Welcome to the new Essex Cricket Society website which will be updated and expanded when more content becomes available. Its aim is to give a brief introduction to the Society, and also some advanced notice of events coming up for the new 2019-20 season, along with the new membership details.
The Society was founded in 1974. It currently arranges a Programme of Meetings which run from October through to March. We meet usually on the second Tuesday of each of these months in the Doug Insole Pavilion at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford between 8:00pm and 10:00pm.
At these meetings we have a cricket-related speaker who is usually either a current player, ex-player, author, administrator, coach or as at a couple of the 2018-19 meetings, members of the Essex County Cricket Club staff, who gave us enlightening talks and presentations on the work that the Essex Cricket Foundation does in taking cricket out into the Essex community.
Drinks are available to purchase at the licensed bar throughout the evening, and also tea, coffee and biscuits are available at the interval for a nominal charge.
The 2019-20 meeting schedule is now complete - click here for the list of guest speakers.
Members of the Society also receive the Society newsletter - WILLOW TALK - which is published 3 times a year.
Guests and non-members are welcome to attend any of the meetings upon payment of a £6.00 entrance fee.
Membership forms are available for download on this website, and if you wish to join you can either follow the instructions on the form, or come along to a meeting and join on the night, where your guest fee will be refunded.
We are planning to run two Quiz Nights in conjunction with The Essex Boundary Club (the official ECCC supporters club) during the Society meetings season. More details will be available on the website, and at the Society meetings.
One of the categories we are working on for inclusion on the website is an archive of material from the Society's inception to the present day. If you have anything related to the Society that you would be willing to share then please let us know. For contact details - click here.
Meetings So Far.....
Robin Hobbs and author Rob Kelly visited in October, author Stephen Chalke entertained us in November, and
David Steele followed the AGM in December. The 3 meetings have been well supported and have included 13 non-member guests.
Derek Pringle came to us this month and despite the weather conditions attracted our largest attendance of the season with 14 non-member guests joining us. He didn't disappoint with a brief résumé of his career, plenty of stories and anedotes, and an offer on his book Pushing the Boundaries - Cricket in the Eighties.
Rob Kelly and Robin Hobbs
UPDATE - Next up is Mike Vockins OBE on Tuesday 11th February at 8.00pm. He was a long-serving and much-respected Secretary/Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, working alongside cricketing “greats” like Basil D’Oliveira, Norman Gifford, Graeme Hick, Glenn McGrath and Ian Botham. During his thirty years with the County he was also Manager of five England Under 19 and England ‘A’ team tours including one captained by Nasser Hussain, as well as serving on numerous TCCB/ECB committees, and in 1996 he was awarded an OBE for services to cricket. For the latter part of his time with Worcestershire Mike was also a self-supporting Church minister, holding various posts in Herefordshire including at Hereford Cathedral. After retiring from Worcestershire CCC he was for 12 years a member of ECB’s Major Match Group.
As a one-off, from January 1st MEMBERSHIP FEES for the remainder of the meeting season have been reduced.
Click here for details.
The complete list of PAST MEETING SPEAKERS is now available. Click here, and follow the links at the bottom.
Details of a March 2020 Test Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka, which is available to Cricket Society members. Click here for more.
ESSEX CRICKET SOCIETY TIES are available on offer to members at £5.00. Click here for more.
An addition to the archive is a GUEST SPEAKER GALLERY, which has pictures of our guests taken from the meetings.
More will be added as and when they become available. Click here, and follow the links at the bottom.
NEW - the GUEST SPEAKER for this seasons final meeting in MARCH will be ex-Essex cricketer GRAHAM SAVILLE.
Graham played for Essex from 1963-1966 and again from 1970-1974, and in between had three very successful seasons playing for Norfolk. On retirement he became Essex CCC assistant secretary. He was the first coach at the Essex Indoor Cricket School and subsequently was appointed National Cricket Association coach for the Eastern Region. He managed and coached England Under 19's at home and abroad, and coached Cambridge University and Combined Universities in the Benson & Hedges Cup. He was Chairman of Cricket for 27 of the more than 30 years he served as a member of the committee, and is now a Life Vice-President.
Click here for the complete meetings list.
The RIVER GATE ENTRANCE remains closed at this time. The works, however, are expected to be completed late-February/early March. Further updates will be posted on this website - click here - and the ECCC website http://www.essexcricket.org.uk/, when more information becomes available.
Guest speaker gallery - click here , Archive of past meeting speakers - click here ,
Reduced Term Membership Fees - click here , March 2020 Test Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka - click here ,
ECS Tie Offer - click here , Derek Pringle's 1979 Lord's University newspaper match report - click here.