YG'S 2018 AGM 

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Member AGM Notice

154rd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Dear Member,

We have once again received the kind permission of the Headmistress of Queen Margaret’s School to use the school for our Annual General Meeting and pre-season dinner, so please come along if you can.

We are accordingly, inviting you to the AGM to be held at Queen Margaret’s School,

Escrick at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday 11th April 2018 for the following purposes;

      1.  To confirm the Minutes of the previous AGM.

      2.  To receive the report and adopt the Accounts for the year ending 31st Dec 2017.

      3.  To elect the Officers and Committee for the year.

      4.  Any Other Business.

Dinner will follow at 8:00 p.m. at a cost of £15. We kindly request confirmation of attendance to the undersigned by Wed 04 Apr. Payment on the night is acceptable.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Yours Sincerely,

A Shaw, H Glatman

Joint Secretaries


Chairmans Report 

THE YORKSHIRE GENTLEMEN’S CRICKET CLUB

(Founded 1863)

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

19 March 2018

2018 is the Club’s 155th Anniversary – yes, it really is 5 years since the sesquicentennial celebrations! And there is so much to look forward in the coming season.

Your Fixture Secretary has organised another full season of cricket for us. There are 34 fixtures on the card, which includes many of our regular oppositions. It will be a pleasure to welcome IZ Australia who are on tour and coming to Escrick for the first time and also Woodhouse Grange Academy for inaugural home and away fixtures. This latter should challenge the best of our young cricketers. Not surprisingly perhaps, the bulk of the fixtures (20) take place in June (8) and July (12) so please help Match Managers by offering to play. Thank you to Richard Umbers for all his work on Fixtures which is generally done out of sight and in the dark winter months. And thank you too, to all our MMs who give up their time to run their fixtures.

The refurbished pavilion has been much admired and made a real difference to both the look and feel of the place. Some further minor tweaks have been done over the winter, mainly to repair minor damage but it remains at the very heart of the Club and I encourage members to make the most of it. Thanks for to the continued custodianship of the pavilion are due to Nigel Bartram and John Rossington.

On the field of play, the record for 2017 shows P36 W12 D3 L11 (10 cancelled or abandoned).  This is a marginal improvement on 2016 but about average and reflects the diverse quality of the teams we play against. The frustrating element of the record is the final column.  The weather was kind enough to us but the greater concern was the number of opposition teams who cried off because they couldn’t raise sides – about 20% of the fixtures in fact. We continue to do what we can to prevent this happening and rely somewhat on Match Managers being as proactive as they can be in talking early to their opposite numbers. We have moved some fixtures to try and rectify the problem and indeed have struck off a couple of others whose position we thought was unlikely to improve. I have expressed concern in these notes before about the number of members playing for the Club, but I have now switched fire to the Fixture List. We need good, strong, reliable Clubs to play against and we will continue to do all that we can to ensure that we maintain a high quality of cricket at Escrick.

On the subject of members, I am pleased to report that the Club elected nine new playing members over the winter. They are of course most welcome.  We also have three further Candidates in the pipeline this year, so thank you for your recruiting efforts, they are paying off. 

Many congratulations to Neil Dale who was awarded The President’s Trophy for 2017. Neil     is a regular player and made more appearances for the Club last season than any other member (16, just about half of all fixtures).  He has a unique style of wicket-keeping whereby his pads are used as extensively as his gloves! More than just occasionally however, he pulls off some miraculous catches and the odd stumping. He is good company and a worthy recipient.

I am embarrassed to report that Charles Glassey is still Hon Treasurer!  Charles has done a fantastic job for the Club but we are now truly testing his patience. He tried to stand down about six years ago but I persuaded him to see the 150th through. I then asked him to stay on ‘a little longer’ while we sought his replacement. This was nearly achieved last year – but it never quite happened. We really need to let Charles ‘take his sweater’ and to that end I am now urging any member who feels he has the time and expertise, to put himself forward for consideration for this vital position. We simply can’t operate without a Treasurer and I cannot prevail upon Charles any longer. Please give this serious consideration. In the meantime I thank Charles, again, for all the work he does to keep our finances in order.

