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Mike Jackson Funeral Arrangements

Simon has asked me to share the details of the arrangements for Mike’s funeral.

The service will be Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Rayleigh at 1pm on 27th February. Afterwards there will be a reception at Rochford Hundred Golf Club from 3pm.

Address details:
Holy Trinity - Rayleigh Parish Centre, Rectory Garth, Rayleigh, SS6 8BB
Rochford Hundred Golf Club - Hall Road, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS4 1NW

I will pass on further details as I get them but if you have any questions in the meantime, please let me know.

Bill Foley; Friday 31st January 2020 @ 1306

Mike Jackson

It is my sad duty to share with you the news that Mike Jackson passed away this morning. Mike was the longest serving member of Mount making his debut as a player in the early 60s and remained an Honorary Member of the club up until his death. He began a long family association with Mount CC that has been carried on for many years by our President, Simon and his family - wife Ros and children David and Grace. Our thoughts and best wishes are with them at this time.

Many of you will have known Mike very well over the years and will I’m sure will wish to pay your respects. As and when funeral arrangements are made, I will pass these on in accordance with the family’s wishes.

Bill Foley; Monday 20th January 2020 @ 1056

Indoor League Round Up / Alleyn Court Former Pupils Golf Day

A very belated Happy New Year to you all. A couple of items to catch you up on. The team has been battling away in the South Essex Indoor League competition and after a couple of narrow defeats to Leigh II (5 runs) and Civic Centre (8 runs), we rounded off 2019 with our first win in the competition, beating Eastwood by 11 runs. This leaves us mid-table as we approach the halfway point in the season and our next game is against Canewdon and is whatever the cricket equivalent of a “six pointer”. That takes place next Weds 22nd, 7.30 start at WHSB. The boys have more than held their own in our first season and it has proved to be great fun too. Keep it up chaps!

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On a separate point, I have been asked to circulate the message below re the Alleyn Court Former Pupils Golf day – if you’re an ACFP and interested in going along get in touch with Anthony Norman as per his message.

Alleyn Court Former Pupils Annual Golf Day – Monday 8th June 2020

After the disappointment of missing out last year due to the torrential rain and flooding, I am writing to let you know that the Alleyn Court Former Pupils Golf Day will be held this year on Monday 8th June, at Thorpe Hall Golf Club, who have looked after us so well in the last few years.

I am pleased to say that the cost will be similar to those quoted last year, though possibly a little more, to take into account the food price rises that have occurred during the past 12 months. I will let you know the exact cost when THGC has confirmed this to me.

It was great to have some wives, girlfriends or ‘significant others’ playing the year before last and they will be most welcome again this year – either as players or accompanying you for the day or possibly just the meals.

I attach the entry form for this year which I should be grateful if you would return to me as soon as possible so we can get an early indication of numbers.

I don’t require any money at this point, but I will be writing again about a month before the event asking for your money! If you have any queries please e-mail me or telephone me on the number below.

I very much look forward to seeing you again on 10th June.

And.......................please pass this e-mail on to any other Alleyn Court Former Pupils who you know – all of whom will be most welcome.

Bill Foley; Friday 17th January 2020 @ 1605

AGM 2019

The Club AGM is this Sunday (Dec 1st) and will be held at the Pavilion at ACG. Proceedings will get under way at 10.30 and all are very welcome. There will likely adjourn to a nearby hostelry afterwards to get the Christmas celebrations off to an early start.

The agenda is attached and I look forward to seeing you then.

Bill Foley; Tuesday 26th December 2019 @ 2326

Captain's Log, Star Date 811- 2019

I hope you are well and enjoyed/managed to avoid Halloween and Guy Fawkes depending upon your preferences. Despite the 2019 season being well behind us and 2020’s first fixture still 177 days a way, we have not been idle here at Mount CC and there are a surprising number of things to update you on during this normally fallow period.

Indoor Cricket League

First, there will actually be some MCC cricket this winter as we have entered the local indoor cricket league. Fixtures are held at Westcliff HS for Boys on Wednesdays at either 7.30 or 8.30pm and our first game is next week (13th Nov) vs Leigh 2s. The six a side format is fast and furious and should be good fun. I will send the full fixture list in due course. If you would like to play or come a long and watch, drop me a line.

