Wednesday, 22 February 2017

8 March 2017 - John Holder

Rochdale Online
Congratulations to ex-Test umpire John Holder, one of a select group of fifty Barbadians chosen in 2016 to receive the island's Golden Jubilee Award, celebrating the 50th anniversary of independence. John was honoured for his contribution to Anglo/Barbadian relations as well as his cricketing achievements, and on hand to present the award - at a Gala Dinner at London's Savoy Hotel - was none other than Sir Garfield Sobers, a one-time opponent during John's county career.

Introduced to the game by his father, John was involved in the first-class game for over 40 years - first as a pace bowler for Hampshire, then following a back injury as a leading Test umpire. 'I loved umpiring because it suited my personality,' says John, 'and I got to meet great players and see their techniques.' Even in retirement John remains in demand as resident expert for Test Match Special's 'Ask the Umpire'.

Come along to meet John and hear more of his fascinating story, compellingly told by former team-mate Andrew Murtagh in his prize-nominated biography - Test of Character: The Story of John Holder, Fast Bowler and Test Match Umpire (Pitch Publishing, 2016). 

Snap up a SIGNED COPY - £17!

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 2017 Yorkshire CCC match tickets 

More information: email ercsoc@gmail.com / call Maggie Sumner (01482 861848) 

Next meeting: Wednesday 11 October - David Smith, former Warwickshire CCC opener; Chief Executive - Leicestershire CCC, Northamptonshire CCC

Friday, 27 January 2017

8 February 2017 - Angus Fraser MBE

Ex-Middlesex & England paceman, now national selector, journalist, pundit, and director of cricket for county champions Middlesex - Angus Fraser MBE has enjoyed an unmatched involvement with international and domestic cricket over the past 30 years. 'The most controlled and consistent England bowler of the 1990s,' for Wisden editor Lawrence Booth, 'Gus' played 46 Tests and 42 ODIs. His best Test performance of 8-53 against West Indies in Port-of-Spain came in a losing cause, but his 8-75 in Bridgetown in 1993/4 set up a famous victory over the same opponents. Meanwhile with the bat, he and Robert Croft defied fearsome the South African Allan Donald in a famous rearguard action at Old Trafford in 1998. A Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1996, Angus retired in 2002 to write for The Independent and was appointed a Test selector in 2014.   

Don't miss this special evening with a star of the modern English game. 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 2017 Yorkshire CCC match tickets 

More information: email ercsoc@gmail.com / call Maggie Sumner (01482 861848) 

Next meeting: Wednesday 8 March - John Holder, ex-Test umpire & Hants CCC paceman 

PROGRAMME 2016/17 
12 October - Dan Waddell, Field of Shadows: The English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany, 1937 
9 November - Dr Dean Allen, Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa: Logan of Matjiesfontein 
14 December - YCCC Evening, Chief Executive Mark Arthur & 1st XI stars
11 January - John Abrahams, ex-captain, Lancashire CCC; Manager, England Under-19s 
8 February - Angus Fraser, ex-England paceman, Test selector & Middlesex Director of Cricket 
8 March - John Holder, ex-Test Match umpire & Hampshire CCC fast bowler