Info and Contacts
(…and Some Waffle about Constitution and the Spirit of Cricket)
As per the home page… the Far from the MCC are a friendly, centrally based Oxford cricket team who have been in existence since before computers died at the turn of the millennium. Starting out as a pub team back in 1998, they have morphed with the times into the internationally recognised cricketing juggernaut they are today.
Nomadic in essence, The MAD play friendly midweek and weekend cricket throughout the summer. Happy to travel, the team are equally happy to host on university or college pitches against like-minded opposition. The club have always placed as much emphasis on camaraderie and a post-match beer as the result itself – although winning is obviously the preferable outcome, albeit an increasingly scarce commodity.
The team would best be described as moderate to average in ability with an average age range around treble that of a school leaver – if of course that individual does not get expelled too early in his education. Team members come from a myriad of backgrounds with a myriad of other interests, though their one shared passion is that of the sport of cricket.
Club Constitution and Spirit of Cricket
1. Far from the MCC
a. The Club shall be known as Far from the MCC (hereinafter to be referred to as “The Club” or “The MAD”).
a. To provide recreational cricket for its members in and around Oxfordshire.
b. To play a series of friendly matches or Friendly Cup matches throughout the summer.
c. To promote a friendly atmosphere which can be enjoyed by participants and spectators alike.
a. Membership of The Club shall be open to anyone over a suitable age regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. However, limitation of membership according to available facilities is allowable on a non-discriminatory basis.
b. Each candidate for membership must be proposed, seconded and elected or otherwise at a properly convened meeting of the Committee. The appropriate subscription must accompany the application for membership.
c. The Committee shall have the power to suspend or exclude any member for contravention of this Constitution, documented rules or published codes of conduct that may exist at that time. In exercising these powers, the Committee shall adhere to The Club’s disciplinary procedures. Appeal against refusal or removal may be made to the members.
a. Annual subscriptions shall become due for payment before the start of the new season (beginning of nets), with the amounts being determined by the AGM.
b. The Club will keep subscriptions at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.
c. Members not in full time employment shall pay reduced subscriptions determined by the Treasurer and agreed by the Committee.
d. Any member failing to make payment by a date determined by the Treasurer and agreed by the Committee, shall cease to be entitled to the rights and privileges of membership and may be expelled provided that notice has been sent at least twice to the member’s last known email address informing him/her of the proposed action.
a. The management of The Club shall be vested in a Committee that shall consist of:
v Director of Cricket
v T20 Skipper
v Fixtures Secretary
v Maximum of Two other members
…who shall all be Officers of The Club. All the foregoing shall be elected at the AGM and remain in office until the conclusion of the AGM of the following year.
b. Five elected Committee members are required for a quorum for a Committee meeting to take place providing the Chairman is also present.
c. The Committee shall have the power to fill vacancies if they arise and to co-opt members for particular projects, but co-opted members shall not have a Committee vote.
d. The Committee shall also have the power to establish any sub Committee deemed appropriate to assist in meeting the objectives of the Club, and to delegate to these sub Committees such duties as may be considered appropriate.
e. The Committee shall have the power to appoint individuals to perform specific duties on behalf of the Committee, and to delegate to those individuals such duties as they consider appropriate.
6. Annual General Meeting (AGM)
a. The AGM shall be held in the last quarter of the year as dictated by the practical circumstances applicable at that time.
b. At the AGM the meeting will receive the annual reports of the Chairman and other select members of the Committee, and the financial statements contained in the Treasurer’s report. Officers will be elected to the Committee for the ensuing year. Consider any amendments to the constitution of which due notice has been given to all members. Exercise honorary awards and transact any other notified business.
c. At least one to two months’ notice shall be given to members of the date, venue and agenda items for the AGM.
d. All registered members of The Club at the meeting who are aged 18 years or more shall have one vote. In the case of an equality of votes the Chairman will have a second, casting vote. Voting shall be by a show of hands except where the Chairman decides voting shall be by ballot.
7. Extra-Ordinary General Meeting
a. An EGM may be called by the Committee to discuss changes to the Constitution and Rules or any other Club business too urgent to wait for the AGM.
b. An AGM must be called if 25% of voting members so petition the Committee in writing.
c. Three weeks’ notice of an EGM must be given to the all members by email or in writing together with the motion/s to be discussed. No other business shall be conducted.
d. Procedures for voting shall be as used for the AGM.
a. The financial year of The Club shall end on 31st December.
b. All funds belonging to The Club shall be deposited with a bank or building society in accounts that shall carry The Club title. All accounts shall operate on two signatories, one of whom will be the Treasurer and the other either the Chairman or Director of Cricket.
c. Expenditure above agreed budget levels may only be authorised at a Committee Meeting.
9. Property and Funds
a. The property and funds of the Club cannot be used for the direct or indirect private benefit of members other than as reasonably allowed by the Rules and all surplus income or profits are reinvested in The Club.
b. The Club may provide sporting and related social facilities, sporting equipment, coaching, courses, insurance cover, medical treatment, travel expenses and other ordinary benefits of Community Amateur Sports Clubs as provided for in the Finance Act 2002.
c. The Club may also in connection with the sports purposes of The Club: sell and supply food, drink, books and related sports clothing and equipment, employ members and remunerate them for providing goods and services, on fair terms set by the Committee without the person concerned being present.
d. Indemnify the Committee and members acting properly in the course of the running of The Club against any liability incurred in the proper running of The Club (but only to the extent of its assets).
e. The Committee will have due regard to the law on disability discrimination and child protection.
10. Winding Up
a. The members may vote to wind up The Club if not less than three quarters of those present and voting support that proposal at a properly convened general meeting.
b. The Committee will then be responsible for the orderly winding up of The Club’s affairs.
c. After settling all liabilities of The Club, the Committee shall dispose of the net assets remaining to one or more of the following:
v To another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered charity and/or
v To another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered CASC and/or
v To the Club’s national governing bodies for use by them for related community sports and/or
v An enthusiastic bunch of cricketers who have a love for the game
11. Alterations to the Constitution
The Constitution may be altered but only by a resolution passed by two-thirds of those present and voting at an AGM or an EGM called for that purpose.
The Spirit of Cricket
1. Laws (Captaincy)
There are two Laws which place the responsibility for the team’s conduct firmly on the Captain.
a. The Captains are responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within that Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.
b. The Captains are also responsible at all times for Player’s Conduct. In the event of any Player failing to comply with the instructions of the Umpire, criticising his decision by word or action, or showing dissent or generally behaving in a manner which might bring the game into disrepute, the Umpire concerned shall in the first place report the matter to the other Umpire and to the Player’s Captain requesting the latter to take action.
According to the Laws the Umpires are the sole judges of Fair and Unfair play. The Umpires may intervene at any time and it is the responsibility of the Captain to take action when required. The umpires are authorised to intervene in the case of:
v Time wasting
v Damaging the pitch
v Intimidatory bowling
v Tampering with the ball
v Any other action that they consider to be unfair
The spirit of the game involves respect for:
v Your opponents
v Your own Captain and team
v The role of the Umpires
v The game’s traditional values
It is against the Spirit of the Game to:
a. Dispute an Umpire’s decision by word, action or gesture
b. Direct abusive language towards an opponent or Umpire
c. Indulge in cheating or any sharp practice, such as:
v Appealing, knowing the batsman is not out
v Advancing towards an Umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
v Seeking to distract an opponent either verbally or with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s own side.
5. Fighting / brawling / wielding bats and stumps or guns and knives
There is no place for any act of violence on the field of play (or car park). This is to be actively discouraged, despite The Club having invested in a decent First Aid kit.