretary. Peter continued with the Fixtures. Mike Robertson had lost-out in the vote for Committee members “Without Portfolio” at the AGM but when some issues arose about the withdrawal of our storage space at Freman College, Mike was co-opted onto the Committee to act as liaison. In May, Mitchell Cooper resigned from the Committee for family reasons and William Heslam was invited to replace him as the Under 25 representative. To date, the General Committee has met on five occasions with a 68% attendance. The newly-introduced Executive Committee met six times with an attendance rate of 76%. I thank all past and present club members who have served on the Committee. Without them, the Club, as we know and enjoy it, would cease to function. A major portion of business at that AGM was to accept the revised Constitution. This created significant changes to the running of the Club by introducing an Executive Committee, (which is entrusted to manage the Club), and a Playing Sub-Committee under Paul Watts’s chairmanship and which is responsible for Team Selection, Disciplinary issues and choosing annual awards winners. Also, we formalised the position of Membership Secretary as a separate role. Cilla Robertson has been responsible for [...]

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End of Season Reviews, Captains & Colts’ Managers

1st XI REPORT 2016 The 1st XI had a mixed 2016 season, starting well, only losing once in the first 5 games to eventual league champions Letchworth. However, this run of good form wasn't to last as inconsistency with the bat and some weak availability meant we were far from our best at various points in the season. New signing, Minor-County opening bowler Ed Wharton, proved his worth throughout the season consistently picking up wickets ably supported by Toby Fynn, Mitchell Cooper, Sean Tidey and myself. The main men with the bat this year were William Heslam, Richard Wharton, James Heslam and Chris Jackson who all scored important match winning runs throughout the season, particularly Will and Rich. Youngster Rob Lankester also impressed in his first season in the first team, proving the colts system at the club is really working well and producing quality players. Without setting the world on fire this year we have comfortably maintained our position in the Herts. Championship Division, which is pleasing as the standard seems to be improving year on year. Good news has come from the Doctors in the last couple of weeks, meaning that Jack Tidey will be fit to start the 2017 season to open the bowling with Ed, and I feel they will strike off a very dangerous partnership next season, backed up by all the guys that have done well this year. With hard work in the nets over the winter and a strong pre-season there is no reason why we shouldn't be pushing for a Top 2 spot next year and go for promotion to the Premier League. We are always on the lookout for players that could strengthen the team, but [...]