Club AGM Minutes from 19 January 2006

Officer’s Reports
In the Chairman’s absence, Mark Harrison gave a report from Martin Phillips, who apologised for missing his first AGM in the last 30 years. There had been continued slow progress with the acquisition of the second ground, largely because of the Charity Commission investigation and the Church and its legal agents. It had now been agreed that the Club would assume responsibility for the project and accordingly, MFBP, Paul Taylor and Mark Harrison had met with Trevor Parry to effect a handover of documents and information. A major fund raising effort will be required to support the venture.

After many seasons playing on an assortment of grounds, agreement has been reached to allow the 3rd and 4th XIs to play at Horton View in 2006. Ground and pitch improvements will be needed to bring the facility up to the required standard in time for the season.

Proud to report that the club had been accepted by the ECB to act as the county’s only Chance to Shine focus club, delivering coaching into local state schools. Paul Taylor explained the detail of the scheme and also confirmed that the club had also achieved its Clubmark award from the ECB.

Paul Taylor is to captain the 2nd XI in 2006 and was thanked for his excellent playing efforts in the 1st XI since joining the club. Benjamin Hector, a first class cricketer from OFS in South Africa, will join and captain the 1st XI in 2006.

Thanks for the hard work done by George Sabin, Paul Taylor and Jason Thatcher during the season and also to the President for his contribution and enthusiasm and the captains, coaches, umpires, scorers and committee who gave support during the year.


John Phillips reviewed the performances of teams and individuals during the successful 2004 season.


(1) The committee met every month during the year with an average attendance of 68%. It was a generally successful year on the field with the 2nd & 3rd  teams gaining promotion and the 4th team very close. The 2nd’s will be playing in the same league as the XX Club next season.

(2) 1st XI. Had a good start to the season and a good finish but a bad patch in the middle precluded challenging for honours and we finished fourth equal in the league.

P18, W7, D4, L5, C1, A1. Points scored 262 including 21 bat bonus and 43 bowling bonus.

We won the Oxfordshire Cup. Craig scored 801 runs @ 66.75, Richard Kaufman scored 612 @ 43.71, Chris Smith 368 @30.67. Jimmy Phillips took 35 wickets @ 23.49, Simon Launder 25 @ 27.64, Paul Taylor 15 @18.8. Craig took 12 catches and Danny Harding took15 with 4 stumpings.

(3) 2nd XI. A very successful season gaining promotion to Cherwell League 1st Division. W14, L2, D2, R2. Andrew Sabin lead the batting with 583 runs @ 58 including 1 hundred and 7 50’s. Steve Beck scored 303 runs @ 33.7 & Ian Tew scored 350 @ 31. Ian Adams lead the bowling with 24 wickets @ 22.9 including 6-96 Luke Ryan took 16 wickets, Olly Murray had one very good bowl taking 8-50. The other wickets were spread round several people.

(4) 3rd XI. An extremely successful season culminated in gaining promotion from Division 6. W11, D4, L3, Rain 4. Julian Briggs 456 runs @ 45.6, Ally Jarvis 228 @ 38, Ashley Pearson 211 @105.5, Ed Phillips 151 @75.5, Chris Board 104 @ 104. It is noteworthy that 4 centuries were scored by Ally, Ashley, Ed and Julian. Sean Cranley took 22 wickets @ 24.45, Shah Muhammed took 20 @ 14.55, Ross Freeman 15 @ 17.93 and Andrew Proctor 10 @ 15.6.

(5) 4th XI. A big improvement over 2004 and finished 3rd in league, which could have been even better as 30 points were lost due to a player not being registered and a tied match. Nevertheless 10 matches were won and 11 players were fielded every week, many very young.

Nathaniel Gregory scored most runs, 368 @ 26.3 he also took 14 catches, stumped 5 and he is only13! His captain was very proud. Scott Moore scored 263 @ 43.8 including a century.Paul Foster made 200 @22.2.

Captain Peter Gregory took 36 wickets @ 8.1(putting him in good form to bowl England batters out in the nets in Pakistan)Alex Blanchard took 24 @11.6 including 7for 53, all with wrist spin

Peter has done a wonderful job in bringing on the youngsters and we hope that his England duties don’t take him away on too many Saturdays in 2006.

(6) Youth cricket. Magnificent work done by coaches and managers , very many boys involved.

U11. Won the South Northants league winning 11 out of 14 games. Also played 8 friendlies.18 players used in matches but many more had coaching. 4 boys represented  counties 3 for Oxfordshire and 1 for Northants. 2 more boys are in current county squad preparing for next season.

U13. Won 2 out of 5 league games and lost in 2nd round of Ron Maudsley cup. Won Plate final of Maudsley Cup from previous season. With boys moving up from U11’s there will be many more players this year so we are entering teams in S. Northants league as well as Oxfordshire. Three boys chosen for District winter training.

U15. Won all their league matches and lost in the final of the Oxon cup. Ed Smith, Joe White

Alex Blanchard & Phil Warson played for the county U15 and John and Nick Best played for county U14.


John Woodworth explained the Club’s Financial Statements for the period ending 30 September 2005, which showed a profit for the year. Changes in membership fees were proposed as:

Full: increase from £60 to £65
Youth: increase from £20 to £25
VP/Associate: remain the same at £30 and £25 respectively

Match fees; to remain the same as season 2005

The Treasurer’s report and recommendations were unanimously accepted by the meeting, proposed by Peter Pollard and seconded by Andrew Proctor.

President’s Address and introduction of new President

Outgoing President Bob Mitchelmore reflected on an excellent and highly enjoyable summer of cricket and thanked all members and the Chairman for their support. He was delighted to be maintaining close contact with the club as a member of the committee and as a Trustee.

New President Andrew Smith was introduced and thanked Bob for his outstanding contribution. Andrew reviewed his involvement with the club and confirmed that as he was no longer playing, he felt the Presidency was an opportunity to remain closely involved. He welcomed new playing member Ian Hawtin, the current Oxfordshire captain, to the club and asked the membership to support the work of the Committee and the new captain during the season ahead.

Election of captains, officers and committee

All nominations agreed by the meeting. The vacant positions of social secretary, youth committee chairman and one position on the Management Committee would be progressed by the new Committee.

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