Latest News

(updated 9 November 2021)

Our columnists for November/December

From the Bulletin you can read the Chair's Comments from Nick Tudball plus a column from Raf Nicholson  

Book of The Year 2021

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.

Click to read the Press Release 

        Photo Credit: Clare Adams (MCC)

Click for more details of past award winners.

Zoom Recording 

A recording of the London meeting with  Charles Sale, author of The Cover are Off: Civil War at Lord's is now available in the Members Area

Christmas Cards 2021 

This year The Cricket Society, in partnership with the Cricket Society Trust, has worked together with three well known artists, Christina Pierce, Martin Speight and Tony Walling, to create eight Christmas Cricketing Themed Cards. 

These colourful cards are being offered for sale via 4C For Charity. The cards are available in packs of 10 with envelopes and free delivery within the UK for an inclusive price of just £6.48 per pack including VAT. For a small additional cost your cards can be personalised with a bespoke Yuletide Greeting. Click here for order details and images of the cards. 

20% of the purchase price of all cards sold will be returned to the Cricket Society Trust to assist the Trust in enabling a range of young people to enjoy and love cricket at every level of involvement.

For more details on the artists, cards and for help with your order, phone 0800 999 3553 or email cstrust@cards4charity.org. 

The Howard Milton Award 2021 

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. 

Click to read the full press release.  

You can watch an interview with Ram Guha on our YouTube channel

Mike Procter Foundation 

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.   

Cricket Society XI 

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

Club 70 Lottery 

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

Video Quiz 

We have added a new video quiz featuring Adam Gilchrist.  

Click to go to the Video Quiz page

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. 

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 now over 40 episodes. 

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 

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