THE LEE CRICKET CLUB RULES
1. “The Club” shall be called “The Lee Cricket Club”
2. The Club is formed to promote the playing, appreciation of, and community participation in, amateur cricket, to provide a clubhouse and thereat to supply refreshments to members and their guests.
3. The laws and spirit of play shall be those of the Marylebone Cricket Club.
i) Candidates for membership shall be elected by the Committee at its sole discretion, and shall be open to anyone interested in the sport on application 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.
ii) The Club may have different classes of membership and subscription on a non discriminatory and fair basis, as listed in any schedule attached to these rules, as decided by the Committee. The Club will keep subscriptions at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.
i) The Club Committee may refuse membership, or remove it, only for good cause such as conduct or character likely to bring The Club or sport into disrepute. Appeal against refusal or removal may be made to the members.
5. Every candidate for membership shall be proposed and seconded by a member of The Club. His or her full name and address and occupation and the names of the proposed and the seconder shall be communicated in writing to the Honorary Secretary, who shall cause these particulars to be exhibited prominently in the clubhouse in a part frequented by the members for a period of at least three days before his election as a member. Until the candidate is elected as a member he/she shall not be entitled to any of the privileges of The Club.
6. On election of a new member, the Honorary Secretary shall notify the same in writing, informing him/her that a copy of the rules is displayed at the clubhouse for his/her inspection and requesting him to pay his entrance fee and first subscription to the Treasurer. If payment be not made within one month of the date of the Secretary’s notice, the election shall be void unless sufficient cause be shown the satisfaction of the Committee. If after a reminder has been given, the defaulter shall thereupon cease to be a member of The Club and shall have, therefore, no right to take an active part in any meeting of The Club. He/she may, in the discretion of the Committee, be re-admitted to membership on payment of all arrears without payment of any further entrance fee.
7. When a full playing member has paid his or her subscription, his or her spouse/partner may be granted full membership, subject to the approval of the Committee, following any representations by the aforementioned member.
8. If at any time the Committee shall be of the opinion that the interest of The Club so requires, they may by letter invite any member to resign from The Club within a time specified in such letter. In default of his/her resignation, the question of his expulsion shall be submitted to a SGM to be held within three weeks after the date specified in such letter as the date before which he/she shall have been invited to resign. A member whose expulsion is sought shall have notice of such meeting and of the grounds on which it is sought to expel him. At such meeting, the member shall be allowed to offer an explanation for his/her conduct verbally or in writing, and if two thirds of the members present shall vote for his/her expulsion, he/she shall thereupon cease to be a member of The Club. PROVIDED that the voting at any such SGM shall be by ballot if not less than five members present thereat shall so demand. It shall be in the power of the Committee to exclude such member from the clubhouse and the grounds until such SGM shall be held.
9. Any person on ceasing to be a member of The Club shall forfeit all right to any claim from The Club, its property and funds.
10. Annual subscriptions and match fees shall be fixed at the AGM annually by The Club membership eligible to vote.
11. The entire management and control of The Club save as provided by Clause 41 hereof shall be vested in a Committee which shall include the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Bar Committee Chairman, Captains, Honorary Secretary, Treasurer, Fixtures Secretary and such others as may be appointed. The Committee shall be elected from and by the membership of The Club at the AGM each year, or by any SGM convened under the rules of The Club. The offices of Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer must be held by different individual members.
12. At the AGM, members of the Committee, the President and Vice-Presidents shall retire but shall be eligible for re-election. Any two members may propose any other candidate by notice to the Secretary at or before the meeting. Voting shall be by secret ballot if there is more than one candidate, and every member shall be entitled to vote for as many candidates as there are vacancies to be filled. The candidates up to the number of vacancies who shall receive most votes shall be declared elected, and in case of two or more candidates receiving an equal number of votes, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.
13. In the event of a vacancy occurring on the Committee at any time during the year, the Committee shall have power to appoint any member of The Club to fill such vacancy or to call a SGM for this purpose, but the proceedings of the Committee shall not be invalidated in consequence of there being less than the prescribed number of members thereof.
