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Season 1999
The way it was....

1999: Season 1999 Squad Photo Report Results: 1 2 3 4

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The '99 Squad. Click the pic to go to the members' index. 

The Season

tiniball.gif (195 bytes)  To the right is the fixture card for 1999 (click each team for result). On average we faced stronger opposition than last season and felt a little mis-matched by the fixtures arranged by the Club Cricket Conference. Never mind. Charing Cross was a revival of a regular fixture from the late 80's / early 90's where the balance was often in their favour. Until this year incompatible dates kept us apart. Was this the year our fortunes changed? Hmm. We last met Chobham 2nd's some years back and this match promised a good game. August saw the first meeting between ourselves and St. Johns, a strong local club. Another good game that went almost to the last over.

1999: click for details

Apr 25 Cove 2nd
May 02 Charing Cross
09 Elthorne
16 Chertsey Rec.
23 Weybourne
30 Olinda Vandals
Jun 06 Chobham 2nd
13 Crown Tav'ners 1st
tour 19 Abandonded
tour 20 Mount Hawke
tour 21 Perranporth
27 Old Woking 1st
July 03 President's Day
11 Addlestone 1st
18 Brookwood
25 Pirbright
Aug 01 Lightwater
08 St. Johns
15 Windlesham
22 Bisley
29 Eversley
Sep 05 Westcott
12 E. Cheam Occs.
19 Oakley

tiniball.gif (195 bytes)    The Tour, the fifth to Cornwall was of course better than ever (aren't they all - Ed) and will go down in history as the first that a reigning President came along on. Not only that, Pete Lamb (for it was he) was also the first poor sod who "won" FOUR numbers on our infamous "Blottery." Unbelievable! He certainly thought it was, crying "Stitch up" when the rest of us simply met the result with gales of laughter. His revenge came to him just two weeks later when his President's XI had a bit of luck to beat/thrash us. (delete as appropriate) View some pictures of the tour here.

tiniball.gif (195 bytes)   That President's Day was a memorable occasion as usual. Well over 400 runs were scored in the game, all plus many more retiring to President Pete's place where the evening was eaten, danced and drunk away, although not necessarily in THAT order. Clearing up commenced just before dawn I'm told. A unanimous vote of thanks to Peter Lamb and his wife Jenny for hosting a great evening.

tiniball.gif (195 bytes)   As far as the fundraising programme went, our first-ever Racenight was held at the end of March, a lively evening enjoyed by the many who supported us. With help from respected ex-members Dave Evans and Steve Hardy we raised far in excess of expectations. May Bank Holiday saw most of the team and friends (those who don't work on Saturdays) do a sponsored walk along the Basingstoke Canal from Pyrford Lock east of Woking to West End. The unusually warm UK Bank Holiday Weekend meant many a weary foot and dry mouth (not foot & mouth - Ed) being given necessary rest and refreshment at any old Pub that happenned along (there was one or eight I'm told). At around 8.00pm they got back to base at the "Hare & Hounds" where a superb buffet was laid on. The Quiz evening occurred at Bisley Pavilion on May 18th. President Peter Lamb and Diane Lamb were the joint questionmasters. All had a fun time raising a respectable sum.

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Awards Evening 1999

Awards Evening 1999 - click on the photo for piccies

tiniball.gif (195 bytes)  The Awards Evening (Pix here for viewing) was held once again at Chobham Golf club, taking on a more controlled appearance than the previous year. This year we cut most of the "silly" awards out, reasoning that many people wouldn't appreciate the in-jokes and anyway what time does the disco start? After the menu was dispatched with gusto and one or two other well-meaning phrases Captain and Vice-Captain Tim and Matt took their place behind a table brimming with silverware and plasticware.

tiniball.gif (195 bytes)   Along with the serious awards as listed below, the two "silly awards" that MUST be awarded on this night were the "Your Shit - AARRRGGHHH!" for the worst over of the year. Matt Balkwill comfortably ran away with this one with 24 off 6 balls. He maintains that three of these were byes, but we don't care, he won it outright anyway, so there. The other, "Quack Quack Ops!" (not surprisingly for the most ducks) was closer but all-comers were quietly beaten by Jason Stephens who wishes to remain anonymous.

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The Gaisford Improvers Award KEV CHEESEMAN
The West End Fielding Award CRAIG WESTON
The Hull Award - best batting average TIM LAMB
The Elson Trophy - best bowling average HOWARD TURNER
The Fenwick Shield - Player's Player (team vote) TIM LAMB
For services rendered

tiniball.gif (195 bytes)    A new award was introduced during the evening, something that Chairman Howard Turner wanted to do for some time. The inaugural Life Membership Certificate presented that night went to Alan Hull (pictured right) who, along with help from fellow member adrian Elson laid the original artificial strip believed to have been the first in Surrey. He also involved Howard, our current Chairman, who's never looked back. This Award is hoped to be the first of occasional presentations to those who have made a significant contribution to WECC over the years.

tiniball.gif (195 bytes)   As mentioned earlier West End C.C. is greatly indebted to our President and group of loyal Vice-Presidents. In particular to all previous Presidents without whose help and constant support over the years we would not be looking forward to so positive a future today.


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