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As you will have no doubt seen from your recent CWC-related post (which included the AGM Agenda papers), Wendy Wimbush has decided to stand down from her position of Treasurer – a post which she has held for 31 years. Indeed, as she was appointed in 1986, the year in which I was invited to join CWC, I for one have never known a Cricket Writers’ Club without Wendy at the helm! (And I am far from the only one in that)
In her message to Club Members, Wendy rightly sets out her reasons for wanting to spend a little more of her time in other pursuits, especially at her Church Hall in Whitstable. I am sure all CWC Members will join me in wishing her all the very best with those additional responsibilities – typically, Wendy is very much up for that new challenge!
I am also sure that everyone will agree with me that the Cricket Writers’ Club will never see a greater servant than Wendy. In fact, it is absolutely no exaggeration to say that the Club would not have survived in such a healthy state over these past three decades but for Wendy’s dedication to the cause – and especially her long-standing partnership with Derek Hodgson, our Secretary from 1986 until 2004. It was in that Wimbush-Hodgson era that the Club grew substantially, both in numbers and influence. Wendy, we will never be able to thank you enough for all you have done.
What Wendy did not say in her message, however, was that her role as Treasurer and, for so long, as Assistant Secretary, was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of everything she did for the Club; the list of jobs is too long to number here but most Members will know exactly what I am saying. The current re-organisation, and enlargement, of the Club’s secretarial administration has been done precisely because of the need to replace the depth and breadth of Wendy’s portfolio, which included much regular secretarial work as well as the Treasurer’s job and her considerable help every year in the organising of the Annual Lunch.
As for the immediate future, I am delighted that Wendy has agreed to stay on as an officer of the Club, as Assistant Treasurer, while Marcus Hook gets his feet under the table as Wendy’s successor as Treasurer. Marcus’s appointment will be ratified officially at the AGM, and we welcome him to the post.
I am also pleased that Wendy will be around to assist in some of the organisation of this year’s Annual Lunch, but as she will be standing down from the Dinner/Lunch sub-Committee later in the year I have already asked Shilpa Patel if she would be willing to join the sub-Committee in Wendy’s place and, I am very pleased to say, Shilpa will now be on hand to help out this summer.
Wendy, we’re not going to let you disappear totally from the life of CWC, but we understand your reasons for standing down as Treasurer – let alone everything else you do – and once again we thank you for a brilliant 31 years spent at the heart of this Club.
Mark Baldwin
Chairman, CWC, 18th March 2017​

Tuesday, 25th April 2017

Will all Members please note that the 2017 AGM will be held in the Media Centre, at Edgbaston, on Tuesday April 25, from 2pm. The meeting will be preceded by tea and coffee availability from 1pm, and by a light lunch buffet from 1.30pm. There will also be a short drinks reception after the meeting has concluded.

The CWC committee took the decision last year that the AGM would be held on an experimental three-year rota from 2017 - also taking in Trent Bridge in 2018 and back to Lord's in 2019 - on the basis that more regionally-based Members would be able to attend over this three-year period than has traditionally been the case when it has always been held in London.

I am therefore hoping for a good turn out and, as indicated above, I am also looking for the AGM day to become something of an early-season social gathering, which CWC will help to fund in terms of refreshments and some drinks.

An AGM agenda will be sent out, as ever, in advance of the meeting and nearer the time but - for now - please put this date in your diaries and, especially if you are based in the Midlands and West, please do everything you can to attend and support the Club.

Regards, Mark Baldwin


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01/03/2017: England to make short work of the West Indies

William Hill make England 4/11 red hot favourites to win the first ODI against the West Indies, who are 21/10. Joe Root is 3/1 to be top bat.

“Despite losing in India, England scored a bucket load of runs and all the cash has been for them to make short work of the West Indies,” said William Hill spokesman
Rupert Adams.

West Indies vs England - First ODI:

21/10 West Indies, 4/11 England

4/1 Joe Root Top Score In England Victory

9/2 Chris Woakes Top Bowler in England Victory

Top England Bat: 3/1 Joe Root, 10/3 Jason Roy, 4/1 Sam Billings, 5/1 Eoin Morgan, 6/1 Jonny Bairstow, 6/1 Jos Buttler, 7/1 Ben Stokes, 12/1 Moeen Ali, 14/1 Liam Dawson, 33/1 Chris Woakes, 80/1 Adil Rashid, 80/1 Liam Plunkett, 150/1 Jake Ball, 150/1 Stevn Finn
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