The UMCC has once again had a successful year, with success coming on and off the field. We felt the brunt of the beautiful British Summer weather early on in the season, with many matches cancelled which led to a hectic summer calendar with various rearrangement, so I am very appreciative of the time and commitment that all of our members have given this year.
Off the field, one of the most pleasing aspects was the major intake of freshers that we saw this year and the fact that many of them threw themselves completely into life with the UMCC. This bodes very well for the future and it was really pleasing to see several freshers step up to take on committee roles for the coming academic year. 2017/18 saw a new focus on off field personal development, with three members completing their ECB Level 2 coaching badges, and avenues being explored with the Lancashire CCC about umpiring and scoring. I am sure that this new focus on the non-playing aspects of personal development will see our members thrive individually, leading to greater club successes.
The social scene really thrived this year, with social secs Shez Mirza and Jack Harland combining classic socials such as the body paint social and the notorious Pub Cricket with new socials such as the Great British Snake Off, as well as a very successful tour to Prague in Easter. The UMCCFC and UMCCRFC, in their inaugural season, both enjoyed a lot of success and I look forward to seeing how they get on next year with the very talented range of sportsmen this club holds.
On the field, the indoor season saw the 1st XI continue on from the 2016/17 success, reaching the Northern Qualifiers and narrowly missing out on National Finals qualification, despite winning two tournaments along the way. A successful pre season cricket week was run in the last week of the Easter Holiday, with over 65 members attending, which set good foundations for the season. The 1st XI consolidated their position in the BUCS Northern Premier League, demolishing some sides along the way, and I am sure under new captain Joe Gaudie they will be mounting a strong challenge to win the league again next year. The 2nd and 4th XIs competed very well in their respective divisions, completing an impressive haul of wins along the way, whilst the 3rd XI, despite a strong start, unfortunately were faced with tougher competition and fewer players later in the season, which cost the team important victories.. The 5th XI had a tough season in the Greater Manchester T25 league, but it was great to see so many new members putting in good individual performances and using it as a spring board to make debuts for the BUCS sides.
Looking forward to next year, the major development will of course be the merger with the women’s club, and I am very excited to see how that plays out. I also think that the return of the IPL will add another string to the bow of our immensely talented club.
As a way of closing, I would like to thank all of the committee for their hard work this year, and it is great to see a real core of committee members staying on their committee in their roles or even moving onto new roles. I think that under the stewardship of Lyell Tweed, Shez Mirza and Chloe Hawes, the committee will take the club onto new heights. I would also like to thank the coaching staff for their outstanding efforts across the year, and I would like to thank the leavers in the Class of 2018 for their incredible service to the UMCC and wish them every success in all that they pursue. The following leavers were inducted into the UMCC Hall of Fame: Jack Le Feuvre, Luke Tapsfield, Jordan Roebuck, Ben Leather, Haydn Brown, James Gower.
I am very excited to see where this club goes in the next few years, and even though I am relegated to following the activities of the club via social media, I will no doubt one of the proudest Old Boys out there, and I will mark the dates of the Christmas and End of Seasons Dinners in my diary, and look forward to being carted around Cheadle at Old Boys Day as part of the Old Boys team.
Yours in the continued success, and the eternal glory of the UMCC,
J.Le Feuvre, Chairman, 2017-18