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 2019which 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

Rearranged Tri - Series Cup - 16th September - Chalkwell Park

Our final fixture of the season will be the rescheduled Tri - Series tournament (postponed from the start of the season) on Sunday 16th September at WOSCC’s pitch in Chalkwell Park. If you are available and haven’t let me know already, please do so asap. I will provide full details as soon as I have them but you can expect that the bar will be open and there will be a BBQ running throughout the afternoon. It should be a great way to close out the season.

There will also be an end of season/awards evening in late Sept/early Oct – date tbc and we hope to bring you more details shortly.

Bill Foley; Monday 27th August 2018 @ 1847

Review: Terence Hair 6-a-side Tournament

I hope you are well and enjoyed a the long weekend. No match report as such this week but a review and some thank yous from last Sunday’s Terence Hair 6 a side tournament.

On the playing side, Mount were able to put 2 sides forward which is a great effort and deserves thanks to the boys for turning out. The “A team” were unlucky to lose their first game vs WOSCC due to some confusion and a miscalculation caused by the over-elaborate scoring system and the “B team”, which was thrown together at the last minute, should be rightly proud of their efforts on the day too. However, it became clear fairly early on that the sides from Alleyn Court and WOSCC were the strongest on show. In their “group” match the scores were tied on 71 runs each from their 5 overs and they always looked likely to meet again in the final.

As the afternoon wore on, the crowds grew at the ACG and the sun came out, the smell of BBQ filling the air – the burgers and sausages cooked to perfection by Head Chef Will Wilcox, assisted by his sous-chef, Richard Hair. The Pimms began to flow and a fun time was had by all. Many thanks to Simone Foley and Louise Duffin for doing such a fine job of running the bar.

The two Mount sides completed their fixtures with a game against each other and opted out of a repeat fixture to determine 3rd/4th place, leaving the stage set for the final. A 10 over final was agreed with WOSCC to bat first. They set an imposing total of 114 leaving AC requiring 11.5 runs per over for the win. Whilst always going along nicely, they never quite got up the required head of steam and some fine bowling and determined fielding by Westcliff saw the run rate climb. In the end they came up some 30 runs short, despite the best efforts of the returning, previously retired Sam Weller. Westcliff, running out very deserving winners.

I would like to thank Tom Baker, the victorious Westcliff captain, Will Wilcox, the non-playing AC skipper as well as Steve Johnson and Dave Summers, who captained the Mount teams for organising their sides and for playing their part in making the day such a success. Many thanks as always to Clarissa and Stewart for scoring and umpiring respectively, particularly in light of the scoring system! Thanks also to all those who helped to first set up, and then clean up the ACG - particularly Toby Duffin, Simon and David Jackson and Dave Summers among many.

Finally, it was fantastic to see so many people at the ACG on the day – enjoying the cricket and catching up with old friends, sharing stories and making the effort to attend Terence’s day. Many thanks to you for coming along, I hope you had an enjoyable day – we saw some excellent cricket, played with a sense of fun and a smile on everyone’s face and that seems very appropriate to me.

Bill Foley; Monday 27th August 2018 @ 1836

Terence Hair 6-a-side Tournament, Sunday 19th August 2017 @ Alleyn Court

Our next event is the Terence Hair 6-a-side tournament on Sunday 19th August. We are hoping for 4 teams of six to play in a round-robin format, with the 2 best performing sides meeting in a final. On the day the BBQ will be fired up and there will be refreshments galore!

Players, please let me know if you would like to take part asap. Non-players, please do come along and enjoy a fun day out in honour of a Mount legend.

It is likely that proceedings will get under way around noon and I will provide details and full timings when I have them.

I very much hope to see many of you there.

Bill Foley; Wednesday 8th August 2018 @ 0933

Mount vs Felsted Robins - Match Report

Good afternoon all,

Mount visited Felsted School on Sunday to face the Robins. The glorious setting and continuing spectacular weather ensured we all arrived in good spirits for what has been a challenging fixture for Mount in the past. Our record of no wins and two convincing defeats did not augur well but, with the sun shining and the backdrop stunning, any trepidation soon gave way to anticipation and excitement.

