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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- W. Foley *
- D. Summers
- T. Duffin
- P. Offord +
- S. Jackson
- I. Frankel
- P. Southward
- G. Williams
- R. Green
- N. Smith
- M. Hare
- A. Lukose
- V. Vayalveettil
- 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.
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.
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.
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.