At the time, I didn't do anything about, as I had loads of other stuff to do.Email from Simon Spivack, To: Anthony Fulton, Cc: Paul McKeown, Zoe Ryle, 16 Oct 2007 wrote:Dear Tony,
I am copying this to Zoe and Paul as they may have more details.
Martin Blaine was a former captain of the Middlesex Open team in the early 1970s. When he resigned he instituted the Martin Blaine Award. I may have the name slightly wrong, but essentially this was awarded to the best performer in the Middlesex Open team. I can't recall the formula for determining the winner, but essentially it was geared towards the number of appearances. The sum itself was not large, Â£10 or Â£20, again I can't really remember.
You may want to consider reviving this. It is not the consideration itself that is significant, but it will provide a topic of conversation in your emails and, who knows, may encourage a competitive spirit in the team.
As I recall this award was to apply in perpetuity, so I'm not sure there is even a requirement for the committee or AGM to formally reinstitute it, although it probably would be an idea to discuss this with others.
However, whilst ferreting around in the Middlesex match records I came across the following regarding the Martin Blaine Trophy:
1978 - won by John M Quinn
1979 - 1. DP Lynch 42Â½ points; 2. JM Quinn 38Â½; 3. GD Lee 38. Prize to Dave Lynch - the trophy and
Â£20. He was the only player to play in all matches that season.
The Middlesex match records include the following text at this point:
1980 - 1. W. Watson 73 points; 2. S. Quigley 72 points; 3. R Holmes 67 pointsMiddlesex Match Records, Vol. 3 1969-89, 1979 wrote:NEW POINTS SYSTEM FOR 1979-80
While on the coach to the Counties Final, a questionnaire was completed concerning the possibility of a change in the system as there has been some criticism in the past. After analysing the results on a majority basis, I now give below the new method of scoring points which comes into effect next Season. A Player will receive:
Code: Select all
3 Points for an Away WIN (2 under the old system) 2 " " Away DRAW (1 " " " ) 1 " " Home WIN (1 " " " ) 1 " " Home DRAW (Â½ " " " )
2 points for Appearances at HOME
5 points for Appearances AWAY
(Named Reserves also receive these points for appearances)
then there is gap in the records
1988 - 1. S Spivack 37 points; 2. R. McMichael 35 points; 3. SH Berry 32 points
1989 - 1. KR Barnes 40 points, 7 games; 2= RJ McMichael, D Kumaran, A Alabi 33 points, 6 games (Alabi 7 games). The prize was awarded that year for play in the Regional stages only.
then the records fail, but I happen to know:
2000 - 1. JAB Stevenson (no trophy - it's whereabouts were unknown, but prize was a signed book by Colin Crouch)
Martin Blaine was Middlesex match captain from 1970-71 to 1973-74.
I happen to know that Martin Blaine was Middlesex champion 4 times in a row in the late 1940's or early 1950's, I'll try to dig that up for Simon. There was also an article about him in the BCF some time, which I will also try to dig out.
Can anyone help Simon with information about Martin Blaine and the Martin Blaine Trophy in particular?