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THE CRICKET CLUB DINNER PLEASANT GATHERING AT THE CLARENCE, HOTEL. REMINISCENCES OF TIHE, PAST. 1 The annual dinner of the Llandudno Cricket Club was served at the Clarence Hotel on Monday night, when the presi- dent of the Club, the Right Hon. Lord Mostyn. presided. Naturally after such a verv successful season the members were in the best of spirits and the function proved to be a very pleasant one. The vice-chair was occupied by Mr R. S. Chamberlain, and those present included Mr C. F. Farrington (captain for 1911). Mr J. W.. Gardener (treasurer), Rev. W. Jones (captain 1910), Messrs. C. Jones, Howel Jones. E. P. Morris (honarary j secretary),. A. N. Wills. L:eut-Ool. Reilly, Mr. T. Dutton, Dr. Richards. Messrs. A. Conolly, J, Ei, HaMtmark. G. C. Tripp, H. Dawson. T. Byrne, P. Laughton, J. Moody. G. Petrie, Dickens Lewis, Walter Wood. H. E. Bonnalie, H. W. Sheldon, A. Hulls, W. J. Williams. G. A Hum- phreys, Goodman Jones, J. J. Marks, A. G. Pugh, R, Williams, T. W. Jones, J. H. Rees, Hugh Edwards. R. T. Owen, Jos. Owen, G. C. Roberts, C. H. Bevan, C. Searell, H. Rowe, J. H. Roberts. M. Brigg. G. H. Caldecott, J. Jordan, W. Butler, C. Hughes, Llew Jones, A. R. Hughes. W. S. Brocklehurst, Clwyd Griffith, L1 wyfo Roberts. Apologies were received from Messrs. E, E. Bone, E. W. Johnson. T B. Far- rington. F. J. Sarson, J. A. S. Hassal, C. F. Court. Gordon Chantrey The following was the menu — Clear Jardiniere. Tomato Puree. Fried Fillets Sole. Anchovy Sauce Boiled Cod. Oyster Sauce. Salp icon Cutlets and Peas. Roast R'bs Beef. ,Horse radish Sauce. Roast Turkey and Sausages. Apple Tart and Custard. Fruit Jellies. Dessert. Coffee. THE TOASTS. The loyal toasts were given from the chair, the solo being sung by Mr C. H. Bevan. who choose "•Gentlemen—the King." and the chorus was heartily join- in by all present. THE NAVY AND ARMY. Mr G. A. Humphreys, proposing the toast of the Navy and Army, said &-1 were interested in those institutions because they could not avoid it. It did seem monstrous that the country should be called upon to provide such a tremendous amount of money to keep the command of the sea. That command must be kept! at ail costs.—(Applause.) Many things and very important things had to be set aside and sacrifices made for the safety of the Kingdom, but they were proud of what had been done by the defenders of the country and proud of the navy and its history. They were also confident that everything in the future would be equally as well done ,-(Applause,) It was im- possible to see where the great expendi- ture of money was going to end, but hav- ing arrived at the determination that the expense must be faced it should be their duty to see that the nation got the fullest value for their money. He thought that if a greater interest was taken in both the navy and army the result would be that the money would be spent to greater advantage.—(Hear, hear,) Referring more particularly to the army Mr Humphreys said it had been shewn that the British soldier of the present day could more than hold his own with any of those of the Continent, but there was a shortness of men. An invasion was a pos- sibilitv that had to be considered, and there was but little doubt that the regular army was not large enough to cope with it. The Territorials as yet were not suffi- eiently advanced to meet the highly- trained men of Continental armies, and therefore it should be incumbent upon all to take such an interest in the land forces as would result in the standard being raised and the men paid their proper worth and expected to perform a, reason- able duty.—(Applause.) He would sug- gest to the authorities as a means of assist- ing recruiting +hat the colours should be seen oftener. The occasions on which re- giments were seen in this part of the Kingdom were very few. He was sure that if the, coast towns were visited oftener a. lot of men would join.—(Applause.) He had great pleasure in coupling with the toast the name of Lieut-Colonel Rei.ly who had recently come to reside in Llan- dudno and taken charge of working of the Nationa" Service Le.ague, in this part of the county,-(Anplause.) Lieut-Colonel ileiliy, who was very cord -,I-lv on rising to respond, said tie t, was one which was always well received, and he thanked Mr Hum- phreys for the very kind words in whicft he had proposed it. He was rot qualified to speak for the service, but no one could gainsay the immense importance of the efficiency of the navy when the vital duties it had to perform were considered. The prominence given to the need of an effective sea, power was not exaggerated in any way. The necessity of such a power was recognised by the present govern- ment.