30 November 2003

AGM 2003 Minutes

DODGERS CRICKET CLUB : ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2003 5:30pm, Friday 7 November 2003
Sir Robin Butler Suite, Chadwick Street Recreation Centre MINUTES OF MEETING


John Adey
Andrew Crawford
John Carr
Kim Matthews
Phil McBarron
Franca McBarron
John Cooper
John Hilary
Will Streatfield
John Doyle
David Pope
Sean Birch
Neil Benn
Guy Westhead
Chris Jacobs
Neil Priest

1. Introduction and Apologies

1.1 Apologies had been received from Sian Priest, Tawhid Quereshi, Mark Cavanagh, Jude Brierly, Amy Cooper and Matt Leach.

2. Minutes of Last Meeting (24 January 2003)

2.1 These were agreed.

3. Finance

Accounts 2002

3.1 Andrew Crawford reported that the Club had carried forward £439.99, which had been higher than expected. This was mainly due to the cost of the 2002 AGM and Social falling in this financial year (as reflected in the accounts for 2003). Other big expenditure items had been pitch costs, new club kit, balls and a donation in memory of Sue Adey. Turnover had been similar to previous years but income from match fees was down due to the poor weather. The nets at the Oval had been a success and made a loss of £45, which had been expected.

Honorary Auditor’s Report

3.2 Franca McBarron reported that she was content with the accounts for 2002 and these had been signed off. The meeting thanked Franca for auditing the accounts.

Treasurer’s Report for 2003

3.3 Andrew reported that approximately £280 would be carried forward. Expenditure on balls had increased. Better weather had led to an increase in match fee income from home games. There had also been some expenditure on the new website.

4. Election of Officers for 2004

4.1 The following officers were re-elected unopposed:

Chairman - John Adey
Treasurer Andrew Crawford
Fixture Secretary - Kim Matthews
Captain - John Carr
Vice-Captain - Neil Priest
Franca McBarron - Honorary Auditor

4.2 Neil Priest and Phil McBarron stood down from the Committee and the following new officers were appointed unopposed:

Secretary - John Cooper
Additional Member - Neil Benn

4.3 The meeting thanked Neil and Phil for their efforts on behalf of the Club.

5. Subscriptions and Match Fees for 2004

5.1 It was agreed that these should remain the same as in 2003 as follows:


Evening match fee Afternoon (no tea) match fee Afternoon (tea) match fee

6. Selection Policy for 2004
£5.00 £3.50 £4.00 £5.00

6.1 It was agreed that this should remain the same as in 2003. The best eleven would be selected each week by John Carr in consultation with Neil Priest. John would have the final say on selection with the following caveats:

- nobody should have to miss two matches in a row.

- opposition’s strength to be taken into account when selecting side (ie. the stronger the opposition the stronger the Dodgers side to be selected)

- account to be taken of people repeatedly dropping out at the last minute without a good excuse.

6.2 Neil Benn was leaving the Civil Service and would no longer be able to co- ordinate availability for selection. It was agreed that this should be discussed at the next Committee meeting.

6.3 It was agreed that once selected teams should be posted on the website. This would be as well as, rather than instead of, e-mail notification.

7. Membership

7.1 It was agreed that the Committee should devise a “marketing strategy” for the Club to increase membership. Several ideas were mentioned including use of the website, intranets, staff magazines and individual efforts.

8. Website

8.1 The meeting thanked John Cooper and Matt Leach for setting up the website which had been a great success. The Committee would review posting rights in due course.

9. Fixtures

9.1 Kim Matthews reported that the number, type and venues for matches would largely be the same as for 2003. There would usually be one game per week (occasionally two) and some weekend games.

9.2 The possibility of an all day game to commemorate Sue Adey was discussed. Kim agreed to ask Superstars if they would be interested. John Hilary had a cousin who taught at Westminster School and would make enquiries about having the game at Vincent Square.

10. Awards

10.1 After some discussion it was agreed that for future seasons the Players’ Player award would be decided by an aggregate of all the Man of the Match votes cast throughout the season, rather than a total of Man of the Match Awards won.

11. Closed Season Activities

11.1 Andrew Crawford had booked the indoor nets but this had yet to be confirmed by the Oval. They would be on Thursday’s between 6 and 7pm, starting with one net per week but increasing to two for the final few weeks. (Note: see website for further details).

11.2 It was agreed that there should be as many closed season activities as possible and that the horse racing, dog racing and speedway evenings should be repeated. Phil McBarron was trying to organise a drinking binge rail trip to York.

12. Any Other Business

12.1 Andrew Crawford appealed to members to keep old match balls as they were needed for nets. John Adey agreed to check if he had any old club balls in his garage.

12.2 It was agreed that the club kit needed to be better looked after. A kit monitor would be nominated when team selections were announced, as would a money collector. Andrew Crawford would ensure that a supply collection forms was left in the kit bag. Andrew would ensure that the match fees were listed on the forms, along with details of what to charge the opposition.

12.3 It was agreed that a new bat should be bought in the sales (and to be knocked in by the vendor).

12.4 Phil McBarron suggested that batsmen reaching 50 should retire. This would agreed although the Capatain would have the discretion to allow a batsman to stay out if they had a chance of reaching 100 or their retirement meant we might lose.

