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Teamsheet: Mount vs Canewdon, Sunday 9th May 2021 @ Canewdon. 1300 Start.

  1. S.Johnson
  2. P.Offord
  3. R. Green
  4. N. Meron
  5. B. Curtis
  6. I. Frankel
  7. V. Vayalveettil
  8. S. Jackson
  9. B. Foley
  10. J. Montellier
  11. T. Duffin

Umpire: S Orrock (but may be unavailable)
Scorer: C. Clement

Reserves: P. Southwood, M. Hare, G. Williams, N. Smith

Again under ECB guidelines bring your own teas and changing rooms are closed.

P.S. I forgot to mention in the Hatfield match report our President's magnificent haul of 3 wickets. Apologies!!!

Steve Johnson; Wednesday 5th May 2020 @ 2341

Match Report: Mount vs Hatfield Heath, Sunday 2nd May 2021

Well after a long winter of basically doing nothing I was very pleased to be able to take to the cricket pitch for Mount CC's first game of the season and my first in charge after stepping into the shoes of past captain Bill Foley.

Although the game did take place there was a slight concern the day before the fixture when the opposition's captain contacted the fixture secretary and my vice captain to announce they are down to 7 players!!

Luckily enough we had one remaining player still on the reserve list that was able to play so thank you to Paul Southwood for playing. However the mathematicians out there will notice that this still left us 3 players short. Up steps Vijay and manages to find the extra 3 willing to play so game on.

With the game approaching the opposition then let us know they now had 8!!

Oh dear what do I do now. Luckily enough Vijay once again helped me with a difficult decision by asking to step out having scored a magnificent century the previous day.

With the game due to start at 1:30 at 1:10 there was still no sign of Hatfield so we called their captain to see how they are getting on as roadworks around Southend are very bad at the moment.

Their captain answered with "No worries I'm just on the beach will be there shortly."

Anyway the game eventually got underway at 1:50ish with Mount batting first with the format of 35 overs per side 7 overs per bowler and batsmen to retire at 50.

I was pleased to see every batsman managing to get into double figures with the main contributors being Ilan 50*, Richard 47 and Paul O 32* in our total of 219/5. After a quick tea into the field we went and quickly realized we were in a competitive match and so it became with Hatfield managing to knock off the runs with 4 balls to spare 221/5.

Although the result ended in defeat I think everyone managed to get a game and to anybody who happens to be in our Signal App group were treated to Vijay's videoing of the match with some very funny commentary from a number of players. Also a special mention to Toby with the music being played for boundaries and wickets I hope to see it more often.

Looking forward to the next game!!!

Steve Johnson; Wednesday 5th May 2020 @ 2330

Teamsheet: Mount vs Hatfield Heath, Sunday 2nd May 2021 @ Alleyn Court School. 1330 Start.

Team selection for our first match of the 2021 season. Meet at Alleyn Court from 1230.

  1. S. Johnson
  2. P. Offord
  3. R. Green
  4. G. Williams
  5. N. Smith
  6. I. Frankel
  7. V. Vayalveettil
  8. S. Jackson
  9. B. Foley
  10. P. McKeon
  11. T. Duffin

Umpire: S. Orrock
Scorer: C. Clement

Reserves: P Southwood, M Hare, M Boyce

Again to remind everyone under the current ECB guidance its bring your own teas. Changing rooms are closed but toilet facilities are available.

Here's to a good season!!

Steve Johnson; Tuesday 27th April 2020 @ 2238

Mount CC Availability 2nd 9th 16th May

With the first game only under 2 weeks away I am now taking availability for our first 3 fixtures.

  • 2nd May v Hatfield Heath Home
  • 9th May v Canewdon Away
  • 16th May v Southend EMTCC Away

I have already posted this on our preferred form of communication "Signal" App so if you have already responded there you don't need to again here.

If you would like to be added to "Signal" let me know and I will do so.

Also it is great for the club that 3 people have signed up to the scheme membership this week. Thank you guys!

