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.
Due to the pandemic our regular activities have been put on hold - click here for the latest situation.
New to us? Click here to find out a little about who we are and what we do......
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. As it is very likely that we won't be attending games for a while, the continuation of live broadcasts is very welcome! Click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/56484505 for more.
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.
Continuing the 40th anniversary celebration of TMS, more podcasts entitled '#40from40' from the 'View from the Boundary' series of interviews have been released, along with some interviews with well known cricket commentators in a series entitled 'Voices of the World'.
For more information and links to the recordings, click here.
We have been contacted by the editor of a new magazine which was launched last year.
For more about the publication and the background behind the decision to embark on this venture, click here.
Simon Hughes (The Analyst) has sent us information about an initiative to create a virtual cricket club which will broadcast live streamed interviews with cricket personalities every
Thursday (Wednesday from now on) at 7pm.
UPDATE: Geoff Boycott TODAY (Wednesday the 14th) at 7pm. NOTE: Meetings will now be on Wednesdays.
Click here for the latest email with more details.
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?
SOCIETY PROSPECTS FOR THE 2020-21 SEASON
The Covid-19 situation continues to impact daily life and forecasts predict it will continue well into the new year and beyond. The mass vaccination programme is now underway, but any improvement is unlikely to allow any Society activity over this current season.
For more information on our current plan, click here.
For those of you that enjoy the Zoom-style of meetings, The Cricket Society are hosting a series of these. It is open to Cricket Society members, but you must register first.
For more details - visit https://cricketsociety.com/, and click on 'Events'.
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.
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.
Points of View
Essex won the inaugural Bob Willis Trophy in a thrilling final at Lord's against Somerset.
The competition has been hailed a success, and it had been suggested that this format will replace the current County Championship.
► Would you prefer to keep the traditional championship?
For more information and to have your say, click here.
The format for next years County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy has been announced, which splits all counties into three groups, seeded by final placings in the 2019 championship.
For more information and to have your say, click here.
֎ A PICTURE GALLERY
We have been sent some photographs of Essex teams from the 1960s and 70s (Scroll over First Team pictures to enlarge):
Back (L to R): Lee Irvine, Keith Boyce, John Lever, Brian Ward, Stuart Turner, David Acfield.
Front (L to R): Brian Edmeades, Keith Fletcher, Brian Taylor (Captain), Gordon Barker, Robin Hobbs.
Back (L to R): C. Brown (Secretary), Ray East, Keith Boyce, Brian Ward, Eddie Presland, Stuart Turner,
John Lever, Graham Saville, David Acfield, Jack Bartlam (Scorer).
Front (L to R): Robin Hobbs, Keith Fletcher, Brian Taylor (Captain), Gordon Barker, Brian Edmeades.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any related background information. Thanks again!
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.
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.
The Society Archive
The Archive contains some of our archive material; currently:
※ GUEST SPEAKERS.
※ PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS.
The archive will be expanded - click here for more information.
Thanks to the Keyworth Cricket Club.
֎ The Quiz Nights we were hoping to arrange in conjunction with The Essex Boundary Club (the official ECCC supporters club) during the Society meetings season are tentatively being put back to a later date. More details will be available on the website and by email as and when arrangements have been made.
֎ Reported on 18th November that the RIVER GATE ENTRANCE works are complete, but it remains closed until further notice. Further updates will be posted on this website when more information becomes available.
Any membership enquiries, newsletter feedback/items of interest for the next edition or just want to get in touch? - click here.