Dunfermline Wanderers’ Cricket Club Constitution
The Club shall be called “Dunfermline Wanderers Cricket Club” (hereinafter referred to as “the Club”).
2.1 The objects of the Club shall be:
(a) To promote and encourage the game of cricket, to
improve playing standards and conditions amongst players and spectators.
(b) To arrange league and cup competitions; and
(c) To provide coaching facilities when and where
practicable for the benefit of the Club cricketers of all ages.
Affiliation to the East of Scotland Cricket Association
3.1 The Club shall affiliate to the East of Scotland Cricket Association
and by its affiliation recognises the Constitution of the aforementioned Association, agrees to be bound by it and to recognise the right of the
Association to act as an appeal body for any dispute, always accepting
that the said appeal body shall confine its jurisdiction to the
procedures and legalities of actions taken by the Club, between members
of the Club or between the Club and any of its members which shall have
been referred to it by any provision of this Constitution or by any
provision of the Association Constitution, and the Club and each of its
members agrees to abide by the decision of the Association in any such
4.1 Ordinary membership of the Club shall be open to application by any
person if it appears reasonable to do so and after enquiry by the
4.2 Associate membership may be granted to individuals, as the General
Committee shall determine appropriate at the time.
4.3 No application for membership will be refused on other than
reasonable grounds. There will be no discrimination on grounds of race,
sex or religious, political or other such opinion.
4.4 Any person previously expelled from the Club may be readmitted to
the Club if and only if a majority of members present at and voting at
any General Meeting of the Club vote in favour of such readmission.
5.1 The Club shall determine at its Annual General Meeting the annual
subscription to be paid for the time being by members of the Club
(whether ordinary or associate members). The Club at its Annual General
Meeting shall have power to fix different levels of subscription for
members who do not intend to participate in any such competitions.
of Subscriptions and other dues
6.1 The annual subscription shall be payable no later than 24 hours
before the first Saturday of the designated league season. If a member
has not paid their subscription by the third Saturday of the league
season, will be expelled from the Club, although his/her membership will
be retained for the season thus restricting application to any other
club associated within the jurisdiction of the East of Scotland Cricket
Association or Scottish Cricket Union.
In the event that any member (including Associate member) shall not have
paid their subscription by 30th September in the year in which it became
due, such member shall be deemed to have resigned from the Club.
Participation in Competitions
7.1 The Club (unless otherwise disqualified by any other provision of
this Constitution) shall be entitled to apply to participate in any
league and competition as deemed appropriate by the General Committee.
8.1 The office bearers of the Club shall be elected annually at the
Annual General Meeting of the Club and shall consist of a President,
Vice-President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer.
8.2 The President shall not be entitled to hold office for more than two
8.3 In addition, an Honorary Vice -President, or Honorary
Vice-Presidents, having previously given distinguished service to the
Club, may be elected.
9.1 The General Committee shall be elected annually at the Annual
General Meeting. It shall consist of the office bearers and:
(a) Club Captain(s)
(b) Chairman of Team Selection
(b) Any three club members
10.1 The Team Selection Sub-Committee shall be elected annually at the
Annual General Meeting. It shall consist of the Chairman of Team
Selection, Club President, Captain and Vice-Captain of each of the Club
of the Committees
11.1 The General Committee shall administer the whole affairs of the
Club and shall appoint Sub-Committees to carry out any function
delegated by the General Committee. The General Committee shall delegate
such of the General Committee’s powers as may be required to enable the
Sub-Committees to carry out the functions delegated to them.
11.2 Insofar as any act done by the General Committee or its
Sub-Committees in pursuance of any power hereafter provided for shall be
done in good faith, the General Committee or Sub-Committees and any
member thereof shall be entitled to be indemnified by the Club in
respect of any personal liability which any member of the General
Committee or Sub-Committee may incur by the doing of any such act.
11.3 A quorum of the General Committee shall be four members and a
quorum of Sub-Committees shall be two members. In the event that the
General Committee shall be equally divided on any matter, the Chairman
shall have a second or casting vote, or may at his discretion refer the
matter to a General Meeting of the Club. In the event that a
Sub-Committee shall be equally divided on any matter, it shall be
referred to the next meeting of the General Committee for a decision,
which will thereafter be implemented by the relevant Sub-Committee.
11.4 The Chairman of the General Committee shall be the President, whom
failing the Vice President, whom failing the members present and forming
a quorum shall appoint a Chairman for the purposes of that meeting. The
Chairman of Sub-Committees shall be the Convener, whom failing the
members present and forming a quorum shall appoint a Chairman for the
purposes of that meeting.
