(updated 16 August 2019)
The 2019 Cricket Society Christmas card is now available to buy. More details on the Christmas Card page.
The Cricket Society are holding a fundraising event with Geoff Miller on Wednesday 16 October 2019. Full details and a booking form can be found in the Members Area.
The Cricket Society is delighted to announce a tour to South Africa in early 2020 with return flights, accommodation, excursions and five day tickets to the Cape Town Test at Newlands all included. This follows the successful tour to Sri Lanka in November 2018 which was highly rated by all of us who went.
The special offer closes on 31 July with payments due by 15 August. For more details please go to the Cape Town Tour Page.
A new column from Raf Nicholson. Click here to read.
Australian writer Geoff Lemon has been named the winner of The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award for his book, Steve Smith’s Men: Behind Australian Cricket’s Fall. Click to read the Press Release.
Geoff Lemon at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 16 April 2019 [Photo: Graham Morris]
Our Treasurer, Phil Reeves, has occupied the Chairman's Corner for the April Bulletin and you can click here to read more.
We are pleased to launch a regular article from our President, John Barclay, in the February/March Bulletin.
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 Spring Journal but see also the January Bulletin in the Members Area.
The funeral was held on Tuesday 13 November.
In 2018 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 2019 dates, venues and tickets can be found by clicking here.
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.