Latest News

(updated 16 January 2021)

Winter Meetings (Revised as at 11 January)

All branch meeting for January - March have been cancelled.

Our programme of Zoom meetings continues with Ted Dexter in conversation with John Barclay on 4 February at 2pm. See our Events Page for details of all meetings.

Links to join our Zoom meetings can be found in the Members Area

Recordings of Zoom meetings

On 11 January Mike Brearley was in conversation with Stephen Chalke. The recording of that Zoom meeting can now be accessed from the Members Area

On 18 December Ian "Gunner" Gould was in conversation with Bruce Talbot The recording of that Zoom meeting can now be accessed from the Members Area

On 2 December Stephen Chalke was in conversation with Stephen Lamb. A recording is available on our YouTube channel.

On 24 November John Barclay was in conversation with David "Bumble" LloydThe recording has been removed from Zoom but will be available shortly on our YouTube channel.

Video Quiz

We have added a new video quiz featuring Adam Gilchrist. 

Click to go to the Video Quiz page.

The Cricket Society on tour

We are planning a trip to Brisbane and Adelaide for the expected first and second Ashes Tests in late 2021, and will be discussing options - including flexibilities around a standard package of 14 to 21 days - with potential suppliers.

If you would like to receive details when available please email Nigel Hancock  to register your interest. The tour will of course be subject to prevailing Governmental and Cricket Australia rules and policies.

We have previously gone on tour to Colombo and Cape Town - click for more details

Our columnists for January

From the Bulletin you can read the Chair's Cricket Diary from Nigel Hancock and the Women's Cricket column from Raf Nicholson.

The Cricket Society is 75!

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.

Click here if you would like to join The Cricket Society.

Interview with Bill Higginson MBE - A Life in Cricket

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

Audio interviews with Executive Committee Members

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

Click to listen to the interview with Mick Kelly

Click to listen to the interview with Nick Tudball

Click to listen to the interview with Raf Nicholson

The Howard Milton Award for Cricket Scholarship

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.”

Sport in History Podcast 

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.

Autumn Lunch and Awards Ceremony

The London lunch scheduled for 30 October 2020 has been further postponed until 26 March 2021. Letters are being sent to all those with bookings offering the options to carry forward the booking or request a refund.

Book of the Year 2020

The short list for The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award 2020 was announced on 2 July. 
Click to read the joint press release with the MCC.

The original awards evening, due to take place at Lord's in April, was postponed. Arrangements for the winner, and certificates for all the short listed books, will be announced at a later date. One option under consideration is an on-line event, to which Cricket Society members would be invited via Zoom, with participation from authors and judges.

Meanwhile, nominations for The Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year Award 2021 may be sent to Nigel Hancock . Eligible books are those about cricket made available in the UK during the calendar year 2020.

You can read more about the Award and the past winners on the Book of the Year Awards page.

Cricket podcasts from the Chiswick Calendar

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.

Click on the photo to access the podcasts.


Ken Merchant and Jack Endacott

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.

Click here for a full tribute to Ken and click here for a tribute to Jack

Video Interviews

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

Click to go to the videos

When the Eye has Gone

An opportunity to watch the 60 minute one-man performance.

Click on the image to view the 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.

The Cricket Society Quiz

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

Charlotte Edwards

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