THE CRICKET ASSOCIATION.
TO THE EDITOR.
Sik, — lii vonr is3ne of the 20th inst. there]appcai - ed a report of the general meeting of the Taranaki Cricket Association in the course of ■which it was mentioned that an apology was demanded from the Tariki C.C. for having written a certain letter on August 4th last, failing which the Clnb would be suspended, persumably for an indefinite period: and from this the public are ltd to infer that the Tariki C.C. was responsible for having given utterances to something outrageous. It is a pity the .letter iv question was not also published, s>o that the public judge for themselves. The fact of the matter is the Taranaki Association has for the past few years been managed or rather mismanaged by a body of men who are utterly unfit to occupy snch a position. Time after time hare complaints been made but hitherto it has been impossible generally to get even so much as an answer to a lettar. The letter in ques ion was sent with the return of the caps ■wrb-eh after months of delay w-ro sei,. to the Tariki C.C. who had the honour or' winning the championship, and expressed as strongly as possible the contempt felt by the Club for our Association which would scarcely take the trouble to even pack them. Certainly there was no note or letter of any kind to say whence they came or what they ■werefor; neither had there been any nttempt to discover either" the sizes required by the future wearers or the colours of " the Club. Surely it is impossible to express too strongly one's opinion of snch a proceeding, but even suppose it to be possible, the Association has acted in a most culpable manner and the chairman of the meeting deserves the severest censure for accepting such a motioa of which no notice was given. The meeting, according to the rules, was illegal, inasmuch as it was held in October instead of September, and only thr. o U.,; 3 notice was given instead of seven: L.v this is of no consequence to an Association which has failed to act in accordance with nearly all its rules. The main «jbj';cfc of the Association is to foster criclce* in the province. An example of the T/ay his is done is before you. A Club, which has proved itself by winning the championship to contain some of the most enthusiastic cricketersin the province is con,pplled either to apologise for having written a letter which expresses an Jhonest opinion, or be debarred from playing the game which the Association professes to foster. The caps in question were presented to th eAssociation (not to the Tariki C.C.) by a private gentleman ; what his feelings must be on the manner in which the Association has treated his gift it is not pleasant to think about, and it is to be hoped the present officers of the Association will have the couetesy to apologise to him for the miserable bungle they have made of it. On our part we are sorry for his sake that we hive had to refuse the caps, bnt hope he will see, as every fair-minded man must see, that it was the only course opeu to us, and that it was the duty of the Association ia see that they were properly finished and suitably presented. Jn conclusion, let me state that the members of the Tariki C.C, so fur from apologising, only regr ,-t that trfey are unable to express mi" * c emphatically their utter conteniDt f' r the free and easy manner in which \Ua Association is carried on, with a complete disregard of their own rules and all precedents. Hoping you will be able to find space for this somewhat lengthy letter. — I am., &c,
H. POTE, Hon. Rjc. T.C.C.
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THE CRICKET ASSOCIATION., Taranaki Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 11592, 26 October 1900
THE CRICKET ASSOCIATION. Taranaki Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 11592, 26 October 1900
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