My aim is to try and post team selections as early in the week as possible to give people time to organize their weekends around whether they have or have not been selected for the game.

In the event of availability being more than 11 I will also post a reserve list.

If after being selected you then cannot play please do let me know ASAP so I can draft in any replacements before other plans are made.

Steve Johnson; Wednesday 21st April 2021 @ 0030

Mount Cricket Club 2021

Welcome to the start of the new cricket season!!

Sounds great does it not!!?

To begin with I would like to introduce myself to some of the members that may not know me. My name is Steve Johnson.

Now I know this may or may not confuse people as I am aware of there being two other local cricketers that bear the same name as myself. One I believe plays at Westcliff CC and the other at Southend EMTCC.

I am clearly neither of those two esteemed fellows but scrolling through the email list I did notice a few familiar names.

I am the Steve Johnson formally of Hadleigh & Thundersley CC and briefly at Echo Monarchs and Trojans prior to their merger with Southend.

Most people will however remember me more by my nickname “Joey” and in fact I’m sure most actually think this is my name.

Now the formalities are out of the way I would firstly like to thank Bill Foley for all his hard work as captain for the past few years. I would also like to thank him for asking me to become captain of Mount CC for this forthcoming season. I’m also incredibly grateful for his help and guidance that I’m sure I will need going forward and I know I will get from past captains Ilan and our President Simon.

Bill may have stepped down from his captaincy duties however he is very much involved as Social Secretary with our first event coming up. This being a pre-season golf day which takes place on Sunday 25th April at Garons.

The following week 2nd May will then be our first match of the season against Hatfield Heath at home.

We currently have net sessions taking place every Sunday morning and with thanks to Wakering CC and the Alleyn Court Aces we have midweek net sessions on either a Wednesday or Thursday evening.

We also have a social media chat group on “Signal” which is a great form of communication and will also be the app that we will use as agreed by the committee as the club choice of messaging app and where I will be asking for availabilities and posting selections.

Please do check in on it and, if you do not have it but would like to be involved, let one of us know and we will happily send you details of the app and add you to the group.

I will endeavour to post match reports to everyone so you can keep updated.

On the clerical side of things, I am sure you are all aware of the club’s monthly subscription scheme which costs just £10 a month. This is of course optional, however signing up to it does benefit the club greatly and means that “schemer’s” fees for the season are covered. The club does not ask for an annual membership fee, so the scheme does offer great value. Furthermore, the more members that sign up, the greater the benefits that we can potentially offer including, for example, a greater number of social events at subsidised rates and of course more equipment. If you would like to support the club by signing up to the scheme, please let a member of the committee or myself know, and we will provide the necessary details.

As we play at Alleyn Court it would be remiss of me not to add this.

A clava et bibens quaestio cricket

I’ll look forward to imagining all of you reaching for google translate.

Anyway, here’s to a long hot summer of entertaining cricket played in the right spirit.

I will be in touch again soon.

Steve Johnson; Thursday 15th April 2021 @ 2309

Mount CC New Membership Scheme

Mount CC have run a membership & match fee subscription scheme for the last few years, and this has proven to be a great success. The contributions from scheme members have enabled the club to improve facilities all year round, offer free training & net sessions to all, and meet the running costs of the club. Scheme members have in turn benefitted from, in particular:

  • No additional match fees.
  • Subsidised social events.

As mentioned at the AGM, for 2021 the club wishes to extend and update the scheme and encourages as many of you as possible to sign up to support your club. Unlike many clubs, Mount CC has not charged a membership fee for a number of years – the decision to scrap membership fees was taken largely due to the administrative burden of collecting monies and the resulting lack of parity and consistency in contributions. The scheme benefits both the club, by making the administration and collection of fees easier, and you the members by simplifying the payment process and removing the aggravation of paying fees after every match.

Our outgoing Treasurer, Anita Hair, has done an excellent job of modernising the club’s banking facilities and the collection of match fees and subscriptions is now almost entirely electronic and cash-free. With the administrative burden reduced, this is an excellent opportunity to introduce our new membership scheme.

