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In Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa, profusely illustrated with rare and unpublished photographs and documents, Dean Allen uncovers Logan's fascinating rags-to-riches story.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

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Meeting 12 October - Dan Waddell - Field of Shadows

Cricket, Nazis and Sid Waddell! Quite a combination! Don't miss award-winning novelist, journalist and author Dan Waddell tell the remarkable tale of Felix Menzel, Maurice Jewell and the 1937 English cricket tour of Hitler's Germany (more ...)

An exiled Yorkshireman, born in Pudsey, Dan's other cricket books include The Test Match Special Quiz Book and The Wit and Wisdom of Test Match Special. And in his memoir We Had Some Laughs:My Dad, the Darts and Me, recently longlisted for the world's richest sports book prize, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, Dan describes growing up with his father Sid, TV's inimitable 'voice of darts'.

Meet Dan Waddell and bag a signed copy - all titles available to buy on the night. Shop early for Xmas!

Watch Dan here. Read more here.

Coming up ... Dean Allen, YCCC 1st XI stars, John Abrahams, Angus Fraser, John Holder

All welcome! Just £15 a year - join at any meeting / £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: from ercsoc@gmail.com or Maggie Sumner (01482 861848) 

Next meeting: Wednesday 9 November - Dr Dean Allen, Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa: Logan of Matjiesfontein

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

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Angus Fraser tops bill in 2016-17

Angus 'Gus' Fraser - ex-England paceman, Test selector, Middlesex CCC Director of Cricket and Sky pundit - tops an exciting East Riding Cricket Society line-up next winter. Joining Gus in the convivial surroundings of the Brewery Bar, King William IV, Cottingham HU16 4BD will be retired Test match umpire and Test Match Special regular John Holder, ex-Lancashire captain and current England Under-19 Operations Manager John Abrahams, author Dan Waddell (son of legendary darts commentator Sid), and sports historian Dean Allen. Five top speakers - plus a Yorkshire CCC special with First XI stars, Chief Exec Mark Arthur and the chance to win a signed 2015 Champions bat - all for just £15 a year. Everyone welcome! Join at any meeting.

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

YCCC's Will Rhodes & Jack Leaning, December 2015
PROGRAMME 2016-17
12 October - Dan Waddell, author of We Had Some Laughs: My Dad, the Darts & Me; Field of Shadows: The English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany, 1937
9 November - Dr Dean Allen, author of Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa: Logan of Matjiesfontein
14 December - YCCC Evening, Chief Exec Mark Arthur & 1st XI stars.

2017
11 January - John Abrahams, ex-Lancashire CCC captain, England Under-19 Operations Manager
8 February - Angus Fraser, ex-England paceman, Middlesex CCC Director of Cricket, Test selector
8 March - John Holder, ex-Test umpire & Hampshire CCC all-rounder; TMS 'Ask the Umpire'

East Riding Cricket Society, March 2016

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