Minutes of AGM, November 1 2013
Held at The Ship Inn London EC3
Members present: Steve Bignell, Chris Boden, Richard Burgess, Jimmy Carter, Ian Daffern, Chris Dane, Mike Delanian, Mike Herlihy, Craig Murray, Barry Needham, Barnaby Pinfield, Ian Porton, Dave Rawlings, Steve Rennie, Mike Scally, Simon Warren, Matt Webster, Chris Wright (18)
Apologies for absence: Phil Hill, Stewart Taylor (2)
Absent: Rowan Allerton, Gisli Bergman, Guy Garside, James Lord (4)
Chairman Chris Wright opened the meeting, then handed over to captain Chris Dane. Chris informed the meeting that it had been a great year for the club, with an excellent season on the field, where only two matches were lost. The Tigers had come together and played as a team after a difficult initial season, with fine spirit, and everyone making a positive contribution. There had been some tough games but good positions had always been converted into victories, with the inability to defeat Eastons and Cincinnati being the only disappointments. The highlight had been the tied match against Gentlemen of West London where a target of 231 had been equalled in 35 overs. Chris thanked everyone for their efforts and advised the meeting he would be standing down as captain, as he was now 50 years old and felt a younger person should take over, allowing him to measure his appearances next season without feeling he was letting the team down.
Treasurer Steve Bignell then advised the meeting that the club was now in a very healthy financial position with £1511.41 in the bank. This was mainly due to the increased number of games played and fees collected, plus the addition of the residue of funds from Walthamstow Horizontals. The returns from nets attendance was disappointing but this was covered by the club. The forward prediction for pitches in 2014 would be approx. £1500-£1800, but in the circumstances members’ subscriptions and match fees would remain the same at £60 and £10 respectively. The meeting thanked Steve for his efforts.
Fixture Secretary Matt Webster then stated that he hoped to arrange 24 fixtures for 2014 (12 home and 12 away) which would hopefully include a foreign tour (probably Menorca) and a joint weekend away at Winchester/Somerset. Chris Boden advised that he would try and arrange a game at his home town club Princes Risborough.
Chris Dane confirmed that the website was working well and would remain cost free, but hoped for more contributions from members. Access would be arranged for anyone wishing to submit match reports or articles.
Craig Murray was elected captain in the absence of any other contenders. Richard Burgess and Matt Webster were both proposed as vice-captain, Richard winning a narrow vote. Matt would be deputy vice-captain and would remain fixture secretary and club vice-chairman. Chris Wright was unopposed as chairman, as was Steve Bignell as treasurer/secretary. Chris Dane agree to remain on the Executive Committee.
Club President Barry Needham then made a presentation to David Scally, who is returning home to Bradford after 25 years loyal service to the Walthamstow Horizontals and latterly Judd Street Tigers. A presentation was also made to Chris Dane to commemorate his maiden century in social cricket.
Voting on the annual awards was made during the break and the trophies presented as follows: Club Player of the Year – Chris Dane, Batsman – Barnaby Pinfield, Bowler – Matt Webster, Fielder – Rowan Allerton. Champagne performance of the season also went to Rowan for his batting blitz in the home game against Railway Taverners. The captain’s award went to Steve Bignell and a further award was made to Steve Rennie for his efforts in obtaining personalised Tiger match balls, caps and clothing for the club.
In other business, Chris Wright agreed to arrange the nets at Lord’s again for Feb/Mar 2014, with the possibility of an indoor inter-club 6-a-side game providing enough players can be mustered. Steve Bignell proposed that the club should adopt a tiger under the World Wildlife Fund scheme, as this would be good publicity for both the club and the WWF, since tigers are now a seriously endangered species. This was agreed by the meeting on a show of hands. The cost will be £60 per year, to be funded by the club through £1 fines for dropped catches.