With the toss lost, it looked like we may have to sweat out the hottest part of the day in the field. However, following some Jedi mind trickery, the Felsted captain agreed that it WAS better that they field – its not just match reports and availability requests you know!

We opened with Charlie Lockhart and Max Dunn who got us off to a cracking start putting on 65 for the first wicket at around 6 per over. Max eventually trapped LBW by the ever youthful Simon Mather, for 30. Simon Jackson joined Charlie, who continued to flourish while the President was struggling to find his touch. Approaching halfway, Charlie reached his 50 and the opposition turned to Mount favourite, Sam Weller, to try his luck with his spin bowling. Straight away he began to cause problems. Jackson, was still searching for fluency when, having been pinned down by a few tricky deliveries from Weller, he gave him the charge, missed the ball and was bowled. 96/2 after 17. Paul Offord the new man, found Weller equally difficult to pick and, after adding four, went in the same fashion.

Debutant Mike Boyce came in at no.5, upping our quota of bearded players and garnering more nicknames on his first day than many players achieve in an entire career. Charlie sailed imperiously on, seemingly untroubled by whatever the opposition bowlers tried and unbothered by a wicketkeeper who clearly had the volume turned up to 11! Felsted ‘keeper Nick Harrison kept us amused throughout with his commentary and friendly sledging and clearly is highly accustomed to public speaking.

As Charlie neared his century and Mike grew in confidence, the partnership grew to 50 runs. The partners looking like a young Alastair Cook and a young Peter Sutcliffe/Jesus/Charles Manson/young Jimmy Hill/older George Best ( I told you there were a lot!) surged on, Charlie the senior partner and Mike the able support.

Charlie soon reached his century – an excellent knock in which he rarely looked troubled and was the cornerstone of our innings. Having reached 3 figures he looked to his captain on the side-lines, wondering if he should retire - he was studiously ignored.

In the 32nd over, having added 55 the partnership was finally broken with Che Guevara run out with the score on 173. Up stepped vice-captain, Dave Summers, and he and Charlie added an impressive 31 runs off 18 balls. This included 19 off the last over – a huge 6 and a single to Charlie and 3 fours for Dave. We closed on 204/4 from our 35 overs. This beat our previous highest total vs the Robins, by 50 runs - an excellent achievement. However, with the opposition known to have their fair share of batting, a decent track and a lightning outfield, it was felt that we may be a few runs light.

Tea was taken at the Chequers Public House on the boundary - I really do like this place!

Felsted’s openers, Hance and Weller, strode to the crease. We knew well the threat Weller posed, as he has performed so well for Mount down the years, but we would just have to deal with that. The captain was keen to start with Duffin and Dunn, the alliterative dynamic Dunster duo, but it was felt that a new ball would not suit Dunn’s “leggies” – it needed some wear and tear quickly – the Captain was the man for the job! If anyone can get that ball roughed up by being repeatedly hit into the school buildings, its the skipper.

Duffin’s first over yielded just one run off the last ball, Weller retaining the strike. Foley bowled the second over and the plan started to work – 3 fours all into the car park or the school building. Duffin’s second over was eventful. A four was soon followed by a very loud LBW appeal – Mather, the umpire, was unconvinced but received extensive and, we hope, helpful feedback on his decision from both bowler and Captain. A second four was scored before another great LBW shout – the umpire had no option this time and raised his finger. We were pleased that he had taken on board our advice and guidance. 21/1 off 3.

Felsted had obviously rumbled our plan and only took one boundary from the next 2 overs. In the sixth over,

Weller helped himself to one more four before being trapped LBW by Foley. This was starting to get interesting – 40/2 from 6.

One more over for Duffin before time for a change - Max “the magician” Dunn for Foley, Paul “PMac” McKeon for Duffin. Max, benefitting from the quickly aged ball struck with his second delivery - an absolute peach that turned a mile from outside leg to hit middle and off. 52/3 . At the other end PMac bowled well without luck, but with relative economy. Noisy Nick Harrison, an accomplished batsman had come in at no. 5 and set about his work well. Where others had struggled to master Dunn’s spin and variation, he attacked – sweeping and pulling, always hitting with the spin, to great effect.

