The Outcasts 'family' has had it's share of bereavements in 2014, initially with the tragic loss of Keith Ambrey in March, then we were all equally saddened when Stephen Hewitt was taken from us so suddenly in November. Added to this Ted Kitchen, well known to most Outcasts both professionally and socially through his cricketing days with the former Manchester Planners C.C. also sadly passed away. And so we now also open our hearts and wish to post our sincere condolences to Phillip Hughes' family, friends and colleagues. Let us all hope for more happier times ahead whilst remembering them and the joys they got from playing cricket irrespective of ability or level of competition. R.I.P to each of these sportsmen who loved to be involved with sport and particularly the great game of cricket.
The Annual Silver Boot evening was another success, with thanks to Tony T and Joanne.
Roger and Dave Walsh were voted joint recipients of the Champagne Moment Award and Paul M was the unanimous choice of Silver Boot winner for 2014 for his overall outstanding contribution with both bat and ball and in the field. The Golden Duck Award - for the member who has made the greatest all round contribution to the Outcasts, on and off the pitch, during the course of the year was awarded in recognition of Stephen Hewitt's efforts for the Outcasts throughout his cricketing career, for his regular appearances on the Dorset tour, for his general good humour, companionship and joie de vivre. The vote for the Golden Duck went overwhelmingly to him.
Dave and Roger are presented with the Champagne Moment Trophy by Tony T.
Outcasts Cricket Club originates from the early 1970s with a group of enthusiastic cricket-minded colleagues of the former Greater Manchester County Council Planning Department.
Following the abolition of the County Council this social group were distributed far and wide across Greater Manchester primarily, but stuck together in solidarity and defiance of the Thatcher mechanics of destruction to maintain its cricketing roots.
The emphasis of the cricket is purely for an enjoyable social evening, but there is always the element of competition and a desire to perform well and competitively.