18th November 2021

Sway CC AGM is on Friday 26th November at Jubilee Field pavilion art 8pm prompt, see attached agenda and 2020 minutes.

The following is the report on the season from our Chairman Chris Baughan:

Chairman’s report 2021

2021 has been a wonderful year for Sway Cricket Club but, overall a difficult year for the sport.

Azeem Rafiq’s testimony has unearth the difficult and painful truth that racism is endemic in cricket. I hope that there isn’t racism, or indeed any other form of discrimination, within Sway CC but, as Joe Root’s “blindness” shows, it is so easy to ignore, deny or simply not see it.

If you have experienced or feel there is racism or any form of unfairness or discrimination within the club please contact someone: me (chris.baughan.sway@gmail.com), our Welfare Office Christine Dawson  (03c.dawson@gmail.com) or any member of the committee – whoever you feel able to talk to. We need to know about it and will listen and act.

I am, sadly, aware of 2 instances this season when celebrations got out of hand and caused upset and offence to other clubs.  Whatever the mitigating circumstances any behaviour which causes distress to others is wrong and must be recognised, learned from and stamped out. I hope our actions will achieve this. 

These local events, and the news headlines should all serve to remind us that we play cricket for fun, friendship and the love of the game and must do so with respect for all people involved; be they team-mates, opposition, club members, spectators, umpires, scorers … together let’s ensure Sway CC is a friendly, fair, respectful club and a welcoming place for all.

The ICEC; the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket has launched an on-line questionnaire asking for personal or observed experience of discrimination within the game as a step towards its eliminating. May I please urge you to complete it if you have suffered discrimination or feel you can contribute.

It can be found at https://theicec.com

On the field.

2021 was a full, fantastic and exciting season  – our most successful ever.

Due to Covid there was no play in the indoor leagues after December. All leagues and cup competitions were abandoned.

No indoor training took place.

Outdoor training commenced, with Covid restrictions, when the weather permitted in late April.

The junior, colts and adult leagues all started on time – although many fixtures in the first few weeks were lost to bad weather.

Dave Marshall plans to send a comprehensive review of the season. So herewith are the bare statistics on which he will expound.

1st XI – played 14, won 13 – finished 2nd in County Div. 1 winning promotion to Southern Premier Cricket League. It is dependent upon the addition of an umpires’ changing room to the pavilion. Planning is in hand to ensure it is available for the start of next season.  Congratulation to all involved with the First XI for this magnificent achievement!

2nd XI – played 11, won  9 lost 2. Champions of CD 4 West – will be promoted to CD3. Again many congratulations on this magnificent achievement.

3rd XI CD5 SW – played 12, won 4 lost 8  finished 12th of 17. An excellent performance by a young team full of huge future potential.

4th XI CD6SW.  – played 11, won 4 lost 7 – finished 9th of 16. Probably the 4th teams best ever season! Largely older players but still lots of potential..

U19s – a joint team with Lymington exited the HCB U19 Cup in the group stage having lost twice to eventual champions Parley

U15s – a very strong team. Sadly many league fixtures were cancelled. Won the New Forest Cup.

U13 –  a busy and enjoyable season –  finished mid-table. Several played in adult / mixed aged league games.

U11  - a wonderful season- won the New Forest league and reached the final of the Hampshire Cup.

U9 – played several non-competitive games with other clubs. Lots of energetic and talented new players, most from our AllStars and Dynamos groups.

AllStars and Dynamos -  approximately fifty 5-8 year olds attended All Stars on Saturday mornings with a further 20 in the Dynamos section (the next level up) and many progressing into the Under 9 squad by the end of the season. With the Under 11s training at the same time Saturday mornings at Jubilee Field were extremely busy with over 100 young cricketers (130 recorded one week!) – plus 20 or more volunteer coaches. Fun, noisy and wonderful; huge thanks to Will Millard, Chris Davis and all the other coaches and facilitators. These players are the life-blood of the club so the future looks secure and exciting!

The Girls and Women’s squad had a very successful indoor season in 2019/20 reaching finals day of the soft-ball competition before covid forced its abandonment.  

They looked set to flourish before covid intervene wiping out the 2020 summer and winter seasons.

Having entered the 2021 Hampshire outdoor soft ball cricket league their first 3 games were rained off and thereafter they were unable to field a side; so had to withdraw.  However they continued weekly training outdoors during the summer. The small but energetic and enthusiastic squad is now training hard at Brockenhurst college on Friday evenings 6;30-7:30 in preparation for the 21/22 indoor season. I have no doubt they will do well. They are looking to recruit girls or women over 13 –no cricket experience or special equipment is required. Anyone interested please Christine Dawson at 03c.dawson@gmail.com. You will be made welcome and have fun!

Other highlights:

A Sway mid-week XI (mainly second team) reached, but lost in, the final of the Stone Cup.

The second Dave Hurrell Cup memorial match between 12 players of Sway and 12 New Forest Gentlemen was played in July – a narrow victory for the Gents levelled the series. Great memories of Dave, some good (and a lot of fairly dodgy) cricket and a wonderful tea. We hope the series will continue  for years to come.

Six Sway colts have earned county honours this year; Olly Marshall, Ollie Sharpe, Oscar Hudson, Noah Glass, Tom O’Callaghan and Toby Reid – congratulations to them all!

