Teamsheet: Mount vs Old Westcliffians @ Chalkwell Park, Sunday 5th May 2019. 1330 Start.

Well the wait is almost over – Mount return to action on Sunday vs Old Westcliffians at Chalkwell Park. Start is at 1.30pm - can all players be there by 1pm please. The team selected is as follows:

  1. W. Foley
  2. D. Summers
  3. S. Jackson
  4. D. Jackson
  5. D. Mackay
  6. S. Johnson
  7. R. Green
  8. W. Green
  9. T. Duffin
  10. P. Offord
  11. V. Vayalveettil

Standby: P. Southward, M. Hare, P. McKeon

Can all players who are not members of the monthly subscription scheme, ensure they bring their £10 match fee (£5 for under 18s).

For our loyal band of spectators, I hope you are able to come along and support the team for our first outing of 2019. The bar will be open all day.

I hope to se you there.

Bill Foley; Thursday 2nd May 2019 @ 1734

1 month to go!

Good afternoon all,

I hope you are well. With today being the first day of the County Championship season and also marking one month until our first fixture, it seemed an opportune time to give you an update.

The 2019 season fixtures are now on the website and fixture cards have been printed – I will look to distribute these on an ad hoc basis as and when I bump into people. If you wish to take a few for onward distribution, please get in touch.

Our first game of the season is against Old Westcliffians on 5th May at Chalkwell Park and we follow this up with our first home game of the season, hosting Canewdon at the ACG on 12th May. Players, please mark your diaries for these games, (and do take a look at the full fixture list) as I will be in touch shortly regarding your availability for the first few games.

Pre-season training sessions have proved popular once again and these will continue on Sundays until the season starts. We also hope to start outdoor nets either during, or shortly after the Easter holidays.

If you are not already a member of the players’ match fee scheme, I urge you to sign up asap. This excellent scheme costs just £10 per month and provides a huge boost to the club’s coffers. Other benefits for members include:

  • Membership covers regular season match fees,
  • Scheme members are also exempt from match fees on tour (new for 2019),
  • Discounts on club events e.g. awards dinner

We also launched a “Friends of Mount CC” scheme this year. This allows non-players, supporters and spectators to make a small regular donation, at their discretion, to further help the club finances. It is completely optional and we appreciate your consideration.

If you would like details of either scheme and how to sign up, please get in touch with our Treasurer, Anita Hair, or myself.

We are planning a pre-season “clean up” at the ground followed by a bbq - the likely date is 28th April (tbc), full details to follow. If you would be interested in coming along to help get the place in order and to be rewarded with a bite to eat and a beer or 2, please get in touch.

I have booked a few tickets for the “Vitality Blast” T20 fixture between Essex and Kent on August 30th and I have a small number left. If you would be interested, please get in touch. The tickets are £30 each and will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis.

Time to start limbering up!

All the best and of course...

...Go Mounties!

Bill Foley; Friday 5th April 2019 @ 1608

Mount T20 Outing - Essex vs Kent

We are planning an outing to the Essex vs Kent T20 Blast fixture on 30th August 2019. Start time is 6.30pm. Adult tickets are £30 each. If you would like to join us for what is always a fun evening, please let me know asap.

Bill Foley; Saturday 9th March 2019 @ 2223

AGM Minutes, 2019 Fixtures Announced

I hope you are well and enjoying the cricket-like weather.

Please find attached the minutes of the Mount CC 2018 AGM. Also attached are the club accounts, the 2018 Captain’s Report and the 2019 Fixture List. Many thanks to our Honorary Secretary, Stewart Orrock for compiling the minutes; Clive Lambert, our out-going Treasurer for the accounts, and to Toby Duffin for putting the fixtures together.

More news for you soon as the new season approaches.

Bill Foley; Friday 15th February 2019 @ 1340

Mount CC Newsletter - February 2019

Hello Mount Members and Followers!

The season is less than 3 months away and already activity on the playing side has increased with fixtures confirmed and pre-season training sessions underway. Following a recent meeting the Committee agreed to some improvements to the facilities at the ACG. These include a new storage shed and some long overdue replacement chairs which should improve things for spectators. We are also looking to purchase a defibrillator for the club to be stored in the Pavilion. We obviously hope never to use it but these incredible pieces of kit really can save lives. We hope these additions will add to the "Mount Experience" for all concerned.

In agreeing to purchase these items the Committee was conscious that such improvements come at a cost. In recent times most of the club's funding has come from our highly successful Players’ Subscription Scheme. This costs £10 per month and carries a number of benefits for those who participate. This has allowed us to keep the financial side of the club on an even keel under the stewardship of our out-going Treasurer, Clive Lambert, who hands over the reins to Anita Hair who I know will do an excellent job.

As the Players’ scheme has been so successful, we felt it would be a good idea to offer non-playing friends and supporters of Mount the opportunity to participate in a similar scheme should they wish to do so. This scheme would of course be completely voluntary and any amount donated would be at your discretion, although our suggested amount is £5 per month. Collection would be by monthly direct debit in order to keep the administration to a minimum but, should you wish to pay annually or make a one-off donation, these options will also be available. If the scheme is a success, it is our intention to offer some benefits to participants and possibly to establish a prize draw in line with schemes run by other clubs and organisations.

There are number of ways you can make a payment.

One way is to complete the attached standing order mandate which contains the club's bank details. This needs to be signed and dated by the account holder and either delivered to Anita or to your bank directly.

