What a difference a year makes! Great Melton Cricket Club’s 2015 AGM, following a year beset by player availability issues, saw the club scratching around to fill captaincy vacancies and doubtful as to whether it could continue to run 9 senior teams. The 2016 AGM, however, was a completely different story! The meeting was the best attended for years, and amidst a new feeling of positivity following a much better summer, all the captaincy positions were filled for the forthcoming season. In addition Treasurer Leo DeSalis was able to report that the club’s finances were in a very healthy state and the result of some excellent fundraising meant that £12,000 had been set aside to help finance the provision of a new two-bay net practice area at the pavilion end of the ground. With the club awaiting the result of applications for funding from two other sources but with the promise of an interest-free loan as back-up, Chairman Steve Phoenix was optimistic that the long-awaited nets might be installed in time for the 2017 season.
With First and A Team skippers Olly Harris and Simon Woods agreeing to continue in their roles it was ‘as you were’ for the club’s two Alliance teams but there will be a new man in charge of the B Team’s Norfolk League campaign, Matt Rushton. Clive Rennie (Captain) & Duncan Greenslade (Manager) will continue their good work with the C Team while Tim Hales’ was again elected as Sunday and Midweek First Team Captain with Chris Elliott hoping to make it a hat-trick of Wicklewood Shield wins as Midweek A Team skipper. Eusha Fawad will gain some captaincy experience as the new man in charge of the Sunday A (Friendly) side while Hannah Brook was re-elected as Women’s Captain.
The Club will also have a new President with Nick Evans-Lombe elected to fill the vacancy sadly resulting from the death of club stalwart, Andy Seeley, earlier in the year.
The most discussion during the evening involved subscriptions, match fees and tea costs but a proposal to raise subs was defeated and, following the recommendation of the finance committee, senior player subscriptions will stay at £36, with match fees £6 (weekends) and £3 (midweek) – surely making Great Melton one of the cheapest clubs around.
Re-elected Coaching Coordinators, Ryan Hayward & George Bunn, announced that pre-season nets will be at a different venue next year. Having secured a 7.30-9.30 Wednesday evening slot at Easton & Ottley College, the club will be moving away from the UEA. Nets begin on Wednesday 1st March & continue until 19th April. With plans to encourage more female members and to improve the club’s website the mood was very upbeat with the first social event being ‘Christmas Drinks’ on Friday 9th December, meeting at ‘The Eaton Cottage’.
Other Officers elected were: Chairman & Junior Development Officer: Steve Phoenix; Secretary: John Burdett; Membership Secretary: Steve Clarke; Treasurer: Leo DeSalis; Welfare Officer: Celia Phoenix; Women & Girls’ Coordinator: Chris Brook; Groundsman: Mike Phoenix; Junior Representative: Kyle Weston.
Copies of the various reports are attached: