Chairman’s Report from the Annual General Meeting

I am pleased to present my report to members as your Chairman. May I begin by welcoming those in attendance, and thanks to those for the courtesy of their formal apologies.

My annual review this year has a particular theme:          We need your help and support.

Most of what I will report can be improved through members giving more to their club.

Cricket performance

As always I will start by reviewing on the field. It is right to review this first as it remains and always will be the club’s priority.

At 1st XI level, it was as disappointing as it could possibly have been. Our pro, Thikshila de Silva, understandably took time to settle on his first visit to the UK. A change of captain early in the season as Pual Houldsworth stoof down, and our – correct – appointment of a young captain coupled with an -inexperienced 1st XI was always likely to contribute towards an inconsistent season. However, to finish second bottom and have to re-apply for election into the league can only be described as disappointing.

We did win more games than the previous season, but it must be acknowledged that in Division 2 we were playing a poorer standard of cricket than in 2018. To finish 11th out of 12 is not a great outcome.

So, the only way is up. We have 2, and we hope to possibly have 3 or 4 new faces looking for 1st XI cricket, joining or re-joining us, and competition for 1st XI places can only be a good thing.

John Seedle once again did an excellent job as coach, and continues to bring a far more structured approach to practice and 1st XI matchdays. Thanks to him for his support and services throughout 2019, and we are delighted to have him again for 2020 and hopefully for many years to come/.

I would personally like to thank Matt Oddie for taking on the role as captain, we believe the youngest captain in our long history. He will only get better as his years and experience progress.

Turning now to the 2nd XI, led by Russell Whalley. We started the seaon very well, winning 5 of the first 6 matches. But the bright start faded, and we finished winning just 4 of the next 14 league games, to finish 7th out of 12 in Division 2. Our 2nd XI is intended to be our breeding ground for future 1st XI cricketers. But the outcome of only one player under the age of 45 scoring more than 170 league runs, and nobody taking 20 wickets or more, is a cause for concern.

Finally, in terms of senior cricket, our 3rd XI secured a top-half finish, with our young players getting opportunities of developing their skills and abilities against good quality opposition. Now, I will be the first to admit I do not see as much 3rd XI cricket as I would like. Nonetheless, in our group of 7, we finished 3rd, winning 6 out of 10 games played. In the inter-group play offs, we lost both games to finish an effective 9th out of 21 which is still a good outcome. We are however one of very few clubs to offer a genuine 3rd XI team. The vast majority of clubs are only able to field a 3rd XI made up of 2nd XI players and younger 1st XI players. The gap between 3rdXI and 2ndXI cricket, particularly in Div 2, is therefore not so large, and helps keep the 2nd XI competitive at times of player unavailability

The most exciting cricket development of the year was in respect of ladies cricket. We are delighted to have our first formal ladies team, and rule changes are on the agenda at tonight’s meeting to place that team on a formal footing. Thanks must go to Vicky Cocken for getting this team off the ground, as we look to add to our offering for our local community. They remain however a small band of individuals which needs your help and support to help them develop.

Turning to junior cricket, we continue to surpass expectations of a club of our size, in our community, surrounded by multiple other clubs. Mick Deasey, and all the junior managers, do a wonderful job. Special thanks must go to everyone involved. We are acknowledged to be one of the top 3 clubs across all age groups together with Clitheroe and Lowerhouse. They have significant, multiple advantages over our club, and we operate in an area which is overpopulated with league clubs. Nonetheless we enter teams at all age groups, almost always in the top divisions available. The teams continue to challenge for honours at all age goups. The challenge for the club is to develop these players into long term 1st XI cricketers. This is difficult, as we also look to balance the interests and rights of other playing members to a meaningful game of cricket

To summarise ourt cricketing performance overall, there is obvious room for improvement, particularly at senior level. That will only come with hard work, dedication and commitment to one another. We need your help and support.

Groundstaff

2019 was once again a challenging year, but for more familiar reasons. It was very wet for long periods, which is always challenging for part-time groundstaff with other commitments. We have been fortunate to have had groundstaff over the years who worked for such limited cost. Our only option this year was to look somewhat commercially, and Nathan did a good job in difficult circumstances. The lack of support and volunteers is a concern, but we are hopeful to have more bodies in this regard this year. It will however never be enough, and the cost of his expertise may not be sustainable. We need your help and support.

I would also like to thank those members who have helped out, at different stages. Those litter pickers, fixers, movers and tidyers. You know who you are, and do not do it to seek any recognition. We are very grateful for the silent work you do for the benefit of us all.

