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Annual General Meeting 2011 Minutes
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VICTORIA PARK COMMUNITY CRICKET LEAGUE
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 

Thursday 17 March 2011
Upstairs at the Royal Inn On The Park, 111 Lauriston Road, E9 7HJ
Meeting started at 6:40 pm

Attendees: 

Bert Vandermark, President

 

Rizwan Siddiqui, Chairman

Sky

Tim Castle, Secretary

Old Fallopians

Nigel Richards, Treasurer

Victoria Lounge

Peter Hollman, Fixtures Secretary

Pacific

Saj Rehman, Committee

Caledonian Conquerors

Dan Williams

Best  Nationals

Gary Horsman

Chats Palace

Layton Worghs

Contenders

Abby Molvi

East 8

Ansar Syed

East 8

Mohit Gupta

East London Community

Syed Habib

East London Community

Ashley Quayle

Island Community

Firoz Husain

Junoon

Ash Molvi

Junoon

Jason Lord

London Fields

Steve Fernbank

London Fields

Graham Hall

Martians

Brian Hennesey

Martians

John Kavener

Martians

Zaved Salehin

New Boys

James Eaton

Old Ranwellians

Aroon Korgaonkar

Pacific

Robin Slade

The Pumas

John Mortimer

Regents

Jake Salmon

Regents

Alan Hick

Rose & Crown

Sean Feeney

Rose & Crown

Dave Monaghan

Rose & Crown

John Mortimer

Rose & Crown

Simon Hore

Stoke Newington

Duncan Holden

Stoke Newington

Richard Greenleaf

Stoke Newington

Tom Tanner

Stoke Newington

Richard Higginbottom

Thomson Reuters

Laurence Kiddle

Thomson Reuters

Rob Waugh

Tower Cavaliers

Richard Worthington

Victoria Lounge

John Challinor

Victoria Park Juniors

Bobby Hillman

Wrong'uns

Allan Young

Wrong'uns

Colin Michael

 

Alan Flook

Guest speaker

Rita Vandermark

 

 1 – Guest speaker

Alan Flook gave a short presentation on umpiring followed by questions

 

Key points

-          Captains are responsible for the discipline of their team in keeping the “spirit of the game”

-          Noted the league had no definition of a wide, suggested we put something about wides in the rules

-          Players umpiring should try at least to be consistent

-          Captains should get together at start of game to agree about issues such as what constitutes a leg side wide

-          No balls, note that it is the inside edge of the line that counts

-          On beamers, make sure you agree where sternum is (to comply with league height of delivery rule)

-          Umpires have to judge whether beamer delivery would have been above sternum of player standing up and at crease, even if batsman is crouching or has advanced down wicket

-          Runouts of non-striker by bowler: Non-striker is safe to advance out of his crease once the bowler has entered his delivery stride, defined by the oint when his back foot comes down. After that point any attempt by bowler to run out non-striker is invalid, and will be declared dead ball by umpire.

-          Bowlers can give a friendly warning to the non-striker about leaving crease too early, but this is not a requirement and is not in the rules.

-          High deliveries: it is the bowling end umpire who calls whether the deliveries are a no ball. The square leg umpire can indicate to the bowling umpire if he thinks the delivery was too high but the responsibility for the decision is with the bowling end umpire.

-          Umpires changing mind about a decision – as long as the batsman has not left the field you are required to announce your change of mind.

-          If a batsman walks or is dismissed and the fielding side wants to recall him, the fielding captain has to ask the umpire for permission first – as the batsman may have been dismissed for a reason the fielding side is unaware of. The fielding side alon has no right to recall a  batsman.

-          If a batsman has left the field of play it is too late to recall him

-          Late arrivals on the fielding side – the law says you are barred from bowling for the same period of time as you were late. So if you arrive 15 minutes late, you have to wait a further 15 minutes till you can bowl. And similarly if you have to leave the field for any period of time.

-          Dangerous conditions, eg poor light. Rules have changed. Used to be the umpires asked the batsmen if they wanted to play on. Now it is up to the umpires alone whether it is safe to play.

-          Noted that in the league captains generally agree before a game that any delivery down the leg side is a wide. But not  if a batsman backs away so much that the ball passes between him and the leg stump.