Farwell Dick Brewster; he has moved south to Northamptonshire. He has been a stalwart member of the Club for about 30 years and indeed the Committee for a good many too. He has been a driving force behind much that goes on in and around the pavilion including organising the catering arrangements and helping with the design and refurbishment of the pavilion. Although he has said he will return from time to time, I should probably issue a profit warning on wine sales for 2018!

Innings Closed – I am saddened to report the loss of one former member, Graham Inchboard who died in February this year. He appears in the Top 10 of the Club’s bowling averages and was a powerful hitter of the ball, occasionally. .

The 2017 Annual Dinner last year raised a healthy £1069.08 for the Club. This was a slight improvement on previous dinners and is due solely to the efforts of The President.  Please note this year’s dinner will be held on Thursday 8th November at the Parsonage Hotel, Escrick.  Make this year the one to bring along a table of 10. Thank you to Richard Head for continuing to organise it all quite brilliantly and acquire such excellent speakers. This year will, I am sure, be no different.

The other fund-raising initiative we have is the ‘100’ Club; it brings in a modest sum each year but it all helps. You can too by subscribing to this and supporting the Club for a mere £15.  There are 12 chances to win something - 11 monthly draws and a Jackpot Draw for £250. Thanks to Ali Rigby for persevering with this.

Once again, I am pleased to remind members of the generous support we receive from Hunts County Bats. They continue to offer members of the Club preferential rates for cricketing equipment – in the region of a 50% discount. Details can be found on their website at www.huntscountybats.co.uk or call them on 01480 451234.  Please mention the Club when you place an order.

The season gets underway officially at the AGM and pre-season dinner which this year take place on Wednesday 11th April at 7.30 p.m. at Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick. Please come along.  Amongst other things, we will be hearing about the new Law changes that came into effect over the winter. The formalities aren’t especially formal and the dinner is always of excellent quality.

Please keep an eye on our website (www.ygcc.co.uk). This is kindly being reviewed and revised by Jeremy Philips and will hopefully become a bit more user-friendly. Check your details are still correct and if not, update them. The fixture card will be sent to you shortly in the post.

I take this opportunity, as I do every year, to thank all those who are engaged with the successful management of the Club – Committee Members, Match Managers, Umpires, Groundsman, Scorer and Catering Staff, and of course Paul White in particular.  I look forward to seeing you at Escrick, and at our away matches (10), during the 2018 season.

 

DRE O’Kelly

Chairman

 

2017 - Overall Results

2015:  Played 31,  Won 9,  Drawn 7,  Lost 6,   Tied 0,  Abandoned/Cancelled 9

2016:  Played 33,  Won 10, Drawn 2,  Lost 12, Tied 0,  Abandoned/Cancelled 9

2017:  Played 31,  Won 12,  Drawn 3,  Lost 11,  Tied 0,  Abandoned/Cancelled 10 (7 by appo)

Most appearances:

16 – Neil Dale

14 – Geoff Barker

12 – Phil Holland

Of note 15 members played in 5 or more games – a great improvement on recent years!

Hundreds:

Bevan Fawcett              147 vs Burton Salmon CC

Sam Biker                    135 vs York Wanderers

David O’Kelly              102* vs Cryptics

Other Scores:

Phil Holland                94 vs Sheffield Uni

Charlie Elliott              92 vs Leeds Uni (4 x 6, 13 x 4 & 21–ball 50)                        

Best Bowling:

Angus Shaw                14 – 6 – 30 – 8 vs Burton Salmon CC

4wkt innings:              Angus Shaw, ‘CB’ Chandrabhan, AJ Clarke, Geoff Barker, Dom Smith, Wayne Goldstein

As a reminder please use the website to update your availability.

Have a fun and successful 2018 on and off the field.

 


YG's Accounts YR ENDING 31ST DEC 2017 

To view the year end accounts please download a pdf copy here

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