Bootcamp

Last year’s pre-season training proved so popular that I have finally caved in to much nagging and agreed to start these sessions earlier than last year and run them throughout the winter. We kick-off this Sunday (10th Nov) at 10am at AC’s Sports Hall with a gentle session to ease everyone back into things....honest! Once again I will be acting as “torturer in chief” and at some point some indoor cricket and football will no doubt break out. Do please feel free to come along and blow away a few cobwebs and get yourself in shape ahead of the Christmas onslaught. Please let me know if you are planning to join us.

2020 Season Fixtures

I am delighted to say that despite some understandable initial pessimism following the all too frequent failure by some of our opposition to raise a side last year, we have a revitalised fixture list in place for 2020. There are some new names on there with some interesting places for us to visit , some new sides coming to the ACG as well as some encounters with old friends and regulars. I expect the full list to be completed very soon and would like to thank Toby Duffin for his excellent work in pulling together a really exciting looking schedule. The finalised list will be announced at the AGM. Which brings me neatly on to...

2019 AGM

This will be held at the ACG Pavilion at 10.30am on Sunday 1st December. Everyone is welcome to come along and hear what on earth the Committee has been up to and to share your views on where we are going wrong, what we should be doing better and how on earth Montellier won two trophies last season. Seriously, we welcome and value your views, and new voices always help to keep things fresh. There will be more details to follow including the agenda but I can reveal that there will very likely be the opportunity to raise a seasonal glass or 3 afterwards.

2020 Tour Options Survey

Following the cancellation of 2019’s tour to Somerset and the need to shorten the tour the year before, we are considering what we should do with regard to touring next year and beyond. As a committee, we have been discussing whether the club should continue with the tour in its current format, try an amended, possibly shorter format again, consider alternative touring options or just call it a day. However, regardless of our thoughts on what might work best, if we fail to generate sufficient support in terms of player numbers, none of the options will be viable. We have therefore put together a short survey asking players to opine on these ideas and this will be (may already have been) circulated. If you have not received this yet and would like to, please get in touch. We will extend the survey to non-players/supporters once we have received the players input, if appropriate.

...and finally...

A huge thank you to all those of you who sent me birthday wishes upon the sad news of the club skipper no longer being a member of the youth set up at Mount. I spent a fabulous birthday week in Thailand with Simone and the girls and it was so nice to hear from so many Mounties. It was only the second and, very likely, the last time I’ll get to “raise my bat” as a Mount player but thanks again for your messages.

Bill Foley; Friday 8th November 2019 @ 1321

Mount CC 2019 Awards Dinner

We held the 2019 season awards dinner at Masoom restaurant in Thorpe Bay on Weds 9th October. A huge thank you to all those who came along for what proved to be an enjoyable and successful evening. Particular thanks are due to Helen and Ilan Frankel for organising the event and coordinating the evening with our hosts; to Anita Hair for her efforts on the night and afterwards in managing the finances; to Ellen Montellier for doing such a splendid job selling raffle tickets and to Will Wilcox and our shirt sponsor, Mrs Foley for donating raffle prizes.

The food was excellent and it was great to have the chance to catch up with so many Mounties with the season now an increasingly distant memory. The conversation flowed as easily as the excellent Indian beers and following dinner and the raffle draw, it was time for myself and the President to move onto the main business of the evening – the awards presentations.

The Batting Trophy for the club’s leading run scorer was awarded to Ilan Frankel who had another excellent season with the willow making 2 centuries among a total of 324 runs at an average of 162! An extraordinary total in a season where we had so few fixtures and a deserved return for his continuing hard work. It was also evidence that the net session llan and I attended at Lord’s in pre-season paid off for one of us!

This year’s proud recipient of the Bowling Trophy was Justin Montellier who saw off a long list of competitors to end the season as our leading wicket taker – finishing one wicket ahead of Anish Lukose and 2 ahead of a cluster of others. Among Justin’s wicket haul this season the highlight was his first “5 fer” for the club in the away fixture at Canewdon.

