Chairman's Corner

In each of our regular New Bulletins the Chairman, Nigel Hancock, writes his observations on Cricket Society matters. You can read the latest edition below. 

October 2019

Just a few words from me this time, most of my allocated space given to our treasurer Phil Reeves, who between the third and fourth Ashes Tests penned his thoughts on that remarkable England win at Headingley. It is human to remember where one was at key moments – Cuban missile crisis, Kennedy’s assassination, World Cup 1966, 9/11 – with successive generations having their own memorable events thrust upon them. For those of us with sporting passions, Headingley (and of course Lord’s for the World Cup Final) 2019 will be added to our cricketing lists. I was in the south of France and must admit that some days I forgot that there was important cricket being played. Not however during the gripping end game of that third Test and, unlike in the distant past trying to pick out the odd word from a crackly Long Wave, there was Agnew and his team coming over clearly on my smartphone with video clips swiftly following. Off I went for a cooling celebratory swim once Ben Stokes had finished the job in remarkable fashion. 

Well done Australian men in emulating Australia’s women in retaining those Ashes. As fully covered elsewhere, Steve Smith and a stronger bowling line-up were probably the difference between the two sides. By the time this Bulletin reaches you it will be known whether or not England have levelled the series at The Oval. Arguably, the concept of retaining something simply because you have drawn the subsequent contest is outmoded. A super over anyone to decide the Ashes whenever a series is drawn? ….. 

Australian Cricket Society Chairman Ken Piesse and his touring party will be leaving these shores happily. There were about 60 Aussies at our cricket film night and social at the Union Jack Club during the Lord’s Test. The evening went well, with David Frith making a surprise and welcome appearance (thanks Gideon Haigh for helping with that and for speaking) to provide commentary on The MCC Expeditionary Force in Australia 1954-55. Both that film and the other shown about the 1926 series here recorded England victories, but of course more importantly are records of both the cricket played and the wider social and economic contexts. Our own Robert Moseley planned the evening and has provided the British Film Institute with the notes he prepared. We are hoping that during 2020 Robert will present a further selection of films and that this can become an annual fixture.

Nigel Hancock