Monday, 29 February 2016

Meeting 9 March - Howzat! The Six Sixes Ball Mystery

Cricket lovers are in for a 'spell-binding and exhilarating evening' when journalist Grahame Lloyd visits the society in March. When Garry Sobers hit Malcolm Nash for six sixes off one over at Swansea in 1968, a cricketing Everest was finally conquered. And 38 years later history was made again when the ball supposedly smashed around the St Helen's ground was auctioned by Christie's for a world-record £26,400 ... except the ball was the wrong make, a Duke & Son and not a Stuart Surridge. After a six-year gap the ball re-emerged at another auction, prompting Grahame to launch Operation Howzat!, an 18-month quest for the truth about a key element of one of the game's most iconic moments. Featuring an interview with John Parkin, the batsman at the opposite end during the famous over, historic BBC TV footage of the Six Sixes, poetry and song, Grahame follows the trail from South Wales to India - encountering a host of colourful characters along the way and lifting the lid on the sometimes murky world of sports memorabilia.

Nominated for the 2014 MCC/Cricket Society Book the Year Award, Howzat? The Six Sixes Ball Mystery was published to rave reviews:
* 'a terrifically dotty whodunnit, driven by one man’s relentless, borderline-psychotic quest for answers' (Wisden) 
* 'the most original cricket book published in years' (cricketweb.net) 
* 'a cracking read, unhesitatingly recommended' (Cricket Society) 
* 'the product of diligent and disciplined investigative journalism…a compelling read' (ACS) 
* 'a skilfully crafted and highly absorbing book…a triumph' (Backspin magazine).

Grahame's talk, presented to cricket societies across the UK, has attracted similar praise: 
* 'a spell-binding and exhilarating evening' (Herefordshire) 
* 'fascinating and interesting in equal measure' (Scotland) 
* 'unusual and entertaining, very enjoyable all-round' (Chesterfield) 
* 'over the last 50 years we have had some great speakers – none better than Grahame Lloyd & John Parkin' (Lincolnshire)

All welcome! Join at any meeting - £15 a year. 

Spring special! Guests free (sample a meeting free of charge - normal entry £5).

Venue: Brewery Bar, King William IV, Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BD, 7.30pm for 7.45pm. 

Raffle: £2/ticket. Prizes include tickets to watch County Champions Yorkshire CCC at Headingley in 2016. 

For more information contact: ercsoc@gmail.com or call Maggie Sumner (01482 861848). 

Next meeting: Wednesday 12 October 2016 - Dan Waddell, author of Field of Shadows: the English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany 1937 and The Wit & Wisdom of Test Match Special.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

David Steele @ East Riding Cricket Society, 10 February

Thanks to former England Test star and BBC Sports Personality of the Year David Steele for a hugely entertaining evening at the King Billy after Dickie Bird was forced to cancel. David sent his best wishes to the Test umpire - a personal favourite as Dickie never gave him out LBW! Renowned for his batting, David took on the mighty Australian and West Indian pace attacks of the 1970s with a predominantly front-foot method. Borrowing the night's star raffle prize - a bat signed by 2015 County Champions Yorkshire CCC - he showed (left) how a batsman can move much more quickly from the front foot to the back than vice versa, as well as demonstrating the difference between his technique and that of another front-foot devotee, Geoff Boycott. David is also a great admirer of Yorkshire great Sir Leonard Hutton - a selector in 1975 when David was first picked for England. 'The top hand is life, the bottom hand is death,' Sir Leonard told him - a lesson David has never forgotten. 

Next meeting: Wednesday 9 March 2016 - Grahame Lloyd & John Parkin Howzat! The Six Sixes Ball Mystery In 1968 John Parkin watched from the non-striker's end as Garry Sobers became the first man to hit six sixes in one over - a record since equalled but impossible to break. But what became of the historic ball? Journalist Grahame Lloyd launched an eighteen-month quest to uncover the truth.

All welcome! Join at any meeting - £15 a year.

Spring special! Guests free (sample a meeting free of charge - normal entry £5)

Venue: Brewery Bar, King William IV, Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BD, 7.30pm for 7.45pm. 

Raffle: £2/ticket. Prizes include tickets to watch County Champions Yorkshire CCC at Headingley in 2016. 

For more information contact: ercsoc@gmail.com or call Maggie Sumner (01482 861848). 

GOLDEN JUBILEE PROGRAMME 2015/16
2015
14 October - Ashley Giles, England & Warwickshire, head coach Lancashire CCC
11 November - Dave Callaghan, the BBC's 'Voice of Yorkshire Cricket' (& AGM 7.15pm)
9 December - YCCC Champions' Evening - First XI stars Will Rhodes & Jack Leaning, Chief Executive Mark Arthur & Commercial Director Andy Dawson
 

2016
13 January - Yorkshire Film Archive, vintage clips of 100+ years of Yorkshire cricket 
10 February - David Steele, England & Northants, ex BBC Sports Personality of the Year
9 March - Grahame Lloyd & John Parkin, Howzat! The Six Sixes Ball Mystery

Monday, 8 February 2016

Meeting 10 February - David Steele

East Riding Cricket Society is delighted to announce its very special February guest - David Steele, England and Northants batsman, and BBC Sports Personality of the Year 1975, one of only four cricketers to win the award. Plucked by Tony Greig from county cricket in 1975 at the age of thirty-three, David played just eight Test matches in a little over a year, relishing the challenge of Australian quicks Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson, and the fearsome West Indian quartet, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Wayne Daniel and Vanburn Holder. Described by The Sun's Clive Taylor as "The bank clerk who went to war," he scored 50 and 45 on debut against the Aussies at Lord's, with his only century coming against West Indies at Trent Bridge the following year. Compared with these cricketing highlights, SPOTY was just the 'icing on the cake'. David's success took everyone by surprise. When he stood up to receive the award, the presenter called him Derek - as did Len Hutton, then a selector, on David's first day at Lord's.