Clubhouse and facilities

Notwithstanding the quality of our clubhouse and associated facilities, the annual accounts presented to the meeting speak for themselves. It has not been the successful year that we had hoped for. There are a number of possible reasons for those, and undoubtedly all contribute to the lower bar income and room hire. The committee have acted to replace our former stewardess, and we hope that Becky and her new team will settle in quickly.

The clubhouse remains our main asset, and our major income and revenue stream. We all have to look after it, to keep it as the place to have your function in the local area. We need your help and support.

Memberships & Communications

In terms of membership and subscriptions, we had a slight fall in member number in 2019. Special thanks should go to our secretary Richard Law-Riding who stepped in to help with our subscription and membership processes last year, in the short-term absence of our subscriptions secretary as he became a father for the first time. It is a time-consuming role, which when couple with other club responsibilities meant he did go above and beyond for your benefit as members.

In terms of communication to members and the wider-world, i would like to give particular thanks to Neil Kennedy for his help with match reports, and to everyone who has helped in this regard. We see how far these travel, with people reading them all over the world. There are many who still take an interest in the club.

We are aware that we can be better at communicating what is happening at the club, but we simply don’t have the time to do as much as we would like. To get better, we need your help and support.

Sponsorship & Advertising

I would like to thank to all members who have helped renew, secure and develop existing sponsorship arrangements in 2019. We were by no means perfect, but we did our best with the limited time we have available. We try to bring in new businesses to support what we do, but it is very difficult to do so between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m., and at weekends.

We were previously quite reliant on this as a source of income, and we remain in need of financial support from local businesses. We are working as hard as we can on this, but we just don’t have the time to do what we feel we can. We need your help and support.

Financial position

The headline numbers showing the significant loss in our accounts may raise an eyebrow or two, but our wonderful treasurer Michael Perrin will discuss these in his report to follow, and in his notes to the accounts.

I would also like to thank our auditor Adam Newton for preparing the formal accounts on behalf of his club. Thanks for your help and support. It remains needed to save us further professional fees.

100 Club

Once again thanks go to Ian Welsh, and to Shirley Maher for the handover and co-ordination of the 100 Club. It remains a significant income stream for the club, and enables us to make repairs and improvements as and when they are required. Repairs and improvements within our kitchen, and a replacement door to the extended balcony, are just two of the improvements in the last 12 months which the funds raised have been used for the benefit of all members and their guests.

Our Management Committee

We have a very small management committee here at our club at present, which has hovered around the 10 member mark for a number of years. We have 2 part-time employees, for the bar and on the ground. Members should consider what this club offers, and what those individuals deliver for the benefit of everyone who comes to our club.

The people that make up this committee are brilliant, talented individuals. What they achieve on a monthly basis is astonishing. I would not swap any of them, for any committee member, at any other club. They achieve all that they do despite – almost exclusively – having full time jobs, family responsibilities or other voluntary posts.

I invite members to consider your key officials now, here on this top table. We as individuals should not be the members running this club, at our stage in life. But we are in this position, and we do have so many ideas a plans of how we would like to move this club forward. But the lack of numbers – and crucially, free time – prevents us from moving the club forward as fast as we would like.

So we need you. We need your help. More importantly, we need you to commit your time to help.

When you take on a role such as we do, you do so in the hope that you get something back. Not financially, but in a much wider sense. But when you ask 10-12 individuals to manage an organisation like ours, for no pay, and for so long as we have, it becomes disheartening and it is often that disinterest which leads people to walk away. It becomes unenjoyable, and that is the biggest danger this club faces at this time.

New members in the running of the club always bring new ideas, a fresh impetus. We have benefitted in this regard in the last 12 months. But we need your help and support.

It doesn’t need to be formal. It can be a promise to help out with a certain aspect. Training can be given on anything. Your skills are transferable, whenever they may have been acquired. Without the input of more members, this club will only go backwards, not forwards as it is perfectly placed to do so.

In Conclusion

Our club remains in a solid position. We have no debt, and some capital reserved for repairs, improvements and developments. Members benefit from a brillaintly talented band of volunteers. But we need your help and support to help this club achieve its potential.

 

Stuart Maher

Great Harwood CC Club Chairman

17th February 2020

Play A Part In Our Beer Festival – 28th-30th June 2019

Become a sponsor!

 

The FIRST EVER Great Harwood Cricket Club Beer, Cider and Gin Festival will take place on the weekend of June 28-30, 2019 and we’re looking for sponsors for each of the beer and cider barrels which will be available on the day!

 

Sponsors play a vital part in keeping the beer prices as low as possible and we’re looking for companies or individuals who would be willing to join our event and become sponsors for what will be a massive event for the town and attract huge interest from the surrounding area!

