President's Annual Report
It is with pleasure and pride that I deliver the annual President’s report for the 2020/21 cricket season. A season during which the Association consisted of one hundred teams representing forty-four clubs across twelve grades, six Saturday and six Sunday.
Three new clubs were welcomed to the Association in Kew, Racing Rugby and Carnegie United. The twelve premierships were shared between eleven clubs. Congratulations to our twelve premiers, and to all those players involved in finals.
The restrictions in place across Victoria in response to the COVID-19 pandemic saw the commencement of the season postponed until the weekend of the 14th and 15th of November 2020. Once the season was able to get underway, however, only one round was abandoned due to weather.
On behalf of the Executive Committee I would like to express our appreciation to all clubs, committees, captains, players and umpires who participated through the season adhering to the COVID-19 protocols and regulations set down by Cricket Victoria and the State Government of Victoria.
The individual awards for each of the twelve grades will be presented on Saturday 18th September when the Association will celebrate the performances of the 2020/21 season and the start of our Centennial season. We will be holding this even at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.
The Umpires’ Association, again under the leadership of their President John Sexton again ensured all matches across each of our three A grades had two umpire appointed. While more matches in our B, C and D grades had only a single umpire appointed than we have seen in recent seasons, this was largely due to significant recruitment challenges in the face of COVID-19 including the drop in numbers of international students. The umpires education and training facilitated by Umpires’ Advisor, Paul Baleisa, with support from John Sexton in his capacity as Appointment Officer ensured all appointed umpires received the necessary training to perform at the standard the Association has come expect.
The Executive Committee wish to thank the full umpiring panel for their efforts, in particular John Sexton, Paul Baleisa, Emil Annakis and Paul Grant for volunteering their valuable time in managing the Umpires’ Association through the season.
I would like to thank my fellow members of the Executive Committee for their efforts through this particularly challenging season. With one hundred teams across twelve grades, a heavy workload has been required from many of the portfolios held by our members, particularly our two secretaries, Alec Kahn and David Hill. I appreciate the efforts of Executive and their generosity in the time given over the course of the last twelve months. Everyone adopts a proper and professional approach to running the Association.
Now we look forward to out Centennial season in 2021/22. There will, of course, continue to be COVID-19 protocols and restriction in place that we will no doubt continue to take in our stride. We look forward to a season where we strive to play our cricket in the right spirit with all participants committed to the “MCA Vibe” and the behaviour that demands.
Let’s all ensure we enjoy our Centennial season to the fullest.
Well done Mercantile.
Yours in cricket
Bill “Crash” Craddock
President – Mercantile Cricket Association