Inaugural General Meeting 1935

On Thursday 2nd May 1935 an enthusiastic general meeting of cricketers was held in the Anchor Hut, Cove presided over by Major J. St. J. Graham. The newly formed club completed preparations for the season, which opened with a trial game the following Saturday week. The Hon Secretary Mr H. J. Horn, W. W. Walsh (assistant secretary), G. Andrew (treasurer) and G. W. Black (match secretary) gave a warm welcome to one of the vice-presidents Mr J. F. E. Crowder, County Councillor, of Crookham.
The Secretary reported that the Right Hon. Lord Wolmer, P.C., M.P., had kindly accepted the office of President and the following had consented to become vice-presidents:
Dr C. Lupton, Dr. E. J. Rockett, Rev. A. Watson, Major E. Fryer, Mr J. F. E. Crowder, C.C., Mr J. Andrews, J.P., Rev. W. Buxton, Messrs W. Wright, F. C. Yeomans, W. H. Barnes, J. N. Sparks O.B.E., T. Yeomans, W. W. Wallis, H. T. Palmer and W. Gosden.

A new turf pitch was being laid on the Cove Recreation Ground (presumably Cove Green) and two practice wickets were also being prepared on the side of the ground.
Practice would be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The Council would prepare the wicket for the matches, and provide sight screens and a scoreboard. The first year would be expensive as regards gear, but several gifts had been made to the club and bats, balls etc would be purchased as necessary

A financial statement submitted by the treasurer showed that the club had received £14 5s of which members subscriptions were £7 7s 6d. Expenditure amounted to £11 12s 10d, mostly on new cricket gear. It was proposed to make collections at matches to cover ground fees, otherwise the club would be in debt at the end of the season.

The rules of the club, as drawn up by the Executive
Committee, were approved, the most important being that the club’s colours will be black and amber, and that membership is not necessarily restricted to the West Ward residents. The annual general meeting of the club is to be held in October.

The selection committee was unanimously elected and would consist of the captains of each team, plus Messrs R. Oliver, G. Toon, A. Yeomans, W. Walsh and the two umpires if willing to serve. Messrs E. Payne and G. Hinder were appointed umpires and Messrs G. Hinder and E. Johnson were elected Hon. Auditors. It was stated that the club had nearly forty members.

A statement about the proposed Evening Cricket League was made by the secretary who said he had written to nine organisations in the West Ward and he had received verbal replies from two, stating that they would be willing to field teams. The Executive Committee would further consider the matter when replies from others had been received.
The question as to whether the ground would stand up to evening cricket was asked and the groundsman replied that he would have to see how it was wearing after one or two of the club’s matches.

Fixtures for the club’s two teams for the ensuing season were presented and a selection is shown as follows:

May 11th Frimley Green Home
May 25th N. Farnborough Away
June 8th Hazeley Heath Home
June 29th N. Farnborough Home
July 6th 2nd E. York Regt. Away
July 13th R.C. Signals Away
August 3rd Crookham Away
August 17th Barn Owls Home
August 24th Frimley Green Away
Sept. 7th R.A.F. Away

May 11th Frimley Green Away
May 18th B. Co. R.A.M.C. Away
June 8th Cambertley W. M. Away
June 15th Y.M.C.A. Home
July 13th Crookham Home
August 3rd Oddfellows (Ald) Home
August 10th Minley Manor Away
August 24th Frimley Green Home
August 31st Normandy Home
Sept. 7th Minley Manor Home