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Derek Pringle night in Chelmsford, May 26th

Duncan Steer of Radio Days Events has sent us information about a forthcoming night with Derek Pringle on Thursday May 26th at the Chelmsford Social Club.

It is open to all; the email from Duncan can be seen below.  

03-05-2022: The email from Duncan Steer.

I am hosting a night with Derek Pringle in Chelmsford on May 26 and I wondered if your members might be interested?

Derek will be discussing his life and career and his acclaimed book 'Pushing the Boundaries', described as "fascinating and hilarious" by the Telegraph and "eye-popping and hilarious" by The Guardian.  Early tickets are £12 or £23 including a book and there will be a chance to ask your own questions.

Full info on the night is here:

I have hosted two previous events with Derek and they always go down very well - he brings a rare mix of detailed and thoughtful cricket insight with a willingness to speak candidly about the characters he has played with and against.

Do please let me know if I can tell you any more.

Thank you
Best wishes
Duncan Steer

A Virtual Cricket Club - 2022 UPDATE 5

Simon Hughes (The Analyst) has sent us a link to issue no.3 of his latest newsletter - 'The Cricverse'.

It is open to all; the latest email from Simon can be seen below.  

24-03-2022: The latest email from Simon Hughes.

Free newsletter - Please subscribe -

'The Cricketer' Magazine Offer

Simon Hughes (The Analyst) has sent us information about an offer for The Cricketer Magazine which celebrates its centenary.

The email from Simon can be seen below.

Hi everyone.
Hope all well. Great Test match despite the result!
Just a message from The Cricketer magazine (which I am editor of.)  There is a special offer in our centenary year at the moment - six months subscription for £19.21 (the year of our foundation).   The new issue is out this week and will really appeal to all of you as its message is 'cricket is for everyone' - this is the cover (right.)
We seek to cover the game at ALL Levels.

This is the offer link -

Join our club and get the best packaged cricket news and insight delivered straight to your door.

All the best and happy watching (and reading!)


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.

Kind regards,

Dr John Broom

If you can help, you can contact him at

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,
Robin Hobbs - click,
Mark Pettini - click,
Ray East - click,
Ken McEwan - click,
John Faragher (club chairman) - click,
Barry Richards - click,
Sir Alastair Cook - click,
Tom Westley - click,
Adam Wheater & Aaron Beard - click,
The Unforgettable Summer - click,
How ECCC Created History in 2019 - click

BBC Essex Sport interview catalogue - click,
BBC Essex Sport - click

Test Match Special Podcasts - Update

26-10-2021: More recent releases from TMS....
'View from the Boundary': Chris Addison - click,
Alistair Cook on his Oval Test farewell - click,
Moeen Ali on his Test retirement - click,
Ian Botham on Headingley 1981 - click,
A Michael Holding interview - click,
The famous 'Leg over' commentary 30 years on - click

For the full list of TMS podcasts - click

Previous links that are still available:
#40from40: Nish Kumar - click,
#40from40: Sebastian Faulks - click,
#40from40: Toby Jones - click,
#40from40: John Lithgow - click,
#40from40: Damian Lewis - click,
#40from40: Professor Robert Winston - click

Voices of the World: Jim Maxwell - click,
Voices of the World: Fazeer Mohammed - click,
Voices of the World: Prakash Wakankar - click

For all these and more (including downloads), click

'Remembering Graham Gooch's 333' is still available - click
Search the internet with the phrase graham gooch 333 forYouTube videos and other features.

Tales from the Boundary


» 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,
but please check the Terms and Conditions first - they are nothing arduous I promise you!

Click here for the current list.  Also, an interview (split into two parts) with J. K. Lever:, and