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It is always hard to express sorrow through communication when a cherished Woking and Horsell Club member of any era passes away. This is doubtless the case when it is a current playing member known by so many due to his captaincy on Saturdays and Sundays or providing coaching to our junior members. It is unbelievably a year on since we wrote these words and we lost our  valued member and friend David Lane.
 
We all have our own personal memories and gratitude for Dave and it is clear to see how popular he was from the tributes on social media last year. We hope this highlights the positive impact he made both on and off the field. Dave will be remembered at Brewery Road for his passion for the club, his unstinting hard work, his efforts to ensure everyone of all ages and abilities got a game of cricket, as well as his delight in the achievements of others.

Dave re-joined the club in 2010.  He had not played cricket for a number of years, concentrating more on his young family and football, especially Spurs. If you weren't aware, Dave was an avid Tottenham Hotspur fan. He may have mentioned it once or twice! Unfortunately his Spurs shirt was also favourite white shirt of choice!

He began primarily as a bowler and in his early years was often situated at number eleven or in amongst the late order. Playing 125 recorded club games, although this was certainly many, many more due to sketchy playing records, Dave took 137 wickets at a very impressive average of 19.42. His best bowling figures of 6 for 37 were against Worcester Park in a Sunday game in June 2013.Perhaps we need to question the club’s selection committee policy and ask why he did not consistently play at a higher level! Based on his bowling achievements the club awarded Dave the accolade of 5th team bowler of the year in 2012.

Unlike some of his number 11 club contemporaries, Dave’s batting significantly improved. This was through personal dedication and desire. Also, unlike a majority of his playing peers, he went to most practice nets both summer and winter and it was unusual not to see him there let alone one of the first to arrive or last to leave. Through his determination he became a difficult player to dismiss either through gritty or instant 20s or 30s. It became evident he had the ability to bat most numbers from early to late order depending on the make-up of the team. This highlighted his unselfish attitude. Based on the strength or the make-up of the team he would either play as a batsman or bowler. Equally, it also became quite common that he had to don the wicket keeping gloves because there was no one else capable of doing so. In view of this Dave became a very reliable keeper for the 5ths, so much so he gained the call up to the 4ths on occasions, and for the 3rds in the last ever league game he played for W&H at the end of last season.

Dave played the majority of his cricket in the Saturday 5th and Sunday 2nd teams. To most people Dave was the 5th team, captaining them from their formative years in 2010 and 2011, when games were based on club availability, and then from 2012 when the 5th team entered league cricket for the first time. In their first season they came a credible 9th out of 16 in division two of the Surrey League. Lately, Dave captained the 5th team in the 4XI Surrey Championship West, achieving a competitive 7th out of 10th in the league last summer against other clubs 4th teams.

Although Dave was Mr Woking & Horsell 5th team he did play a number of 4th team games. In fact, if he was not the 5th team captain he would no doubt have played significantly more at a higher level. He also had the opportunity to play briefly in the Saturday 2nd and 3rd teams. Unfortunately, when making his one and only appearance for the second team, he drove to Oxted when we were actually playing Oxshott, over 20 miles in the wrong direction!! After almost nearly missing his 2nd team debut he eventually arrived an hour after the game had started and promptly let the first ball he received in the field through his legs for four!

This was only a small part of the Woking and Horsell Dave Lane that most saw. The effort and dedication that captains make during the week to get a full team on the field is often immeasurable. Dave did this both days! He did this for the lowest team on the rung on both days. If someone pulled out on Friday night in the first team it was Dave who ultimately had to find a player, sometimes from nowhere. Dave did this for five years. Also, notably, the 5th team have no fixed home club ground, which the top four teams on Saturday now have the pleasure of enjoying. Because of this, Dave often had to visit Brewery Road before a match to pick up stumps, chairs, tables etc to take them to an appropriate destination. Dave’s wife Shelly was often fundamental in providing his teams with teas. Due to his overriding dedication and selflessness the club awarded Dave a resounding and well deserved accolade of clubman of the year in 2011, an award which he was often in the running for in subsequent years.

Also, unnoticed by many, but not by the junior members of the club, was his coaching. Dave gained his Level 1 coaching qualification in Spring 2011 and along with our Chairman Peter Smith he took on the management of the U7s that year. He moved on to coach the U8s in 2012 and 2013 coaching his son William. He coached the U9s in 2014 and the U10s in 2015.

Dave had his own unequivocal style and whatever he did was in his view the best for the club. The fact he constantly organised games during his week, drove kit or players from one venue to another over a number of years highlights his selflessness.

There are so many more words the club can supply in respect of Dave Lane’s contribution; unfortunately there are none strong enough to describe how he is still missed by his family or friends. Our thoughts go out to his wife Michelle, and his children Chloe and William a year on.

