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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.
John Barclay


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Autumn Dinner
Friday 7th November at the Royal Overseas League, Park Place, St James Street, London SW1A 1LR. The Dinner will be chaired by Nigel Hancock, OBE and our main speaker is expected to be David Morgan, OBE DL, former Chairman of ECB, then of the ICC, and now President-Elect of MCC. Please see the Autumn Dinner 2014 application form for full details.



James Astill - Book of The Year WinnerCricket Society Christmas Card 2014 order form
To the left is the 2014 christmas card design available to order now.
Please use the order form above.



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
 
 
Paul FieldingCongratulations to Paul Fielding on becoming only the sixth bowler In the history of The Cricket Society XI to reach the 300 wicket milestone. Paul achieved the feat on the 15th September 2013 at Sanderstead while taking 7/48. He now has 305 wickets to his name. Full details of the other leading Society XI bowlers can be found on The Society XI page.

An Ashes Reminder
At the start of 2013 'Ashes' series (and with further series to follow in 2013/14 and 2015), now 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
Please click the image above for more images
 

Spring Dinner 2013

See photos of the Spring Dinner and Awards Evening 2013

3 wise men

 
CMJThe Cricket Society is deeply saddened to report the loss of our past President Christopher Martin-Jenkins. Our thoughts are with his wife Judy and his children Robin, Lucy and James. The Cricket Society 2013 Spring Journal will feature tributes and full obituaries to this outstanding man of cricket. Please read his tribute page here.
 
Peter ByrneWe regret to inform you of the death of one of our Vice Presidents, Peter Byrne who passed away suddenly on 11th December 2012. Our sincerest condolances go out to his family. Please see his tribute page here.
 
Tony Weaver

morley pecker olympics spacer Left: Morley Pecker at Lords
Pictured here is long-time Cricket Society member and former Honorary Treasurer Morley Pecker at Lord's during the 2012 Olympic Archery Tournament.

Right: An Olympic Greenwich Park Equestrian Events jump with a cricket theme.
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth.Atkinson
  olympic horse trials jump
         



Cricket Society XI
Please see the 2013 fixture list (PDF in colour).


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

Society XI Players records can be viewed here.