of MCC Committee Meeting 18th November 2018
SD, JB, SB, TC, TV, SW, RG & JMc
Report: JB reported that the club currently has a surplus of about £5,000. This is an extremely healthy
position boosted by grants from our involvement in the All Stars programme and
the careful collection of subscriptions and match fees from all sections of the
club. It was also decided that SW would
investigate costings for the possible purchase of a Bowling Machine. Action: SW
Structure 2019: This will be finalised at the County AGM on 27th
November so we don’t yet know what leagues we are in. Action: JB
Dinner & Awards for 2018: It was proposed that this should take
place inFebruary 2019. The function
room at the Admiral Rodney would be a suitable venue. We could have a buffet
and quiz to accompany the awards. Action:
SB to contact Bradders to see if he could compareand then sort out a date with the Pub.
for 2019: 1st X1 nominate James Ganderton and 2nd
X1 JMc. Action: to be voted on by Club
Members at AGM next Spring.
Practice & Coaching 2019: Steve Magoffin happy to contribute
to coaching perhaps with Bowling Master Classes Action: SW to liaise with Steve.
Maintenance: SB has reattached the clips to hold the white
canvas screens in place (it seemed as though they had been deliberately cut!).
Two additional canvas screens have been purchased to act as sightscreens for
each lane. Rabbits have already damaged the netting on the portable net so a
black pvc skirt has been bought to fit around the base and (hopefully) prevent
future damage. Both these purchases have been paid for out of the joint
contingency fund with The Chantry School. The net carpet will need regular
brushing to stop the ‘pile’ from compacting.We might also need to move the creases back and forth to spread
wear and tear. Batters should NOT tap
the popping crease this will cause a divot and wear out the carpet. Action: SB to circulate Total Play’s
maintenance guidelines and post them on website.
Field Winter Groundwork: JB has reduced the size of the square now
that we have nets and junior playing facilities at The Chantry School.
from Junior Meeting: RG reported that the County is now strongly
advising all clubs to draw up policies and have clear guidelines to ensure that
‘Safeguarding’ is at the forefront of all
club members minds. All members directly involved with youngsters should apply
for a DBS. It doesn’t cost a penny (as ECB fund it), it’s now done online and
SB is an approved verifier so it doesn’t take long to do! Action: SB is attending the ‘Safe Hands’ training on 22nd
November and liaise with RG to ensure that the Club is compliant with
Coaching & Teams for 2019: We are currently quite low on numbers in the
Junior section. It was proposed to run two secondary school aged teams - an U14s
10-a-side PAIRS and an U12 8-a-side PAIRS. We want to build on the success of
All Stars and All Stars+ and possibly run an U10 soft ball team. Action: JB/RG to enter the above teams
for County Leagues next season.
10.Date for AGM: Late March/Early
April once Senior Nets have started.
11.AOB: Funding training for members. It was agreed
that SW be funded to attend one of the Coach Support Worker Courses in the
Spring. It was agreed that the Club would 50:50 fund the cost of the Umpire
Training Courses in the Spring. Action:
SW and SB book courses and Club reimburse agreed costs.
XI Season Review 2018 –
The story of how the 2nds finished Second!
May (P3 W1 D1 L1 A1)
·The first game of the season was
disappointing. A soggy outfield and a 10 man team (lacking some of our senior
players) led to a 5 wicket defeat away at West Malvern. The home fixture
against Himley showed a significant improvement with JBB (72) and JMc (38)
leading the way with a century opening partnership. However the visitors showed
no signs of chasing their target of 214, only managing a miserable 122-5 (Tej
3-19) and the game petered out into a bore draw. The trip to Tenbury brought
MCC their first victory of the year as they successfully chased down 222. Once
again JBB was in good form with 82 but it was left to Goose (38 ret.) and TB
(16*) to see the Dinkies home. Not before the last minute drama of Goose deflected
a full toss into his face with 2 runs needed to win. Thankfully, after a visit
to the hospital next door, there was no serious damage except to his looks!
Daughter Katie insisted he wear a helmet in the future and that he has done!
June (P5 W4 L1)
·After heavy overnight rain the game
at Malvern favoured the bowlers. MCC restricted the home side to 116-7 (SB
3-17) at 57-0 the game seemed over but the loss of 7 wickets for 20 runs left
the result in the balance. However Butler Snr and Jnr nudged us home with 8
overs to spare. The trip to Hanley brought another good win with JBB (59) and
Goose (54) laying the foundations for a score of 223. Hanley made a good fist
of the run chase and victory was largely due to Shaz’s 4-18 off 9 overs. The
winning run came to an end at home to Stourbridge as the Martlets fell 22 runs
short of their target of 203. Once again JBB (49) and Shaz (3-36) were the star
performers. Next up was Romsley with SB taking charge of his first game as
skipper. He decided to insert the opposition, a bold move, but the gamble
worked and the home team made only 180 with TB (3-19) mopping up the tail. The
game was set up for PB, returning for his first game of the year, to take
centre stage. His rapid 97 seemed to have done the job but a mini middle order
collapse left JK (29*) to see us over the line. Last up this month were
Claverley, riding high at the top of the league. Once again tight bowling by
MCC kept the visitors in check and left us chasing 183. Early wickets gave
Claverley hope but Goose (79*) and Sweetie (39) secured victory with an
excellent century partnership against a good attack.
