Crunch time for Manning cricket

MANNING Cricket Association will have a third attempt to conduct an annual meeting on Tuesday June 5.

A second annual meeting this week again proved fruitless, with no nominations for president or secretary forthcoming.

“We need people to put their hands up next time,’’ current secretary Tony Weston said yesterday.

“We just can’t go on calling annual meetings.’’

Manning Junior Cricket secretary David Burley, who was returning officer for the annual meeting, said technically the association can be wound up if nothing is achieved at the June 5 meeting.

“We do have nominations for vice president and treasurer, but the association can’t function with just two executive members,’’ Mr Burley said.

He said a check with the Department of Fair Trading shows that the association needs four elected members.

Mr Weston said all clubs were represented at this week’s meeting.

“The clubs now know the situation. They know they if they want to play cricket next season, these positions have to be filled,’’ he said.

Mr Burley said clubs throughout the district need to start having some input into the running of the association.

“Taree Leagues, Wingham and Cundletown seem to provide the majority of the officials,’’ he said.

“For example Forster’s been part of the association for years, but it’s been a long time since we’ve had a representative on the association’s executive from there,’’ he said.

Mr Burley is a past association president. The June 5 meeting will at the Manning Hotel and will start at 7pm.