Alternatively, setting up a regular direct debit or one-off payment is very simple. The easiest way is via electronic banking, where you can pledge your amount and pay to the Mount bank account (details of the account are on the attached mandate).

If you have any questions please contact Anita, myself or Bill.

Looking forward to the 2019 season and seeing many of you then! Look out for more news nearer the start of the season.

Best, Simon

Simon Jackson; Sunday 10th February 2019 @ 1917

Mount Tour 2019

This is an update for the 2019 tour which starts on Sunday 21st July and we depart on Thursday 25th July after breakfast.

We had a committee meeting recently at which it was decided to have a four day tour in 2019 which was endorsed at the AGM last Sunday. It was also decided that it would be easier if tourists booked their own accommodation and the general feeling of the AGM was that we should stick to the ‘Windmill, which is £80.00 for a single room and 150.00 for a twin. There are B and B’s locally and I can help quote you on these. Please let me know where and when you have booked.

The fixtures are:
Sunday 21st v Dunster 1.30pm (followed by barbecue at Derek’s house as last year)
Monday 22nd v Bagborough 1.30pm
Tuesday 23rd v Timberscoombe
Wednesday 24th v Kilve 1.00pm (with an all day running barbecue provided)

We seek a few more players from Westcliff CC as usual. Ladies and friends are all welcome. Please contact me on any tour matter

David Thomas; Thursday 6th December 2018 @ 1001

Mount AGM 2018

Dear All,

The Mount CC Annual General Meeting will be held at the pavilion, Alleyn Court School, Wakering Road, at 5pm on Sunday 2nd December.

An agenda is attached and I hope as many as possible will be able to attend.

Stewart Orrock; Tuesday 20th November 2018 @ 1625

End of Season Awards Dinner

Our end of season dinner and awards night will be held on 10th October at RedChilliez Restaurant, 629 London Road, Westcliff (7.30 pm for 8pm ).The restaurant offers South Indian delicacies and has put together an excellent menu for just £20 per head. The club will be offering a discount to “subscription scheme” members and 2018 season players and officials.

In addition to the fabulous cuisine, we will also be presenting trophies for the leading bowler, leading batsman, Players’ Player of the Year, the David Thomas trophy for outstanding performance and the Ken White Cup for outstanding contribution. There maybe some other special awards and hopefully a few surprises too. It looks like being a fun evening but we will need your support to ensure this and we would love to see there so please let me know asap if you would like to come along.

2018 was a great season, let’s see it off with a bang.

Bill Foley; Friday 28th September 2018 @ 1005

Tri-Series Cup / Awards Dinner

We closed out the 2018 season with a fabulous day at Chalkwell Park, where the sun shone and a good time was had by all. Mount were victorious, defeating Old Westcliffians and a hastily thrown together WOSCC side to retain the Nick Clough trophy. Afterwards, we even had time for a 10 over thrash between two scratch sides just for fun. Our thanks to WOSCC for hosting, Peter Shaw for organising the OW side, Clarissa for scoring, Stewart for officiating and to everyone who came along and made it such a good day.

The season has now ended but before we begin our winter hibernation, a few notices for you. First, the annual awards dinner is in the final planning stages and we are hoping that it will go ahead on either the 2nd or 3rd October – possibly the following week but details to follow soon. Would all current trophy/cup holders get in touch asap to arrange the return of their prizes. Secondly, in addition to the awards dinner and the AGM (early December), there are a number of social events planned through the off-season and we will announce these as and when details are finalised.

Finally, a huge thank you to all of you – all the players, committee members, officials, Mount supporters, and our families - who permit us to indulge our love for this magnificent game - 2018 has been a successful season for Mount on and off the field and it would not be possible without your efforts and support.

Bill Foley; Friday 21st September 2018 @ 1122

Teamsheet: Nick Clough Tri-Series, Sunday 16th September 2018 @ Chalkwell Park. 1200 Start.

We close out our season with the Tri-Series tournament vs Old Westcliffians and WOSCC. The three teams will do battle for The Nick Clough Cup at The Ground of Legends where greats such as Larwood, Bailey, Gooch, Montellier and many others including my dog Basil have taken the field.

Mount have a strong side and are optimistic of retaining the trophy they took off OW last year. However, two-time winners, Old Westcliffians, in an effort to regain the treasured silverware, appear to have widened their net and qualifying criteria to include anyone who did at some point attend a school. Any school. Anywhere.

WOSCC are great competitors and will no doubt come to win, but are short of players – maybe they thought it was six-a-side again. Anyway, the other teams will no doubt help them out. Some inter-team transfers may be necessary so, despite our numerical strength, any other available players will be welcomed with open arms and, more importantly, an open bar at WOSCC. If you are available, please let me know.

The following are all selected and will, barring injury, all play on Sunday.

  1. W. Foley *
  2. D. Summers
  3. T. Duffin
  4. P. Offord +
  5. S. Jackson
  6. I. Frankel
  7. P. Southward
  8. G. Williams
  9. R. Green
  10. N. Smith
  11. M. Hare
  12. A. Lukose
  13. V. Vayalveettil
  14. D. Mackay

Players to be at the ground by 11.30, earlier if possible so we can get underway asap – light may not be on our side later in the day.

There will be a BBQ running from around the conclusion of game 1 and the bar will be open all day. Players’ families, friends and supporters are most welcome for what should be a great day to close out a great season.

I look forward to seeing you then.

Bill Foley; Tuesday 11th September 2018 @ 1825