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john barclay - cricket society presidentHello, I would like to welcome you all to The Cricket Society Website.
The Cricket Society encapsulates all that is good and wholesome about the game. Watching cricket in lovely places amongst friends; absorbed by its rich literature; enjoying the Society's sociable atmosphere. The Cricket Society provides a healthy, fulfilling and enjoyable culture for lovers of the game. I am sure you will find something to interest you here on the website. Do contact John Symons, the web site editor or David Chapman, the web site manager if you have any suggestions about the site. If you are not a member, I would like to invite you to download an application form and join. If you have any membership queries contact the membership secretary, David Wood.
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The Cricket Society and M.C.C. Book Of The Year Award 2015
Please see the joint Cricket Society and M.C.C Press Release and short listed authors.
The 2015 Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award shortlist is announced today. The six-strong list includes two books about Kevin Pietersen: his autobiography and Simon Wilde's portrait of a cricketer rarely out of the news. Former winner Chris Waters competes again with a book about Hedley Verity, and Christopher Sandford looks back to the cricketers of 1914. Books about cricket in Pakistan and a cricketing tour to Germany in 1937 complete the list.

Chair of judges Vic Marks said: "There are some good books here and my panel of wise judges will have much to discuss at our final meeting. It will be a lot closer than England's matches at the recent World Cup. I am sure we will settle on a worthy winner."

Tuesday 12th May in the Long room at Lords M.C.C. and The Cricket society will present the Book of the Year Award 2015. Keynote speaker for the evening is John Barclay a former winner and President of The Cricket Society. Tables will be hosted by short listed authors and publishers. This years panel of judges will again be chaired by Observer writer and Test Match Special commentator Vic Marks and otherwise comprise two judges each from the Cricket Society and M.C.C. Please see the members application form in the Members section maximum of two tickets per member.

We have decided to introduce a fun way for members to have a flutter on a lottery but also to contribute to Cricket Society funds. In our 70th year we are therefore launching a "70 Club" lottery for Cricket Society members. This is very simple, in that each year you can buy between 1 and 5 shares at £10 each and twice a year your share numbers will be entered into a lottery. The prize fund will be 50% of the total contributed with the remainder going to Cricket Society funds.

See photos of the Spring Dinner and Awards Evening 2015 with Dennis Amiss

Sam Curran

Spring Dinner 2014 (photos of the evening)

Society players newsCongratulations to John Symons on becoming only the seventh bowler In the history of The Cricket Society XI to reach the 300 wicket milestone. Ronald Paterson received a cap for his 400th appearance for the Society XI at Hambledon.

James Astill - Book of The Year WinnerThe Cricket Society & M.C.C are delighted to announce that the Winner of The Book of the Year Award for 2014 as James Astill with his book The Great Tamasha. Please see the official press release here and reviews of all the books nominated for this prestigious award. This year's panel of judges was again chaired by Observer writer and Test Match Special commentator Vic Marks and otherwise comprise two judges from the Cricket Society and two from M.C.C.

Photo courtesy of Graham Morris/Cricketpix

An Ashes Reminder
As the 2015 Ashes series approaches it is an opportune time to draw attention to The Cricket Society's highly successful project to restore and rededicate the grave of two of the key figures in the origins of this legend, the Honourable Ivo Bligh and his wife, the former Florence Morphy. read more...

The restored Ivo Bligh Grave is a draw for visitors to the UK as reported in the Gravesend Messenger.
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ivo bligh in the papers
Cricket Society At The Cricket
nigel hancock and derek underwood
See a report and more photos from the day.

Rory Burns at The Kia Oval
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Spring Dinner 2013

See photos of the Spring Dinner and Awards Evening 2013

3 wise men

CMJThe Cricket Society was deeply saddened to report the loss of our past President Christopher Martin-Jenkins. The Cricket Society 2013 Spring Journal featured tributes and full obituaries to this outstanding man of cricket. Please read his tribute page here.
Peter ByrneAnother of our Vice Presidents, Peter Byrne passed away suddenly on 11th December 2012. Please see his tribute page here.

Cricket Society XI
Please see the 2015 fixture list (PDF in colour - 4.2meg).

A History of The Cricket Society XI by Peter Hartland
A book relating the History of The Cricket Society XI is available. It is a paperback with 115 pages, plus 16 central photographic pages.

Society XI Players records can be viewed here.