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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......


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.


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.


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.  Many promising vaccines are going through latter stages of testing, but any improvement is unlikely to allow any Society activity over this current season.

For more information on our current plan, click here.

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP and BOB WILLIS TROPHY 2021

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 VIRTUAL CRICKET CLUB

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 at 7pm.
Latest email about the next event, click here.

Graeme Swann, Thursday 3rd December.

THE CRICKET SOCIETY TALKS

The Cricket Society are hosting two events soon that are open to all members of Cricket Societies:

※ David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, Tuesday 24th Nov. at 6pm.
※ Stephen Chalke, Wednesday 2nd Dec. at 2pm.

Click here for details.


TEST MATCH SPECIAL PODCASTS

The BBC have released a series of podcasts, including 'Remembering Graham Gooch's 333' - the 30th anniversary of his epic innings against India.

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of TMS, they have also released a series of podcasts entitled '#40from40' from the 'View from the Boundary' series of interviews.

For more information and links to the recordings, 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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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 has been confirmed 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.

Tales from the Boundary

We have a feature section where members have sent us their own cricket-related stories.

» 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, or here to see the current list - 60 at the moment!



֎ 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 earlier in the 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.



֎ 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.

֎ UPDATE - 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.


UPDATES:  Author Talks - click here ,   Tales from the Boundary - click here ,   Points of View (Bob Willis Trophy) - click here ,  
A Virtual Cricket Club - click here .

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