Latest News

(updated 13 August 2020)

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.

Christmas Card 2020

In a change from our normal practise the September Bulletin will not include a sample of this year's Christmas Card. The 2020 card has been produced by former cricketer and keen artist Martin Speight. More details about the card and the order process will follow shortly.

More details on the Christmas Card page.

Our columnists for September

From the Bulletin you can read the thoughts of Nigel Hancock and Raf Nicholson 

Recordings of Zoom meetings

A full recording of Vic Marks in conversation with Nigel Hancock on Friday 31 July can now be accessed from the Members Area

See the Events page for dates of future Zoom meetings.
Details of how to join each Zoom meeting can be found in the Members Area.

British Society of Sports History
- Online Conference 26-28 August

Cricket Society members have previously enjoyed attending the conference of the British Society of Sports History (BSSH). This year the BSSH have moved the conference entirely online. Registration is now open, and some of the sessions may be of interest to Society members.
These include:
• A keynote address from Dr Prashant Kidambi (author of the short-listed Cricket Society Book of the Year - Cricket Country: An Indian Odyssey in the Age of Empire) - Blurred Boundaries: Writing the Social History of Sport
• Panels on Edwardian Sport, Boxing, The Writing of History and Sporting Inequalities
• A roundtable on "The Future of Sports History", featuring Dr Christienna Fryar, Dr Geoff Levett (producer of the Sport In History podcast), Dr Carol Osborne, and Professor Kay Schiller (Editor-in-Chief of Sport in History)

Individual sessions are FREE to attend but you must register in advance. 
Click here for full details of the programme and how to register.

Cricket Society XI

The Cricket Society XI hope to return to action on Sunday 26 July. A full fixture list can be found on the Society XI page.

In line with Covid-19 protocols only players, officials and families can attend games. However we shall be reporting the scores as usual.

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.

Video Quiz

We have added another of the periodic video quizzes set by Robert Moseley. 
Click to go to the quiz

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