(updated 2 July 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.
We have added another of the periodic video quizzes set by Robert Moseley.
Click to go to the quiz
Our Events Page has details of planned Zoom events. You can access these meetings using the links you will find in the Members Area
The Chairman's Corner in the July/August Bulletin has more information about our plans for the rest of 2020.
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.
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
An opportunity to watch the 60 minute one-man 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.
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.
If you'd like to see your heroes in action , click on this link for their recent game at Sanderstead. You won't be disappointed.