—(Applause.) That was proved in a speech made but very few days previously by a responsible minister. As to the land forces, the searchlight of public opinion was always playing upon them, and he hoped that the time was not far distant when in that branch of the service there would be order, effective training and a full muster.—{Applause.) They had either to go on or go back. There could be no standing still. The nation hacl to contend with keen and powerful rivals, and it was their duty as Englishmen to see that no ground was lost. A goodly heritage had been handed down to them, a. heritage won by blood and treasure, and as trustees of that heritage it was their duty to toe the line and play the ame.(Applause.) There was an abundance of critics of the British army both at home and on the Continent, but in all the Continental criticism there was a tribute to the excel- lence of the raw material, and it was that raw material that should send them home that night with optimism in theiir hearts, —(Loud applause ) THE LLANDUDNO CRICKET CLUB. The Chairman, who was given an ovation on rising, proposed the toast of the zn "Club," and said he did so with great pleasure,, for he saw round the table the faces of many old cricketers with whom he had been associated when the club was first formed. In those days they could induce the M.C.C. to send town teams and they had excellent cricket. It was entirely due to the gentlemen he referred to that the club. now had such an excel- lent ground to play on.—(Applause.) It was with them the idea originated, and to them their thanks were due. He was pleased also to see that the club had so manv vice-presidents who were old cricketers, and he thought they would even now make a, very good show against the second eleven.—(Laughter and ap- plause.) They could not hope to do much against the first eleven, for the club never had a, better. He trusted the club would go on improving. It had its ups and down, but was now going very strong.—(Applause.) It was going so strong that we would ask why they could not have a better pavilion.—(Applause.) The pavilion was not good enough now for the club. At Mosyn they had done with- out one for some time, but had realised that a well-appointed 'one was necessary, and had erected one whiich had proved a great advantage to the club. If Mostyn could support- a, pavilion, he was sure Llandudno could, and would clo his best to help in a small iva,v-(Applause.) Before concluding, his lordship referred to the match played at Llandudno this year against Mostyn, and said he did re- collect a match he had enjoyed more. It was a very exciting match, and as sport- ing: a one as he had ever seen.—(Ap- plause.) He coupled with the toast the name of the Rev. W. E. Jones, and hoped the club would long flourish. A CRICKET WEEK SUGGESTED. The Rev W. E. Jones, responding, said it had been his privilege to be present at three or four annual cricket dinners. In cricket, like other sports and pastimes, re- trospect was even more pleasant than the actual partaking. The retrospect with regard to last year was especially pleas- ing.-(Loud applause.) He was certainly not ashamed to give his account of the stewardship, for out of 21 matches they had won sixteen, drawn one and lost only four.—(Applause.) That was a very good report, for they had met strong teams not only from the neighbourhood but from England, and been able to give them a good welcome and a good game. He would like to thank all the members for the loyal way they had supported him during his year of office as captain and also the committee. The selection com- mittee had done its best to pick the best men and to give the right man the right place. They had also considered the claims of the player who could play away from home to be included in the team C7 for home matches.—(Hear, hear.) For next vear he suggested that a cricket week should be arranged. All good clubs had a cricket week, and he thought that if sufficient money could be collected for a pavilion there would b £ no difficulty in getting good clubs like the Oxford Authentics to come and play at Llan- dudno..—(Hear, hear.) In reviewing the season he should not neglect to refer to the younger players, who had shewn a, great keenness to vis't the. ground to practise. The only diffi'-ir+v in thai direc- i tion was that fielding was not so popular j as batting a.nd bowling. They should aim at improving their fielding, for if that was good they would always be able to give any opponents a good game.-(Applause.) He concluded by wishing the new captain a,s successful a season a.nd equally pleasant memory of his year.—(Applause.) REMINISCENCES OF THE PAST. Mr J. J. Marks proposed the toast of the Chairman, and Vice-Chairman, who' had .both clone a, considerable amount of work for cricket in Llandudno. Lord Mostyn had alluded to those who in early days had laid out the beautiful ground, but he did not say that it was himself and Mr Chamberlain who had come to the rescue of the club and made the laying out possible.