2020 President : Frankie Crouch
To All Members and Friends of the SOA
This day (21 July 2020) feels as though it's been a long time coming - however right now, in deepest Hampshire, the SOA are taking the field for the first time this season. Can the SOA match England's inspirational display of yesterday ? We have a further 2 matches this week (Horspath and Downs) and another 3 next week (Whitney Mills, Bledlow and Middleton Stoney) so plenty of opportunities for all.
Whilst it's been very much a team effort to get us playing again I have to call out Colin Bedford's magnificent work confirming / rearranging fixtures, and our recently appointed Match Manager Co-ordinator Sam Herbert and long-in-the-tooth Membership Secretary Andrew Smith for their efforts organising XIs.
Our match schedule is still taking shape and you can find the current position via this link - https://www.soacc.co.uk/ on our website.
Players are asked to contact match managers regarding fixtures they wish to play in (or alternatively Andrew Smith).
We are grateful to Oxford Downs CC for hosting our traditional fixture this Friday and our hosts will provide a warm welcome to any SOA supporters who are able to drop in. However long you stay it is very important that you sign in on your arrival to the ground either using the QR code posted near the clubhouse, or for the less tech savvy, the Visitors book. On this occasion the socialising will have to be a little muted due to the current restrictions and sadly ODCC are unable to provide food. However I am confident the sun will be shining (a little).
Over the coming weeks all members will be receiving through the post the 2019 Season's Report, a club newsletter (written pre Covid) and the original 2020 Fixture Card (also printed pre Covid). Perhaps these will become collector's items in the years to come ........
Hope to catch up with many of you during the 'season'.
Steve Wilson (SOA Secretary)
2019 SOA Dinner
An enjoyable Annual Dinner was held at the Cotswold Lodge Hotel on Saturday 9 November with an interesting and engaging presentation from World Cup winner Lydia Greenway. The presidency passed from Tom Scrase to Frankie Crouch and Alex Wildman was announced as the President Elect for 2021.