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.


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

Mount 6 a side Tournament, Sunday 18th August 2019. 1200 start.

While there is no fixture this weekend, I am pleased to provide details of next weekend’s 6 a side tournament.

Mount have 2 sides that will do battle with teams representing Westcliff on Sea CC and Canewdon CC in a “round robin” league format. The top 2 sides will play off in the Final, with the winners lifting the Terence Hair Cup. As holders, Westcliff are sure to bring a good side to defend their title, and tournament debutants, Canewdon, have made no secret of their desire to lift the trophy. Both Mount sides are more than capable of taking the spoils too. It should be a great day’s cricket.

This was a hugely successful day last year and this was largely down to the supporters of all the participating sides coming along to enjoy the day. As last year there will be a barbecue running throughout as well as plenty of liquid refreshments available – beers, ciders, wine and Pimms as well as soft drinks - all at a very reasonable prices.

We would love to see as many of you as possible come along and join us and feel free to bring the family and friends for what promises to be a fantastic day.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Bill Foley; Friday 9th August 2019 @ 1615

Cancelled: Mount vs Felsted Robins, Sunday 4th August 2019. 1300 Start

I have received the sad news that Barrington Pheloung passed away this week. Barrington was a highly regarded and hugely popular gent, well known to many Mounties and Westcliff CC players and supporters. Barrington’s sons, Anthony and Danny, were due to play for Felsted this weekend. Given the circumstances, and following discussions with Felsted’s skipper, it was agreed that the fixture should be cancelled. I’m sure those of you who knew Barrington and the family, will join me in passing on our deepest sympathies at this time.

There will be cricket at the ACG this weekend with an “intra” club 6 a side match – players/spectators or those just looking for a beer and a catch up are most welcome. We will stock the fridge and may pull out the bbq too. Start time, 1pm.

Bill Foley; Friday 2nd August 2019 @ 1109

Cancelled: Mount vs St. Aidan's, Sunday 14th July 2019. 1300 Start.

Our run of bad luck with fixtures continues with another opposition side unable to raise a team for Sunday’s match – I suspect that the World Cup Final may be a factor on this occasion. Next up for Mount is our trip to Gt Wakering on Friday 19th July for a T20 format game. Please let me know if you are available to play as we are currently short a few players. This is always an enjoyable fixture and Gt Wakering are putting on a buffet at The Exhibition public house afterwards.

We are looking into the possibility of getting together to watch Sunday’s final (should England qualify) and I will keep you posted.

Bill Foley; Thursday 11th July 2019 @ 1209

Cancelled: Mount vs Rankins, Sunday 7th July 2019 @ Rankins

With apologies for the late notice, please be advised that tomorrow’s game at Rankins has been cancelled as they were unable to raise a side. Our next fixture is on Sunday 14th July at home vs St Aidan’s. More details on that match during the week. Have a great weekend.

Bill Foley; Saturday 6th July 2019 @ 1826

Mount CC 2019 Somerset Tour - CANCELLED

On behalf of Tour Manager David Thomas, I have to advise that unfortunately this year’s Somerset tour had been cancelled. Despite the best efforts of David, the President, myself and others we were unable to attract sufficient players to make the tour viable this year. Having toured since 1986, it is a great shame to have to cancel and the decision was not taken lightly but we feel that it was the only course of action available to us.

We will consider the future of the tour at our next committee meeting and will keep you appraised of the outcome.

Bill Foley; Wednesday 3rd July 2019 @ 1006