TYNEMOUTH Cricket Club held their 164th annual general meeting where members heard the progress made over the last six years at the Preston Avenue ground.
Club chairman Russell Perry highlighted how membership had grown from 96 to 296 during this period and participation had increased from 96 to 2,324 thanks to the work undertaken in local schools.
These achievements had projected the club into national recognition within the ECB and helped secure funds to continue the community programme.
Mr Perry illustrated how the growth in community work had increased the number of volunteers and supporters and had led to an almost threefold increase in income, enabling the club to invest in the infrastructure, both in terms of trained coaches and facilities for playing.
After a disappointing season in the Premier League at first team level in 2010, the club has welcomed back popular Barry Stewart as captain following spells as the professional at Tynedale and Gateshead Fell.
Stewart will add his all round talents and much needed experience to assist the development of the talented young players.
News of other players joining is being kept under wraps pending registration, but the club expects to have another quality all-rounder, an opening bowler and a spinner joining the ranks for 2011.
The second team, who won the NEPL 20/20 trophy in 2010, will be led by stalwart batsman Andrew Lineham with paceman Richard Hay promoted to the Saturday third team captaincy.
The Sunday thirds will once again be led out by all-rounder Ben Richardson.
Mr Perry paid tribute to the work of the management committee, saying: “Each and every member of the committee has played a huge role in making the club the vibrant organisation which it is.
“The day to day running of the facility and the enormous efforts staging the Bonfire Night and beer festivals that did so much to ensure financial stability for the club were the product of huge volunteer efforts.”
The Bonfire Night exceeded all expectations with John Carr and his team providing a memorable evening with more than 7,000 in attendance.
The Tynemouth Beer Festival continues to grow and again Steve Mordue, Rouven Snowden and the team were thanked for their efforts which contribute to the club’s financial wellbeing.
The club are also grateful to all members of the public who showed such good support to these and other occasions.
The meeting then bestowed the status of Life Member on four loyal servants of the club – Paul Malcolm, Peter Davison, Tim Whiting and Russell Perry were all elevated to Life Members for their services to the club.