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WoSCC CHAIRMAN’S NEWSLETTER – END-MAY 2021

Dear Members / Players / Socialites

As I write this newsletter the sun has come out and I am considering leaving my anorak at home!

The bar is open now but we continue to follow restrictions. For the time being, we will keep the bar open in the home dressing room on Fridays as this works so well on these very busy nights, so the players can use the away dressing room for now. 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. It is critically important that we follow the Coronavirus requirements both in terms of players and attending the Club, whether that be the bar or nets or matches. In summary, this is about safety and respect for your fellow Club members, so we are all responsible for our own and our other members’ safety, not just relying on Club officers or the people who run the bar. Sound common sense prevailed last year and, so far, has continued into 2021.

All the sides have started well with competitive games and generally good results. The First Team have only lost once in a game where Duckworth Lewis was used and probably dictated the result, but in the past few weeks we have beaten our local rivals twice – once in the Cup and in the League, so that was very satisfying. 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.

Current League tables (including yesterday’s matches) are as follows:

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1st XIs P W D L A C Pts.
Wickford 4 4 0 0 0 0 80
Leigh-on-Sea 4 3 0 1 0 0 66
Westcliff-on-Sea 3 0 1 0 0 65
2nd XIs P W D L A C Pts.
Westcliff-on-Sea 4 2 0 2 0 0 54
Epping 4 2 0 0 0 2 52
Leigh-on-Sea 4 2 0 0 0 2 52
3rd XIs P W D L A C Pts.
Westcliff-on-Sea 4 3 0 0 0 1 66
Stanford-le-Hope 4 3 0 1 0 0 66
Harold Wood 4 2 0 2 0 0 51
4th XIs P W D L W/0 A/C Pts.
Benfleet 4 3 0 0 0 1 66
Leigh-on-Sea 4 3 0 1 1 0 64
Horndon-on-Hill 4 3 0 1 0 0 60
Westcliff-on-Sea 4 2 0 1 0 1 51

We have established the 5th XI at Belfairs Park, and they have had some very tight games and have hugely enjoyed themselves. Mickie D is doing a great job and who knows we might have to consider a 6th XI in the high Summer?

The Midweek League team have played a number of games and are going well.

Turning to our plan to refurbish the Chalkwell Park Nets, we continue to look at the options and achieving a good medium- term solution. For the time being and at least until June, the 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 6:30pm to 8:30pm – details in the weekly news-sheet.

On the issue of grants, we are now looking at securing a grant towards re-opening Youth cricket and have in mind some summer events specifically for that group of players – more news to follow.

Recruitment has gone very well, not just in numbers but quality of new players. At the last count we were at over two hundred Youth players which is the highest ever, and we have had to close the books on certain age groups. I must pay due notice and thanks to the Youth managers and helpers and once again Friday night youth coaching has been a great success.

Thanks to the few adults who have paid their annual subs and the discounted period has now expired. If you have not paid, then please do so, but the good news is that we have a very good response so far. If players remain unpaid at the end of June, then we will not consider you for selection. Details as follows:

Category of Membership Subscription/Donation
Life Member
Vice President
Senior Playing Member £160*
Social Playing^ Member £60
Other Social/Non-Playing Member £40
Unwaged/Student# Playing Member £80

In that regard, the new shirts are largely distributed, and the teams look excellent in them this week with our new sponsors’ logo(s) this season – MCL Accountants and Lionmede Wealth Management.

In the past few days, we have cleared out thirty years of old clothing, equipment and general left-overs from all those seasons, so we have more storage space and room to move! Thanks to Al (again), Jerry Lawford, Nigel Weller and the author for getting this long overdue job done.

We had an extremely enjoyable Lunch on Saturday 22nd May with the opportunity to meet friends and supporters in the Pavilion. We are looking at running another event in a few weeks but will give you plenty of notice. A great job by Al Hurley.

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 is now moving into summer mode (with a coat in reserve).

YOUNGERS