The Old Tauntonians and Romsey Cricket Club was formed in 1998, an amalgamation of Old Tauntonians Cricket Club and Romsey Cricket Club.
Taunton’s College was founded in 1760 at the bequest of Alderman Richard Taunton (1684-1752), Wine Merchant, Privateer and former Mayor of Southampton.
Old Tauntonians was an Old Boys Club formed in 1899 and culminated into the Old Tauntonians’ Association, keeping together those who wished to continue their former school contacts by playing many forms of sport.
Old Tauntonians circa 1937/38These sporting activities became ever stronger. From the 1930s to the 1970s, the OTA produced teams of formidable strength at Football, Cricket, Hockey, Chess and Golf. Individual players were awarded international honours and county representation and teams won many local competitions. From the late 1950s to the 1970s, the OT Sports Club had its own clubhouse on the site of the old ‘Tram Stables’ adjacent to the Highfield building in Southampton.With the closure of the school came the end of a regular supply of ex-schoolboys to join the Old Tauntonian Sports Club. With the removal of the College to Hill Lane came the loss of the club premises. There never had been an investment in land for a sports field, either by the school or by the old boys. These three factors combined to gradually lessen the strength of the Sports Club and, eventually, non Old Tauntonians were admitted to membership. The requirement of some league teams to have their own ground, the desire for somewhere to socialise and the economics of survival made it necessary for mergers with other clubs and The Old Tauntonian Sports Club ceased to exist as an entity.
Old Tauntonians are founder members of the Southern Cricket League and were champions in 1970, 1972, 1973 and 1989. They also won the Echo Trophy (known then as the County Ground Knockout) in 1956, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1989, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1980
Romsey Cricket Club was formed in 1895, (although a club called Romsey Social existed in the 1880s) were founder members of the The Hampshire League winning the County Division 1 title in 1995, County Division 3 Title in 1981, the West Division 1 in 1991 and West Division 2 in 1988. They acquired the land for cricket from the Broadlands estate of the late Lord Mountbatten and played matches against many of the local towns and villages. Many touring sides visited on their way to playing in South Hampshire and the New Forest.
Romsey Cricket Club 1979OT’s and Romsey won the Southern League Division 2 title in 2003 and Division 3 in 2007.Colin Morris was Southern League Division 1 – Leading wicket-keeper (27) in 2004.
Charlie Forward was Southern League Division 2 – Leading run scorer (645) in 2002
Keith Trodd was Southern League Division 2 – Leading wicket-keeper (21) in 2003
Charlie Forward was in 2nd place in the All-ime (2000-2008) run scorers in the Southern League with 4,524.
OT’s & R highest team score in the Southern League (all divisions) is 301 for 7 v Sparsholt.
OT’s & R highest team score in the Southern League Division 2 is 294 for 2 v United Services in 2003
Purbrook scored just 37 all out v OT’s & R in Southern League Division 2 in 2008.
OT’s & R lowest score in Division ? is 73 v Hampshire Academy in 2002.
OT’s & R lowest scores in Division 3 are 59 v St Cross Symondians and 59 v Purbrook both in 2000.
The highest individual score for OT’s & R in the Southern League is 200 not out by Charlie Forward v Sparsholt in 2002.
Best bowling performance is by Max Smith with 7 for 40 v Winchester KS in 2000.
Charlie Forward and Max Smithhold the Hampshire League record partnership of 358 v
First-class cricketers who have played for Old Tauntonians and/or Romsey CC
Alan Castell – (Hampshire 1961-71)
Chris Goldie – (Cambridge Univ & Hampshire 1981-85)
Andy Murtagh – (Hampshire 1973-77)
Bob Stephenson – (Derbyshire & Hampshire 1967-80)
Keith Stevenson – (Derbyshire & Hampshire 1974-83)
Derek Tulk – (Hampshire 1956-57)
Ian Chivers – (Hampshire 1985-87)
Kevin Emery – (Hampshire 1982-83)
Steve Malone – (Hampshire, Essex & Glamorgan 1975-85)
P-J Bakker – (Hampshire and Netherlands 1986-92)
Rajesh Naik – (Goa and South Zone (India) – 1995/96 – 2003/04)
PJJ Rodrigues (Goa – 1996/7 – 1999/00)
Chris Wood (Hampshire 2010 -)
List ‘A’ cricketers who have played for Old Tauntonians and/or Romsey CC
Charles Forward – Hampshire Cricket Board
Phil Hughes (Hampshire u17s)
Old Tauntonians & Romsey Cricket Club
The Club will be called Old Tauntonians & Romsey Cricket Club (incorporating East Tytherley CC) and will be affiliated to the ECB
The Club colours shall be Royal Blue, Black and Old Gold.
