Date: Tuesday 2nd February 2016

Venue: Briton’s Protection


1.     Attendees and Apologies

In attendance: 
Les Cooper (Capt.), Colin Wood (part), Tony Threlfall, Roger Dewhurst, Nick Thompson, Ted Noone, Tony Williams, Ron Truesdale, Chris Truesdale, Peter Taylor, Eric Shufflebotham, Graham Oldfield, Steve Ramsden (part), Paul Mooney


Apologies: Bob Sproat, Dave Walsh, Steve Potter, Rob Doyle


Roger Dewhurst chaired the meeting.

2.     Minutes of the AGM of 12th March 2015

The minutes were accepted as an accurate record.

3.     Matters arising

There were no matters arising.

4.     Treasurer’s report

Colin outlined the club’s financial position, which was detailed in his report circulated in advance of the meeting.  We had carried a surplus of £170.03 into the season.  Income from annual subs, match fees, and opponents’ contributions totalled £487.50.  Expenditure on ground fees at Winton, away match fees and cricket balls came to £398.98, resulting in a surplus of £258.55 to be carried forward to the next season.  It was agreed that attendees would pay £2 each towards the cost of refreshments at the AGM.

It was agreed that home match fees would remain unchanged, and away match fees would vary depending on what we were required to pay. Annual playing subscriptions would also remain at £5, and social members could pay a voluntary £5 membership fee.

A vote of thanks was proposed and seconded for the Treasurer’s prudent financial management.

5.     Captain’s report

Les summarised his captain’s report for the season:

Outcasts' Playing Record 2015


12 matches - 2 wins (which came at the end of the season leaving us on an unbroken winning run)

3 cancellations



·         Paul (123) and Eric (121) most runs

·         Les (12) and Paul (10) most wickets

·         Dave Buckle (4), Roger, Bob and Chris (3) dismissals in the field

·         Pauls 4 wickets in 4 overs for 18 at Bakewell against Peak Park is added to the ‘best bowling performances’ list and also a career best for him

·         Eric’s 1,000th career over and 350 innings

·         Roger’s 250th career wicket

·         Steve Ramsden 250 innings

·         Chris Truesdale made his 100th appearance

·         Highest individual scores were both made in Dorset – Eric 57 and Ant 52 not out

·         Highest individual scores in weekly matches – Bob 37 and David Walsh and Les with 31 each

·         Best stand – 74 in 12 overs for the first wicket against Chorley Hospitals (Bob and Les)

·         Roger played in all 12 matches

·         Longest losing sequence on record – 11 matches from 13/08/14 to 15/07/15 – not so much as an achievement but a reflection of Outcasts never giving up and believing the next win is only a week away


Champagne Moments 

·       Ted’s outstanding one handed catch fielding at square leg V Reynolds XI. Low, hard and fast to his left hand.

·       The win v Chorley Hospitals to end an 11 match losing streak – An outstanding team performance.

·       The demonstration by Les and Bob on how to run between the wickets in the same Chorley match.

·       Roger’s caught and bowled dismissal in a double wicket over also in the same match.

·       The ‘fastest ball of the season’, bowled by Les, which dismissed Warrington's dangerous batsman in the last match.

·       Eric’s six also in the final match at Warrington which swung the balance of the game in Outcasts’ favour.



Special mentions


  • Steve Ramsden for a difficult season trying to find new opposition and arranging fixtures generally
  • Peter Taylor for his ever meticulous score book and statistical analysis
  • Colin for accurate accountancy
  • Roger for the team availability distribution lists and for organising the Dorset trip again.

Well done to Ted for the Champagne Moment award at the silver boot evening and to Roger for the golden duck.


Les felt that the general mood throughout the season was one of low expectation and poor morale, until the flourish in the last two games.  Bowling and fielding had been good, outstanding at times, but the batting was consistently disappointing.  All hoped for a more positive frame of mind and a better set of results next season.

Les then paid tribute to two original Outcasts who had sadly announced their retirements.