 

For just £125 [beer barrel], £75 [cider barrel], or £25 [gin bottle], your branding (or name if you’re and individual) will be associated with your sponsored beer or cider on the day, as well as featuring in our festival guide which will be handed out to everyone who attends.  You’ll also benefit from coverage on our official club website and social media platforms, and you’ll also receive

 

– a complimentary entrance ticket for becoming a sponsor of a gin bottle

– a complimentary entrance ticket and 2 beer tokens for becoming a sponsor of a cider,

– two complimentary tickets and 4 beer tokens if you opt to sponsor a barrel of beer.

 

Help us to deliver a great Festival by sponsoring a barrel or bottle. You’ll get your company message across, entertain your friends with some tasty beers and get the feel-good factor of having helped YOUR local club.

 

We have a few casks and barrels still to be sponsored, so if you’re interested in joining other local companies in supporting our festival, please contact our club secretary Richard Law-Riding on 07841 901694 or at secretary@gtharwoodcc.co.uk today to discuss this.

 

Thankyou in advance for your support.

Notice of Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 12th February 2019

Our AGM will take place on Tuesday 12th February 2019 commencing at 7.30 p.m. in our clubhouse.

We hope all members will be able to join us to review the last 12 months and hear the announcement of our plans for 2019 and beyond.

If you require a copy of the Agenda for the meeting or a copy of the club’s annual accounts in advance of the meeting, please contact us: info@gtharwoodcc.co.uk

2018 AGM Details

We can confirm that his year’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th February.
This will be at the club and will commence at 7.30pm.
All members are requested to attend. 

Club Awards 2017

Hawks Junior Cricket Awards

Junior Cricket Coordinator Mick Deasey said: “ Our first season in the Lancashire Youth Cricket League has been our most successful ever. Pre-season our U-11 and U-13 sides won the Hyndburn Indoor Competitions and our U-9 side finished runners up. During the summer our U-9, U-11 and U-13 sides all won their respective divisions.The U-11 side went one better and won the U-11 cup defeating both the Division 2 and Division 1 champions along the way.

“Twelve of the club’s players represented Hyndburn in District Cricket with Alex Kennedy hitting 70 not out for the U-13 side and Matt Litherland scoring 64 not out for the U-11’s.

“Overall young player of the year was Haris Iqbal who won both the U-13 and U15 bowling awards and was runner up in the U-13 batting. 14 year old Harris Masood became the first junior to win the Senior Most Improved Player award. Harris played some excellent knocks in the 2nd eleven and finished the season opening the bowling for the 1st XI, taking the first 4 wickets in his first game against Bacup.

“In all the club presented 90 individual awards to 40 players.”

GHCC Young Player of the Year 2017 – Haris Iqbal

Hawks U9

U-9 Skills Award Winner 2017

Sam Newton
Throwing the Cricket Ball

Thomas O’ Doherty
Bowling at the Stump

Joshua Duckworth
Hitting Through Cones

William Thomson
Running Between Wickets

Jacob Houldsworth
Slip Catching

Sam Newton
High Catching

U-9 Lancashire League Winners Div. 3 2017 Lancs League Div 3

Sam Newton
William Armer
William Thomson
Joshua Duckworth
Hayam Younis
Thomas O’Doherty
Thomas Henderson
Maci-Mae Whitehead
Max Cocken
Oliver Sherriff
Lewie Hacker
Harry Cameron
Ashton Dewhurst
Jacob Houldsworth
Zachary Houldsworth
Charlie Southworth
Luke McNamara
Jack Rogerson
Alex Sherriff

Individual Awards

William Armer
Batting Prize U-9 2017

Joshua Duckworth
Bowling Prize U-9 2017

William Thomson
Fielding Prize U-9 2017

William Armer
U-9 Player of the Year 2017

Hawks U11

U-11 Hyndburn Indoor Competition Winners 2017

Sam Anderson,
Cameron Bousfield
Matthew Litherland
Lewis Elliott
Ismheel Shakeel
Euan Vickery

U-11 Lancashire League Winners Div. 3 2017
Lancs League Div 3

Sam Anderson
Cameron Bousfield
Lewis Elliott
Shaabaz Hussein
Matthew Litherland
Kasim Masood
Ismheel Shakeel
Euan Vickery
Rayhan Younis
Logan Hindle
Imran Khan
Sam Newton
Hayam Younis

U-11 Lancashire League Cup Winners 2017
Lancs League U-11 Cup

Sam Anderson
Cameron Bousfield
Lewis Elliott
Ismheel Shakeel
Euan Vickery
Kasim Masood
Logan Hindle
Shaabaz Hussein
Rayhaan Younis
Matthew Litherland

