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18-01-2021: We have been contacted by the editor of a new magazine launched last year.
She introduces the publication below, and provides a synopsis of its aims:

My name is Annie Chave and I’m Editor of a quarterly publication called County Cricket Matters.  It is a publication that was initiated last year by me and a few other supporters on Twitter with the primary aim to champion & celebrate County Cricket.

We started the magazine to highlight what is happening to English cricket over the last few years and what we feel are the likely consequences for the county game.  We want to question what is happening with the advent of The 100; and most importantly we want to champion County Cricket.   The magazine features articles from established writers and journalists, like Duncan Hamilton and Paul Edwards as well as giving new writers a platform.  There are also interviews with cricketers most recently David Gower and Jason Gillespie.

Looking ahead, cricket in all its forms faces many challenges, but also has new opportunities to win new audiences, including for the county game which will have a different, perhaps more competitive format in 2021.   Our magazine has a balance between articles which celebrate the past and those which chart a path to a healthy future.  We want to encourage readers to give their views on questions such as:  How would you like to see county cricket develop?   What are the priorities for the county game?  How can more people be attracted to watch it?  And where should the county game aim to be in 2025?

May I end by saying that this is all totally self-funded.  It is not a money-making exercise, just purely to help County Cricket have a platform.  I only hope to make the money I’ve spent on it back and if I can help raise the profile of county cricket then that is all the better.  The more people that subscribe the better!

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The magazine is £2.50, and it comes out in March, June, September and December.
For more, please visit our website -

She also wishes to encourage readers to submit articles for future editions and is also keen to point out that it is a publication for, and produced by, cricket lovers!

To give a flavour of the magazine, Annie has kindly consented to allow us to reproduce two articles from recent editions featuring Robin Hobbs - Robin Hobbs and Jason Gillespie - Jason Gillespie.  It is certainly worth a look.

Norfolk Cricket Society Author Talks - UPDATE 13

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 all our members prior to the next meeting, and we will continue to publish details, joining instructions and the programme on this website.  
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  
Your comments could be useful for any future virtual meetings of this type.

27-10-2020: No notice yet of any further meetings, although the one remaining postponed event (Richard Murphy) may be re-scheduled.

Any queries, email Norfolk Cricket Society's Rob Kelly at

Further details and an up-to-date list of future talks are available on the Pitch Publishing website -

The background information for this event and the programme are below:

26-05-2020: This is a summary of the follow-up email that the Norfolk Society's Rob Kelly has sent us:  

Really pleased to confirm that the first Pitch Publishing author talk will take place this Friday, please see below for further details and instructions on how to login on your computer via Zoom.

I'm hoping that Pitch Publishing will also be producing a flyer soon which I'll forward on as and when I receive it.  


To help cricket fans get a regular fix, the cricket team at Pitch Publishing has launched a new series of virtual cricketing talks and Q&As, open to members of the UK cricket societies.

The events will feature Pitch's cricketing authors and run on Friday evenings at 7.30pm, kicking off on Friday 29th May with former Sussex and Middlesex batsmen and now umpire Ian Gould, hosted by BBC cricket commentator Mark Church.

Over the years our authors have regularly appeared to speak at events up and down the country, and many had agreed to appear this year. With this in mind, we have launched a new draft schedule through until the end of November 2020.

For the first three weeks, they will be every Friday with Mark Church in the host's chair, with Ian Gould followed by Dr Colin Shindler and Aussie-based author Ashley Gray, each talking on the respective subject matter of their books to kick off the series.

The programme will then move to a fortnightly format, with Mark Peel, Tim Brooks, Andrew Murtagh, Richard Clarke, Richard Murphy, Franklyn Stephenson, Nick Greenslade and Luke Fletcher all set to appear before the end of November.


  • 29th May
  • 5th June
  • 12th June
  • 26th June
  • 10th July
  • 24th July
  • 7th August
  • 21st August
  • 25th September
  • 9th October
  • 16th October
  • 23rd October
  • Gunner: My Life in Cricket - Ian Gould hosted by Mark Church.
  • Barbed Wire and Cucumber Sandwiches: The Controversial South African Tour of 1970 - Dr Colin Shindler hosted by Mark Church.
  • The Unforgiven, The Missionaries or Mercenaries? The Untold Story of the Rebel West Indian Cricketers Who Toured Apartheid South Africa - Ashley Gray hosted by Mark Church.
  • Cricketing Caesar: A Biography of Mike Brearley - Mark Peel hosted by Mark Church.
  • A Corner of Every Foreign Field: Cricket’s Journey from English Game to Global Sport - Tim Brooks
  • If Not Me, Who? The Story of Tony Greig, the Reluctant Rebel - Andrew Murtagh
  • Last-Wicket Stand: Searching for Redemption, Revival and a Reason to Persevere in English County Cricket - Richard Clarke
  • England On This Day: Cricket History, Facts & Figures from Every Day of the Year - Richard Murphy  POSTPONED
  • The Hollow Crown: The England Cricket Captains from 1945 to the Present - Mark Peel
  • The Thin White Line: The Inside Story of Cricket's Greatest Fixing Scandal - Nick Greenslade
  • My Song Shall Be Cricket: The Autobiography of Franklyn Stephenson - Franklyn Stephenson
  • Tales from the Frontline: The Autobiography of Luke Fletcher - Luke Fletcher hosted by Dave Bracegirdle.

The next event can be accessed via a web browser (Google Chrome is recommended) or you can download Zoom's software or phone/tablet application.

To join, a clickable link to the Zoom Meeting will be provided, along with a Meeting ID and a Password.

If prompted please enter your name and society e.g. ‘John Smith, Essex Cricket Society

Any queries, email Rob at

Once the event begins at 7.30pm, you will be given access into the “room”.  There will be a Q&A session, and to ask a question, you will need to use the raise hand option (located in the participants panel, at the bottom), and the host will open your camera and microphone and prompt your question.

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 -

Peter Edwards Museum and Library

The Friends of The Peter Edwards Museum and Library organisation was formed twelve years ago with the express purpose of supporting, in a variety of ways, the efforts of the band of volunteers who run the museum on a day to day basis.
Volunteers are responsible for cataloguing the collection, researching, purchasing items for the museum, arranging exhibitions and the displays, assisting visitors (who are very welcome), and answering enquiries, both verbal and written, all with an Essex flavour.

It is encouraging for our volunteers to feel that their varied input is appreciated by our 'Friends' and it is important that our activities are communicated.   To this end we publish an occasional Newsletter and, separately, the results of our research.  These are circulated to 'Friends' free of charge.

We are always delighted to welcome new 'Friends' and will be pleased to send the latest Newsletter to anyone who might be interested.  Application may be made to Tony Debenham either by email at or by post to
4 Vere Gardens, Henley Road, Ipswich, IP1 4NZ.  Please ensure in either case that you include your name and address.

With my thanks and best wishes,  Tony