2006 - 2007 Season Reports

Annual General Meeting

The Society's AGM was held at Blackpool Cricket Club on Thursday October 12th. Speaker Secretary Doug Wilks was unable to attend the AGM after suffering broken ribs in a recent fall but he sent details of the programme for the 2006 - 07 season. The Treasurer has indicated that the Society will only be able to continue for this season unless more members are recruited and attend the dinners. The Society is making a loss as numbers attending the dinners have fallen. Chairman David Lee has made an appeal to all members. See below.

Chairmans Appeal

Since 1972, the Fylde Coast Cricket Society has been a great source of enjoyment to those of us who have a great interest in the game.

Unfortunately, I have to tell that our Treasurer informs us, this will probably be our last season and that due to lack of members, he can only guarantee to fund this one last season of meetings.

Remember, we are not after profit, but must be able to balance our books at the end of the year and if possible, make some contribution to the game in the Fylde in keeping with the terms of our constitution.

Consequently, the ball is in our half of the wicket, EITHER we can say enough is enough, we've had a good innings and "retire hurt" after this season, OR we can try to do something about it, and reach the "follow on" score.

Both the Treasurer and I are fairly confident that if we can boost our average total (at present 44) to around 60 - that's just two more tables or 20 members and guests - we can survive.

In view of this, I am appealing to you either to interest a new member(s) or bring a guest for at least one of the meetings this season.

I am sure, that like me, you would wish to continue to spend a convivial evening in pleasant company, exchanging reminiscences about this great game of ours. It's "over" to you.

Yours in anticipation,
David Lee

November Meeting

The guest speaker was Darren Maddy who has played for Leicestershire C.C.C. and England and who will be playing for Warwickshire next season. He gave a very amusing account of his worldly travels and of the international cricketers that he has played and come in contact with. He responded extremely well to the cricket questions that were put to him by the club members.
Photo and Report Neville Adams

December Meeting

Fifty eight society members and guests met last night for their Annual Christmas Dinner and following a superb festive meal, Jeff Evans, who was deputizing for an incapacitated Gerry Wolstenholme, presented The Junior Player of the Year Bert Watts Trophy to 17 year old Michael Taylor of Blackpool C.C.

Jeff who is an E.C.B. umpire then gave a brilliant talk, laced with humour, about his passion for the game and his career around the Counties. This was followed by the Christmas Raffle, which owing to the generosity of many members provided a surfeit of prizes to be won.

Many thanks to the various organizers and to the Queens Hotel for the wonderful meal.

January Meeting

Following the death of Speaker Secretary Doug WIlks on January 10th 2007, the meeting for this month was cancelled.

February Meeting

Fresh from his huge success in the one-dayers in Australia, and having only arrived the previous day, Paul Nixon, showing no sign of jet lag, gave the Society a most entertaining talk about his exploits in Oz. And his career in general. We wish him well on his selection for the World Cup Squad and for his future International career.

March Meeting

Owing to a mix up of dates, sadly, Vanburn Holder could not attend the meeting but has promised to speak at a later date, hopefully next season. His shoes were very capably filled at a few hours notice by ex Lancashire captain and England player Warren Hegg, who described his career to us in a very informative yet amusing manner, regaling us with stories of his contemporaries both on and off the field.

This meeting ended the season for us and we all left with the determination that although Doug is sadly no longer with us, the Society will reconvene next season under a very determined committee and faithful membership.

A special thank you must go to Steve Kennedy, Denise Banting, Mike Young and the Wilks family who worked tirelessly during very problematic days, and to the Queens for the wonderful food provided.

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