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The 2012 AGM was held on Wednesday 24th October at the Clubhouse with 25 members in attendance.

A full review of the key activites and achievements of the club was presented and discussed.

The Chairman, Peter Smith, was delighted to announce the award of the ECB Clubmark accreditation and offer thanks on behalf of the club to David Barter for his hard work in achieving this significant milestone for the club.

He also thanked Billy Hargan, Cricket Chairman and Jenny Way, Welfare Officer, for all their hard work and contribution to the Club, as both are stepping down from their respective roles.

The AGM is responsible for the election of the Club's Officers and members of the Management and Cricket Committees and as a result here is the line up for 2012/13:

Read more: WHCC 2012 AGM Update

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Woking & Horsell Cricket Club has achieved Clubmark status. The accreditation was officially made on 8 October 2012. The Clubmark accreditation recognises clubs who:

- deliver quality cricketing programmes through integration with the local community;

- maintain high levels of duty of care for junior players, and;

- demonstrate good club management.

The accreditation is designed to assist clubs with attracting new members and retaining current ones, as well as assisting the club when applying for funding or seeking new sponsors, among other objectives.

The club would like to extend our sincere gratitude to David Barter for his extensive efforts in getting the club to this major milestone. The achievement of Clubmark required management of a long and sometimes complicated application and accreditation process, including detailed ECB paperwork and visits to the ground for inspection.

Club policies relating to the accrediation of Clubmark can be found in the Clubmark section of the website.

As part of the standard process the club will be subject to annual checks and three-yearly re-applications to ensure that we remain up to scratch.

Should you have any questions about Clubmark please direct them via the club secretary Trevor Woods.

On Friday 5 October the 2nd XI and 3rd XI collected their league crowns at the annual Surrey Championship League dinner. The dinner, held at The Oval, included representation from 18 of Woking and Horsell CC's finest, and as usual was a great evening. The club congratulates our successful sides and wishes them luck in defending their crowns in the their new divisions next season.

Last Saturday's victories against Warlingham and Chertsey respectively saw both the 2nd and 3rds confirmed as Champions of their respective Divisions.

The W&H 2nd XI won Division 3 of the Surrey Championship 2nd XI leagues to cap an outstanding 18 months for the team. Having won promotion as champions last season, the 2nd XI won all but one of their league matches this season. Congratulations to all who have played their part in this excellent team performance.

W&H 3rd XI were also crowned champions after a tough end to their 3rd XI Division 2 campaign. The format of the 3rd XI league is a tough one as the teams only play each other once. After a shaky start on Saturday at Westfield against Chertsey, the 3s racked up a competitive total and closed out the game for a comfortable win. Again, many congratulations to all those who have contributed to this championship.

The 3rd XI league is now finished, but the 2nd XI have a final match away to Thames Ditton. The 4th XI will finish mid table in the 4th XI Premier League and travel to Dulwich for their final league game of the season. The 1st XI host Staines and Laleham needing a win to ensure they are safe from relegation from a very competitive and tight league.

In their first season of league cricket, the 5th XI have finished in mid table of the Surrey Cricket League 3rd Division - a very creditable performance.

We hope to see lots of spectators at Brewery Road on Saturday to offer support to the 1st XI in their important final match.

The OSCAs were put in place to reward and recognise the thousands of volunteers that put so much into making cricket happen at a local level. There are 10 award categories, three of them relating to Coach of the Year Awards, supported by Surrey’s Coaches Association. The winners of those awards are put forward to the regional and national Sky Sports Coach of the Year Awards in 2013.

The 2012 OSCAs took place at The Kia Oval on the evening of 21 August. In a fantastic piece of news for Woking & Horsell CC, John Matthews won the award for Outstanding Coaching Achievement. This award is given to coaches who have made a significant difference to shaping the lives of cricketers and cricket programmes in both club and representative cricket. To quote John’s nomination directly:

“John has been helping at Woking & Horsell CC for over seven years, taking a side from U10 all the way to U17 this year. As a qualified PE teacher he is able to pass on much more than just cricket to his players. He has set up a coaching pathway to the club, working with Surrey Cricket Board to deliver a Young Leaders Course each year. The most talented coaches from this then move onto UKCC 1 and 2 courses whilst coaching back at the club. He also has a Level 2 British Sign Language qualification and is always looking at ways to utilise these skills within cricket, most recently working with Darren Talbot Cricket Coaching to set up open days for cricketers with hearing impairments. He is much respected at Woking & Horsell CC but remains modest about all he has done. He is a special, unsung hero”.

Attending the OSCAs on behalf of the club were Club Chairman Peter Smith, Colts Coaches David and Alistair Barter and John’s son Jack. It is also of great credit to the club that Billy Hargan was nominated in a very strong Behind the Scenes category.

Read more: Surrey Cricket Board – Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) 2012

Congratulations to Charlie Eve who has been appointed our new 6th XI captain.

This is a great appointment on many levels for the club as it not only gives one of our emerging teams a full time leader, but also goes some way to cementing the 6th XI as a regular team. Already this year the 6ths have played four games since the early season rain delays - more than double the entirety of last season.

We wish Charlie all the best in his new role and look forward to a sustained strong level of growth in all of our playing sides.

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