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Minutes of MCC Committee Meeting 18th November 2018


Present: SD, JB, SB, TC, TV, SW, RG & JMc


1.     Treasurer’s 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


2.    Senior League 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 


3.    Annual 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 compare and then sort out a date with the Pub.


4.    Captains for 2019: 1st X1 nominate James Ganderton and 2nd X1 JMc. Action: to be voted on by Club Members at AGM next Spring.


5.    Senior Practice & Coaching 2019: Steve Magoffin happy to contribute to coaching perhaps with Bowling Master Classes Action: SW to liaise with Steve.


6.    New Net 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.


7.    Jewry Field Winter Groundwork: JB has reduced the size of the square now that we have nets and junior playing facilities at The Chantry School.


8.    Feedback 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 Safeguarding.


9.    Junior 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.



S. Butler



Martley 2nd 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 142 runs.

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!