(updated 18 March 2019)
The Book of the Year shortlist of six books has been announced. Click to read the Press Release.
The Awards Evening will be held at Lord's on Tuesday 16 April 2019.
If you are interested in playing for The Cricket Society XI in 2019 then the fixtures are now available and you can indicate the games for which you are available. More details on the Society XI page.
Our Treasurer, Phil Reeves, has occupied the Chairman's Corner for the April Bulletin and you can click here to read more.
Uncertain about what will happen on 29 March? Want to get away from it all? Then there is no deal better than this one. Come to The Oval, an iconic cricketing setting, and join an expected 200 plus other Cricket Society members and their guests for our annual Spring Lunch.
Drinks are available from 12 noon on the Corinthian Terrace with great views of the playing area and of London. A few barrels of beer have been secured at £3 a pint. Click here for lunch price and booking details. If in doubt, please contact Andrew Cashmore-Till on 07860 512461 and discuss your requirements.
All our awards will be covered. Winners attending will include much respected former international umpire John Holder. Seated at a sponsor's table will be Martin Bicknell, David Smith, Carl Greenidge, previous Society award winners Grahame Clinton and David English, and others. Up and coming women's cricket writer and broadcaster (and Society member) Raf Nicholson will host the afternoon's proceedings. Expect to hear from two distinguished Presidents - MCC's Anthony Wreford and our very own John Barclay.
The main speaker is Devon Malcolm, pictured walking from The Oval at the end of the Test in which he claimed 9 wickets for 57 runs. Come and hear reminiscences of that and much else. Whatever happens in the wider world, there'll be no shortages of good cricketing talk among friends old and new as we celebrate the past and look ahead to the new season.
We are organising two separate days at the cricket this year.
Monday 20 May at Beckenham for the first day of Kent v Surrey.
Monday 10 June at Guildford for the first day of Surrey v Yorkshire.
For more details and how to book go to the Members Area.
We are pleased to launch a regular article from our President, John Barclay, in the February/March Bulletin.
Members may be interested in the The Long Walk Back produced by RoughHouse Theatre and Live Wire Theatre.
Based on real live events, The Long Walk Back tells the epic story of an international sporting star’s catastrophic fall from grace. England cricketer Chris Lewis enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame and fortune in the 1990s. Playing 85 Tests and One Day Internationals for England he seemed on the verge of greatness when he was named England’s International Cricketer of The Year in 1994.
Within months of his cricketing career ending, however, his life lay in ruins when he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for smuggling cocaine into the UK.
Beginning with his arrest at Gatwick Airport in 2008 and an attempted suicide on his first night in custody, The Long Walk Back charts the extraordinary journey that took Lewis from the brink of despair to a profound moral awakening.
Stay in your seats for a post-show Q&A session with Chris Lewis and RoughHouse Theatre Director Shane Morgan.
There are performances at various UK venues throughout April 2019. Full details on the RoughHouse Theatre website.
A Cricket Society party was iin Colombo for the final Test match against Sri Lanka. A great value deal was arranged with travel company LycaFly. Tour members played softball cricket with hotel staff. Traditional Sri Lankan dancers and fire-eaters performed ahead of a special dinner. Members were thrilled by the attendance of surprise guest Muttiah Muralitharan. Our Vice President Vic Marks thanked Murali, and pointed to their shared total of 811 Test wickets. Reports to follow in Society publications.
Photos can be seen on the Colombo Tour page.
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.