 

2 – Apologies

Steve Hill, Island
Will Isaac, London Fields
Philip Barrass, Peter Frisby, Old Fallopians
Tim George, Bengal Tigers
Zia Hussain, Dynamite Ducks
Will Isaac, London Fields
James Harper, Tufnell Parkians
Lem English, Hackney Downs 

3 – Last year’s minutes were approved

Jason Lord (London Fields) noted the minutes did not include clarification on runouts when bails have come off spring stumps, that the stumps must be lifted in the air and hit with the ball to effect a runout. 

4 – Reports

Chairman

Rizwan Siddiqui spoke about discipline while playing, noted that a team had been suspended for this season because of discipline issues and called on captains to be aware of their responsibilities in this area.

 The new league structure introduced last year had worked well

 Experiments with coloured balls had improved visibility and the league would play with pink balls this season

 The league continued to thrive with many more teams asking to join than we had space for

Redevelopment was proceeding at Victoria Park and the committee would monitor the plans

Inquiries had been made about new pitches at Hackney Marshes in case a temporary move from the park was required

Missing league and cup trophies had been recovered and would now remain in the keeping of the president. They would only appear for presentation at the relevant match and at the AGM. Smaller trophies would be given to winning teams to keep.

 Secretary

Tim Castle asked all teams present to identify themselves.

He announced the league was splitting the role of secretary into an administrative role and a resulting/website position.

He would stand down as secretary but carry on for the coming year as results secretary and maintain the website, www.vpccl.co.uk.

Asked all teams to submit their results promptly via the website.

Noted that it is the winning captain’s responsibility to submit results.

 

Treasurer’s report

Accounts for Victoria Park Community Cricket League

 

1 Mar 2010 - 28 February 2011

 
           

INCOME

2010-11

2009-10

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

           

Cash at Bank B/F

     2,709.51

   1,499.46

   1,193.49

      135.49

       752.74

           

League fees

     8,505.00

   7,050.00

   6,300.00

   6,600.00

    4,890.00

           

Fines / Fees arrears

        202.00

                -

                -

      230.00

 
           

Cup Fees

        168.00

        72.00

        96.00

      325.00

       278.00

 

         

Missed Matches

        105.00

        35.00

      153.00

                -

                 -

           

Joining Fees

        150.00

      175.00

      100.00

                -

                 -

           

Sale of balls

          44.00

                -

                -

                -

           6.00

           
 

   11,883.51

   8,831.46

   7,842.49

   7,290.49

    5,926.74

           

EXPENDITURE

2010-11

2009-10

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

           

Pitches

     5,821.20

   5,142.85

   5,509.35

   5,016.00

    4,794.25

           

Balls

        990.00

      594.00

      792.00

      990.00

       972.00

           

Website Charges

          25.00

        40.00

                -

        33.50

         25.00

           

Refunds - forfeited games

          40.00

        60.00

        20.00

 

                 -

           

Trophies

          37.50

        45.10

        21.68

        51.50

                 -

           

Fixtures website fees

        225.00

      240.00

                -

                -

                 -

           

Sundries (postage etc)

                 -

                -

                -

          6.00

                 -

           

Balance at Bank c/f

     4,744.81

   2,709.51

   1,499.46

   1,193.49

       135.49

           
 

   11,883.51

   8,831.46

   7,842.49

   7,290.49

    5,926.74

           

Notes

               -  

to check

     

Above figures do not include subs already received for 2011 seaon.

 

Positive Points

         

Subs payments - VERY GOOD performance

     

Apart from one exception - as good as last year which was magnificent.

 

Again - Teams generally paid on time before start of season!

   
           

Issues in 2010-11

         

1 Debtors 6 Teams owe  total of £205 - not all will return this season.

 

2.Creditors - 10 teams are due a total of £205

     

3. 10 (approx) matches cancelled

       

4. We are due some credits for rained off pitches from LB Tower Hamlets

 

5. 2011 Website Hosting and Domain Name Fees £34.20 and

   

"Fixtures updating" £250 to be deducted from Old Fallopians 2010 fees.