The David Thomas Cup is awarded for the season’s outstanding performance and with so many tremendous individual performances in 2019, this proved to be a very difficult decision which DT and I discussed at great length. In addition to Monty’s 5fer, there were also 5 wicket hauls for Anish Lukose vs Canewdon at home (5/33); and a devastating spell of bowling on debut from Amaal Ahmad saw him record 5/17 away to a WOSCC XI including a 3 wicket maiden which leaves Amaal starting his next game on a hat-trick! There were contenders amongst our batsman too with Ilan recording 125 and 125no (both vs Canewdon) and Ged William’s 118 ret’d all worthy of consideration. However, David eventually settled on Richard Green’s 107no vs Old Westcliffian’s in our first fixture of the season. This innings featured both stylish shot making and big hitting and kept us in a game that otherwise would have been well beyond us. It was a pleasure to watch and the DT Cup is well deserved.

The Players’ Player of the Year award is, as the name suggests, chosen by the players - those having played the qualifying number of games making up both the candidate list and the electorate. The President acts as the returning officer and reported a very tight vote throughout the polling period. However, one name sneaked ahead in the last days of the poll to take the win. Once again our congratulations and a second award of the night went to Justin Montellier. Clearly humbled and embarrassed by the recognition of his efforts afforded him by these awards, this quiet and unassuming man made little or no fuss upon receiving either of his trophies!

I was delighted to receive the Ken White Cup for overall contribution - many thanks to those who voted for me. It means a great deal particularly as I know that we are blessed with many people who go out of their way for the good of the club. Their efforts are greatly appreciated and they all deserve recognition.

Thanks once again to all for making it a tremendous evening and congratulations to all of our award winners.

It may be “off-season” but we never close at Mount CC! The 2020 season fixture list is almost complete. There are plans afoot for at least one pre-Christmas social event as well the upcoming AGM in early December. Our popular winter fitness camp returns on November 9th and your skipper turns 50 soon! More details of most of these things to follow soon.

Get warmed up the first game is less than 200 days away!

Bill Foley; Friday 18th October 2019 @ 1939

Mount CC 2019 Awards Dinner

Just a quick reminder that we have our 2019 season awards dinner next week at Masoom , Thorpe Bay Broadway. We will be recognising the achievements of the players this year and it should be a lot of fun. If you would like to join us please let me know asap.

The cost is £20 per head but I am pleased to advise that or members of our Players’ Subscription Scheme, this cost will be covered by the club.

Family and friends most welcome and I look forward to seeing you there.

Go (out for a curry) Mounties!

Bill Foley; Tuesday 1st October 2019 @ 1202

End of Season Awards Dinner

With the stop-start 2019 season now finished, its time to mark the achievements of our loyal band of merry men who did their best to help us get a side out every week even if sometimes circumstances were against us. When we did manage to find some opposition to play against, there were some outstanding individual and team performances which deserve recognition.

This year’s awards dinner will be held at Masoom Restaurant in Thorpe Bay Broadway on 9th October (likely 7.30 for 8pm tbc). All are welcome and the cost will be around £20 per head (drinks extra).

The cost of the meal will be subsidised for members of our players monthly subscription scheme, junior and student players, club officials and those non-playing members/supporters who have been generous enough to either make a one-off donation to the club this season or are members of our monthly “supporters scheme”. Full details of the adjusted prices for those it applies to, will follow shortly.

It would be great to see as many of you there as possible and it should be a lot of fun. Please let me know if you would like to come along asap so we can manage numbers etc with the restaurant.

Bill Foley; Tuesday 24th September 2019 @ 1825

Mount 6 a side Tournament, Sunday 18th August 2019. 1130 start.

Just a quick note to remind you that our 6 a side tournament will be held on Sunday at the ACG, with play getting under way as close to 11.30 am as possible. There will be food and drinks available at very reasonable prices throughout as well as a feast of cricket. We would love to see you there to cheer on both the Mount sides as well as our noble opposition.

The winners will pick up the Terence Hair Cup and I hope many of you will come along to lend your support.

Please drop me a quick message (email or text – details below) if you can make it so we can ensure all are adequately catered for.

Bill Foley; Thursday 15th August 2019 @ 1859