Society Prospects for the 2020-21 Season
Due to the exceptional circumstances we are experiencing, there is little chance of any Society activity over the current season and so the Society AGM, usually held before the speaker at the December meeting, will therefore be postponed indefinitely.
The current membership term will also be extended until August 2021 at no further cost.
There will be a another edition of WILLOW TALK towards the end of the year with a round-up of the final part of the 2020 cricket season, and any further update on the situation which will also be posted on this website.
Please feel free to get in touch if you wish - click here.
For anyone interested in joining, email us your details and we will contact you when the outlook improves.
Whatever happens, stay safe!
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.
The top two of each group go into a new 'Division One', with the rest split between new 'Division Two' and 'Division Three'. The top of the new 'Division One' will then be declared as County Champions 2021, with the top two meeting in a 5-day final to decide the Bob Willis Trophy.
For more details, visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/54570997.
► What do you think of the idea? Let us know – send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, and subject to the Terms and Conditions (similar to those for Tales from the Boundary) we will publish them on the website.
A Virtual Cricket Club - UPDATE 16
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.
It is open to all; links are provided below explaining the idea and joining the club.
The latest email from Simon giving more information can be seen below. Enjoy!
If you participate in any of the shows, let us know about your experience at email@example.com. Your comments could be useful for any future events of this type.
23-02-2021: The latest email from Simon Hughes with details of the meeting with Monty Panesar on Wednesday 24th February at 7pm.
Just to say thank you so much for helping us support the Professional cricketers Trust charity by recommending our evenings to your members. We recently donated £2500 to the charity thanks to the members contributions. The target is £10k by end of the year. Would be lovely if as many of you as possible could make the Monty Panesar evening tomorrow (Wednesday 7pm.) There’s a special one-off opportunity to be part of it with the link below (so people don’t have to join the club if they don’t want to.) Its a fiver and you get to ask direct questions of Monty if you sign up in time. The link is below.
Many thanks. Simon
Ray Smith and the Second World War
23-10-2020: This is the email from Dr John Broom regarding research for his new book:
I am currently writing a book about cricket during the Second World War, to be published by Pen & Sword in June 2021. I have read a lot about the exploits of the British Empire XI, a team captained by Ray Smith during the final years of the war. General biographical information about Smith seems thin on the ground. After his retirement in 1956 he seems to fade from history.
So I would like to get in touch with anyone who could tell me more about this player. Also anyone with a good knowledge of Essex cricket during the war. I have included information in my book about the various experiences of Ken Farnes, Brian Castor, Stan Nichols, Trevor Bailey, Dickie Dodds and Harry Crabtree.
Dr John Broom
If you can help, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 suggested that this format will replace the current County Championship, with some changes to relax the regional element of the three groups, and play full group home and away fixtures.
► What do you think of the BWT?
► Do you think it should continue?
► Would you prefer to keep the traditional championship?
Click here to follow the discussion.
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.
Test Match Special Podcasts
Continuing the 40th anniversary celebrations of TMS, more podcasts entitled '#40from40' from the 'View from the Boundary' series of interviews have been released:
#40from40: Nish Kumar - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0925jgn,
#40from40: Sebastian Faulks - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08yvnw7,
#40from40: Toby Jones - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08yvp06,
#40from40: John Lithgow - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08zlnyh,
#40from40: Damian Lewis - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p091ll39,
#40from40: Professor Robert Winston - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0925js0.
Also, in a series entitled 'Voices of the World', interviews with well known cricket commentators are available:
Voices of the World: Jim Maxwell - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08yqj9d,
Voices of the World: Fazeer Mohammed - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08zcb90,
Voices of the World: Prakash Wakankar - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p091dhp0.
For all these and much more, click https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrsl2/episodes/downloads?page=1.
'Remembering Graham Gooch's 333' is still available - click https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08lzlvn.
Search the internet with the phrase graham gooch 333 forYouTube videos and other features.
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?