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WCC Christmas Meal @ The Beam Bridge Inn
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We are holding a Sponsors Curry Night at WCC on Saturday 30th November from 7.30pm – please register your support for this event to Amanda Moysey on 0788 794 3240.
Club Members are invited at £5 per head with all food coming courtesy of The Taste of Spice Restaurant, 3 Silver Street, Wiveliscombe, Somerset, TA4 2PA.
Numbers are limited, so book early.
We were represented at the WEPL Dinner and Awards event on Friday 8th November by Paul Short, Alex Sparks, Simon Rudd, Luke Desave and David Derrick who attended a three course meal and subsequent presentations at the BAWA Club, Filton, Bristol.
Over three hundred were present to hear former England batsman Graham Thorpe speak about his life in cricket.
Our next WEPL engagement is their AGM on Monday 6th January 2014.
Wellington Cricket Club’s Dinner and Awards Event for 2013 was a memorable one as the curtain was brought down on perhaps the best season that the Club has ever enjoyed with a standing ovation for Club Chairman Duncan Short to say thanks for all his work in guiding the Club to a new level both on and off the field since his appointment in 2001; this was the crowning moment of an event that saw excellence in all areas of Club life been rewarded.
Around 110 people were present at Somerset County Cricket Club on the evening of Saturday 26th October for a three course meal of high quality, presentations and a disco to end with.
After Dinner had ended Duncan Short welcomed playing members and their guests, invited guests, social members, past players, life members, management committee members, sponsors, vice presidents and associates of the Club formally to the event and delivered his keynote speech of the year – The Review of the Season.
Mr Short noted that once again the sporting clubs of the town had come together to support each other’s events of this type and he welcomed the Vice Chairman of Wellington Association Football Clu Graham Aspin and his wife Ann, together with the Club’s Treasurer Reg Oxby and his wife Jenny – he thanked them for the help that Wellington AFC had given the Club from April until July 2013 in respect of facility provision both during and after matches whilst Wellington Playing Field Pavilion was being refurbished.
Representing Wellington Rugby Football Club was its Groundsman Nigel Davy and his wife Caroline – once again Wellington RFC had given assistance and facilities to the Club during 2013 as help with renovating the covers and other engineering tasks were undertaken.
Martin Frost of Somerset County Cricket Club, where is a member of the groundstaff, had assisted the Club with the provision of clubhouse furniture and a portable scoreboard; he was accompanied by his wife Sharon.
Sadly, due to illness, the Groundsman of Wellington School David Lee and his wife Elena were unable to attend, but in his absence David was thanked immensely for his efforts in hosting the new 3rd XI in their first season of action and it was confirmed that the team will be playing most of their home games at the School in 2014.
Club Sponsors were present in the form of Chris and Sheena Tooze of SJ Tooze Construction, Rob and Chris Hunt of Wellington Self Storage and Graham and Debbie Sparks of Sparks Furniture Restoration Services.
Richard Fox, who had acted as a benefactor to the Club in 2013, was welcomed and thanked for all his support and later would present trophies to those who had won such; the first such recipient was Rob Moysey who had claimed his 1000th wicket for the Club in April to become only the second player in the history of the Club to do so after Dennis Fullstone who claimed over 1100 wickets in a career that spanned 1959 – 2006.
The season had seen the 1st XI adapt well to being a member of the Somerset Division of the West of England Premier League following an shaky opening day defeat at Ilton; in the end twelve wins were recorded from seventeen completed matches with just five defeats and so the team claimed in third place which was a fine achievement following promotion and represents their best ever final placing in forty years of league cricket.
The season just ended was the sixth and final one under the guidance of Paul Short who had done so much to develop playing methods and processes in that time – as a mark of thanks from the Club/Team Paul was presented with a framed scorecard from his last match as Captain, a signed Club shirt and a personal gift from Duncan Short who had managed the Chairman/Father role so well in the time in question.
The 2nd XI had struggled initially in Division Three of the Somerset League following their promotion, but in the end a fifth place finish was recorded and this too is their best ever final placing in nearly forty years of action.
The loss of skipper Richard Henwood to injury in the first ten overs of the season did not help and four of the first five games were lost, but a fine home win against Burnham-on-Sea, who were eventually promoted, saw only three other games were lost all season – the efforts of Kevin Crout in Richard’s absence were appreciated.
The 3rd XI – new for the 2013 season – were well lead and managed by Des Campbell and were a perfect example of the Club’s youth development plans coming to fruition; such involvement was seen in both the 1st and 2nd XIs as well in 2013.
They took the Somerset League Division 9NW title and are promoted to Division 8S for 2014; they won twelve of their sixteen games and lost just twice and this bodes well for a second season of action at their Wellington School home and on their travels too. Danielle Campbell was thanked for scoring for the side.