 

The field.

The outfield was in poor condition at the beginning of the season and received low marks from visiting captains. The early season warmth and rain helped grass recovery and it steadily improved – just reaching the necessary standard to allow the first team’s promotion to the SPCL.

Major refurbishment work was undertaken at the end of August and should produce a much better playing area next season. We are extremely grateful to Sway Junior Football Club for obtaining a substantial Football Foundation grant and for moving all their training and games elsewhere throughout September to allow germination. Also to Sway Parish Council for their financial contribution and support.

A new electronic scoreboard was purchased in July. The cost was split between club funds and fundraising by the  first and second XIs who will benefit most from it. Their fund raising is going extremely well - £1,000 to go…

The square, under the skilled and loving care of Andy Lee was in great condition throughout the season. Elevation to the Southern Premier League will however mean more league games and more overs per game, increasing the demands on the very limited number of pitches. I fear this will necessitate restricting the use of the JF grass pitches so the majority of friendlies and colts’ games will be played either on the astroturf strip or on grass at Pennington.

The pavilion

The pavilion is another limited resource which is increasingly stretched as the club grows.  We have long term dreamed of building a new one but it’s unlikely to be realised within the next decade – so we want to improve what we have.

Ongoing actions are:

1.      To build a small add on room to provide “separate and secure umpire changing facilities with line of site to the pitch” – this is a condition for the First XI’s promotion to the SPCL. It will consist of a shed-like structure attached to the south-we;st corner of the pavilion – adjacent to the notice board. Building will take place over the winter. We will need help, particularly anyone with special expertise (from design, to digging holes and building).  Please contact me or anyone on the committee if you can contribute  chris.baughan.sway@gmail.com  or 07749 776202.

 

2.      Redesign and refurbish the interior – a group led by Lyndsey Davis and Will Millard is applying for a major ECB grant to support this. Ideas under discussion include:

·         A new external door to access the home team changing room, separating it from the kitchen area

·         Extending the bar area

·         Improving the kitchen facilities

·         Improving the floors

·         Improving the toilets – unfortunately we cannot, at this stage increase the number

·         Improving the WiFi

·         Installing a television

         Other ideas will be welcomed.

 

3.      The broken toilet door is going to be replaced with a metal one.

Scorers’ Hut .

Those who have visited Jubilee Field in the last month can’t fail to have noticed that the scorers’ hut has undergone a makeover. It looks as good inside as it does out! Huge thanks to Chris Noble who identified the need, made the plans, provided most of the materials and did all the work.

Church Lane Development - update

A possible development of 40 affordable houses on part of the farm land between the cricket field and Church Lane was approved in 2019. The major concern for the cricket club is the idea to run a path from the Jubilee Field car park through to Church Lane to provide a traffic free walking route to St Luke’s school. We are concerned how much land this would take and its effect on the cricket boundary.

The Parish Council recently received an expression of interest from a development company but their plan did not provide the desired mix of houses, nor the green credentials. The PC have recommended that the New Forest District Council reject the plan – in which case the land will probably remain unsold.

Thank you!

As we celebrate the club’s progress and success I’m conscious that it has all been achieved by the energy, skill and goodwill of volunteers. From the youngest players to the oldest committee members everyone gives their time freely – how wonderful! I’d particularly like to mention the committee, the coaches, facilitators, captains, umpires, scorers, tea makers, pavilion cleaners ….  too many to mention individually but all doing a fantastic job and hugely appreciated. Thank you!!

Farewell – and enormous thanks – to Andy Lee.

Andy Lee accepted joined Sway CC on moving to the village in 2001. He played 240 games for the club amassing 1378 runs 97 wickets and 21 catches- plus many more for the New Forest Gentleman for whom he still plays a more refined form of the game. He immediately threw himself into the multiple roles of  groundsman, pavilion builder, player, umpire, BBQ chef and – in his words – general dog’s body. In 2011 when the club agreed its first constitution he was formally elected President – richly deserved!  but continued all his other roles – simply working harder and putting in more hours year on year.

Were it not for his exceptional work improving the Jubilee Field facilities the club could not possibly have made the advances it has ; from one adult league team to four, from bottom of the lowest league to second position in league one (a journey involving 7 promotions in 21 years) and from one under 11 team to the riches we now have in our junior division. I don’t have words sufficient to thank him for all he has done.

After thousands of hours of skilled but unpaid labour he stepped down from all roles at the end of this season. He will remain a great friend, an invaluable source of help and advice and someone who is always welcome at the club.  He is absolutely irreplaceable and will be sorely missed!

 

 A new president will be announced at the AGM. A team of 6-8 volunteers (of varying expertise) will try to fill the groundsman duties and a similar group will run the clubhouse.

Sponsored walk.

Chris Noble is planning a sponsored walk to raise funds for the replacement and re-sitig of the nets. Almost certainly in early Spring and even more certain to include opportunities for refreshment along the way. Chris proposes to lead it, but, if, as we hope club members from all teams and age groups take part he’ll have trouble staying anywhere near the front. Details to follow!

Sway CC Spring Ball 2022.

More exciting news. Hugh Bernard has booked has Elmer’s Court in Lymington for the first ever Sway CC ball. Saturday 12th March – please save the date! Details will follow…

 

Chris Baughan 23/11/21