Former Players Association

The Committee has given me the go ahead to form a Former Players Association.

The idea, rather obviously, is to try involve as many former players as possible.

I am sure we all know of many former players, some of whom are still regulars at the club and others who would like to remain involved but for good reason have not kept in touch.

Hopefully the association will provide a renewed incentive for a good number of former players to become more actively involved in the club than there are at present.

It seems to me that the starting point is to gather as many names and contact details as possible in order that I can contact them to gauge interest in the idea.

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Australian cricket

I think I saw most of these with the word England substituted for Australia after the last tour. Life is sweet.

WHAT do you get if you cross the Australian cricket team with an OXO cube? A laughing stock.

The Australian bobsleigh team have asked the Aussie cricket team for a meeting. They want to ask their advice about going downhill so fast!

What’s the difference between Ricky Ponting and a funeral director? A funeral director doesn’t keep losing the ashes.

Did you hear what the stump microphones picked up when The Ashes skippers tossed the coin on Boxing Day? Andrew Strauss called correctly and, quick as a flash, said to Ricky Ponting: “You lads can bat.” Just as quick, Ponting replied: “No, we can’t. We really can’t.”

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Selection / Availability

This remains an ongoing problem. Bully’s question on the shoubox this morning could be asked about a variety of individuals selection and availability every week.

Fielding 5 sides is a difficult task. We have managed to fulfil fixtures in recent years by fielding a higher proportion of juniors and veterans than is probably ideal and has certainly resulted in all teams except the first eleven being relegated. In the lower reaches of the club this has been “achieved” successively.

At the start of this season it looked like we had bottomed out as good results in May produced respectable league positions. In mid-July it is now apparent tht the 2nds, 3rds and 4ths could all still go down again. This is very sad in my opinion.

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