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Welcome to the Essex Cricket Society website - the repository for all Society-related information including latest membership details, notice of coming events and news which may be of interest to members.


THE SOCIETY PLAN FOR THE 2022-23 SEASON

New to us?  Click here to find out a little about who we are and what we do......


Peter Edwards Museum and Library

Have you ever considered becoming a 'Friend' of the Museum?

The Museum and Library is situated adjacent to the club shop, and is run entirely by volunteers.

Our President Tony Debenham is a trustee, and he would like to tell you a little about the organisation
and how you can help support it.  Click here for more.


 UPDATE  Alastair Cook and Jonathan Agnew at Southend  UPDATE 

We have been informed that Alastair Cook and Jonathan Agnew are appearing together at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend on Monday 10th October.

Visit https://simonfielder.com/productions/aggers-cook/ for more information.

However, since receiving this, we have been told of an offer from the Cliffs Pavilion of all tickets now £20!
Visit https://southendtheatres.org.uk/Online/tickets-an-evening-with-aggers-cook-southend-2022?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::promocode_access_code=AGGERS20&SessionSecurity::referrer=st-aggers-and-cook-special-offer&utm_source=responsive&utm_medium=email&utm_content=button&utm_campaign=st-aggers-and-cook-special-offer to book.     Beware though; it looks like this offer is only applied on booking payment!  

 BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE - CRICKET ARCHIVE 

One of our contributors has sent us a website link to a BFI archive featuring free-to-view interviews with Keith Fletcher and John Lever at Leyton from 1977.

Links at the bottom of the page also showcase footage of a wider range of cricket from a bygone age and more.

Visit https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-essex-county-cricket-team-1977-online?fbclid=IwAR3tuWXeycD0aVdkKrliO5-CbcWXElDnILlr8Be0753yMDRjmDAdXKFe7iU.


A VIRTUAL CRICKET CLUB - 2022 UPDATE 5

Simon Hughes (The Analyst) has sent us a link to issue no.3 of his latest newsletter - 'The Cricverse'.

It is open to all; click here for the latest email.


When we receive more information, we will post it here.

COUNTY CRICKET MATTERS

We have been contacted by the editor of a new magazine which was launched last year.  

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For more about the publication and the background behind the decision to embark on this venture, click here.


'THE CRICKETER' MAGAZINE OFFER

Simon Hughes (The Analyst) has sent us information about an offer for
'The Cricketer' Magazine which celebrates its centenary.

Click here for Simon's latest email with more details.

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WISDEN CRICKETERS' ALMANACK OFFER

One of our members - David Brangwyn - has a set of Wisdens from 1963 to 2014 (with the exception of 1968 and 1973) for sale.

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Email him: davidbrangwyn@gmail.com
if anyone is interested.


 UPDATE  THE SOCIETY PLAN FOR THE 2022-23 SEASON  UPDATE 

The new Society season will run from October 2022 to March 2023 and will be on the 2nd Tuesday of the month running as usual from 8.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. in the Doug Insole Pavilion at the Cloud County Ground.

PROGRAMME:

  • Tuesday 11th October
  • Tuesday 8th November
  • Tuesday 13th December
  • Tuesday 10th January
  • Tuesday 14th February
  • Tuesday 14th March
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  • Graham Gooch (No introduction necessary).
  • John Stephenson (ECCC Chief Executive and former player).
  • Sue Redfern (First female umpire to be elevated to the first-class list).
  • Richard Clarke (Essex supporter and author of Last Wicket Stand).
  • TBC.
  • TBC.

There is no increase in membership costs; click here for the fees and membership forms.

The next edition of Willow Talk for the membership will be sent out in the first week of September along with the membership forms.

If you have expressed an interest in joining us, you will also be contacted with the programme details and membership forms.

If you wish to enquire about membership, or to get in contact, click here.


1979: THE FIRST TITLES

In the wake of the successes over the last 5 years, we celebrate Essex's first two trophies in 1979 after 103 years.

The Benson & Hedges Cup win against Surrey by 35 runs was followed by the first of eight County Championships.

We have reproduced three articles from The Cricketer from October 1979, recalling the events from that year.  Click here.

BBC ESSEX SPORT INTERVIEWS

We have been sent a notification of some ECCC-related radio interviews that are available and may be of interest.

To see the list of podcasts, click here.

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County cricket: BBC local radio agrees new four-year deal

An item of excellent news sent in by one of our regulars - the ECB has agreed a new deal with the BBC to continue local radio broadcasting of all County Cricket matches.

Click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/56484505 for more.

Tales from the Boundary

» Do you have any cricket-related stories to tell?
» Any fond memories of great occasions?
» Perhaps anecdotes of meetings with people or players?

If you have any stories you would like to share, click here for more.



֎ A PICTURE GALLERY
We have been sent some photographs of Essex teams from the 1960s and 70s (Scroll over First Team pictures to enlarge):

Essex 1st XI 1969
Ray East 1969

Team list shown under enlarged pictures.

Do you have any Essex-related pictures that you are willing to share with us?  If there is enough interest, we would like to add them as a new category to the Society Archive - an Essex pictorial history.  It doesn't even have to be 'official' or formal type images.   Send your photographs to info@essexcricketsociety.uk with any related background information.  Thanks again!


AUTHOR TALK SERIES

Norfolk Cricket Society's Rob Kelly confirmed the list of author talks courtesy of Pitch Publishing early last year.  

All members are invited to join - we will send an email to the membership prior to the next meeting.

Currently no further meetings have been scheduled.
To see the earlier list of meetings, click here.

RAY SMITH AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Dr John Broom is researching material for a new book to be published next year, and has asked us if we have anyone who can help with background on Ray Smith and Essex cricket around the time of WWII.

To read his email, click here.  
If you can help, you can contact him at johnbroom@aol.com.


The Society Archive

The Archive contains some of our archive material; currently:

※ MEETINGS.

※ GUEST SPEAKERS.

※ PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS.

The archive will be expanded - click here for more information.

THE KEYWORTH CRICKET CLUB QUIZZES

1st QUIZ questions are available here,
    the answers are available here.

2nd QUIZ questions are available here,
    the answers are available here.

Thanks to the Keyworth Cricket Club.



Any membership enquiries, newsletter feedback/items of interest for the next edition or just want to get in touch? - click here.