 

6. Amounts due for trophies and engraving (£95.)

     

 Fixtures Secretary

 Peter Hollman said the number of non-league teams could be increased if some games were played on Fridays. This was agreed.

Following his report (below) and discussion, several teams said they were in favour of having potential fixture dates circulated in advance of publication so they could say if there were any dates they wanted to avoid. They said once fixtures were published no changes should be possible. As a result, for the 2012 season, the deadline for submitting any dates that clubs wish to avoid will be Feb 1, 2012.

 Report:

Last year the league structure continued in the same vein that it has since 2004 whereby teams play in conferences in the 1st phase & those final places therein determine which divisions clubs enter for the remainder of the season.

In 2010 the big change was to accede to the perceived demand to have more competitive games & so the conferences were reduced to 3 teams with each set of conference winners entering into a 1st division, runners up into a 2nd & last place into a third.

Suddenly the conferences had far more at stake for those early season matches & yet they all went to seeding. The new teams were scattered across the mid range conferences & were therefore far harder to predict. The same format will therefore be applied to 2011.

Last year there were 27 teams & after the 1st round of 2 conference matches, the teams moved into 3 divisions with each team playing 8 league games. Aside from some on field problems caused by the extra competitive nature, I did not hear from any side who felt that they were in the wrong division.

As new teams come in to replace existing ones, I do not foresee a better fairer way of formatting until such stability can be reached & I’m sure we all suspect is unlikely to ever occur.

In the event that the 2 games played by the 3 teams are all won 1 lost 1, then run rate will continue to be used as introduced in 2010.

As a consequence the need to keep an accurate record of the scores is more important than ever & while I can understand that some teams do not place great emphasis on this, it now impinges on all the other teams so Captains must take the responsibility.

On a side issue, I am very disappointed indeed that not a single side submitted their end of season averages & I do not have the will to go through the stats of every match. Consequently, there are no awards for batter & bowler of the season.

Please can the Captains address this for 2011 & submit the scores of the best batter & best bowler as soon after their final match as is possible.

Remember these off field duties as well as your on field & everyone will enjoy the benefit of a smooth running fixture programme.

 Vote of thanks

Gary Horsman proposed a vote of thanks for the president Bert Vandermark and for the committee

 5 – Presentation of trophies

League champions: East London Community
 Division Two: Rose & Crown
 Division Three: Tower Hamlets College (not present)
 Cup: Contenders 

6 – Election of new teams

East 8, New Boys, The Pumas and Thomson Reuters were all elected.

Candidate side Hackney Downs were not present

 7 – Team names

The following name changes were noted:

Chats Palace become Homerton CC
Tufnell Parkians become Mad Maroccas

 8 – Motions

Passed:

“A team that defaults on their matches three times in a season will be suspended immediately from the league.”

9 – Any other business

  Bert Vandermark reported that the nets at the park were due to be repaired by the start of the season

 Whites, in response to query, confirmed that rules require players to wear white clothing and captains can insist that bowlers wearing dark clothes change into whites

  Meeting reminded that teams should exchange players’ names at the start of the game to help accurate keeping of scores

 Gary Horsman asked if a group could consider how to keep the league accessible to players of lower ability and to older and younger players, in keeping with its founding principles as a community league

 

10 – Election of officers

Tim Castle (Old Fallopians) stood down as secretary and stood as results secretary
Saj Rehman (Caledonian Conquerors) stood as secretary
Steve Hill and Mark Laurie retired from being committee members
Firoz Hussain (Junoon) and Iqbal Miah (East London CCC) stood as committee members.
The remaining officers stood again

 

The following were confirmed as the officers of the committee:

Chairman - Rizwan Siddique (Sky)
Secretary – Saj Rehman (Caledonian Conquerors)
Treasurer – Nigel Richards (Victoria Lounge)
Fixtures Secretary – Peter Hollman (Pacific)
Results Secretary & website – Tim Castle (Old Fallopians)
Committee members: Bobby Hillman (Wrong’uns), Firoz Hussain (Junoon) and Iqbal Miah (East London CCC)

The meeting ended at 8:15 pm 

Philip Barrass (Old Fallopians) arrived 8:27 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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