3 Committee and Officers
The Club will be managed through the Management Committee consisting of:
Chairman, Vice Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and Club Captain, (who shall be the Officers and Executive Committee of the Club) together with the House Manager, Bar Manager, Grounds Manager, Colts Development Manager, Sponsorship Manager, Social Secretary, Child Protection Officer, Development Plan Co-Ordinator, Club Mark Contact and Saturday Team Captains. Press Secretary, Web Master, Fixture Secretary. Only these posts will have the right to vote at meetings of the Management Committee. Decisions shall be made by simple majority voting with the Chairman having a second or casting vote in the event of a tied vote.
4 Aims and Objectives
The aims and objectives of the Club will be:
The following posts are to be filled by election at each Annual General Meeting.
a) Patron b) President
c) Vice presidents d) Chairman
e) Vice Chairman f) Club Captain
g) Hon. Secretary h) Hon. Treasurer
i) Hon. Fixture Secretary j) Hon. Press Secretary
k) Grounds Manager l) Bar Manager
m) House Manager n) Colts Development Manager
o) Captains for each Team p) Child Protection Officer
q) Social Secretary r) Sponsorship Manager
s) Development Plan Co-Ordinator t) Club Mark Contact
u) Web Master
Officers shall retire at the end of each season but may offer themselves for re-election. Nominations shall be sent to the Secretary prior to the AGM. The Management Committee shall be empowered to fill any post left vacant following the Annual General Meeting.
The Chairman, Colts Development Manager, Child Protection Officer, Club Captain and all team Captains must have valid CRB checks.
The Management Committee, of whom five members shall constitute a quorum, shall meet once a month throughout the year unless there should be insufficient business to justify a meeting.
The Management Committee will (a) have powers to appoint sub-committees as necessary and appoint advisors to the Management Committee as necessary to fulfil its business, (b) will be responsible for adopting new policy, codes of conduct and rules that affect the organisation of the club, (c) will be responsible for disciplinary hearings of members who infringe the club rules/regulations/constitution, (d) be responsible for taking any action of suspension or discipline following any such hearings, (e) have the power to make by-laws as and when necessary in connection with the management of the club, provided such by-laws are consistent with the foregoing rules.
Membership should consist of Officers and members of the club.
Membership of the club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport of cricket on application regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. However limitation of membership according to availability of facilities is allowable on a non discriminatory basis.
All members will be subject to the regulations of the constitution and by joining the club will be deemed to accept these regulations and codes of conduct that the club has adopted.
The Club may have different classes of membership and subscription on a non discriminatory and fair basis. The club will keep subscriptions at levels which will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.
Members will be enrolled in one of the following categories:-
8 Membership and Fees
Names and addresses of all persons who wish to become members of the Club shall be placed before the Management Committee who shall have the right to refuse any applicants membership. An interval of at least two days shall elapse between application and admission. Membership shall continue each year on payment of annual membership fee. Annual membership fee is due on 1st January each year and shall be paid at the rate fixed by the last Annual General Meeting and published on the web site. Playing members who have paid their membership fee by 30th April of the current season shall receive a discount. If payment has not been received by 14th May of the current season the player(s) concerned will not be considered for selection until payment has been received.
New members will have one month after playing their first match to pay their annual subscription at the reduced rate.
Match fees as decided at the Annual General meeting and published on the web site shall be paid, per match, to the respective team captains or person appointed by him.
