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Syrett elected President of CCC
Congratulations are due to Lashings World XI Vice-Chairman Robin Syrett, as a press release landed in the lashings.com inbox this morning informing us that he has just been elected as President of the Club Cricket Conference for 2008.
The press release reads as follows:
"Robin was elected President at the recent AGM of the CCC at the Cricketers Club of London - an appropriate venue as he used to be one of the Club's owners until a year or so back.
Although the record lists him as representing Maidenhead & Bray CC, he
spent most of his
cricketing career at the home of Heathrow Airport, Hounslow CC in West London.
Unfortunately Hounslow joined that depressingly long list of defunct cricket clubs six years ago.
A middle-order batsman and slow medium pace bowler, Robin
started playing for the club in 1953 when the only other Hounslow man to reach the presidency, A.J (John) Spong was in the middle of his
10-year term as Chairman of the conference.
The CCC/Hounslow connection was also maintained by Robin having attended Isleworth Grammar School (also, sadly, now defunct), the same school as pre-war Conference legend H.T.C Smith of Hounslow, Midland Bank and Essex fame.
Vice-captain to Phil Pilley, Robin
assumed the mantle when Phil's business commitments severely limited his availability and, whilst the club's fortunes were suffering a downturn, his own star was very much on the rise.
After stepping down as captain following the match at Hong Kong in 1979 Robin accepted the offer of an Hon. Vice Presidency and retired to the back benches.
However, 1979 also saw the apex of his club career when he was an integral part of the Hounslow side which won the Thames Valley League Championship: in those days the TVL was at the same level as the Middlesex County Cricket League, the Surrey Championship and the Home Counties Premier League (formed in part from the leading sides in the Thames Valley League).
In 1973, in a match against a Spencer side which included several Surrey 2nd XI players, Robin
was involved in one unusual cricketing incident.
Hounslow were 110-9 when Robin
(7 not out) was joined at the crease by Roy Dawson, the original "ferret" regardless of anything he
may say to the contrary!
45 minutes later Robin
declared having reached his
own century and not realising the partnership - already a 10th wicket record for Hounslow - stood on 99.
What was unusual was that Roy's contribution was precisely 0; indeed he
was dropped at cover off his
only attempted scoring shot!
In addition to cricket, Robin also played for Hounslow Hockey Club at a time when they were the best club side in England and was a Welsh final triallist.
At the age of 70 his
cricket playing days are behind him (although he
is threatening a one-off comeback in his
President's match at Brentham) but he
remains a keen three-times a week tennis player and his
fitness belies his
years and he
looks forward to contributing to the CCC's reviving fortunes in 2008.
Whilst remaining positive about the future of club cricket and the CCC
is understandably concerned about recent years.