14. The President and Vice-Presidents of The Club when elected under Rule 11 hereof shall be admitted as a family member of The Club without the payment of the subscription provided by Rule 10 hereof and shall be entitled to all the privileges of non-playing members.
15. The property of The Club shall be vested in not less than three trustees who shall be vested in them to be dealt with by them as the Committee may from time to time direct by resolution (of which an entry in the minutes book shall be conclusive evidence). The trustees shall be indemnified against risk and expense out of The Club property. The trustees shall hold office until death or resignation or until removed from office by the Committee. Where by reason of such death, resignation or removal, it is necessary that a new trustee or trustees be appointed, the Committee shall nominate the person or persons to be appointed the new trustee or trustees. For the purpose of giving effect to such nomination, the President is hereby nominated as the person to appoint new trustees of The Club within the meaning of Section 36 of The Trustee Act 1925, and shall be deed duly appoint the person or persons so nominated by the Committee.
i) 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.
ii) The Club may provide sporting and related social facilities, sporting equipment, coaching, courses, insurance cover, medical treatment, away-match expenses, post match refreshments and other ordinary benefits of Community Amateur Sports Clubs as provided for in the Finance Act 2002.
iii) The Club may also in connection with the sports purposes of The Club:
(1) sell and supply food, drink and related sports clothing and equipment;
(2) employ members (though not for playing) and remunerate them for providing goods and services, on fair terms set by the Committee without the person concerned being present;
(3) pay for reasonable hospitality for visiting teams and guests
(4) 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).
17. The Committee shall meet at least three times during the year to examine the accounts and books of The Club which shall be kept by the Treasurer showing the receipts and payments of The Club and to arrange the affairs of The Club; notices of meetings shall be sent to each member. A quorum shall consist of five members. Minutes shall be taken of all proceedings of the Committee and shall be open to the inspection of any member of The Club applying to the Secretary therefore.
18. The Committee may from time to time appoint from among their number such sub-committees as they may deem necessary or expedient and may vest in or refer to them such of the powers and duties of the Committee as the Committee may determine. Such sub-committees shall periodically report their proceedings to the Committee and shall conduct their business in accordance with the direction of the Committee.
19. The AGM of The Club shall be held before the 31st of January in each year upon a date and at a time fixed by the Committee for the following purposes:
i) To elect the Committee for the ensuing year.
ii) To receive from the Treasurer a report, balance sheet, and statement of independently audited (such auditor to be approved by the Committee) accounts for the preceding financial year and an estimate of the receipts and payments for the current financial year.
iii) To approve subscriptions rates for the current year.
iv) To decide on any resolution, which may be duly submitted to the meeting hereinafter provided?
An invitation to the meeting together with a copy of the agenda shall be sent to members fourteen days at least before the AGM.
20. Any Member desirous of moving any resolution at the AGM shall give notice thereof in writing to the Secretary not less than three weeks before the date of such meeting.
21. The Committee may at any time for any special purposes call a SGM and they shall do so forthwith upon the requisition in writing of any ten members stating the purposes for which the meeting is required.
22. Fourteen days at least before any general meeting, a printed written notice of such meeting and the business to be transacted thereat shall be sent to every member.
23. Every member present at the AGM or SGM of The Club entitled to vote shall have one vote upon motion, and in the case of equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.
24. The quorum at all General Meetings for all purposes save as otherwise provided by these rules shall be twenty one members.
25. The financial year of The Club shall end on the last day of December in each year, to which day the accounts of The Club shall be balanced.
26. The charges for refreshments shall be fixed by the Committee.
27. No intoxicating liquor shall be supplied otherwise than to:
i) A member of the said Club who has been a member for at least two days or whose nomination or application for membership was made at least two days before his admission.
ii) A guest of such a member.
iii) Persons to whom the supply of intoxicating liquor is permitted under Sub-Section 4 of Section 49 of the Licensing Act 1964.
iv) Officials and members of teams and match officials visiting the premises on the occasion of a sporting fixture organised by or on behalf of The Club.
28. A list of the names and addresses of all members of the said Club shall be kept on the premises, subject to the Data Protection Act.
29. No member shall be entitled to introduce more than two guests into The Club at any one time.
30. The names and addresses of all guests and the name of the member signing them in shall be entered into a book maintained for that purpose, such book to be kept on the premises.
