The Committee’s report
Your Committee present the Annual Balance Sheet and Report for 1904. The Year’s working shows a deficit of £104 0s. 10d., but the state of the finances cannot be considered altogether unsatisfactory. A large expenditure on painting and repairs has has been absolutely necessary, but your committee hope that this item will not be so large in the immediate future.
Of the 20 matches played, seven were won, four lost and nine drawn, the County occupying fifth place in the Championship. This position entitles the County to have a representative on the Board of Control for the Test Matches. The Committee wish to express their appreciation of the efforts of the team who have worked keenly during the season, and whose fielding, more especially in the early part, was particularly brilliant. Mention must be made of John Gunn who, for the second time in succession, scored over 1,000 runs and took over 100 wickets, and Iremonger who was consistently successful throughout. Wass’s bowling was a great advance on his form of 1903. They also desire to thank Mr. Jones for his services as Captain. The Committee feel that the great improvement in the team is mainly due to the example shown by him. His own batting was, as usual, most bright and attractive.
The Club and Ground Matches were interesting and valuable in trying the capabilities of young players all over the County. 35 of these matches were played, of which 22 were won, 4 lost and 9 drawn. An efficient Ground Staff has been engaged for the coming season.
The following Matches have been arranged for next season:- A Colts match on Easter Monday; Notts. Colts v. Yorkshire Colts at Wath; a Match Amateurs v. Professionals on August Bank Holiday; a Match v. M.C.C. at Lords; one v. Australians at Trent Bridge, and Home and Home Fixtures with the following Counties: Yorkshire, Kent, Lancashire, Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, Sussex, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, and Derbyshire.
The Committee have great pleasure in stating that the first Test Match, England v. Australia, will be played at Trent Bridge in May. It is earnestly to be hoped that the attendance at the Match will be such as to justify the selection of Trent Bridge for future Test Matches.
Towards the debt of £3,422 sums amounting to £55 15s. 6d. were given during the season, £40 of which was the generous donation of the President of the Club, Major G. C. Robertson.
The Committee desire to thank the Press for the courtesy and support given to the Club.
W. WRIGHT, Hon. Secretary.
H. TURNER, Secretary.