Winter Season 2015 – 2016 Speakers

Winter Season 2015 – 2016 Speakers

There is much to look forward to during the winter, as our Chairman, Susanne, has arranged a fascinating and wide-ranging programme (see Card).

Wednesday 30 September at the Ageas Bowl (8pm)

JIMMY ADAMS needs little introduction. He is a batsman of such versatility that he has hit two centuries in t20 cricket and also played the longest innings in Hampshire’s history in first-class cricket. He led the County to victory in the CB40 Final at Lord’s in 2012 and to the Division 2 Championship in 2014. He is now club captain.

Wednesday 14 October at the Test Valley Golf Club (8pm)

STEPHEN CHALKE has written more books on cricket than any other author in the past fifteen years. Four of his titles have won Cricket Book of the Year awards. His most recent venture, the magisterial Summer’s Crown, the history of the County  Championship, is sure to add to that number.

WEDNESDAY 11 NOVEMBER at the Test Valley Golf Club (2.30pm)

ISABELLE DUNCAN Three women have addressed the Society previously but this talk will be the first ever specifically on Women’s Cricket. Isabelle is author of the acclaimed Skirting the Boundary – A History of Women’s Cricket. Elected to the main MCC Committee in 2013, she captains an all male (apart from her) side at Albury CC in the Surrey League and has played for numerous Men’s and Women’s teams over the past twenty years.

Wednesday 2 December at the Ageas Bowl (7pm)

Annual Dinner, at which the guest speaker will be CLIVE RADLEY. He was a prolific run-scorer for Middlesex from 1964 – 1987. He also played in eight Test matches for England in 1978. He has spent over fifty years in the game, having made his debut for Norfolk in 1961 and following his retirement as a player, coached Middlesex and MCC until 2009. He was President of Middlesex CCC in 2014. He was awarded the MBE in 2008.

Wednesday 6 January at the Ageas Bowl (8pm)

TIM JONES is the Archivist for Worcestershire CCC. He had been an avid collector of
Worcestershire memorabilia for the best part of thirty years and he became Chairman of the Club’s Heritage Group in 2008. He has a collection of autographs for all Worcestershire players. In the mid-70s he had the autograph of every County cricketer in England who was playing at the time. He has Hampshire connections, having once lived in Chandler’s Ford and played cricket for Paultons on the edge of the New Forest.

Wednesday 3 February 2016 at the Test Valley Golf Club (8pm)

To be confirmed. It is hoped that one of the current Hampshire staff will be able to speak at this meeting.

Wednesday 2 March 2016 at the Test Valley Golf Club (7pm)

Tony Borrington played for Derbyshire between 1971-1980. After leaving the game, he
became a schoolmaster. He has been highly recommended by other Cricket Societies.
Speakers from Derbyshire have been few and far between and so it is sure to be an
enlightening evening. The Society’s AGM will precede the meeting

Wednesday 23 March 2016 at the Ageas Bowl (8pm)

KEN BURNEY is an authority on WG Grace, that colossus of Victorian England. Our
speaker will be bringing some Grace memorabilia to the meeting. A celebration of the great cricketer’s life, arguably the best of them all, is timely as 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of his first-class debut and the 100th anniversary of his death.

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Winter Season 2014 – 2015 Speakers

Winter Season 2014 – 2015 Speakers

There is much to look forward to during the winter, as our Chairman, Susanne, has arranged a fascinating and wide ranging programme (see Card)

GRAHAME LLOYD is a broadcaster and author who wrote a well-reviewed book on Gary Sobers’ six sixes. He has now turned his attention to the mystery of the “six sixes ball”. It is certainly a tale of intrigue.

LAWRENCE PRITTIPAUL was a handsome strokemaker and since leaving the game has become the world’s leading pioneer on Cage Cricket, which is principally aimed at children in inner city areas. Visitors to the Ageas Bowl will be aware of the Cage on the berm by the East Gate which is proving highly popular with both young boys and girls.

DEREK ANDREWS is a lifelong Hampshire supporter and member for 45 years. Through Hampshire, Derek became the last BBC TV Cricket Scorer (before Sky) covering over 140 Sunday League matches, the 1983 World Cup and numerous other one-day matches. He pioneered computer graphics and worked with great commentators such as Richie Benaud, im Laker, CMJ, Peter Walker and Geoffrey Boycott. It is the Society’s first day time meeting. Members are encouraged to take a meal at Test Valley Golf Club beforehand so that the event is a success for both our host and the Society.

The former England and Warwickshire batsmen DENNIS AMISS and MJK SMITH do not really need any introduction – star batsmen and long careers in cricket administration thereafter. DOUGLAS MILLER is the most erudite of biographers.

ANTHONY GIBSON is the son of the famous broadcaster and writer Alan Gibson. He is a broadcaster in the West Country. He is an editor of his father’s work and two other books on West Country authors and Cricket’s Wandering Elevens (co-authored with Stephen Chalke). He has appeared twice at Dorset Cricket Society to great acclaim.

RONALD ALLISON is a real coup thanks to Ian Henderson. The Editor heard him speak on his career at Dorset Cricket Society last winter, marvellous, witty, insightful and suitably discreet. Definitely not to be missed.

In the same category is the Revd Canon TIM BILES. Never heard of him? He is an
Englishman who worked for Sir Donald Bradman in Adelaide and became a confidante of both his boss and his family. He has a fund of stories that will not be found in any book. Can promise a truly enthralling evening.

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