We are very sad to report that Dave Allsop died on 1 November. He was Chairman of The Cricket Society from 1992-2003. A full tribute will appear in the Bulletin.
The funeral was held on Tuesday 13 November.
This year our autumn lunch was held in the Long Room at The Oval. The room holds only 100 guests so the event was a more intimate one. No awards were made as these will be presented at our spring lunch which will be held on 29th March 2019 in a suite in the OCS stand - we hope to have over 200 members at that event. We were very pleased to have Ian Salisbury as our guest speaker and details of his comments will appear in the next bulletin. Also present was our President Jonny Barclay and our Vice-President Sir Tim Rice. Photos below.
Our President Jonny Barclay discussing Ian Salisbury in conversation with Derek Barnard.
cricketing matters with membership secretary
Vice-president Sir Tim Rice mingling with guests.
Members may be interested in Jonathan Agnew's new tour. Supporting the PCA Benevolent Fund, join Aggers in his first solo show as he takes us on a trip down memory lane, recounting tales from a wonderful and entertaining career on the field and in the box, with film footage, audio clips and photographs on our big screen.
Details of dates, venues and tickets can be found by clicking here.
Christmas cards are now on sale. There is an order form in the Merchandise Area
Around 30 society members and guests enjoyed a day at Grace Road for the second day of the championship match between Leicestershire and Middlesex. After excellent and very numerous bacon and sausage baps, and a welcome by Wasim Khan the chief executive, play commenced on time. In the morning session Leics built on their innings with a fine and dogged century by Ackerman before being dismissed and this gave Middx an uncomfortable few overs before lunch. A fine buffet lunch followed which was again ample for all needs and the cricket chat reverberated around the tables.
The afternoon session saw Middx losing wickets too regularly but a perky knock by Sterling and some classy batting by new England star Malan at least partially rescued the innings. At tea we were joined by Leics and England veteran Jack Birkenshaw who commented on the modern game and told some stories. One particular one was when Trevor Bailey visiting with Essex showed his displeasure at the sand on the wicket by posing in a deckchair on the pitch. After tea and cakes the cricket resumed with Middx struggling but digging in.
It was a lovely fine day and we all had a great view from the Illingworth suite. See the bulletin for details of the event in 2019.
Top: Wasim Khan welcoming members before play.
Below: Jack Birkenshaw entertaining members at tea with his stories.
Howard Milton writes:-
The 75th anniversary of The Cricket Society will fall in November 2020. To mark the occasion the Executive Committee of The Society is proposing publishing a history of The Cricket Society. To achieve this end a number of factors need to fall into place.
Firstly, The Society is looking for an author. That is someone with a good readable writing style, and preferably, with a track record of published works at a reasonable level. He/she would have available the complete set of Society committee minutes, publications and other miscellaneous material and would be expected to seek out and contact members with reminiscences of Society activities and events.
To the last point, we would like to make contact with members, particularly those whose association with The Society goes back a long way. We are not aware of anyone now whose memory can go back 75 years, but memories of fifties and onwards would be very welcome. That is reminiscences of particular personalities, meetings and speakers, dinners and speakers, committee meetings, coaching weeks, overseas tours etc. The Cricket Society XI produced its own history a few years back, but anything not in there would still be relevant.
Most importantly, nothing is going to happen if we cannot find anyone out there who would be interested in acquiring a copy of the publication. So, The Cricket Society is looking for declarations of interest. This is not the commitment of a subscriber’s list, which would possibly follow.
If you can help or have an interest, (we are not looking for actual contributions as yet), please contact me by email or at 46, Elmfield Close, Gravesend, Kent DA11 0LP.
Harry Pearson's CONNIE: THE MARVELLOUS LIFE OF LEARIE CONSTANTINE has won The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award 2018.
Photo by Graham Morris
On Thursday 1st of March in the middle of the snow and ice we were very pleased to see 60 members of the society turn out to hear our special guest Mike Brearley. Expertly hosted by our vice-president Chris Lowe we heard Mike talk about his book "On Form" and also his views on current cricket issues.
Mike Brearley signing for society members copies of his book "On Form"
We had over 40 members joining us at New Road for day two of the county championship match against Kent. The previous evening, some 14 of us staying over met for drinks in the oldest pub in Worcester (The Cardinal's Hat) and then moved on to dinner at The Kings Head.
It was a mighty warm day but we had a fantastic location at the ground in a marquee with the pavilion to our left and, importantly, a cool breeze blowing from the cathedral. It was possible to sit outside the marquee right by the boundary edge and still in the shade of a large horse chestnut tree. Members assembled for tea/coffee and biscuits and then enjoyed seeing Worcestershire battle to a first innings lead of 76 thanks mainly to a fine century by Joe Clarke who went on to score 142 and was ably assisted by Joe Leach. Lunch was a sumptuous buffet of ham, prawns, new potatoes, pasta salad, coronation chicken and much more.
After lunch Mike Vockins our guest for the day spoke to us about his time as secretary of the club. He recounted how in the 1970s the cathedral who owned the land proposed a very substantial increase in the rent. The club had sought to buy the ground outright on many occasions but had been unable to do so. However, on this occasion there was a storm and part of the cathedral roof collapsed meaning they were in urgent need of funds. They settled on a price of £40,000 - surely the deal of the century.
Mike also told us about recruiting one player in particular. This was a young cricketer from Zimbabwe who was reputed to be something of a batsman. Mike was tempted to refuse the offer as Worcestershire at that time had plenty of batting. Almost as an afterthought he asked if the contact knew of any spin bowlers and was advised that the batsman also bowled some very good off spin. Thus it was that a certain Graeme Hick came to Worcester as an off spinner!
After a fine tea of scones with jam and cream the air cooled a little and Kent began their second innings. Neither Bell-Drummond nor the skipper Northeast lasted long but another Joe (Denly) saw Kent to the close and unfurled some scorching drives through the off side.
We hope to run another trip next year and would be grateful for any suggestions.
Mike Vockins speaking to members over lunch
Douglas Miller and London meeting organiser Nick Tudball -- Douglas, where did you get those shorts?
Members enjoying the sun and the shade.
Paul Fielding ( pictured below with Andy Sheldon) equalled the wicket tally of John Kershaw when he captured 2 at Kew.
Read about our latest results under Society XI and to find out what else this photo shows.
A fantastic finish to our winter programme on Tuesday 21st March. Stuart Rayner, a journalist based in the north east, gave us a wonderful account of the writing of his book "The War of The White Rose". Inevitably this focused on one Geoffrey Boycott who Stuart had interviewed extensively. Afterwards in the Q&A session Stuart gave us his views on Durham and the relegation and points deduction saga. A fuller report will be in our next bulletin.
We are now planning our next season of speakers and can report that Mike Brearley has agreed to do an evening with us early in the new year. We are also hoping to secure a top international cricketer for a Christmas time session similar to that with David Steele last year. Much to look forward to.
Douglas Miller remarking to Stuart Rayner "cricket writers are looking much younger these days!"
Stuart Rayner signing copies of his book and chatting to members in the interval.
The Yorkshire Post getting its priorities right on the death of the pope.