This page contains details of The Cricket Society Officers.
Details of past Presidents, Vice Presidents and Chairmen can be seen by clicking here.
President - John Barclay
John is the President of The Cricket Society, having succeeded Christopher Martin-Jenkins in 2006.
Click here to see his cricket career on CricInfo.
Vice President - Hubert Doggart OBE
Hubert accepted the invitation to become a Vice President in 2013.
Vice President - Chris Lowe
Chris was appointed a Vie President in 2006.
Vice President - Vic Marks
Vic accepted the Society's invitation to become a Vice President in 2013.
Click here to see his cricket career on CricInfo.
Vice President - Sir Tim Rice
Sir Tim became a Vice President in 2007.
Click to read his biography on the Sir Tim Rice website.
Vice President - Derek Underwood MBE
Derek accepted the Society's invitation to become a Vice President in 2013.
Click here to read his biography on Wikipedia.
Chairman - Nigel Hancock
Nigel is a part-time PhD research student with DMU’s International Centre for Sports History and Culture. After a career in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice during which he both commissioned research and late on resumed studying, Nigel decided to combine his academic and sporting interests. His research subject at DMU is Cricket Crowds Since 1945: A Social and Cultural History. He has previous degrees in history and politics, Soviet government and politics, and applied criminology and management.
A native of Leicester whose sports teams he follows avidly, Nigel divides most of his time between London and Aberystwyth.
Committee Member - Christopher Coke
Chris was educated at Wells Cathedral School and Malcolm Nash (six sixes of Garry Sobers' fame) was a couple of years ahead of him. For most of his career he worked for Department of Health & Social Security- mainly on the health side and from 1991 to 2008 for Kingston Borough Council ( Community Care Services).
He was a school-boy member of Surrey County Cricket Club from 1960 - 1964 and from 2001 have been a full member of Surrey. He belongs to the Members' Liaison Committee and is also a member of their Heritage Committee. He has a long-standing interest in cricket literature and is good friends with authors Stephen Chalke and locally David Kynaston. He recommended Stephen's book on Geoffrey Howard for the Book of the Year some years' ago.
Committee Member and Bulletin Editor -
John Symons is a retired accountant, with an honours degree from the Open University, who worked extensively in both private industry and public authorities before deciding to devote his energies to The Cricket Society and its playing XI. He was born in Dorset and proudly lives up to the County Motto:
Dorset born and Dorset bred
Strong in the arm and weak in the head
He was elected to the Executive Committee of The Society in 2008 and began his tenure as Editor of The News Bulletin in 2009. He is also Book Reviews Editor for The Society and has sat as a judge on the annual Cricket Society/MCC Book of the Year Award since 2011. His playing career with The Society XI began in 1998 at Hambledon and continues to this day. He currently stands fifth on the XI’s all-time Bowling Records with 350 wickets.
He is married and lives in Chichester, spending what spare time he has divided between fulminating at the ECB and supporting Wigan in Rugby League and Weymouth on the lower steps of the football ladder.
Phil Reeves, Treasurer and Vice-Chairman
Phil originally qualified as a barrister but then trained as an accountant before taking up the treasurer role in 2009 making him just the third treasurer of the society in 70 years. In 2015 he assumed the vice-chairman role and also became the society's chief tweeter on twitter. He was born in Whitstable, Kent which makes him a Kent supporter by birth but now he lives in London he is a Middlesex member and was delighted to be in the Lords pavilion for the final day of the 2016 championship season.
He played cricket for the second Xl at Kent College, just outside Canterbury, as an off spin bowler and in 1979 against Kings Rochester took 5 wickets in 6 overs for just 11 runs ending up as the top wicket taker for that season. A dodgy back curtailed his cricket and tennis careers but surprisingly golf has not been a problem and he now is a member at West Essex GC where he plays off 11 and still hopes to get down to single figures.
Since leaving full-time work he has taken up a number of other voluntary roles including as treasurer of the National Liberal Club. He is also an enthusiastic member of the Campaign for Real Ale and can often be seen pulling pints at beer festivals. He tries to follow England on every overseas tour and, as can be seen from the attached photo, is not averse to taking the odd selfie or two.
Tom is a former secondary school head teacher and teacher trainer.
He is currently the captain and team secretary of the Cricket Society XI. He is third in the list of all-time appearances. Whilst he tends nowadays to largely leave the batting to others, he continues to rack up the victims behind the stumps. Born and bred in Northampton, he is a life-time member of Northamptonshire and a devoted follower of Northampton Saints Rugby Club.
Resident in Tunbridge Wells since 1998, he also captained the all-conquering Kent Over 60s Third eleven to the National Third Division championship in 2016. To the surprise of many, he finally stopped playing Saturday league cricket after the 2015 but still plays 50+ games a season .
Other members of the Executive Committee are:
Derek Barnard (Hon Secretary), Andrew Cashmore-Till, Howard Milton and Nick Tudball.
Midlands - Mike Williams
Durham - Ian Howie
Bath - Steven Chalke