Steve Ramsden had decided to hang up his fragrant jockstrap, after a staggering 312 appearances, scoring 4380 runs (second highest total in Outcasts’ history) at an average of 22.58, with a top score of 86.  He took 33 wickets at 16.55 each with a best return of 3 for 21, although his bowling exploits were mainly confined to the earlier stages of his career.  Steve had also kept wicket for a large proportion of those 312 appearances, and although comprehensive stats on catches are not currently available, it’s a safe bet that Steve would hold the record for number of catches if they were.

In addition to his considerable on-field achievements, Steve had been a captain, fixture secretary, and enthusiastic supporter of many social activities.  His skills on the pitch will be missed, but his involvement in the social side of the club will continue unabated.


Eric had resisted all protestations to reconsider, and also announced his retirement.  Eric turned out 383 times for the Outcasts, second only to Peter Taylor.  His career runs total 8266, the highest in the club by a mile, at an average of 35.03.  His highest score was 97 not out, indeed he had the misfortune to have no fewer than four not out scores in the 90s without reaching three figures.


His bowling stats are no less impressive, having bowled 1000.1 overs, and taken 275 wickets at 12.23, with best figures of an amazing 6 for 5!  His economy rate was 3.36, the best rate of any Outcasts bowler.  Eric’s wickets total is only two behind the club record 277 held by Keith Ambrey.


Both stalwarts were warmly congratulated on their outstanding achievements, and thanked for their contributions over many years.

A vote of thanks to Les for his positive captaincy during a difficult season was proposed and seconded.


6.     Social Secretary’s report

A number of social events took place throughout the year, including the Dorset tour, meals in Manchester in September and December, Golf day in September which was won by Nick Thompson, trip to Antwerp by some members in October, the Silver Boot dinner organised by Paul in November, and a trip to the Manchester Beer Festival in January.

It was agreed that Ron would continue to coordinate social events, and any ideas should be forwarded to Ron who will produce a social events calendar.

7.     Election of club officials

Colin and Les were elected unopposed at Treasurer and Captain respectively and it was agreed that vice captains would be chosen from senior members as and when required.  Ron agreed to continue to coordinate the social calendar with members organising individual events. 

With Steve retiring, the fixtures secretary position needed filling.  Chris Truesdale volunteered to take over the duties, with Tony Williams liaising with his contact at Winton CC regarding pitch availability.  Roger would continue to gather information on player availability with Ted covering during Roger’s absence in May.

Winton are in a new league next season, so it’s not clear yet which days will be available.  Steve Ramsden has already had contact from a couple of regular opponents, and there were one or two potential new fixtures, two from Ramsbottom, and possibly a touring team from Peterborough. 

Les was willing to carry on as Website editor, but made a request for match reports to be submitted regularly and soon after each game.  It was agreed that a rota of volunteer match reporters should be drawn up and the nominated reporter to be named in advance of each match.  If this works, no-one should have to do more than two reports in a season.  Ted agreed to draw up the rota and notify the reporters.  Volunteers were: Colin Wood, Roger Dewhurst, Peter Taylor, Tony Williams, Tony Threlfall, Ted Noone, and Nick Thompson.

8.     Kit requirements

The only kit requirements for the new season were cricket balls, and possibly a pair of wicket keeping gloves.  Les will get this sorted.

9.     Dorset Tour

The Dorset tour is booked this year for the slightly earlier time of 17-20 June.  20 adults have confirmed, and the Manor House and Farmhouse have been booked and deposits paid.  The Saturday match against Dorset Dinosaurs will take place at a new ground to us at Winfrith Newburgh CC.  Roger is in discussion with Sir Phillip Williams about the potential Sunday fixture at Bride Vale.  Roger was thanked for once again organising the annual tour.

10.  Website

Les asked that if anyone has any suggestions for improvements to the website, they should contact him.

11.  Future social events

Re future social events, in addition to the regular events, there were suggestions for a 10 pin bowling night, and a snooker event.

12.  Any other business

There was a discussion of playing members for the coming season.  In addition to those present at the meeting, the following were mentioned as possibles:  Dave Walsh, Derek Molyneux, Paul Headford, Rob Doyle, Alan Foster, Scott Broadhurst, Patrick Noone, and Kyran Noone.  We also learned that some of our regular opponents (Chorley Hospitals and Swinton Lions) may not be continuing which could give us opportunities to recruit some additional players. 

The meeting was brought to a close at 7.40pm.











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