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 - £18.

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

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Meeting 11 January - John Abrahams

A middle-order batsman and off-spin bowler, John Abrahams played 1st class cricket for Lancashire CCC from 1973 to 1988. Appointed First XI captain in 1984, he immediately led the side to a notable Benson & Hedges Trophy victory over Warwickshire at Lords, when he was named Man of the Match by Peter May despite a duck and no wickets! Since retiring, John has played a pivotal role in England youth cricket, responsible for teams at Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 levels, coaching England to victory in the inaugural ICC Under 19 World Cup in 1998, and later serving as the Under 19s Operations Manager. Many of his charges have since gone on to achieve international success - among them current Test stars Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Haseeb Hameed.

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 or call Maggie Sumner (01482 861848) 

Next meeting: Wednesday 8 February - Angus Fraser, ex-England paceman, Test selector & Director of Cricket, Middlesex CCC

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

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

14 December 2016 - Yorkshire CCC Evening

Mark Arthur, December 2015
A chance to quiz Chief Executive Mark Arthur and Commercial Director Andy Dawson, alongside spinners Azeem Rafiq and Karl Carver, and paceman Ben Coad. For YCCC, 2016 was a season of near misses - with semi-final losses in T20 Blast and RL 1-day competitions to set alongside a third place finish in the County Championship. And, looking ahead, 2017 will see changes at the club, with new 1st XI coach Andrew Gale replacing Jason Gillespie, and a new captain, as yet to be announced. Elsewhere within the county, 2016 brought innovation - with the Yorkshire Diamonds featuring in the inaugural Women's T20 competition, and the introduction of a pyramid structure for club cricket, culminating in an Abu Dhabi final. Add the international success of Yorkshire players, county cricket finances, problems over the planned redevelopment of Headingley Stadium, MCC's red card proposals ... a lively evening is guaranteed!

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 or call Maggie Sumner (01482 861848) 

Next meeting: Wednesday 11 January - John Abrahams, ex-captain Lancashire CCC; manager England Under-19s 

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

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

9 November 2016 - Dr Dean Allen, 'Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa: Logan of Matjiesfontein'

In 1877 James Douglas Logan, the 19-year-old son of a Borders railwayman, left Scotland for a new life in Australia. En route he landed in Cape Town - and there he stayed. In little more than a decade the entrepreneurial Logan - like his friend and ally Cecil Rhodes - amassed a huge fortune via the diamond fields and railways of his adopted country. But how could he achieve the social elevation he craved? The answer lay in the British Empire's favourite sport – cricket.

In Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa, profusely illustrated with rare and unpublished photographs and documents, Dean Allen uncovers Logan's fascinating rags-to-riches story. Although hopeless at cricket, Logan played a vital role in developing the sport in South Africa, sponsoring teams primarily as a means of personal advancement. Using Lord Hawke as his agent, he arranged some of the earliest international matches between England and South Africa - once having the captain and manager of the England team arrested as they boarded their ship for home! 

Several of these matches were hosted by Logan in Matjiesfontein, the town he built in the arid Karoo, 200 miles north-east of Cape Town. Now a National Heritage Site, in its heyday Matjiesfontein was a fashionable health spa, attracting visitors like Lord Randolph Churchill and Rudyard Kipling, as well as Surrey and England all-rounder George Lohmann, widely regarded as the finest cricketer of his generation and still the fastest man to 100 Test wickets. During the Anglo-Boer War, the town was fortified as the headquarters of Cape Command, and its famous Lord Milner Hotel used as a hospital and look-out post. Yet in the midst of the conflict Logan also organised a highly controversial South African tour to England - attracting many critics, including Arthur Conan Doyle. 

Born and raised in Somerset, Dean Allen now teaches sports history at Bournemouth University. He first visited Matjiesfontein while researching for his master's degree at Stellenbosch University, and his fascination for the history of cricket, coupled with the region's rich past, formed the basis of his PhD, which he completed in 2008.  

Dean has enthralled audiences in lectures and interviews across the UK and South Africa, with appearances on Test Match Special, Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 2 Drivetime, TalkSport, Classic FM and many more. Read, watch and listen here ...

Signed copies of Empire, War and Cricket in South Africa will be available for sale.

For more information visit http://www.deanallen.co.za/

Please note: the society's AGM will take place prior to this meeting at 7.15pm.

Coming up ... YCCC Chief Exec Mark Arthur + 1st XI stars, John Abrahams, Angus Fraser, John Holder 

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 or call Maggie Sumner (01482 861848) 

Next meeting: Wednesday 14 December - YCCC Evening, Chief Exec Mark Arthur + 1st XI stars 

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 Exec 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