We recently received an email from Keith's family - it reads :- "Dear Friends of Keith Keith's family would like to thank you all for the generous contributions made in memory of Keith to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Donations received in fact amounted to £1226.25. after a further £100(+£25 gift aid) came from the Outcasts when a member donated cricket gear to the club. The donations will make a real difference to those living with the disease. We are sure Keith would appreciate your kindness.
Keith's ashes are now interred in the memorial garden at St Chad's Church, Romiley. If you have not already seen it there is also a memorial page on the Outcasts website."
The 2013 Silver Boot evening was another well organised event hosted by Eric at Dimitir's Bar Taverna in central Manchester.
It was Tony T's night as he picked up the coveted Silver Boot and Champagne Moment trophies, while Bob Sproat was the recipient of the Golden Duck. The voting for all three awards was a close affair with Roger, Peter T, Paul Mooney and Colin Wood in contention. Thanks to all who turned out for the evening and many thanks to Eric for his organisational efforts. Before the evening's formalities started, the skipper awarded Tony with his cap having made his 25th appearance in the final match of the season at Bakewell.
The final outstanding match report of the 2013 season is now available for the tour match at Abbotsbury.
The match report for the final home match against Swinton Lions on 14th August is now available.
The photo below is believed to be the GMC Planners 11th September 1985 against NWRHA - The final match for GMC Planners before their rebirth as Outcsats C.C.
There are only two noteworthy additions to this years records which just about sums up our season - Colin and Eric's 4th wicket partnership at Lower Broughton and the defeat at Astley Bridge C.C. against Albion. In summary, we played 14 matches winning 5 and 9 defeats.
This concludes our season, but all of this season's match summaries have now been posted on to the Season 2013 page. The full match reports and score cards are available as usual. A big thanks to the reporters and our dedicated officials for ensuring we fulfil our commitments and thanks to all the players who have taken part this season.
Thanks for a good summer and we shall look forward to the close season social calendar which has already started with the golf day as reported below.
Friday 6th September. The third annual Outcasts C.C. Golf Day was held at the William Wroe Golf Course, Flixton in appalling weather conditions. Despite the forecast 5 intrepid golfers and two guests braved the elements to take part in the end of season golf event organised by Ted. After a break last year, we held this event in a new format, that of a Texas Scramble. This comprised two teams hacking their way around the course, which was completely deserted but in good condition, to play shots from the position of the best ball from each shot to accumulate a scoring round thus avoiding any involved discussion about handicaps etc. Ron's team included Ted, Paul and Ron's guest Pete lead the front four, while Les and Bob was accompanied by Les's guest Alick. After the front nine holes, there was one shot in it with the lead team up by 1 over par, but as the darkening skies closed in for a late finish, the winning margin had been increased by a further two strokes, which meant Ron's team picked up the Outcasts Golfing Trophy for 2013. During the round, two mini competitions were held; Nearest the Pin on the short 7th green - embarrassingly no-one got their ball on the green, so at the turn it was agreed to carry this forward to the 10th. Ron reached the green pin some 15 feet away and Bob just sneaked in to take the award. The other mini comp was for the longest drive on the 18th. Again, this also was embarrassing as only Bob managed to get his drive straight enough to land on the fairway. Alick's was clearly the longest, but the ball frustratingly dropped into the bunker half way down on the right. Thanks again to Ted for organising the day and providing the prizes.
Outcasts Annual General Meeting was held at the Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar on Thursday 17th JANUARY 2013. The minutes of this are available.
Outcasts play home matches at the well appointed Winton Cricket Club.
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.