The Sunday and Midweek sides again proved popular with all ages and abilities turning out for duty through the season; the Sunday League side were runners up in the Taunton and District Sunday League’s Division A and there were good results recorded in non league fixtures – Alex Sparks, Charlie Davies, Rob Moysey, Simon Rudd and Des Campbell were all thanked for managing this side of the Club’s playing operation.
Youth success came in the form of a third successive Taunton and District Youth League Under 11s Western Division title for the team managed by Mark Salter and coached by Les Reed, whilst the Under 13s, managed by Paul Rowlandson, did well in the Taunton and District Youth League Under 13s Western Division and ended in mid table.
Bringing an Under 15s side back into action was a priority action for 2014.
Fundraising activities had been undertaken by Club members in 2013 with Mark Salter, Chris Rudd and Richard Short all either running or cycling for a range of most worthwhile causes; the recent combined Golf Day with Wellington RFC had done the same.
Lacking a facility of its own for most of the season put pressure on the whole Club, but the facility now on offer is a fine one and it will come into its own in 2014 for sure; all who helped the Club whilst Wellington Playing Field Pavilion was under refurbishment were thanked sincerely as well as those who got it ready on time for its grand opening in August.
The lack of a facility and the background to this been the case seemed to galvanise the Club into action.
The Club’s is lucky enough to be able to call on a most effective Management Committee and thanks were paid to Vice Chairman and Cricket Development Officer Simon Spalding for overseeing another winter’s worth of youth coaching, Secretary David Derrick for his excellent administration of Club affairs, Treasurer Marc Holloway for effectively managing the Club’s finances at a very testing time of much financial output and little input and Fixture Secretary Steve Symons for arranging and managing all aspects of match play in a season where a second ground was needed and multiple changes of date and venue were required due to facility matters at Wellington Playing Field.
Outgoing Club Welfare Officer Ivor Mitchell and Membership Secretary Adrian Lee were thanked for their efforts and it was pleasing to note that there are members willing to take these roles on.
Richard Short oversaw the Club’s Youth Section and provided excellent administrative and coaching capacities to this end.
Ground preparation was the preserve of Simon Rudd and Richard Henwood and they prepared and managed pitches for a large number of games at both senior and junior levels and produced some high scoring tracks as well as those that suited all styles and types of bowling too; they were joined by many others in the overall ground works package and this is an area of Club operation that will be enhanced personnel wise in 2014.
The Club is indebted to its Ladies Committee and the sterling work that they do preparing and serving teas, running and maintaining the Clubhouse and many other aspects too; special presentations were made to Amanda Moysey, Judith Short, Ali Campbell, Mel Beal, Sharon Frost and Trudy Brooks for their work.
Finally thanks were extended to all who had supported the Club in whatever way had been the case in 2013 who had not been cited previously; from those who act as benefactors through vice presidency donations to the Past Players Association and their fundraising efforts to those who held social events to support the formation of a thirdSaturday side to those who see that home games carry a good number of spectators and to the small, but keen travelling band that attended 1st XI games; this list could go on.
With that The Review of the Season was complete and the following awards were dispensed by Richard Fox
Fantasy League Winner – Charlie Davies
Towergate Insurance Taunton and District Youth League Under 11s Western Division Winners Trophy – Mark Salter
Somerset County Sports Sunday League Division A Runners Up Trophy – Alex Sparks
Shrubbery Hotel Somerset Cricket League Division 9NW Winners Trophy – Des Campbell
Hundreds Hit and Five Wickets Taken – Alex Sparks, Charlie Davies, Richard Henwood, Ben Evett, Lee Nichol, Simon Rudd, George Hooper, Macaulay Campbell, Jack Beal and Alex Troake
Divisional Championship Award Winners – 3rd XI Squad Members
Six Hits Trophy – Charlie Davies
Meredith Fielding Award – Arron Campbell
Sunday and Midweek XI Bowling Award – Ben Evett
Sunday and Midweek XI Batting Award – Charlie Davies
Saturday 3rd XI Bowling Award – Ben Evett
Saturday 3rd XI Batting Award – Ollie Wilkins
Saturday 2nd XI Bowling Award – Richard Henwood
Saturday 2nd XI Batting Award – Richard Henwood
Saturday 1st XI Bowling Award – Luke Desave
Saturday 1st XI Batting Award – Charlie Davies
Mrs E.George Young Player of the Year Award – Scott Davy
Ladies Award – Ali Campbell
Tony Rudd Sportsmanship Award – Ben Evett
Saturday 3rd XI Players Player – Ollie Wilkins
Fullstone Cup – Saturday 2nd XI Players Player – Jake Nichol
A.W.Scott Cup – Saturday 1st XI Player Player – Luke Desave
Clubman of the Year – Richard Henwood
Club Vice Chairman Simon Spalding then presented Duncan Short with a pair of cufflinks and gave a speech as to the efforts that the Chairman has put in to get the Club to where it is and this was met with a standing ovation and applause that continued for several minutes.