The total started to climb and after 14 overs, Felsted were closing in on 100. Dunn had lost a little of his magic and it was time to try something different. Something to put the pressure back on them. Something they weren’t expecting – it was time for “Golden Arm”. Paul Southward was summoned from long on, where he had done an excellent job of man-marking the sightscreen out of the game thus far. His first over was solid, the tension from the batsmen was tangible - barring one huge six, clearly borne out of the batsman’s panic. His second over was where he came into his own – just a single from the first 3 balls then his moment. The batsman, caught brilliantly by Lockhart off a ball that did so much in the air that any overall movement was imperceptible but it was up there so long that it became almost unplayable. A breakthrough. 127/4.

His next victim had even less chance - as plumb an LBW as you are ever likely to see. The ball threatened to swing, dip and spin but, wisely decided against all three, leaving its victim powerless and somehow transfixed, unable to move as it crashed into his front pad, low down in front of middle. 127/5. Game on!

One more over from our 24 Carat Golden Arm saw him to tidy figures of 2/16. Lockhart had tried from the other end, but was understandably a little weary after his knock and was replaced by Jack Summers, who like McKeon, bowled well without luck.

During this spell we had a heart-stopping moment when, following a most uncharacteristic misfield from Dunn at mid-on, Max turned to chase down the ball to atone for his error, only to find Toby Duffin haring round from deep mid-off – hang on, we’ve seen this before. Our minds flashed back to Canewdon, that time it was Southward trying to atone for a misfield, whereas now it was Dunn – the common factor was Duffin. Surely, not again. Surely, he would not take out another teammate with a throw – his unique Viking retribution for fielding errors is well known – but surely not now, not here! Southward was only returning to action today following near-fatal, light bruising. Duffin fielded the ball and we held our breath. Dunn is too young for this - oh the humanity! Thankfully, Duffin remembered Max has a good arm and gave him the ball to throw back – crisis averted, Max escaped unscathed. We all breathed a sigh of relief.

Harrison was still there, his scoring progress as serene as his ‘keeping was loud - what can we do to break his concentration? He requested a “comfort break” - an opportunity? A plan was needed. Off he went to answer the call of nature. Upon his return, he picked up his gloves and made his way towards the crease – but something was missing – where was his bat? Had he lost it? Had it been stolen? Had a large bird of prey mistaken it for food and carried it away? Had we hidden it? Maybe, but where? After a few minutes of confusion he approached our Captain to ask if he knew anything of the whereabouts of his bat. As he drew near, he became aware of the outline of an alien object, within the skippers trousers – when challenged there was nothing else to do but confess that yes, we had hidden it and yes, we had selected my trousers as the best hiding place. Did our plan work? Did we disrupt him? Not sufficiently.

Mike Boyce took over from 24 Carat, with his left arm, medium pace bowling offering another useful variation – and achieving remarkably similar results! A wicket in each of his second and third overs - both bowled - saw a late Felsted stumble - 170/5 becoming 175/7 – still a chance. He could have had one more but a top edge to a full bunger, hit Paul Offord, standing up at ‘keeper straight in the throat. A tough chance admittedly and a little painful. Contributions with bat and ball (also 2/16) made it a great debut for the young/old [insert name of bearded person here]. A gent and a welcome addition to the club. Thanks Michael.

With plenty of overs left this was going to be about removing Noisy Nick and bowling them out, defence was not an option. To the wicket came Bury, a Goliath of a man - his style suggested he was going to score quickly or leave quickly – alas, it was to prove the former. 4 fours in the last couple of overs proving decisive as he and Harrison saw Felsted home to victory by 3 wickets.

As suspected our total proved just a little light, but it was a damn fine effort from the team and certainly the closest we have come to beating the Robins. More importantly, as we retired to Chequers to discuss the game with our hosts, the conversation was all about what a fantastic day it had been, how much fun we’d had, and how we all looked forward to doing it again next year. At Mount, we are very fortunate that we get to play at some amazing grounds throughout the year (ACG included) and that almost every game is played in the right spirit. Sunday reminded us how just how fortunate we are.

Next up the Terence Hair 6-a-side tournament, ACG - 19th August – promises to be a fantastic day. More on that soon.

Bill Foley; Tuesday 7th August 2018 @ 1752