(updated 3 January 2022)
Largely because of uncertainty related to the Covid epidemic, we have decided to postpone the Spring Lunch scheduled for 25 March 2022. We are exploring options for a lunch in late spring or early summer, with 6 May one possibility, and will circulate details of that and our plans for the Autumn 2022 lunch as soon as we can.
We need help in organising our future lunch events, preferably from members with relevant experience. If you are interested please email Geoff Levett
Ashley Gray is the winner of The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award 2021 for his The Unforgiven, Mercenaries or Missionaries? The Untold Stories of the Rebel West Indian Cricketers who Toured Apartheid South Africa (Pitch Publishing). Ashley arrived from Sydney just in time to attend the 18 October award evening at Lord’s. A special prize – the Stephen Fay Award 2021 – was presented to Wisden’s Lawrence Booth and Hugh Chevalier for the Almanack’s services to cricket publications. Our photographs show the award winners and the Stephen Fay Award on display in Wisden’s office. See the next Bulletin for a report on this prestigious event.
Photo Credit: Clare Adams (MCC)
Professor Ramachandra Guha is announced as the second winner of the Howard Milton Award for Cricket Scholarship. The award recognises individuals or groups who have contributed strongly to cricket writing and research.
You can watch an interview with Ram Guha on our YouTube channel.
The Cricket Society has teamed up with the Mike Procter Foundation and Sounds Like a Plan Events to bring members a second Zoom session with the great former South African and Gloucestershire all rounder, Mike Procter.
Mike will be talking more about his life in cricket and will be joined in this second session by Dr Ali Bacher, his test captain in 1970, South Africa’s last test series before the international ban was imposed; and his manager when South Africa was readmitted to international cricket in 1991 and Mike was coach. They will also speak about the years of sporting isolation and the attempts to establish multi-racial cricket there during that time.
Mike will also be talking about his time playing for Gloucestershire, especially their victories in the two one day cup competitions and their oh so close attempt to win the County Championship in 1977 and we are hoping to get one or two of the players from the 1970s to join in with their thoughts and memories
There will be no charge to attend this event. Instead, Mike invites attendees to contribute what they can to the Mike Procter Foundation, to continue the work he is doing to bring cricket and sport to a primary school in a township on the outskirts of Durban. Please click here to make a donation
Click here to register in advance for this event.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
There will be the usual opportunity to submit questions about Mike’s cricket career or your memories of different matches or players, before and during the event.
If you would like to play for the Society XI this season then please see the fixtures and other details on the Society XI page.
In 2015 we introduced a fun way for members to have a flutter on a lottery but also to contribute to Cricket Society funds. We ran this again last year and almost 100 members took part. We paid out over £1,200 in prizes with two top prizes of £310 and raised over £1,000 for the Society. We shall be running the lottery again this year and you can find full details in the Members Area.
We have added a new video quiz featuring Adam Gilchrist.
The Cricket Society, founded on 17 November 1945, is thriving.
Click to read the special 75th Anniversary Section of our Bulletin.
Click to read messages from the Chairman and Presidential team.
The Cricketer for November 2020 has a three page feature article about us starting on page 82.
In October this year long-standing Cricket Society member Bill Higginson was awarded the M.B.E. for services to disability cricket. Our Chair, Nigel Hancock, spoke on Zoom to Bill at his home in Presteigne about his life in cricket. Bill played first class cricket for Middlesex in 1960. He was MCC coach for East Africa from 1961 to 1971. He coached cricket at Dulwich, Charterhouse and Tonbridge schools for 20 years. He then coached the Welsh disability cricket squad and became Chairman (and then President) of the British Association for Cricketers with Disabilities.
This recording is now available on our YouTube channel
We have started a new initiative to tell you more about Executive Committee members. The People page will shortly be enhanced with more profiles and Geoff Levett will be conducting interviews with individual members.
Our audio interviews can now be found in our YouTube channel
The Sussex Cricket Museum is the inaugural winner of the Howard Milton Award for Cricket Scholarship. The award, a collaboration between The Cricket Society and the British Society of Sports History, recognises individuals or groups who have contributed strongly to cricket writing and research. The presentation arrangements will be announced later.
For the full story click to read the Press Release
Jon Filby, Chair of the Sussex Cricket Museum said: “I am delighted that the Sussex Cricket Museum has won this prestigious award. It is very welcome recognition of the excellent work undertaken by all of our volunteers.”
Howard Milton added: “I’m thrilled to be honoured with the naming of this award. The first winners are an excellent choice. It is the Museum with its publications that sets the standards which all other counties should seek to achieve.”
Our Chairman Nigel Hancock is the subject of a podcast talking about The Cricket Society. Click to listen to the interview with Geoff Levett.
This is part of a series with the British Society of Sports History. See the news item lower down this page about their online conference later in August.
With thanks to Society member Richard Heller, we can highlight a series of cricket podcasts featuring Richard and Peter Oborne. There are now over 40 episodes.
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.
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
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 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.