The new scheme provides 2 options:

Option 1 – Gold Membership - £10 per month/£120 per annum
Gold membership includes: Annual membership fee, all match fees (including regular season plus Indoor League & Tour (as & when applicable), training & nets), plus other benefits/subsidies tba.

Option 2 – Silver Membership - £5 per month/£60 per annum
Silver membership includes: Annual membership fee, training, nets. Match fees will be an additional charge.

The membership year for both options will run from January to December and we urge those of you not already contributing via the existing scheme to select an option and enrol by the end of January. This can be done by setting up a regular payment to the club. The club’s bank details are available on request.

FAQ

Why is the new scheme being brought in now?

Over the last few years, the club has successfully been able to offer more activities throughout the year thanks to your participation. As a consequence, the club’s costs run throughout the entire year and the committee feels that its members’ contributions should be more equitable; the administrative burden of collection is now vastly reduced; we wish to invest in better facilities and equipment for the benefit of all; increasing running costs, and to enable us to mark our upcoming 70th & 75th anniversaries appropriately, for which we would very much like to hear from members for your suggestions.

What facilities is the club looking to invest in?

Following our shared purchase (with AC) of new nets last year, we are considering several options that would enhance the training match day experience for players and spectators. These include new training and match day equipment, pitch covers, a new scoreboard, better seating/weather protection, improved catering facilities/licensing plus others.

Is the club facing financial challenges?

No. The accounts presented at the AGM showed that despite a small loss for the year, the club is liquid and in good health financially. However, we remain ambitious to further improve the club for and with the support of its members.

Is membership compulsory?

No, membership is of course completely optional. But for the reasons mentioned and the ease of set up we strongly encourage as many members as possible (and would hugely appreciate it) if everyone could do their bit to contribute. At the same time, we understand that some may not wish to, or are unable to do so.

Will match fees increase for non-members?

Since this was not proposed and voted on at the recent AGM we see no reason to do so at this time.

Will there be a charge for nets/training for non-members?

We hope that those non-members attending nets etc will appreciate the value offered and become members but as mentioned above, the charging of fees may be necessary.

If you have any questions please direct them to the committee, and if you wish to participate please contact me or Steve Johnson.

Thanks for your ongoing participation

Simon Jackson; Sunday 10th January 2021 @ 1110

Mount CC New Years Day Quiz - TONIGHT 7.30pm - via Zoom

Good evening everybody and a very Happy New Year to you all.

With apologies for the short notice, I am pleased to say that we will be kicking off 2021 with a Big Fat End of Year Club Quiz via Zoom at 7.30pm this evening. No prizes, just a bit of fun and virtually no cricket questions! Everybody welcome - teams allowed so bring the family along!

Please let me know if you are joining in advance.

Zoom meeting details:
Meeting no: 821 8530 2080
Password: ELTON

Hope to see you later.

Bill Foley; Friday 1st January 2021 @ 1730

Mount CC "Virtual" AGM, Sunday 6th December 2020 @ 5pm on Zoom

The Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held this coming Sunday (6th December) at 5pm. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the meeting will be conducted via the Zoom conferencing app. The meeting details are as follows:

MOUNT AGM - Time: Dec 6, 2020 05:00 PM London Join Zoom Meeting - [https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88503710856] Meeting ID: 885 0371 0856 Passcode: MOUNT

Also attached are the meeting agenda, the Treasurer’s Report, accounts & balance sheet as well as the Captain’s Report. I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us on Sunday for this important event.

I look forward to seeing you then.

Bill Foley; Wednesday 2nd December 2020 @ 0949

Mount CC "Virtual" AGM, Sunday 6th December 2020 @ 5pm on Zoom

Dear all,

Please find attached the Agenda for this year’s AGM (.doc and .pdf formats). Due to uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions, and to ensure the safety of our members, this event will be a “Virtual” meeting using the “Zoom” application which I am sure many of you have become familiar with over the last few months.