Particular thanks to David, who has stepped in at short notice after scheduled speaker Dickie Bird was forced to cancel due to ill health. All members and friends send Dickie our very best wishes. 

All welcome! Join at any meeting. £15 a year / £5 on door. 

Venue: Brewery Bar, King William IV, Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BD, 7.30pm for 7.45pm. 

Raffle: £2/ticket. Prizes include tickets to watch County Champions Yorkshire CCC at Headingley in 2016 & a signed Yorkshire CCC 2015 bat. 

For more information contact: ercsoc@gmail.com or call Maggie Sumner (01482 861848). 

GOLDEN JUBILEE PROGRAMME 2015/16
2015
14 October - Ashley Giles, England & Warwickshire, head coach Lancashire CCC
11 November - Dave Callaghan, the BBC's 'Voice of Yorkshire Cricket' (& AGM 7.15pm)
9 December - YCCC Champions' Evening - First XI stars Will Rhodes & Jack Leaning, Chief Executive Mark Arthur & Commercial Director Andy Dawson
 

2016
13 January - Yorkshire Film Archive, vintage clips of 100+ years of Yorkshire cricket 
10 February - David Steele, England & Northants, ex BBC Sports Personality of the Year
9 March - Grahame Lloyd & John Parkin, Howzat! The Six Sixes Ball Mystery

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Yorkshire Film Archive - review

Great time on Wednesday 13 January with Graham Relton, Manager of the Yorkshire Film Archive. Graham treated an enthusiastic audience to some wonderfully chosen and presented archive footage, interweaving unique cricket film with scenes of local interest. The sporting selection began with a Girls' versus Parents match at Hunmanby Hall School in 1948. Graham then moved on to Cricket at Hovingham, a film shot in the early 1930s by Sir William Worsley, Yorkshire captain and later MCC & Yorkshire President, action from the England v India Test at Headingley in 1952, Bill Bowes's inside view of England on tour in Australia in 1958-9, a snowy Northern Cricket Society Boxing Day match in 1953, the Scarborough Festival 1960, Asian players in action at the Interlink Cricket Club in Bradford in 1972, and last and by no means least, Mike Ulyatt's local masterpiece - Hull Railway Clerks CC Centenary 1973, featuring the late, lamented Circle Ground on Anlaby Road.

Brian Close, Len Hutton, Fred Trueman, Peter May, Tom Graveney, Colin Cowdrey and Denis Compton were just some of the famous faces featured. Watch again via this link on the YFA website and see how many you can recognize.

The YFA is a registered charity, always keen to hear from anyone - amateur or professional - who has film or video made in or about Yorkshire. More details here.

Next meeting: Wednesday 10 February - David Steele, England & Northants, ex BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Venue: Brewery Bar, King William IV, Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BD, 7.30pm for 7.45pm.

Raffle: £2/ticket. Prizes include tickets to watch County Champions Yorkshire CCC at Headingley in 2016 / signed Yorkshire CCC 2015 bat

GOLDEN JUBILEE PROGRAMME 2015/16
2015
14 October - Ashley Giles, England & Warwickshire, head coach Lancashire CCC
11 November - Dave Callaghan, the BBC's 'Voice of Yorkshire Cricket' (& AGM 7.15pm)
9 December - YCCC Champions' Evening - First XI stars Will Rhodes & Jack Leaning, Chief Executive Mark Arthur & Commercial Director Andy Dawson
 

2016
13 January - Yorkshire Film Archive, vintage clips of 100+ years of Yorkshire cricket 
10 February - Dickie Bird, Test Umpire & President Yorkshire CCC (Members and pre-registered guests only - guest admission £10)
9 March - Grahame Lloyd & John Parkin, Howzat! The Six Sixes Ball Mystery

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Meeting 13 January - Yorkshire Film Archive

East Riding Cricket Society opens 2016 with an evening of vintage treasures presented by Graham Relton of the wonderful Yorkshire Film Archive - a registered Charity that exists to collect, preserve and make available to the public moving images made in and around the county. From climmers at Flamborough caught on film in 1908 to a 1950s Test at Headingley and rare footage of an Ashes Tour to Australia. Hull street scenes, historic Scarborough, Yorkshire legend Brian Close to local cricket and quirky games, be sure to catch this screening. There will even be some cricket in the snow! 
  
All welcome! Join at any meeting. £15 a year / £5 on door.

Next meeting: Wednesday 10 February - the legendary DICKIE BIRD. This meeting will be open to members and pre-registered guests only. Guest admission £10.

Contact ercsoc@gmail.com or call Maggie Sumner (01482 861848) to secure your place.  

Venue: Brewery Bar, King William IV, Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BD, 7.30pm for 7.45pm.

Raffle: £2/ticket. Win prizes including tickets to watch Yorkshire CCC at Headingley in 2016.

GOLDEN JUBILEE PROGRAMME 2015/16
2015
14 October - Ashley Giles, England & Warwickshire, head coach Lancashire CCC
11 November - Dave Callaghan, the BBC's 'Voice of Yorkshire Cricket' (& AGM 7.15pm)
9 December - YCCC Champions' Evening - First XI stars Will Rhodes & Jack Leaning, Chief Executive Mark Arthur & Commercial Director Andy Dawson
 

2016
13 January - Yorkshire Film Archive, vintage clips of 100+ years of Yorkshire cricket 
10 February - Dickie Bird, Test Umpire & President Yorkshire CCC (Members and pre-registered guests only - guest admission £10)
9 March - Grahame Lloyd & John Parkin, Howzat! The Six Sixes Ball Mystery