July (P3/4 W1 L3)
·A certain football match put paid the
game against Halesowen! However a local derby against Hallow promised a more
fruitful outcome when Tej dismissed their main batter for a duck. The Dinkies
made further inroads into their batting line up (SB 3-26) but dropped catches left
us chasing 217. Fast out of the traps JBB and JMc rattled up 50 in no time but
a mix up between club stalwarts JBB & Goose led to the former being run
out. Goose quickly followed for a duck but Sweetie (53) stepped up to the plate
with his best knock of the season. The tail wagged as an unlikely win was on
the cards until JW steered the ball straight to cover point with six needed
from 10 balls. Back at Jewry Field the home team were shoddy in the field (52
extras) and West Malvern rattled up 270, although it was great to see MK (2-32)
back in a Martley shirt again. MCC were always a bit behind the clock and lost
wickets at regular intervals, eventually finishing 39 runs short on their
target. However they had gained maximum bonus points from the game which turned
out to be very important at the end of the season. The trip to Himley proved to
be a pivotal moment of the season and marked the start of a seven match winning
streak. JBB filled his boots for a personal best of 152 and Ben Court (40*)
also joined the party as the Dinkies reached 328-7. Poor Himley never had a
chance once a rain shower cost them seven overs and we ran out easy winners by
August (P4 W4)
·The return fixture against Tenbury
will live a long in the memory of DL. Arriving at the wicket with Martley
struggling at 50 odd for 4 at drinks, he played the most accomplished knock of
his life. He eventually reached his century (104*) in the last over of the
innings, ably supported by Shaz (53). In reply, the visitors were blown away by
Tej (3-13) and Shaz (4-21) and bowled out for only 61. Away to Averley, batting
first, MCC once again scored over 250 for the third match in a row. This time
the runs were shared around with newcomer DK (52*) top scoring. As the weather
deteriorated we rattled through our overs and managed to get a result via WCL’s
version of Duckworth/Lewis. Next up were Malvern and it was a case of ‘deju-vu’
in another low scoring game. Malvern only managed 110 with MK (3-29) and WD
(2-13) the stand out bowlers. Martley’s reply started badly when JBB holed out
in the first over, wickets fell steadily and we were in trouble at 58-6.
However AJ (36*) along with ‘Boycott’ Butler (16*) at the other end secured the
victory. Another ton, this time by RB, pulled off a great win against Hanley.
Initially MCC seemed in control as Hanley slumped to 120 odd for 6 (MK 3-40)
but a century partnership for the 7th wicket left the home team
chasing 254. SW (24) and RB (130*) started well putting a 100 on the board
without loss. By now RB was ‘huffing and puffing’ a bit so he decided to score
most of his runs in boundaries. The game was still very much in the balance
when JMc (28*) joined him to knock off the winning runs with 3 overs to spare.
September (P3 W2 L1)
·Confusion at Stourbridge, over the
start time, led to MCC conceding the toss with only six players at the ground!
However this Martley team is resilient and regrouped quickly, even though the
skipper and v-c were on holiday. Stourbridge were held to 151 with MK (3-27)
and OB (2-6) doing most of the damage. Emergency keeper RG (57) opened up with
SW (35) and racked up a century stand which set the Dinkies up for a
comfortable victory with 15 overs to spare. After six wins on the bounce we
were up to third and in sight of a top two finish. However we were up against
Romsley, just a few points behind us in fourth place, and very much ‘in the
mix’ for promotion. As in the earlier fixture SB was skipper. He called
correctly, inserted the opposition and put faith in his (largely) young bowling
attack. They delivered, bowling out the visitors for 126. As the weather
improved, and with AB in the side, the target felt very reachable. However as
‘The Don’ well knows even the mighty can have an off-day and so it was to be
for young AB. Suddenly 127 seemed a long way away as we were five down for less
than 70. But once again the lower middle order saw us home. TJ (29) top scored
with DK and SB eking out the winning runs. When news broke that West Malvern
had lost we were in 2nd place with the outside possibility of
winning the division!
·The Final Game: Table topping
Claverley were our opponents but with a 22 point deficit to make up JMc had to
bat first when he won the toss. MCC lost both openers without scoring but a
rebuild job was under way before Goose (28) hold out at extra-cover from a ball
that would have been called a wide! Further contributions from JMc (31), Shaz
(39) and JA (29) posted a fair score of 175 but the loss of eight wickets meant
Claverley had secured 3 bowling points to make their position at the top of the
table unassailable. There was still much to play for as the Dinkies needed a
win to secure second place. Sadly it was not to be as their openers took a
liking to our left-arm bowlers and raced 50 in no time. Tej plugged away bravely
and OB continued to show great composure playing senior cricket but Claverley
ran out comfortable winners by 7 wickets. As the team retreated to the pub they
eagerly waited for news from West Malvern, whilst watching Worcester in the T20
final. Dazzler posted on facebook that he’d been told they had lost but it
wasn’t until 10am on Sunday that the West Malvern result was confirmed and we
could celebrate our success. Bravo!
FOR SIMON BUTLER'S EXCELLENT REVIEW OF THE JUNIORS SEASON GO TO THE JUNIORS PAGE.
AS SIMON SAYS WELL DONE TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED ORGANISE, COACH, TRANSPORT AND GENERALLY GOT STUCK IN TO GET THE YOUNGSTERS PLAYING THE GAME.