Individual Awards

Ismheel Shakeel
Batting Prize U-11 2017

Euan Vickery
Bowling Prize U-11 2017

Shaabaz Hussein
Most Improved U-11 2017

Hawks U13

U-13 Hyndburn Indoor Competition Winners 2017

Ethan Houldsworth
Alex Kennedy
Marcus Hamer
Lewis Cartmell
Haris Iqbal
Rayhaan Hussein

U-13 8-a-side Lancashire League Winners 2017 Div.2
8-a-side Competition Div. 2

Ethan Houldsworth
Alex Kennedy
Haris Iqbal
Rayhaan Hussein
Jack Roberts
Marcus Hamer
Lewis Cartmell
Samuel Davies
Lewis Elliott
Matthew Litherland
Kasim Masood
Thomas Newton
Stevie Hacking

U-13 Individual Awards

Ethan Houldsworth

Batting Prize U-13 2017

Haris Iqbal

Bowling Prize U-13 2017

Thomas Newton

Most Improved U-13 2017

Hawks U15

U-15 Individual Awards

Joel Bentham

Batting Prize U-15 2017

Haris Iqbal

Bowling Prize U-15 2017

Marcus Hamer

Most Improved U-15 2017

District Cricket Performance Awards

70 n.o. v Burnley District  U-13  2017  – U-13 – Alex Kennedy        
64 n.o. v Wyre District  U-11  2017 – U-11 – Matthew Litherland

Senior Cricket Awards

Despite a relatively disappointing season on the field, there was still much to celebrate from a Senior cricket perspective. Our first season in the Lancashire League was always going to be a challenge, but performances at times were impressive, and the impact made by some of the younger players shows the development work we have been putting in place is beginning to bear fruit. Along with the continued support and hard work of gifted senior players, this can only bode well for the future.

Player of the Year – Paul Houldsworth
Players’ Player of the Year – Sohail Ali
Fielder of the Year – Philip Aspinall
Champagne Moment – Hamim Miah
Fastest Fifty – Ammar Malik
Most Improved Player – Harris Masood
Club Person of the Year – Mick Deasey
The Aspire Globally Aspirational Club Member 2017  – Stuart Maher

1st XI batting
Paul Houldsworth

1st XI bowling
Stuart Maher

2nd XI batting
Sohail Ali

2nd XI bowling
Jason Kayley

3rd XI Batting
Rhys Holt

3rd XI bowling
Ammar Ali

Senior Performance Awards

David Kendall – 10-1-30-7 v Church 2nd – 22.07.2017
Hamza Qayoom – 100 v Rawtenstall 2nd – 20.08.2017

Lancashire League Heritage Roadshow

On Wednesday 1st November 2017 we welcome the Lancashire League’s Heritage Roadshow to Great Harwood Cricket Club.

The roadshow is visiting all clubs within the Lancashire League, and the evening will see memorabilia and historically important items brought to the club, alongside a fantastic presentation with video footage on the history of the Lancashire League and the work the Heritage project are undertaking to inform, educate and engage with people throughout the local area to build understanding of what cricket means and has meant to people in the area, and to bring people together through stories and memories of Lancashire League cricket.

All are welcome to attend, with particular extension of the invite to local civic groups, local history enthusiasts, representatives from local schools and care homes (who may benefit from engagement with the heritage roadshow in future), and any individuals who have memories of the league that they may wish to share.  Anybody that is interested in cricket, local history and community engagement will not want to miss this exceptional presentation.

There will also be a chance for attendees to get involved in the activities the project intends to deliver in the future.

The club will be open from 7pm for a 7:30 start.

Presentation Night 2017

Join us on Friday 27th October for our 2017 Club Presentation Night.

The night will celebrate the performances of our Junior and Senior teams throughout the 2017 season, our first season in the Lancashire Cricket League.

The bar will be open from 7pm, with the Hawks junior awards starting at 7:30pm, and senior and club awards following immediately afterwards.  Food will be provided for juniors at the conclusion of the presentation.

Once the awards ceremony has concluded, entertainment will be provided by singer Zoe Unsworth.

All club members, players, juniors and families, and friends of the club are invited to attend.

