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WoSCC CHAIRMAN’S NEWSLETTER – AUGUST 2021 2021

Dear Members / Players / Socialites

Well, July has come and gone and now we are entering the final few weeks of the season with much to look forward to including good weather, I hope.

The Bar is open fully upstairs now but the rule of common-sense will continue to apply especially with attention to social distancing. We publish the guidelines every week and I would ask everyone just to spend a couple of minutes reading them, so we avoid problems – all of us have a duty of care to each other and if you see somebody not following the guidelines then let them know. We will be providing Teas at Chalkwell Park and invite the oppositions to them and asking only for a donation if they wish, which we think is very much in the spirit of cricket.

All the sides have played around two-thirds of their games with our League season finishing in early September. The Firsts have not won enough games to put them in a strong position to challenge as we enter the home straight, and the Seconds have probably drawn more games than they like but remain in a good position. However, the Third and Fourth teams sit at the top of the class as they both lead their Divisions with a handy cushion of points. I would just ask all the players to support their Captains by making themselves available and as early as they can so that selection does not drag on all week.

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1st XIs P W D L A C Pts.
Gidea Park & Romford 12 9 0 1 0 2 206
Leigh-on-Sea 12 7 2 3 0 0 198
Oakfield Parkonians 12 7 1 4 0 0 164
Westcliff-on-Sea 12 6 1 4 0 1 148
Benfleet 12 4 1 7 0 0 127
2nd XIs P W D L A C Pts.
Epping 12 7 2 1 0 2 193
Harlow 12 7 2 2 0 1 176
O.Southend./S’church 12 6 1 4 0 1 157
Westcliff-on-Sea 12 5 3 4 0 0 155
Leigh-on-Sea 12 5 3 2 0 2 141
3rd XIs P W D L A C Pts.
Westcliff-on-Sea 12 8 1 2 0 1 193
West Essex 12 6 2 3 0 1 173
Harold Wood 12 5 2 5 0 0 159
4th XIs P W D L W/0 A/C Pts.
Westcliff-on-Sea 12 9 1 1 0 1 217
Benfleet 12 7 2 2 0 1 174
Hadleigh & Thundersley 12 6 3 3 0 0 154

As regards our non-League sides, the 5th team under the stewardship of Mickie D. have continued their excellent run and have hardly lost a game, while the Sixth team have performed very well in their games. We are running not one but two Sunday teams under the general management of Jerry Lawford and again their results have been very positive.

The Midweek team has completed their League games and have progressed to the semi-final of the Cup competition which I hope will lead to even more success under Dave Hewitt.

The first of the two “Doctors” games took place on 25th July, and another is scheduled to take place on1st August.

As I have told you, Youth cricket is in full flow with well over two hundred signed up and we intend to run cricket Summer events on the mornings of Cricket Week. The events have been planned and will be under the management of James Currell with various helpers and players giving their time to help him. However, we can always do with some more players helping out, particularly the senior players to assist with coaching. .

Last month I told you that the Westcliff Under 11 A Team were in the local T20 final, but we lost the game to Leigh-on-Sea. However, we have not been in the Final for some time so well done to everyone. We also decided to postpone the Youth Awards to September, and I will let you know the date in due course.

Turning to our plan to refurbish the Chalkwell Park Nets, we continue to look at the options but given the huge amount of activity this will most likely be a 2022 project. In the interim, we have extended the Nets for adults so that they will continue to be: – 1st and 2nd team will attend Nets at Alleyn Court on a Thursday evening. For those not in the 1st and 2nd teams, Nets are at Westcliff High School for Boys also on Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – details in the weekly news-sheet.

Cricket Week will commence on 2nd August with fixtures against Oakfield Parkonians, Old Southendian & Southchurch, Leigh-on-Sea, Alleyn Court and the Tim Wade international XI. We will be hosting lunches on the Wednesday (Leigh) and Thursday (Alleyn Court) with excellent take-up (thanks to John Geddes), with teams recently announced. If there are any scorers or umpires willing to help us out, that would be greatly appreciated.

We have had a great season financially and have got down to a very small number of non-sub payers who know who they are and will I hope pay up very soon. You will have heard from us by now so hopefully we can get this paid and resolved. Match Fees are also in a very good place at the half-way point, with very small amounts outstanding. In that connection, we will no longer be accepting cash over the bar as it creates more work for the Club and frankly there are hardly any cash transactions.

As well as offering food on Saturdays and now Teas, Suzi and Toni will also be running afternoon Teas fortnightly at the Club on Fridays for the next month or so, as part of their new Venture “Cherry on Top”. Again, this will lead to greater use of the Pavilion, and I am sure the Teas will be first-class, (see photo attached) so if you are interested, please let them know. Contact numbers are: 07805-010013 or 07487-618153.

We are currently looking at 2022 and what we need to improve to manage the Club as we continue to expand. A lot has changed in the past few years, and we are a much bigger Club in terms of numbers, offering and usage of the Pavilion, which does put a good deal of strain on the resources. So far, the Club, and in particular the Committee , has reacted magnificently with changes which have supported our core values even through a pandemic. However, we will need more pitches, more practice facilities, more coaches and other infrastructure and the Committee will turn their attention to those things in September – if you have any thoughts or ideas, please let us know.

As we change, so we see changes in personnel and Chop has advised me that he will be standing down as Treasurer largely as he doesn’t have the time to give the fast-growing role its required complete focus. He has made a huge contribution in terms of reviewing the ways we manage monies in and out, minimising debt and supporting the Committee and membership to fully understand the financial position. I think that we all know that this role is tough in any Club, but he has set a very high bar for his potential successor, and I thank him very much. Having known him for forty years he would be the first to say that it is important to find a new Treasurer, so if anyone is interested in taking on the role, please let me know.

Another date for your diary is 9th November when we hope to get together for the Annual Dinner.

Lastly, please let me have your views on any issue relating to the Club – I am trying to be inclusive to everyone.

The Chairometer remains in full Summer mode with its sun cream fully coated.

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