The Committee Report
Your Committee beg to present the Annual Balance Sheet and Report for 1907. A very wet season interfered with many of the matches, especially the Yorkshire Match at Trent Bridge in which there was only 70 minutes play, thus depriving the Club of the revenue obtained from one of the most popular fixtures. The attendances at the later matches, especially those v. South Africans and Middlesex, augmented the receipts considerably. A profit of £237 1s 3d. was realized on the season’s working, £234 15s 6d. of which has been transferred to the Trent Bridge Extension Account for payment of Interest (£164 5s. 0d.), and in the reduction of the debt which now stands at £3,033 16s. 6d. Towards the funds of the Club a generous contribution of £100 was received from the President, Sir Francis Ley, Bart.
Of the 20 Home and Home County Matches played, 15 were won, 4 drawn, and 1 abandoned. The County once more attained the position of Champion County, going through the whole season without a defeat. In achieving this honor the Committee fully recognize the efforts of the Team, which, captained by Mr. Jones in a manner beyond all praise, played throughout the season with great vigor and pluck. Every man did his best and worked hard for the good of the side. Hallam and Wass were almost invincible and to their performance the result was greatly due. The sum of £810 9s. 6d. was subscribed by the supporters of Notts. Cricket and divided amongst the Players in recognition of their services. The President presented the Captain and each member of the team with a memento of the season’s record.
The Committee desire heartily to thank Mr. Jones for his indefatigable services as Captain and congratulate him on his appointment by M.C.C. as Captain of the Team now in Australia.
Your Committee feel that this is an appropriate time to promote a testimonial to Mr. Jones in recognition of his brilliant servies to Notts. Cricket. It is hoped that the friends of the Club will substantially mark their appreciation of Mr. Jones. The Subscriptions received will be vested in Trustees (to be appointed by the Committee) on the terms of a Settlement, the draft of which can be seen at the Honorary Secretary’s Office.
Your Committee have placed a memorial stone of the grave of the late George Anthony.
The Notts. Share of the proceeds of Champion County v. Rest of England match enabled your Committee to give the sum of £180 to various Charities in the County.
The Club and Ground played 31 matches, of which 20 were won, 2 lost, and 9 drawn.
The experiment of playing 8 district Colts Matches was adopted last season and was a great success. It is thought these matches will be more useful than the Colts Match as formerly played. In the Colts Match 21 players only received trial; in the new arrangement 77 players were tried at about the same cost.
The following matches have been arranged for the coming season: Amateurs v. Professionals at Trent Bridge on August Bank Holiday; eight matches at Trent Bridge between Eleven of the Ground Staff and Eleven Colts selected from different Divisions of the City and County; a match v. M.C.C. at Lords; a match v. the Philadelphians at Trent Bridge; and Home fixtures with the Counties of Yorkshire, Lancashire, Middlesex, Essex, Surrey, Sussex, Leicestershire, Gloucestershire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire.
W. H. TOMASSON, Hon. Secretary.
H. TURNER, Secretary.