All club monies will be banked in an account held in the name of the Club. The Club Treasurer will be responsible for the finances of the Club. The Financial year of the Club will end on 30th September. Any cheques drawn against club funds should hold the signatures of the Treasurer plus up to two other Officers.
10 Annual General Meeting and Extraordinary Meetings
(a) Notice of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be given by the Club Secretary and shall be held in November. Fourteen days notice of such meeting shall be given to those entitled to attend together with an audited statement of accounts and minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting. All members except as (c) below shall be entitled to vote. The AGM will receive a report from the Management Committee and a statement of the audited accounts.
(b) Only playing members shall be entitled to vote for Team Captains.
(c) Social members, Associate members and members who have not paid their current membership fee shall not be entitled to vote.
(d) 15 members shall constitute a quorum.
(e) Members wishing to submit alterations to the Club rules shall send the same to the Hon. Secretary by 30th September prior to the next AGM.
(f) Members wishing to submit an item for discussion under any other business shall send the same, in writing, to the Hon. Secretary at least seven days prior to any General meeting.
(g) An Extraordinary General Meeting shall be called at the request of at least twelve members, in writing, and signed by them, or after a majority vote by the Club Management Committee.
(h) Such a meeting shall be held within twenty-one days of the receipt of any such request by the Hon. Secretary, or the majority vote of the Club Management Committee. Seven days notice shall be given to members entitled to vote. Decisions at the AGM’s and SGM’s shall be by a simple majority vote with the Chairman having a second or casting vote in the event of a tied vote.
11 Alteration to Rules
Any alteration to rule, submitted in accordance with the aforementioned rules shall be referred to the Annual General Meeting or Extraordinary Meeting called for that purpose and can only be changed by a two thirds majority vote.
12 Sale of Intoxicants
The hours for the sale of intoxicants shall be within those prescribed for the land currently applicable and as approved by the Management Committee.
Members shall have the privilege of introducing visitors to the Club, provided such visitors have not been rejected for membership, requested to resign or expelled by the Management Committee.
Member’s spouses and children shall be deemed honorary members for the purposes of this rule.
The Management Committee or any member present shall be responsible for the maintenance of good order on the club premises. They shall not permit drunkenness, violence or bad language on the club premises nor shall they permit the purchase of intoxicants to any person under the age of 18.
13 Discipline and Appeals
The Management Committee shall have the right to suspend or expel any member who contravenes the laws of cricket or these rules. All complaints regarding the behaviour of members should be submitted in writing to the Hon. Secretary.
A sub committee of 5 members of the Management Committee will meet to hear complaints within 21 days of a complaint being lodged. The committee has the power to take appropriate disciplinary action including the termination of membership.
The outcome of a disciplinary hearing should be notified in writing to the person who lodged the complaint and the member against whom the complaint was made within 14 days of the hearing.
There will be the right of appeal to the Management Committee following disciplinary action being announced. The committee should consider the appeal within 14 days of the Secretary receiving the appeal.
If, at any Annual General Meeting a resolution be passed calling for the dissolution of the Club, the Hon. Secretary shall immediately convene a Special General meeting to be held not less than one month thereafter to discuss and vote on the resolution. If at that meeting the resolution is carried by at least two thirds of the full membership present, the Management Committee shall thereupon, or at such date as shall have been specified in the resolution, proceed to realise the assets of the Club and discharge all its debts and liabilities. After discharging all debts and liabilities of the Club, any remaining assets shall be donated to some other voluntary organisation having similar objects to those of the Club.
Old Tauntonians and Romsey Cricket Club hereby adopts and accepts this constitution as a current operating guide regulating the actions of its members.
Signed: Date: 24th November 2004
Signed:A.H.Forward Date: 24th November 2004
Amended 5th May 2007
Name: A.H.Forward Name:A.H.Forward
Club Chairman Club Secretary
Amended 28th November 2007
Name: A.H.Forward Name:A.H.Forward
Club Chairman Club Secretary
Amended 30th November 2017
Name: Stuart Tulk Name:A.H.Forward
Club Chairman Club Secretary