The biggest tribute that the club can state is that there is still a huge gap at W&H which is having to be filled by many people. Rest in peace our friend. Your life was far too short but we thoroughly enjoyed the time you spent at W&HCC and we will always be grateful for just how much you did for so many people.
 

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Enjoying dry January after the season of excess but really need to do some exercise but rather not hit the gym like the rest of world?  Well the answer is obviously a Woking & Horsell Winter net. 

We will be netting at Woking Leisure Centre again on Sunday afternoons. As you know, we are always on the look out for new players so please bring along any friends who are interested in joining.

New players - If you are a senior player and would like to play for us in 2017 then please contact Phil West at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. All abilities are welcome so feel free to come along as we run seven senior teams across the weekend.

Here is a list of the dates:

Sunday 29th January  4.00-6.00pm
Sunday 5th February  4.00-6.00pm
Sunday 19th February  4.00-6.00pm
Sunday 26th February      4.00-6.00pm
Sunday 19th March  4.00-6.00pm
Sunday 26th March  4.00-6.00pm
Sunday 2nd April  4.00-6.00pm


 

The AGM on Thursday was reasonably attended and saw a good level of non players getting involved and taking personal responsibility for the clubs growth. It is however disappointing with the size of our playing membership that a higher proportion of players did not attend. A good number of items were discussed and these will be reviewed and appraised by the below list of elected members and captains.

There are challenges ahead as we move towards the 2017 season. Therefore, we would very much welcome further assistance to continue making the club a fantastic environment to play and watch cricket. Please do not just rely on the few below as its as much your club as it is theirs. A small amount of help does go a long way. Apathy will hinder the clubs growth, please do not let that happen.

Enjoy the close season and lets make the 2017 season the best.

 

Election of Officers

President: Peter Murphy                  

Chairman: Peter Smith

Secretary: Trevor Woods

Treasurer:  Janice Woods

Membership Sec: Tom Harlow

Welfare Officer: David Barter

Auditor: Nick Day

 

Election of Remaining Management Committee

Bar Chairman:       Jack Allen         

Building & House: Matt Allan

Cricket Chairman: Vacant

Sponsorship/Fundraising:  Nick Tune

Ground Chairman:  Ed Smith      

Football Club liaison:  Trevor Woods

Social Chairman: Vacant       

Colts Rep.: Neil McPherson

Communication & Media Manager : Mike Walsh

Other Committee Members:  Tim Keene and Johnny Ayling

 

Election of Cricket Sub-Committee and Captains

Cricket Secretary:  Vacant

Surrey Championship League Representatives: Tom Harlow & Nick Tune

Colts Manager: Neil McPherson

Fixture Secretary: Ramesh Parthasarathy 

1st XI Captain : Tim Keene        

1st XI Vice: James Woods 

2nd XI Captain: Malcolm Eddington       

2nd XI Vice: TBC

3rd XI Captain: Tom Harlow

3rd XI Vice: Matt Allan

4th XI Captain: Ralph Lumby

4th XI Vice: Peter Smith

5th XI Captain: Simon Nixon

5th XI Vice:TBC

Sunday XI Captain: Martin Peters

Sunday XI Vice:TBC

Sunday 2nd XI Captain: Charlie Eve

Sunday 2nd XI Vice:TBC

Brewery Road Clubhouse 8PM start

The Annual Woking & Horsell AGM is one of the most important events of the year. In short it discusses and decides the fundamentals of the 2017 cricket season. Anything from nominating new captains, committee members, playing requirements, the pitch, finances and subscriptions to name just a few items.

This meeting allows all existing and potential members to voice their praise, views or opinions on how our club is run.

The club has a reasonably sized membership, including the colt section. However, the administration side is run by a small number who provide their time and passion to ensure regular cricket is maintained and played. In view of the small number not all roles are filled and often due to the size of some jobs support is often required. 

The club prides itself on its cosmopolitan and community spirit. There are however times when there are critical or ongoing matters whether playing or administration that need to be resolved and its not possible as we are stretched or simply we are not aware of them. So why not give some time to your club and make it better place than it is already? You love cricket and have the pleasure of enjoying the club facilities, so why not show your appreciation rather than just playing because someone else has organised it?

Please do not leave it to others as there is so much the few can do.

Come to the AGM lets hear your voice, opinion and lets make a difference to this great club.

 

 

 

As you maybe aware  this summer Surrey County Cricket Club ran the yearly Bedser Scholarship campaign to find and support local talent within the state schools. Woking & Horsell were honoured that Surrey County Cricket Club nominated three out of the six scholars from our club. Well done to Alexander McPherson, Jude Silverton and Ramish Malik.   As part of their Scholarship all six winners receive funding towards kit and membership fees as well as winning 13 hours of coaching at the Surrey Indoor Cricket Centre in Guildford. 

To celebrate and promote the award they undertook recently a photo opportunity on the Bedser Bridge in Woking with Surrey and England legend Mickey Stewart. 

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