31. No intoxicating liquor shall be supplied for consumption off the premises except to a member in person.
32. No intoxicating liquor shall be supplied to a person under the age of 18.
33. The permitted hours for the supply of intoxicating liquor shall be as follows.
Monday to Saturday
11.00 to 23.00
12.00 to 22.30
34. In addition to the hours set out in Rule 33, the clubhouse shall be open on such hours as the Committee may determine from time to time.
35. These rules may be added to, repealed or amended by resolution at any General meeting PROVIDED that no such resolution shall be deemed to have been passed unless it is carried by a majority of at least two thirds of the members voting thereon.
36. The team captain shall take full control whilst a match is in progress and shall have power, if any player’s conduct so demands, to dismiss them from the match.
37. If at any time The Club in general meeting shall pass a resolution authorising the Committee to borrow for the purpose of The Club such a amounts of money either at one time or from time to time and at such rates of interest and in such form and manner and upon such security as shall be specified in such resolution and thereupon the trustees shall at the direction of the Committee make all such dispositions of The Club property or any part thereof and enter into such agreements in relation thereto as the Committee mat deem proper for giving security for such loans and interest. All members of The Club, whether voting on such resolution or not and all persons becoming members of The Club after the passing of such resolution shall be deemed to have assented to the same as if they had voted in favour of such resolution.
38. A copy of these Rules shall be prominently displayed at The Clubhouse.
39. The purchase of intoxicating liquor for the supply by The Club shall be in the absolute discretion of a Bar Committee of not less than three members , which shall be comprised of the Bar Committee Chairman, and two other members of The Club, approved by the Committee. In the event of any member ceasing to be a member of the Committee he/she shall automatically cease to be a member of the Bar Committee and another elected member of the General Committee shall be appointed in his/her place or elected by The Club as the case may be. All members of the Bar Committee are subject to the provision of Rule 11 hereof.
40. All playing members are to be considered to be available for selection for any team fielded by The Club on any particular date, subject to the guidelines set by the Committee in any schedule to these rules.
41. The Committee will have due regard to the law on disability discrimination and child protection.
42. Any person coaching any child under the age of 16 shall be approved for that purpose under any applicable legislation or rules
43. Winding Up
i) 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.
ii) The Committee will then be responsible for the orderly winding up of The Club’s affairs.
iii) After settling all liabilities of The Club, the Trustees, as directed by the Committee, shall dispose of the net assets remaining to one or more of the following:
(1) to another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered charity and/or
(2) to another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered CASC and/or
(3) to The Club’s governing body for use by them for related community sports.
There shall be two categories of membership: Playing member, and family member (including social member). Any Playing Member, and spouse or partner of any Playing Member shall have a vote. Family members shall be entitled to vote using one vote per family membership.
A short guide to team selection when 2 sides are competing in the league
1) Fundamental Principles
The First XI should, wherever possible, field the best possible team.
The First XI should, wherever possible, field 11 players.
All players are available for any side although captains will consider special cases on a match by match basis.
a) The First XI shall have first choice of the 11 best players for their side unless option b is relevant.
b) Where there are sufficient players to field 2 full sides, but there are limited numbers of good players available, the First XI shall have first pick of the players sufficient to fill the side with a minimum of 5 regular bowlers and 5 regular batsmen plus a wicket keeper. Here, an all rounder would count as both bowler and batsmen. A wicket-keeper who bats would count as 1 of the 5 batsmen. Surplus “good” players would then be offered to the 2nd XI. The First XI would then be made up to 11 with “good” fielders. Consideration would be given to the strength of the upcoming fixture and The Club Captain would then decide if First XI numbers should be increased (or decreased).
c) Where there are less than 22 available players, the First XI should have first choice of 11 players under the guidance of option b, until such point is reached when the 2nd XI would have too few to play. First XI numbers would then be reduced accordingly only to the extent of attaining the minimum number of 8 in the 2nd XI until such a point is reached where only 1 team is able to play – which would be the First XI (League rules).
d) Captains reserve the right to remain in the team they were elected to captain rather than be seconded up or down to the other team.
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