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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.

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


As the COVID-19 crisis continues to ease, international and recreational cricket has returned, and county cricket is due to start on the 1st August.   Formats will include 3 regional groups of championship cricket and the T20 Blast.  No fixtures announced at present.  
UPDATE - There are currently no plans for spectators to attend live sporting events until October, but the counties will put forward proposals to the government to allow limited attendance at the T20 Blast fixtures in September, and the championship final starting 27th September.
Keep safe - we look forward to meeting up with you again when conditions allow.


֎ UPDATE - COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES
The fixtures for the Bob Willis Trophy have been released; Essex will play at Chelmsford against Kent on 1st August, Surrey on 8th August and Middlesex on 6th September.  Away fixtures are Sussex at Hove on 15th August and Hampshire at Arundel on 22nd August.
For more - click https://www.essexcricket.org.uk/2020/07/24/bob-willis-trophy-fixtures-announced/.
For the full fixture list - click https://www.ecb.co.uk/matches/county-championship/fixtures.


֎ UPDATE - BBC ESSEX SPORT INTERVIEWS
We have been sent a notification of some ECCC-related radio interviews that are available and may be of interest:

Vic Marks - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08hzx83,
Robin Hobbs - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08ktpn1,
Mark Pettini - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08k5m9k,
Ray East - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08hgb68,
Ken McEwan - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08gg6bc,
John Faragher (club chairman) - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08h15fq,
Barry Richards - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08jbg87,
Sir Alastair Cook - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08bd1bd,
Tom Westley - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p080zkzl,
Adam Wheater & Aaron Beard - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p088fzvn,
The Unforgettable Summer - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p087w8g1,
How ECCC Created History in 2019 - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p087fqcd.

BBC Essex Sport interview catalogue - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001tbd5/clips,
BBC Essex Sport - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001tbd5.


֎ NEW - TEST MATCH SPECIAL PODCASTS
A recently released special commemorating the 30th anniversary of Gooch's epic innings against India in the 1st Test at Lord's in 1990.   'Remembering Graham Gooch's 333' - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08lzlvn.
Search the internet with the phrase graham gooch 333 forYouTube videos and other features.

It is also the 40th anniversary of TMS, and the BBC have released a series of podcasts entitled '#40from40' from the 'View from the Boundary' series of interviews.   Click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/series/p02nrsl2 for these and much more.


Tales from the Boundary

CALLING ALL MEMBERS!

» Do you have any cricket-related stories to tell - perhaps from your dim and distant past?

» Any fond memories of great occasions - any 'I Was There' moments that captured your imagination?

» Perhaps anecdotes of meetings with people or players that have stayed with you and have left a lasting impression?

If you have any stories you would like to share with us, please send them to info@essexcricketsociety.uk, but please check the Terms and Conditions first - they are nothing arduous I promise you!

UPDATE - Another four: 52 not out! - click here.  Also, a recent interview (split into two parts) with J. K. Lever:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy6-0T5bXf0, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex-aZCPYxek.  


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

Essex 1st XI 1969
Ray East 1969

Can you put names to faces?  Some are not so familiar, particularly the two suited chaps in the 1967 picture.   Is it actually from 1967?  If you can help, please send your 'cast list' to info@essexcricketsociety.uk.  Thanks.

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 previously confirmed the list of author talks courtesy of Pitch Publishing.  

All members are invited to join - we will send an email to all our members prior to the next meeting, and we will continue to publish details, joining instructions and the programme on this website - click here.  
Be aware that the joining instructions will change for each meeting, so remember to check.

Note that the meetings are now on a fortnightly cycle.

If you joined the last meeting, let us know about your experience at info@essexcricketsociety.uk.  
Your comments could be useful for any future virtual meetings of this type.

UPDATE - The next event is on Friday 7th August at 7:30pm when the speaker is ECCC member Richard Clarke, author of
'Last-Wicket Stand: Searching for Redemption, Revival and a Reason to Persevere in English County Cricket'.  
Click here for the programme.  Joining instructions not yet available; expect to have them by Thursday 6th August.

For more information about Richard Clarke - click here.  
Briefly, the book chronicles his journey following Essex through the 2019 double trophy-winning season, and the story behind why he embarked on this adventure, which is one that many people may recognise.  


The Society Archive

The Society Archive contains collections of currently available archive material:

※ MEETINGS - The complete list of meetings and speakers from the Society beginnings.

※ GUEST SPEAKERS* - A photo gallery of past speakers.

※ PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS* - A photo gallery of player of the year awards.

The archive will be expanded and more categories will be added, but for now - click here.

*These sections are incomplete so if anyone has something we can add, please get in touch - info@essexcricketsociety.uk.


THE KEYWORTH CRICKET CLUB QUIZZES

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

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

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 sometime nearer the start of the new ECS season next October.  More details will be available on the website and by email as and when arrangements have been made.

֎ RECENT - The RIVER GATE ENTRANCE remains closed.  
No official notice as yet, but as of Wednesday 22nd July, work was still progressing.  
Latest pictures courtesy of my man on the inside.  

Further updates will be posted on this website when more information becomes available - click here.

(Scroll over pictures to enlarge).

Pictures courtesy of Mark Wood


LOOKING FORWARD: We hope to resume again next October, however due to the uncertain times our return can, for now, only be a matter for speculation.  Updates will be posted on this website and by email when the way forward becomes clear.   The next issue of WILLOW TALK is due in August which hopefully will contain some good news for us all.


UPDATES:  Author Talks - click here ,   Tales from the Boundary - click here ,  The Society Archive - click here ,  
Guest speaker photo gallery - click here ,  Player of the Year Awards - click here .

For information about 2020/21 Membership, click here.
Any membership enquiries, newsletter feedback/items of interest for the next edition or just want to get in touch? - click here.