—(Applause.) They had since given the club very substantial sup- port, and it was a pleasure to see Mr Chamberlain present at most of the games now. Concluding, Mr Marks suggested that an attempt should be made to abolish net practice with a, view to the fielding being improved, and hoped the hint of Lord Mostyn with regard to a pavilion would not be lost.—'(Hear, hear.) Lord Mostyn, replying to the toast, ex- pressed the hope that the annual dinner would never be allowed to drop, for he thought it was an excellent method of sustaining interest in the club.—(Hear, hear.) Mr R. S. Chamberlain said he was in the vice-chaiir in place of his old friend, Mr T. B. Farrington, who had been call- ed away to London. He quite agreed with hiis lordship that it would be a pity to drop the annual convivial gathering, for there was nothing like a jolly good din- ner to help a, thing on.—(Laughter and applause.) Their president had referred to cricket in the old days, but he would like to take them still further back to forty years ago. The cricketers of those days Z7, played on a rough piece of ground on the West Shore somewhere near the site of the present golf house. They had a pitch there about thirty yards long by four wide which answered its purpose very well, and he thought they had better cricket in those days than he had seen in Llandudno since. They sometiines had a team that could beat any second class county and even hold its own with some of the first- class counties. There was no question of beating up players, for they were worried out of their lives by visitors who wished to take part in the games. They had some of the first cricketers of the day in spite of the rough ground, and it required no little pluck to play on it.—(Laughter and applause.) ENCOURAGE THE BOYS. Continuing, Mr Chamberlain referred to Mr Marks' advice as to fielding prac- tice, and added that he thought some- thing should be done to bring the boys in. When he went to school every boy was made to play cricket, and consequent- ly they soon got very keen on the game. They should try and get the boys of the town to practice, and he thought that if sides were chosen in the evenings it would have a very good effect. He hoped that more subscribing members would join the club, as they would have to face greater expenses next year. U Mr Lloyd George's taxes were not going to be paid for out of nothing, and a re- creation ground of the character of the Llandudno Cricket Field was not exempt from the land taxes. So he calculated that there would be an extra, tax of about £ 20 a. year. He hoped he was wrong, for Lord Mostyn's sake—t really would be a substantial sum. Lord Mostyn I see the pavilion float- ing away. It is going.—(Laughter) 0 In Mr J. E. Hal] mark proposed the toast of "The Visitors," coupled with the name of Mr Jordan, of Deganwy, whom he hoped would before next year qualify him- self to propose that toast.'—(Applause.) Mr Jordan, replying, said he would have great pleasure in becoming an honorary member of the club, and re- ferred to his own solitary appearance on the cricket field and the connection of his brothers with the town. The toast of the Press was proposed by Mr A. Conolly, and responded to by Mr W. T. Brocklehurst THE MUSICAL PROGRAMME1, During the evening songs were given by Mr G. C. Tripp, Mr W Roberts, Mr Jordan, Mr J. Roberts (junr.), Mr Llew Jones, and Mr Moses gave a whist-llii-i, solo. Mr Chas. Hughes ably acted as accompanist. "Baily's Magazine of Sports and Pas- times" for November contains a lengthy biography of the new Master of the York and Ainsty Hounds, Mr J. S H Fullerton, of whom it can truthfully be said that he has hunted all his life. Mr Fullerton is frank in confessing that he owes much of his knowledge of hounds to the late Frank Girlard, whose death was recently an- nounced. The continuation of "D.'ss hunt- ing articles this time takes the shape of a discussion upon "The View Halloa." Much of interest is told of beaten foxes, and advice is offered as to who are the only people to halloa when they see a fox. A reader of "Baily"- who saw a number of recent Polo matches played in America has written his impressions, and ends up with a stirring appeal to the sporting n ZD instincts of British Polo players to win back the international1 cup, and "Baily" suggests organisation, fit men, fast and absolutely trained ponies, and a sinking of individual principles by all the players chosen. Then follows a short instructive and illustrated article upon "The Racing Tout at Work." A novelty is struck in 1 the giving of a full list of scratch and plus players in the best of Britain's golf clubs. This list should be extremely use- ful to handicapping committees and others. The majority of club officials are of the opinion that the amateur champion. ship should remain open only to scratch or plus men. j







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