CRICKET: Ward quits Vale for Bagpuize

Herald Series: Dave Ward Dave Ward

FORMER Abingdon Vale skipper Dave Ward has quit the club to become director of coaching at Kingston Bagpuize.

Citing disillusionment with Abingdon’s selection policy, Ward said he was sad to be leaving the club after nearly 20 years.

“For the the first game of the season I was in the first XI and then I got picked for the third XI,” he said. “How can that be right?

“It was while playing for Abingdon 3rd against Kingston that the offer came to join them as director of cricket.

“I’ve alway been been interested in coaching and bringing on the youngsters and that’s what I now want to do with Kingston, whom I played for in my late teens.”

Ward, 46, said he was looking forward to playing for Kingston in Division 3 of the MP Sports Cherwell League, one division lower than Vale’s first team.

With his sons playing in the Abingdon’s junior sides, Ward wanted to retain his social membership of the club.

“But it was refused, for some reason,” said Ward, who was involved with the club’s youth section and helped raise funds to build their new scorebox.

“Abingdon decided they wanted a clean break.

“There are some members of the committee who don’t appreciate what I’ve done for the club over many years.

“It’s left something of a sour taste. But I’m now looking forward to a new challenge and am excited to involved again. It’s been a breath of fresh air.”

Abingdon Vale chairman Robin Newman said that Ward’s comments on his social membership at the club were wide of the mark.

“He’s automatically entitled to a social membership as he has two sons in the youth section at the club,” he said.

“So there is no issue there.”

Dick Giles, from Kingston, said: “Dave Ward is a respected coach, who as chairman of the Vale youth development group, will bring a uniform coaching structure right through from our juniors to our seniors.”

There is a question mark over Ward’s continung role on the Cherwell League committee, where he is responsible for sponsorship and fund-raising.

The league’s constitution says that no club can have more than one member on the committee.

With Cherwell secretary Giles coming from Kingston, this would appear to infringe the league rules.

League chairman Clive Ricks said that as Ward was elected at the last annual meeting, he would stay in that role.

“What happens at the new AGM is really a matter for our constitution review committee, who are looking at all our rules,” said Ricks.

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11:11am Wed 22 Jun 11

shortfineleg says...

Shame we cant hear Vales view of the situation, but clearly and rightly they want to keep their counsel and not air the laundry in public. Sorry others cant do the same but seem to seek publicity for the wrong reasons.
Shame we cant hear Vales view of the situation, but clearly and rightly they want to keep their counsel and not air the laundry in public. Sorry others cant do the same but seem to seek publicity for the wrong reasons. shortfineleg
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11:49am Wed 22 Jun 11

WALOB says...

I see Clive Ricks is prepared to break League rules when it suits him. NO change there then.
I see Clive Ricks is prepared to break League rules when it suits him. NO change there then. WALOB
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12:06pm Wed 22 Jun 11

cricketsthereal winner says...

I hope Kingston have a large store room for all the baggage that D Ward carries around, and that doesn't include his cricket gear.
I hope Kingston have a large store room for all the baggage that D Ward carries around, and that doesn't include his cricket gear. cricketsthereal winner
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12:36pm Wed 22 Jun 11

mr_cricket says...

Must be a slow week on the 'News' front.
Must be a slow week on the 'News' front. mr_cricket
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1:02pm Wed 22 Jun 11

black socks says...

WALOB.. if there is nobody to do the fund raising job and replace Dave Ward should we not bother then if you think the rules are being broken? Maybe you will put yourself forward...I think not!
hold-team.. very apt
WALOB.. if there is nobody to do the fund raising job and replace Dave Ward should we not bother then if you think the rules are being broken? Maybe you will put yourself forward...I think not! hold-team.. very apt black socks
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1:38pm Wed 22 Jun 11

Malik says...

All the best Dave, good specialist fielding performance in that 1st XI game.
All the best Dave, good specialist fielding performance in that 1st XI game. Malik
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3:49pm Wed 22 Jun 11

The Machinist says...

WOW he'll be a SUPERSTAR in Div 3...grumph.

Average Div 6 cricketer...no story here Oxford Mail.
WOW he'll be a SUPERSTAR in Div 3...grumph. Average Div 6 cricketer...no story here Oxford Mail. The Machinist
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5:11pm Wed 22 Jun 11

AROUND THE CORNER ON THE 45 says...

Well there is a Cherwell league twist on it. However the rest is Trivia...
Well there is a Cherwell league twist on it. However the rest is Trivia... AROUND THE CORNER ON THE 45
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5:58pm Thu 23 Jun 11

just outside the v says...

When I was dropped recently, the captain told me I was not good enough. Silence speaks volumes.....
When I was dropped recently, the captain told me I was not good enough. Silence speaks volumes..... just outside the v
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10:42pm Sat 25 Jun 11

elsop94 says...

He knows the real reason for going from the 1st team to the thirds, just thought he would make up a load of rubbish to make it look like he was treated unfairly.
AVCC are better of without the trouble he brings.
So why doesn't he just come out with the truth behind all this!!?
He knows the real reason for going from the 1st team to the thirds, just thought he would make up a load of rubbish to make it look like he was treated unfairly. AVCC are better of without the trouble he brings. So why doesn't he just come out with the truth behind all this!!? elsop94
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10:43pm Sat 25 Jun 11

elsop94 says...

*off
*off elsop94
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