All the recent surveys done by the ECB and Surrey show that a key determinant of player enjoyment of the game is having competent umpires.
In order to encourage this the Surrey Championship is prepared to reimburse clubs with the cost of attendance at a ECB ACO Level 1 Training Course held in Surrey (£50) of any member of their club who in the following season umpires in at least 3 League matches for that club. The fee includes sitting the ECB ACO Level 1 exam (which is optional and held shortly after the course), which if passed gives the official ECB ACO Umpiring Level 1 qualification.
These courses are held in the New Year and there are 4 available in Surrey, which are detailed below:
Old Woking CC – 8 Wednesdays starting January 14 – 19.30-22.00. Apply online at http://www.wsacus.co.uk/tr_
Saturday 15th November was the occasion of the Annual Cricket Ball, held at Sutton Green Golf Club. Forty five of the club’s finest were in attendance and a great night was had by all. An enormous thanks must go to Helen Smith who organised the whole event and in particular sourced over thirty prizes for the raffle. The raffle raised over £500 through the generosity of those present.
David and Elize Rushton were the winners of the 1st prize of two BA tickets to anywhere in Europe, courtesy of our colts sponsors, GTM. For those who don’t know David, he managed our U10s last year and Elize is regularly to be found helping out with the colts too. George & Noreen Grafton won the 2nd prize of Champagne Tea for Two at the Radisson in Guildford, courtesy of our new sponsors, Barlow Robbins and Andrew and Laila Statham were delighted to win the 3rd prize of a case of wine, donated by Stephen Wernberg. Thanks must also go to all those who donated raffle prizes, including many local businesses and a number of our members.
One other particular note of thanks is to Vince and Tom, who ran the disco for the first time this year. Vince is father to one of last year’s U8s and we were delighted to secure their services.
The club is sad to announce the death of Colin Warrington. Colin played for W&HCC from the 1960s until the 1980s when he rejoined Camberley. Some of our current senior players will have played against him in our traditional Wimbledon men's final day fixture in the early 90s.
Colin played alongside our own President, Peter Murphy. "I played quite a bit of cricket with Colin and remember doing so with much pleasure as he was someone who played the game with a smile on his face. There are a few other things which stand out in my mind about Colin, firstly that he had a bit of a superstition about batting at number 5 in the order and was uncomfortable about taking up any other position, that said, another of my memories is that he had a little spell of opening the batting in his early time at the Club and that he was my opening partner (and dominated the scoring!) in one of the biggest partnerships I was involved in in the whole of my playing career.
Finally, Colin never took the field without a packet of polos and cheerfully shared them with the team in the huddle after a wicket had fallen. We have been poor at keeping stats at the Club but Colin would have racked up a fair number over his years at W&H and the game was never dull when he was batting."
The club would like to pass on their sincerest condolences to Colin's family at this sad time.
There were a few changes at the 2014 AGM as several long standing members left their roles. George Grafton left his role as Treasurer to be replaced by Janice Woods and Matt Lock and Steve Wernberg resigned as 3rd and 4th XI captains. As most of us knew already, Matt proved to be irreplacable whereas Tom Harlow will take over from Steve.
We are also pleased to announce that this year we will have a Cricket Chairman as last year's successful 2nd XI captain Phil West, takes on the job.
Tim Keene also joins the management committee replacing the aforementioned Lock and James Williams.
Thank you very much indeed to those who have put in such loyal service over the years.
This year's line up:
President – Peter Murphy
Chairman – Peter Smith
Secretary – Trevor Woods
Treasurer – Janice Woods
Membership Secretary – Tom Harlow
Bar Chairman – Jack Allen
Cricket Chairman – Phil West
Welfare Officer – David Barter
Colts Chairman – Mike Tiplady
Sponsorship/Fundraising – Nick Tune
Building & House Chairman – Matt Allan
Communications Manager – Andrew Murphy
Social Secretary – Mark Worgan
Ground Chairman - Vacant
And 2 further committee members, Damien Honey and Tim Keene
1s – James Woods
2s – Phil West
3s – TBC
4s – Tom Harlow
5s – Dave Lane
1s – Johnny Ayling
2s – Dave Lane
Cricket Secretary Sagar Nayar
Fixtures Secretary – Ramesh Parthasarathy
League Rep – Dave Gibney
The final Saturday of the season saw the annual W&HCC Awards Night take place. The evening celebrates the weird and wonderful of the season recognising the achievements of certain individuals. It has been a difficult season for many but there are several players who really have excelled this year. To add to this, Matt Allan has worked tirelessly on the clubhouse renovation project and thoroughly deserves his clubman of the year award. Congratulations to all of the winners:
1stXI player: Qaiser Nawaz
2ndXI player: Angus Hargan
3rdXI player: Mandar Khedekar
4thXI player: Sharath Vasu
5thXI player: Vir Singh
Sun 1stXI player: Jack Allen
Sun 2ndXI player: Sagar Nayyar
Newcomer: Vikram Singh
Bowler: Phill West
Batsman: Vaibhav Bhade
Young Player: Qasim Asghar
Fielder: Mark Worgan
Clubman: Matt Allan