(updated 25 April 2020)
With thanks to Society member Richard Heller, we can highlight a series of cricket podcasts featuring Richard and Peter Oborne. There are four past episodes to view with new ones coming.
We are sad to report the death of Ken Merchant, latterly the Secretary of The Cricket Society Trust, and Jack Endacott, past Chairman of the West of England branch.
Our two planned Days at the Cricket in June and July have now been cancelled.
Click to read an earlier statement from our Chairman, Nigel Hancock dated 24 March
Another new page has been added to the website where we are showing four interviews with Andrew Collier talking to David Frith about his book collection.
A fascinating insight into the cricket memorabilia and collection of David Frith going back to before the turn of the 20th Century. David has of course hosted two film night presentations for the Cricket Society in 2015 and 2019 using his own archive collection of moving film
We have launched a new page on the website with periodic video quizzes set by Robert Moseley.
Click to go to the quiz
An opportunity to watch the 60 minute one-man performance.
When the Eye has Gone
By Dougie Blaxland
In 2016 and 2017, RoughHouse Theatre, in association with the Professional Cricketer's Association, produced two national tours of award winning playwright Dougie Blaxland's "tour de force" one person show When The Eye Has Gone ,based on the life of cricketing legend Colin Milburn.
RoughHouse Theatre, with the support of the PCA, The Hall Post Production and Media, Live Wire Theatre and actor Dan Gaisford would, in this period of national lockdown, love the opportunity to share this 6o minute one person show with you.
The Cricket Society is grateful to Jim Graham Brown (aka Dougie Blaxland) for making this available to us.
With time on your hands, why not keep your cricketing brain active and have a go at our new quiz compiled by Tom Carmichael.
There are 100 points available for an all-correct response - try to resist the temptation to "google" (other search engines are available) the answers. You can submit your answers by email to Tom Carmichael by 30th April and there may be a prize!
Click to download the quiz
We are running our popular 70 Club lottery again in 2020. Full details and an application form are in the Members Area.
The 2020 Society XI fixtures are now available. If you would like to play in any of the fixtures please complete the form on the Society XI page.
MCC and The Cricket Society are delighted to announce that the Book of the Year Award for 2020 will be presented at an evening event in the Long Room at Lord's on Tuesday 7 April.
Full details, including the Long List of books, are included in the Feb/Mar Bulletin which is now available in the Members Area.
Bookings are now open and a booking form is now available in the Members Area.
The London Spring Lunch will take place on Friday 27 March 2020 at The Oval. Our Guest Speaker for the day is former Middlesex and England Spin Bowler, John Emburey.
Members of the Presidential Team, including John Barclay, Vic Marks and Charlotte Edwards will all be in attendance.
We will be presenting two Wetherell Awards (including the Leading First Class All Rounder, Ryan Higgins), the Don Rowan Memorial Trophy (for the College / School in the Surrey CCC catchment area that has done most to promote a love of cricket), the Ian Jackson Award, the Most Promising Young Male Cricketer (Zac Crawley), the Most Promising Young Female Cricketer (Freya Davies), the AA Thompson Fielding Prize, the Sir John Hobbs Silver Jubilee Memorial Prize, the Christopher Box Grainger Memorial Trophy and the Perry-Lewis / Kershaw Memorial Trophy (to The Society XI Player of the Year). And this year we are introducing a new Award – The Charlotte Edwards Award for the Most Outstanding Schoolgirl Cricketer in England.
For more details and to download a booking form please go the Members Area.
We are delighted to announce that Charlotte Edwards has agreed to become The Cricket Society’s first female vice president. She had an outstanding cricketing career, has retained a high cricketing profile, and is a role model to her successors and aspiring women cricketers. She was the gracious recipient of our Ian Jackson Award (the second woman to be thus recognised, after Rachael Heyhoe Flint), and her willingness at the relevant Spring Lunch to engage with our other award winners and with our members and their guests was much appreciated and commented upon. We are keen to develop our association with women’s cricket and Charlotte’s becoming a vice-president with us will we hope be mutually beneficial.
A new schoolgirl’s cricketer award - The Charlotte Edwards Award – will be introduced from March 2020. It will begin to address the gender gap in our award structure, adding to the award made since 2002 for the most promising young woman cricketer. We hope that Charlotte will be attending the first of two women’s cricket-themed events planned for 2020 and be interviewed by Raf Nicholson. The second event will be one of two ‘days at the cricket’ next season, most probably an ODI against India’s women. Look out for details of these events on the website, in the Bulletin and through emails, and on Twitter.
Commenting on these developments, Charlotte said: “I would be very honoured to accept the vice president role and the naming of the award.” You can follow Charlotte on Twitter.
If you'd like to see your heroes in action , click on this link for their recent game at Sanderstead. You won't be disappointed.
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.