The Committee sincerely hope that using this format will enable as many of you as possible to attend. Meeting details and password etc will be sent nearer the time.

Information on how to use Zoom can be found on their website with support & a FAQ available.

I look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Bill Foley; Monday 23th November 2020 @ 1413

Match Report: Mount vs Canewdon, Sunday 27th September 2020 @ Alleyn Court School

Canewdon CC 105ao - D Deadman 5/16, S Jackson 2/1
Mount CC 107/3 - S Johnson 52no
Mount win by 7 wickets

On a cold and windy late September afternoon, this extraordinary season drew to a close with a rearranged home fixture against Canewdon. The game was postponed from early season due to the COVID-19 lockdown, and would now mark not only the final match of 2020, but also the Skipper’s final match in charge.

Before proceedings got under way, and to mark this emotional and sombre occasion, the President presented the Club Captain with a special gift – a hat in the shape of a sheep, with a bat handle attached as a memento of simpler, happier times! Aah Bridgetown! I never scored a run there.

Anyway, to the cricket. Canewdon, who had been on the receiving end of Mount’s biggest ever win earlier in the season, lost the toss, and were asked to bat. In the earlier fixture, Canewdon’s batsmen had imploded, scoring just 38 in pursuit of an always unreachable target of 294. Today however was different. They started well. Very well. Duffin and Foley opened the bowling, as they had done so many times before, and whilst tidy, they rarely troubled the openers who accumulated 40 without loss from 10 overs. Dan Deadman and Justin Montellier were the first change pairing and for once, this didn’t seem to do the trick – well not to start with at least. The visitors reached 63 without loss before “Deadly” Dan started to work his magic. 63/0 quickly became 70/3 as Dan took 3 wickets for 0 runs from 9 balls which included a double-wicket maiden and an incredibly sharp catch by Jamie Lambert at mid-off that many of us would have been happy to get out of the way of at the best of times, let alone on as finger-chilling a day as this. We had to then wait another 4 deliveries for Dan’s 4th wicket. Obviously inspired by Lambert’s catch, Deadly took a blistering caught and bowled on a day when everything seemed to stick – at this stage anyway! With wickets tumbling, “Monty” came to the party, bowling their no. 8 in his penultimate over. Deadman than took all the polish off his day by securing his 5fer by bowling a small child, first ball. As the child returned sobbing to the pavilion, we congratulated Dan on another excellent performance with the ball, whilst marvelling at his cruelty. There was no option but to remove him from the attack and send him into the deep to think about what he had done.

Lambert replaced Deadman, and on a day when some incredible catches were held, he quickly fashioned a chance which resulted in an easy, gentle looping catch to Monty at cover – a formality. Apparently not! Monty somehow managed to spill the chance and soon began to explain at great length why it was a much more difficult chance than it looked. The President replaced Monty at the Pavilion end, and once again proved that he is woefully underbowled. A maiden followed by 2 wickets in his second over gave him figures of 2/1 and left Canewdon 9 down with 105 on the board. This soon became 105 all out as Lambert, wisely deciding that he was going to have to do his own catching, took another excellent c&b to close the visitors’ innings.

A routine chase was made even more so by a chanceless and unbeaten 50 from Steve Johnson, who then politely retired. His opening partner, Montellier, had promised us Calypso cricket and instead delivered Calippo cricket. Seeming to bat with an ice lolly rather than any willow in his hand as time after time, he marched down the wicket to play another defensive shot, failing to get the ball off the square once. He was eventually bowled without scoring – perhaps still haunted by that dropped catch. Andy Abel and David Mackay kept things ticking along before Paul Offord and Toby Duffin saw us home by 7 wickets.

A comfortable win and a very pleasing way to close the 2020 season and my stint as Captain. It has been an honour and a privilege to Captain Mount Cricket Club, and I am incredibly grateful to every single player who turned out during my 3 seasons at the helm.

I am very excited about handing on the baton to the new skipper who I know will do a great job and I look forward to announcing my successor at the AGM.

Bill Foley; Monday 16th November 2020 @ 1846