12.5 Superstars had organised a tour for the early May Bank Holiday next year. Any Dodgers players wishing to attend should let Ken Block know.

12.6 It was suggested that it may now be possible to apply for a SPARTA grant without any of the strings previously attached by them eg. merging with Superstars, changing our Constitution etc. The Committee would investigate this and put proposals to members.
Dodgers CC November 2003

26 November 2003

Free food and beer while the money lasts (!) A message from your friendly neighbourhood captain of Superstars, Barry Gigg: "This is just to remind you that this year's (Superstars) social and awards night is in the Jugged Hare (Vauxhall Bridge Road) starting from 5.30 on Friday - Free food and beer while the money lasts. We have the first floor for our own private use. The Jugged Hare is 300 yards from Victoria Street on the left hand side as you walk down Vauxhall Bridge Road." Map

25 November 2003

Management by Committee So that you all know to ask about official matters, the new Dodgers Committee is:

John Adey - Chairman
John Carr - Captain
Andrew Crawford - Treasurer
Kim Matthews - Fixtures Secretary
John Cooper - Secretary
Neil Benn - Member Without Portfolio

19 November 2003

Nets at the Oval 2004 Thanks to Andrew Crawford (and to The Oval) for confirming our Net dates for next season. They are all on Thursdays as follows: 4, 18 and 25 March, 1 and 15 April. All from 6-7pm at the Ken Barrington Centre, The Oval. Details on how to reserve your place will follow.

16 November 2003

Roll of Honour

Those Dodgers Awards Winners 2003

Chairman John Adey presents the Dodgers Awards 2003 to (left to right) John Hilary (Best Bowler), Phil McBarron (Best Batsman), Kim Matthews (Best Fielder) and Guy van der Westhead (Most Improved Player). Your humble photographer apologises for the piss poor quality of the pics.

13 November 2003

The Dodgers Unofficial Awards 2003

A grand total of eleven (count 'em) people voted in the inaugural unofficial awards through the Dodgers website (you're reading it). A notable mention must go to Dirk Diggler for making the effort to vote. JC read out the awards at the AGM and Social but for those of you who couldn't make it here they are in full.

Champagne Moment of the Season

14 August v Ombudsman. Oppo batsman turning ball behind square straight to Will, 10 yds from bat. Calls "TWO!" and makes it easily

Nominations: Whitrod being hit for 4 consecutive fours by Stage Door Amanda, Creation of Dodgers website, No rain! and "I'm retiring" Neil Benn

Champagne Moment of All Time

The David Pope run out.

Nominations: Sian bowling Barry Gigg, Dave Sealey fielding the ball deep in the outfield and then accidentally throwing it over his shoulder and the boundary for 4 whilst attempting to return it to the keeper, summer without rain and "I'm out of retirement" - Neil Benn

Champagne Moment of All Time excl Pope

Ian Murray (worst cricketer of all time) catching Barry Gigg

Nominations: Tony Whitrod being bowled by Stage Door Amanda first ball, Imran Khan bowling Chris Tavaré - can't remember which one was playing for Dodgers, Picture of Mr. Doyle on his bike, "I'm out of retirement" Neil Benn, going to have to nominate my catch at slip from the 1st ball against BSI (I think). I guess I'm also bound to nominate my bowling Conway en route to 5-11 to beat the Rats a few years back. Sorry I can't think of any non-Benn ones!

Innings of the Year

Neil Priest's 100 vs Science Museum

Nominations: Crawford's unbeaten 70 against Warwick Castle down at Eltham, Cav v St Andrews on an awful wicket

Bowling Spell of the Year

John Hilary on any number of occasions

Nominations: Doylee's five for against Stage Door, John Cooper's 3-1 against MOD, Crawford @ Buckhurst Hill

Catch of the Year

Guy's 3 in a match

Nominations: Tawhid's 4 (!), ummm, all of the Cat's, JC’s in self protection against the Stage Door when it was going to hit him in the face
Those Dodgers Awards 2003 Winners in full

Players' Player - Neil Benn
Batsman - Phil McBarron
Bowler - John Hilary
Fielder - Kim Matthews
Most Improved Player - Guy Westhead

10 November 2003

You're crackers! Geddit!?

Out of retirement The 2003 Dodgers AGM and Social was a great success, being very well attended by players, partners and the occasional Superstar. Full report to come but for the moment let us savour the handing over of the Blue Riband award, Dodgers Player of the Year, to Neil Benn (and one of the few pictures I managed to get in focus!)

06 November 2003

Batting averages up! (Bowling averages up too!!) An extremely unscientific analysis of the 2003 and 2002 seasons shows that the average Dodgers batting average improved from around 22 to nearly 27. However, this admirable apparent improvement was shadowed by a rise of similar proportions in the bowling averages. The average bowling average rise from 15 to nearly 27! Mind you, in 2002, by some freak of nature nearly everybody averaged less than 15 in the bowling stakes...

05 November 2003

News Flash - first game of 2004 Season booked. Don't get too excited - it's away to St Andrews on Sunday 6 June 2004 which, as those of you who've been before will know, generally means a long walk from some obscure Croydon Tramlink stop to the ground. Still worth it for an assured victory I suppose.


03 November 2003

The All Time Dodgers Stats Of All Time Now available for your perusal: complete batting, bowling and fielding stats since records began (and that's a mighty long time). Thanks to McB for curation.