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john barclay - cricket society presidentHello, I would like to welcome you all to The Cricket Society Website.
The Cricket Society encapsulates all that is good and wholesome about the game. Watching cricket in lovely places amongst friends; absorbed by its rich literature; enjoying the Society's sociable atmosphere. The Cricket Society provides a healthy, fulfilling and enjoyable culture for lovers of the game. I am sure you will find something to interest you here on the website. Do contact John Symons, the web site editor or David Chapman, the web site manager if you have any suggestions about the site. If you are not a member, I would like to invite you to download an application form and join. If you have any membership queries contact the membership secretary, David Wood.
John Barclay

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vic marksThe Cricket Society & M.C.C are delighted to announce the shortlist in a press release for the Book of the Year Award for 2014 which will be presented at an evening event in the Long Room on Friday, 9th May, 2014.

The evening will feature a keynote address by a guest speaker. Tables will be hosted by short-listed authors and publishers with members of the Cricket Writers' Club also expected to attend. This year's panel of judges will again be chaired by Observer writer and Test Match Special commentator Vic Marks (pictured right at last years event) and otherwise comprise two judges from the Cricket Society and two from M.C.C.

The evening will commence in the Long Room with a light supper and refreshments at 6.30 pm. Members can access the application form from the members area of the website here.
Last meeting of the winter - 3rd April 2014, The Oval, 7pm - Martin Bicknell at The Oval - Our final meeting of the winter season will be held at 7pm in the Pakistan Room of the OCS Stand and members should gain admittance via the Alec Stewart Gate at the Vauxhall Road entrance to the OCS stand.
Date for your diaries! A day at the cricket! Sunday 29 June.
The Oval is booked for the second day of the Surrey v Hampshire match on Sunday 29 June. We will be in the John Major Room, at the back of the OCS stand, for a two course lunch, with tea and coffee later on, and a dedicated bar. There is a private balcony area with seating directly outside. We will invite a guest or two with Surrey connections... more details here.
Paul FieldingCongratulations to Paul Fielding on becoming only the sixth bowler In the history of The Cricket Society XI to reach the 300 wicket milestone. Paul achieved the feat on the 15th September 2013 at Sanderstead while taking 7/48. He now has 305 wickets to his name. Full details of the other leading Society XI bowlers can be found on The Society XI page.

An Ashes Reminder
At the start of 2013 'Ashes' series (and with further series to follow in 2013/14 and 2015), now is an opportune time to draw attention to The Cricket Society's highly successful project to restore and rededicate the grave of two of the key figures in the origins of this legend, the Honourable Ivo Bligh and his wife, the former Florence Morphy. read more...

The restored Ivo Bligh Grave is a draw for visitors to the UK as reported in the Gravesend Messenger.
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ivo bligh in the papers
Cricket Society At The Cricket
nigel hancock and derek underwood
See a report and more photos from the day.

Rory Burns at The Kia Oval
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Spring Dinner 2013

See photos of the Spring Dinner and Awards Evening 2013

3 wise men

CMJThe Cricket Society is deeply saddened to report the loss of our past President Christopher Martin-Jenkins. Our thoughts are with his wife Judy and his children Robin, Lucy and James. The Cricket Society 2013 Spring Journal will feature tributes and full obituaries to this outstanding man of cricket. Please read his tribute page here.
Peter ByrneWe regret to inform you of the death of one of our Vice Presidents, Peter Byrne who passed away suddenly on 11th December 2012. Our sincerest condolances go out to his family. Please see his tribute page here.
Tony Weaver

morley pecker olympics spacer Left: Morley Pecker at Lords
Pictured here is long-time Cricket Society member and former Honorary Treasurer Morley Pecker at Lord's during the 2012 Olympic Archery Tournament.

Right: An Olympic Greenwich Park Equestrian Events jump with a cricket theme.
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth.Atkinson
  olympic horse trials jump

Cricket Society XI
Please see the 2013 fixture list (PDF in colour).

A History of The Cricket Society XI by Peter Hartland
The book relating the History of The Cricket Society XI is now available. It is a paperback with 115 pages, plus 16 central photographic pages.

Society XI Players records can be viewed here.