As per the home page… the Far
from the MCC are a friendly, centrally
based Oxford cricket team who have been in existence since before computers
died at the turn of the millennium. Starting out as a pub team a few years earlier
in 1998, they have morphed with the times into the internationally recognised
cricketing juggernaut they are today.
Nomadic in essence, The MAD
play friendly midweek and weekend cricket throughout the summer. Happy to
travel, the team are equally happy to host on university or college pitches
against like-minded opposition. The club have always placed as much
emphasis on camaraderie and a post-match beer as the result itself – although
winning is obviously the preferable outcome, albeit an increasingly scarce
team would best be described as moderate to average in ability with an
average age range around treble that of a school leaver – if of course that individual does not get expelled too early in his education. Team
members come from a myriad of backgrounds with a myriad of other interests,
though their one shared passion is that of the sport of cricket.
Club Roles & Committee Posts
N. P. Reilly (Posthumous) & A. M. Mander
R. P. Turner
I. Howarth & G. J. Timms
M. K. Reeves
J. C. W. Hotson
I. Howarth & G. J. Timms
& L. G. Ainsworth … etc
Club Constitution and Spirit of
Far from the MCC
a. The Club shall be known as
Far from the MCC (hereinafter to be referred to as “The Club” or “The MAD”).
a. To provide recreational
cricket for its members in and around Oxfordshire.
b. To play a series of
friendly matches throughout the summer.
c. To promote a friendly
atmosphere which can be enjoyed by participants and spectators alike.
a. Membership of The Club
shall be open to anyone over a suitable age 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.
b. Each candidate for
membership must be proposed, seconded and elected or
otherwise at a properly convened meeting of the Committee. The appropriate
subscription must accompany the application for membership.
c. The Committee shall have
the power to suspend or exclude any member for contravention of this
Constitution, documented rules or published codes of conduct that may exist
at that time. In exercising these powers, the Committee shall adhere to The
Club’s disciplinary procedures. Appeal against refusal or removal may be made
to the members.
a. Annual subscriptions shall
become due for payment before the start of the new season (beginning of nets),
with the amounts being determined by the Treasurer and agreed by the
b. The Club will keep
subscriptions at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people
c. Members not in full time
employment shall pay reduced subscriptions determined by the Treasurer and
agreed by the Committee.
d. Any member failing to make payment by a date determined by the Treasurer and agreed by
the Committee, shall cease to be entitled to the rights and privileges of
membership and may be expelled provided that notice has been sent at least
twice to the member’s last known email address informing him/her of the
a. The management of The Club
shall be vested in a Committee that shall consist of:
…all the foregoing shall be
elected at the AGM and remain in office until the conclusion of the AGM of
the following year.
b. Five elected Committee
members are required for a quorum for a Committee meeting to take place
providing the Chairman is also present.
c. The Committee shall have
the power to fill vacancies if they arise and to co-opt members for
particular projects, but co-opted members shall not have a Committee vote.
d. The Committee shall also
have the power to establish any sub Committee deemed
appropriate to assist in meeting the objectives of the Club, and to delegate
to these sub Committees such duties as may be considered appropriate.
e. The Committee shall have
the power to appoint individuals to perform specific duties on behalf of the
Committee, and to delegate to those individuals such duties as they consider
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
a. The AGM shall be held in
the last quarter of the year as dictated by the practical circumstances
applicable at that time.
b. At the AGM the meeting will
receive the annual reports of the Chairman and other select members of the
Committee, and the financial statements contained in the Treasurer’s report.
Officers will be elected to the Committee for the ensuing year. Consider any amendments
to the constitution of which due notice has been given to all members. Exercise
honorary awards and transact any other notified business.
c. At least one to two months’
notice shall be given to members of the date, venue
and agenda items for the AGM.
d. All registered members of The
Club at the meeting who are aged 18 years or more shall have one vote. In the
case of an equality of votes the Chairman will have a second, casting vote.
Voting shall be by a show of hands except where the Chairman decides voting
shall be by ballot.
Extra-Ordinary General Meeting
a. An EGM may be called by the
Committee to discuss changes to the Constitution and Rules or any other Club
business too urgent to wait for the AGM.
b. An EGM must be called if
25% of voting members so petition the Committee in writing.
c. Three weeks’ notice of an
EGM must be given to the all members by email or in
writing together with the motion/s to be discussed. No other business shall
d. Procedures for voting shall
be as used for the AGM.
a. The financial year of The
Club shall end on 31st December.
b. All funds belonging to The
Club shall be deposited with a bank or building society in accounts that
shall carry The Club title. All accounts shall operate on two signatories,
one of whom will be the Treasurer and the other either the Chairman or Sporting
c. Expenditure above agreed
budget levels may only be authorised at a Committee Meeting.
Property and Funds
a. 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.
b. The Club may provide
sporting and related social facilities, sporting equipment, coaching,
courses, insurance cover, medical treatment, travel expenses and other
ordinary benefits of Community Amateur Sports Clubs as provided for in the
Finance Act 2002.
c. The Club may also in
connection with the sports purposes of The Club: sell and supply food, drink,
books and related sports clothing and equipment, employ members and
remunerate them for providing goods and services, on fair terms set by the
Committee without the person concerned being present.
d. 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).
e. The Committee will have due
regard to the law on disability discrimination and child protection.
a. 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.
b. The Committee will then be
responsible for the orderly winding up of The Club’s affairs.
c. After settling all
liabilities of The Club, the Committee shall dispose of the net assets
remaining to one or more of the following:
To another Club
with similar sports purposes which is a registered charity and/or
To another Club
with similar sports purposes which is a registered CASC and/or
To the Club’s
national governing bodies for use by them for related community sports and/or
bunch of cricketers who have a love for the game
Alterations to the Constitution
The Constitution may be
altered but only by a resolution passed by two-thirds of those present and
voting at an AGM or an EGM called for that purpose.
The Spirit of Cricket
There are two Laws which place
the responsibility for the team’s conduct firmly on the Captain.
a. The Captains are
responsible at all times for ensuring that play is conducted within that
Spirit of the Game as well as within the Laws.
b. The Captains are also responsible
at all times for Player’s Conduct. In the event of any Player failing to
comply with the instructions of the Umpire, criticising his decision by word
or action, or showing dissent or generally behaving in a manner which might
bring the game into disrepute, the Umpire concerned shall in the first place
report the matter to the other Umpire and to the Player’s Captain requesting
the latter to take action.
According to the Laws the
Umpires are the sole judges of Fair and Unfair play. The Umpires may
intervene at any time and it is the responsibility
of the Captain to take action when required. The umpires are authorised to
intervene in the case of:
Any other action
that they consider to be unfair
The spirit of the game
involves respect for:
Your own Captain
and the team
The role of the
It is against the Spirit of
the Game to:
a. Dispute an Umpire’s
decision by word, action or gesture
b. Direct abusive language
towards an opponent or Umpire
c. Indulge in cheating or any
sharp practice, such as:
knowing the batsman is not out
towards an Umpire in an aggressive manner when appealing
distract an opponent either verbally or with persistent clapping or
unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s own
Fighting / brawling / wielding bats and stumps or guns and knives
There is no place for any act
of violence on the field of play (or car park). This is to be actively
discouraged, despite The Club having invested in a decent First Aid kit.