This Week 29th August – 4th September

Here’s what we’ve got coming up at GHCC this week: –

DayDateWhat's On
Wed18 May 22Hawks Academy U15 v Rawtenstall CC (h) 6pm
Thu19 May 22Hawks Academy U13 v Clitheroe CC (h) 6pm
Senior Training
Fri20 May 22Hawks Junior Training
Bar Open from 6pm
Sat21 May 22Ladies Prosecco Cricket Festival
Bar Open from 12pm
Sun22 May 22Hawks Academy U9 v Salesbury CC (a) 9.30am
Hawks Academy U9b v Clitheroe CC (a) 10.00am
1st v Rishton CC (a) 1pm
2nd v Rishton CC (h) 1pm
Bar Open from 12pm
Mon23 May 22Hawks Academy U11 v East Lancs CC (h) 6pm
Bar Open from 6pm
Tue24 May 22Senior Training

This Week 8th – 14th August

Here’s what we’ve got coming up this week
DayDateWhat's On
Wed18 May 22Hawks Academy U15 v Rawtenstall CC (h) 6pm
Thu19 May 22Hawks Academy U13 v Clitheroe CC (h) 6pm
Senior Training
Fri20 May 22Hawks Junior Training
Bar Open from 6pm
Sat21 May 22Ladies Prosecco Cricket Festival
Bar Open from 12pm
Sun22 May 22Hawks Academy U9 v Salesbury CC (a) 9.30am
Hawks Academy U9b v Clitheroe CC (a) 10.00am
1st v Rishton CC (a) 1pm
2nd v Rishton CC (h) 1pm
Bar Open from 12pm
Mon23 May 22Hawks Academy U11 v East Lancs CC (h) 6pm
Bar Open from 6pm
Tue24 May 22Senior Training

 

This Week – 1st-7th August

Here’s what we’ve got coming up this week

 

DayDateWhat's On
Wed18 May 22Hawks Academy U15 v Rawtenstall CC (h) 6pm
Thu19 May 22Hawks Academy U13 v Clitheroe CC (h) 6pm
Senior Training
Fri20 May 22Hawks Junior Training
Bar Open from 6pm
Sat21 May 22Ladies Prosecco Cricket Festival
Bar Open from 12pm
Sun22 May 22Hawks Academy U9 v Salesbury CC (a) 9.30am
Hawks Academy U9b v Clitheroe CC (a) 10.00am
1st v Rishton CC (a) 1pm
2nd v Rishton CC (h) 1pm
Bar Open from 12pm
Mon23 May 22Hawks Academy U11 v East Lancs CC (h) 6pm
Bar Open from 6pm
Tue24 May 22Senior Training

Phase 2 Fixtures

The fixtures for Phase 2 of this year’s Fosters Lancashire League have been released today.
Having ended phase one in the bottom half we will participate in the B Division, where we will take on the teams that finished between 10th-17th. 
Starting this Saturday, we welcome Bacup to the Cliffe. Our other remaining home games will be against Colne, Rawtenstall and nearby Enfield. 
Our 100 year wait to welcome Rishton to the Cliffe continues, as surprisingly, and for the third time this season, we have been drawn away. We make the short journey down Lee Lane on Sunday 13th August. 
Our other away games are also against fellow Hyndburn clubs Accrington and Church. 
Our 2nd XI will play reverse fixtures to the 1st XI, with the exception being that on 19th August when the first XI take on Colne at home, our 2s have no game, instead travelling to Nelson on 2nd September.
Full schedules are shown below.  
1st XI
DateOpposition Division / CupMatch Report
10-Jul-21RishtonaLancashire League 2
18-Jul-21LittleboroughhLancashire League 2
24-Jul-21AccringtonaLancashire League 2
01-Aug-21HaslingdenhLancashire League 2
08-Aug-21ChurchaLancashire League 2
14-Aug-21GreenmounthLancashire League 2
22-Aug-21East LancashirehLancashire League 2
2nd XI
DateOpposition Division / Cup
12-08-18Norden CChJW Lees Lancashire League
18-08-18Clitheroe CCaJW Lees Lancashire League
19-08-18Crompton CChJW Lees Lancashire League
25-08-18Rochdale CCaJW Lees Lancashire League
26-08-18Burnley CChJW Lees Lancashire League
02-09-18Littleborough CCaJW Lees Lancashire League
09-09-18Colne CCaJW Lees Lancashire League

Hawks U11s Champions

Our Hawks Under 11s are champions of the Lancashire Junior Cricket League Under 11 Cup.
On Saturday morning, we took on Rishton in the final at The Cliffe. Batting first, we scored 282 before restricting Rishton to just 217 to claim victory.
The Hawks U11s beat Haslingden, Clitheroe and Burnley on their way to the final. The victory against Burnley was particularly pleasing given they are unbeaten in the top division this year with 8 wins out of 8. We are in Division 3, as newcomers to the Lancashire League, but also currently hold a 100% record.
Well done to all our players and manager Paul Newton, who now look to push towards a league and cup double.