11.5 Without prejudice to their general power to administer the whole
affairs of the Club, the General Committee and its Sub-Committees are
(a) To interpret the Constitution of the Club;
(b) To collect, manage and apply the finances of the
Club for any purposes consistent with the objects of the Club.
(c) To organise, administer and control all matters
relating to the Club’s affairs in conjunction to this Constitution.
(d) To select teams to participate in matches
arranged in pursuance of the foregoing power and to delegate to others
the power of selection of such teams.
(e) To resolve disputes by members of the Club, to
consider complaints against any member by other clubs or by any other
body or person where circumstances are alleged which could, in the
opinion of the Committee, constitute, if established to have occurred,
conduct detrimental to the game of cricket, or to the objects of the
Club; to investigate and consider allegations by any member or any other
person of a breach, or breaches, of any rule, or rules, at any time in
force for the Club; to adjudicate in such manner as it shall consider
appropriate in the circumstances (but always subject to the principles
of natural justice) upon any such complaint or allegation; and in the
event that it shall find any such complaint or allegation to be well
founded, to take such action against the offending member as it shall
consider appropriate in the circumstances, including any or all of the
Warning or reprimand;
(ii) Suspension for such period as the Committee shall deem appropriate.
(vi) Furthermore, where any member has been found to have committed
persistent breaches of the rules for the administration of the Club, the
General Committee, having so found, shall be entitled to call a General
Meeting and to propose at that General Meeting, due notice of such
meeting and of such proposal having been given in terms of the
succeeding provisions of the Constitution, that the offending member
shall be expelled from the Club if the proposal so to expel is carried
by a simple majority of the members of the Club present, entitled to
vote and voting at the said meeting. The offending member shall not be
entitled to vote upon a motion proposing expulsion.
Any penalty imposed by the General Committee upon an offending member,
or any decision of the Club to expel a persistently offending member
shall not be subject to the right of that member or of any person
aggrieved thereby to appeal.
(f) To co-opt any person to fill a vacancy on the General Committee or
Sub-Committees until the succeeding Annual General Meeting and to invite
any person to attend any meeting of the General Committee, or of any
Sub-Committee, in an advisory capacity, without power to vote, to assist
the General Committee or Sub-Committees.
(g) To admit associate members of the Club and to have the like powers
in relation to them as they have in the case of ordinary members; and
(h) To do all and any acts necessary for the carrying out of all or any
of the foregoing powers, including the entering into on behalf of the
Club such contracts binding upon the Club, as the Committees shall
consider necessary for the proper conduct of the affairs of the Club.
Where any member is involved in disputes, or make complaints against
other members, then the Committees can only act where the matter has
been brought to their attention within two weeks of the date of the
Similarly, a member may only appeal against a decision made by a
Committee within two weeks of receiving notification of the initial
12.1 The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held in each
year after 28th September, and before 1st November.
12.2 A Special General Meeting of the Association shall be held if
convened by the President, in the event as provided for above when the
General Committee shall be equally divided, by the General Committee, or
on a requisition in writing signed by no less than four members. In the
event that a requisition is made, such requisition shall state the
object for which the Special General Meeting is required to be held and
shall contain a motion to be put to and voted upon at such a meeting.
12.3 The Committee shall fix the date of the Annual General Meeting. The
Honorary Secretary shall, upon a request from the President (in the
circumstances herein provided for), the General Committee, or on receipt
of the requisition, convene a Special General Meeting within one
calendar month of such a request or requisition and shall give notice to
each member not later than 21 days before the date fixed for such
Special General Meeting of the date, time and place of such meeting and
the business to be transacted then (including, if appropriate, notice of
any motion to be put and voted upon at such meeting). No business other
than that contained in the notice convening the meeting shall be
transacted at any Special General Meeting.
12.4 A quorum at a General Meeting of the Club shall be one-third of the
ordinary members of the Club entitled to vote.
12.5 The President of the Club, whom failing the Vice-President, whom
failing a member of the General Committee elected or appointed by the
members present at the meeting shall be the Chairman of any General
Meeting and shall have, in the event of an equality of voting on any
motion put to the meeting, a casting vote.
12.6 Each member of the Club shall have one vote at any General Meeting
of the Club. Voting shall be conducted, either by a secret ballot or by
each member intimating a vote verbally at the meeting, upon being called
to do so by the Honorary Secretary or his Deputy appointed by the
General Committee as the meeting shall determine prior to the
commencement of the vote. Associate members shall be entitled to vote
only on matters relating solely to associate membership.
12.7 Any motion put to any General Meeting to amend this Constitution
shall be carried only in the event that two-thirds of those members
present entitled to vote and voting, vote for such motion. Any other
business of such a meeting shall be decided by a simple majority of
those members present, entitled to vote and voting.
