Cricket Scotland AGM 2013
Last Wednesday (27th March) saw the third Annual General Meeting of Cricket Scotland Holdings Limited take place at the Millennium Hotel in Glasgow. President Jack Ker presided over the meeting, with a very healthy audience of representatives from clubs, associations and personal members.
The President’s report highlighted his first year in office and the many high points of the last twelve months. These included watching some excellent youth, women’s and club games as well as a number of the Scottish international fixtures. He paid tribute to the work of all the club volunteers in ensuring that cricket continues to thrive throughout the country, especially as 2012 will be remembered as one of the wettest in memory.
The Basil D’Oliveria Trophy, in the gift of The President, was awarded to Bill Polson, a stalwart of Scottish Cricket. Bill started playing for Mitre CC (now Edinburgh South CC) 56 years ago and has amassed well over 500 wickets for the club, including best figures of 8/26, still turning out occasionally for the 4th XI and Sunday Mitres sides.
Bill's biggest contributions however have come on the administrative side of the sport. He's the current president and secretary at Edinburgh South Cricket Club and Youth Convenor at ESCA. Throughout the years he's held nearly every position - at Edinburgh South he's been president, captain, secretary, scorer and umpire. At the East League, he's been president as well as youth convenor and he's also been public parks president. In addition to his youth work at ESCA, Bill has always been an active contributor in the south of Edinburgh, helping run cricket programmes in the Liberton / Gilmerton schools cluster.
The Chief Executive, Roddy Smith, presented the annual report which had been published earlier in the week, highlighting a number of the key achievements during 2012. Smith also discussed the organisation’s priorities for the year ahead, including world cup qualification for both the senior and age group sides, the hosting of Pakistan and Australia, participation programmes, club support and attaining new revenue streams.
Although turnover increased by 15% on the year, the accounts showed a loss of just under £50,000. This was due to two main factors, namely the postponement of many of the national team fixtures due to the weather and a last minute opportunity to play Bangladesh in a T20 International in Holland.
Board members Robert Barclay, Ken Godsman and Jim Young were re-elected by the meeting.
Discussion followed with issues such as the regional management of cricket, the structure of the domestic game and the need to further prioritise development all being aired.