Cricket Scotland AGM 2014
The Cricket Scotland Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday the 23rd March at New Williamfield, the home of Stirling County Cricket Club.
Jack Ker, at the end of his two year term, looked back on his Presidency with huge fondness, and expressed the great privilege he felt had been afforded to him on his election as the governing body’s President.
He talked of the many successes that he had witnessed watching national teams at all levels, as well as some of the heartbreak he had endured with various losses, not least the last ball defeat to Ireland in Belfast. He congratulated the senior team on their success in qualifying for the ICC World Cup next year, and was sure that the current young Scotland side would continue to develop and have more success in the future.
Mr Ker congratulated all the winners of Scotland’s domestic titles during 2013, and particularly enjoyed the finals day at Stirling CC after witnessing two excellent matches on a gloriously sunny day.
The Basil D’Oliveria trophy was presented to Sam Scott of Ferguslie CC. Sam has been the driving force behind the clubs junior section for many years, producing many players that have gone on to have extensive club playing careers, as well as cricketers that have gone through the Scottish age group system to represent Scotland.
Mr Scott has also played a very significant role as Coach and Manager of a number of Scottish age group sides for many years, helping develop generations of young international players, and most recently as manager of the Under 19 side in the recent World Cup in the UAE. Eleven of the recent 15 man World Cup qualifying squad were products of the Scottish age group system, of which Sam has been an integral part.
Cricket Scotland Chief Executive Roddy Smith presented the 2013 Annual Report to the members, highlighting the pleasing growth in participation numbers in the sport, whilst outlining the key challenges faced in growing our club memberships and people playing the game on a regular basis.
Welcoming a 23% increase in turnover, as well as the many new partnerships formed in 2013. He also talked about the huge opportunities that participation in the 2015 World Cup and the hosting of the 2015 World T20 qualifier will bring to the sport. Also mentioned was the signing of a formal partnership with the WDCU as a key strategic objective for Cricket Scotland, and he hoped that further agreements would be signed with the regional bodies in the east and north during 2014.
Finance Director Robert Barclay presented the organisation’s accounts, highlighting a small loss in the year, attributed to extra resource being invested in the national side in preparation for global qualification events in both the 20 and 50 over formats. With additional support due to the forthcoming World cup and the hosting of the World T20 qualifier. The finance committee are currently reviewing the financial operations of the body as we head into a new four year budgetary cycle.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Jack Ker handed the Presidential chain of office to Colin Neill, the incoming President. Colin has been involved in Scottish club cricket since 1972. For seventeen years he played, captained and was President of Kelvinside Academical Cricket Club. He joined Helensburgh Cricket Club in 1989 after moving to the area and went on to captain the team in 1992. In 1994 Mr Neill joined the XL Club and has played for them ever since.
In 1998 he took over as the Chairmanship of the Scottish District and in 2012 was elected to the Executive Committee of the main club. The XL Club in Scotland has gone from strength-to-strength under Colin’s leadership. The XL Club plays a vital role in assisting the development of the game in Scotland’s schools by offering schools (both State and Public) and youth XI fixtures against experienced cricketers who will encourage the young cricketers to play the game to the highest standards of performance and behaviour in the best spirit of the game.
Colin has recently retired following a lengthy and highly successful professional career with Diageo with his final role managing the largest whisky production site in the world. Since retiring Colin continues to be busy as a Director of the Board of the Renfrew Chamber of Commerce and also as a Board Director of Renfrew Leisure, a post he took up in April 2012.