12.8 Any member whom wishes to nominate any person as an Office Bearer,
or as a member of the General Committee or Sub-Committees, or desires
that an item of business be discussed and/or a motion be voted upon by
the members at the Annual General Meeting, shall give written notice of
such nomination, item of business, or motion to the Secretary, seconded
in writing in the case of motions by another member, no later than 30th
September in each year.
12.9 The Secretary shall, as soon as practicable, (and in any event not
less than 28 days before the date of an Annual General Meeting) give
written notice of the date, place and time of the Annual General Meeting
to each member (including Associate members). The notice of the Annual
General Meeting shall contain intimation of the business to be
transacted thereat including, in the case of the Annual General Meeting,
nominations for Office Bearers, members of the General and Sub-Committees for the ensuing year and motions. Said notice shall state
in the case of every nomination, item of business or motion by whom it
is proposed and, if requisite, seconded. Motions proposed by the General
Committee shall not require to be seconded.
12.10 Any member may, not later than 21 days prior to the date fixed for
the Annual General Meeting and 10 days prior to the date fixed for any
other General Meeting propose, by written notice to the Secretary, any
amendment to any motion proposed either by the General Committee or any
member. Such amendment shall not require to be seconded other than at
the Meeting. The Secretary shall forthwith and in any event no later
than 14 days prior to the date fixed for the Annual General Meeting and
7 days prior to the date fixed for any other General Meeting give
written notice to the members of any amendment so proposed.
12.11 The Chairman of any General Meeting may allow at such meeting any
member then present (even though no prior notice of the same may have
been given) to propose an alteration to any motion or amendment proposed
in terms of the preceding provisions hereof provided that such proposed
alteration is, in the Chairman’s sole opinion, of a minor technical or
textual nature and would not radically or fundamentally alter the motion
or amendment proposed.
12.12 In the case of a motion, which has been proposed in accordance
with the preceding provisions and to which an amendment or alteration
has also been proposed, the amendment or alteration to the motion shall
be voted upon prior to the motion being put to the meeting. Similarly,
any alteration to an amendment shall be voted on prior to the original
amendment being put to the meeting. An amendment or alteration to a
motion or to alter an amendment to a motion shall not require to be
voted upon if accepted by the proposer of the original motion or
Any amendment or alteration, notwithstanding that it is shall be an
amendment to a motion, which shall require a two-thirds majority, may be
carried by a simple majority. Thereafter, the motion as proposed or as
amended or as altered as the case may be, shall be voted upon by the
meeting. The Chairman of any General Meeting at which an amendment to a
motion is proposed shall call for a seconder for such amendment at the
meeting. In the event that an amendment does not obtain a seconder it
shall fall and shall not be put to the vote. If there be more than one
amendment or alteration proposed to any motion, the Chairman shall
decide the order in which they shall be put to the meeting.
12.13 Save as provided for in the foregoing provisions, no business
(other than formal business) shall be transacted at the Annual General
Meeting other than such discussion, as the Chairman at his/her sole
discretion shall permit upon matters of interest to members.
12.14 In the event that more than one nomination is received for any
position as an Office Bearer or as a member of the General Committee or
Sub-Committees there shall be an election for that position by a secret
ballot of those members present and entitled to vote, and such position
shall be filled by the person gaining the largest number of votes in a
single ballot. Similarly, in any case where there are more nominations
received than there are positions to fill, the required positions shall
be filled by those persons gaining the largest number of votes in a
ballot held as above.
12.15 In the event that any difference arises at any General Meeting as
to the interpretation of this Constitution, shall be determined by the
Chairman whose decision shall be final.
12.16 No General Meeting nor any business transacted at any such meeting
shall be invalidated by the non-receipt of any notice thereof by any
13.1 The Finances of the Club shall be managed by the Treasurer. The
financial year of the Association shall be from 1 October until 30
September. The Treasurer shall maintain such accounts as the General
Committee shall determine and shall for each financial year prepare
annual accounts. An Auditor appointed by the members at the preceding
Annual General Meeting shall audit such accounts annually prior to the
Annual General Meeting.
The annual accounts and the Auditor’s Report thereon shall be (if
practicable) sent by the Secretary to each member prior to the Annual
General Meeting and shall in any event be presented to the Annual
14.1 The Club may be dissolved in the event that two-thirds of the
ordinary members so resolve at a Special General Meeting convened for
the purpose of considering such dissolution. In that event the assets of
the Club after the discharge of its whole liabilities will be paid over
by the last Treasurer (who shall remain empowered by the members to
settle the Club’s liabilities) to the
SCU to be applied by the SCU for the promotion of the game of cricket in
the East of Scotland and none of such assets shall be distributed to the
members of the Club.