The Cricket Society of Scotland 2016/17

02 Nov

The Cricket Society of Scotland have announced another list of fine speakers for the 2016/17 programme, featuring Scotland's Head Coach Grant Bradburn and national men's captain, Preston Mommsen. 

Tuesday 11 October 2016  

Dean Allen 

Dean Allen is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sport at Bournemouth University and a Research Associate of Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He has always had a passion for South Africa and did a lot of research there for his PhD on the subject of Matjiesfontein and the history of South African cricket. This work formed the basis for his book “Empire, War and Cricket” which tells the story of James Douglas Logan, a Scot from Reston in Berwickshire, who emigrated to South Africa in 1877 at the age of nineteen. Logan was not only an entrepreneur who developed the town of Matjiesfontein in the Western Cape Province but was also highly influential in the early development of the game of cricket in South Africa. Matjiesfontein hosted some the first international cricket matches and Logan himself funded a South African tour to England in 1901 in the midst of the Anglo-Boer War. During last winter’s England tour of South Africa, Dean Allen recounted the remarkable story of this little known Scotsman to Jonathan Agnew on Test Match Special.


Tuesday 15 November 2016

Glen Chapple 

Although Glen Chapple was born in Skipton in Yorkshire his name will forever be synonymous with that of Lancashire County Cricket Club. He made his first-class debut for them in 1992 and his last appearance in September 2015. He captained the club from 2009 until 2014, a period which included Lancashire’s first outright County Championship win since 1934. For his efforts in leading Lancashire to the title he was named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year in 2012. He has taken 985 first-class wickets and another 388 wickets in List A and Twenty20 games. He scored 8,725 first-class runs with 6 centuries. He shares with Mark Pettini of Essex the record for the fastest ever first-class century, off just 27 balls, although since both knocks were against “declaration bowling” neither of them feature in the official records. Glen Chapple is currently Ashley Giles’ right-hand man on the Lancashire coaching staff, but claims not to have officially retired from playing as he has not entirely given up hope of taking another 15 first-class wickets to reach the magical 1,000!


Tuesday 13 December 2016 

Preston Mommsen

Preston Mommsen was born in Durban and, as a talented youngster, he represented South African School Boys at both rugby and cricket, and South Africa under-19s at cricket. In 2006 he was awarded a cricket and rugby scholarship to Gordonstoun School in Elgin and thereafter elected to stay on permanently in Edinburgh where he joined Carlton Cricket Club. Having completed a four year qualification period, he debuted for Scotland against the Netherlands in June 2010. He took over the Scottish captaincy from the injured Kyle Coetzer in the World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand in 2014 and has retained it ever since. In those Qualifiers he scored 520 runs at an average of 86.66 and was subsequently named the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year. He has been one of Scotland’s most consistent batsmen with a total of six international centuries in ODIs, first-class and List A matches.


Tuesday 10 January 2017

Roy Cavanagh, MBE 

Roy Cavanagh hails from Salford and has spent almost 50 years working for the Seddon Group latterly as Training and Education Executive; he has also been heavily involved with promoting apprenticeships and training in the construction industry. Despite leading such a busy professional life, Roy has managed to find the time to write twenty books on cricket and football and, as a much in demand after dinner speaker, has shared a platform with such as Matt Busby, Jimmy Greaves and Peter Shilton as well as Dennis Lillee, Sir Richard Hadlee, Michael Holding and many stars of Lancashire County Cricket Club. He has even appeared twice alongside Madam Cyn (Cynthia Payne, famously prosecuted for running a house of ill repute!).  An interesting and entertaining evening is definitely in prospect.


Tuesday 14 February 2017 

Grant Bradburn 

Grant Bradburn is a New Zealander who played for his country in seven Test matches and eleven ODIs. He had rather an unusual international career in that, having debuted for his country in 1990, he was then dropped following the tour of Sri Lanka in 1992/93 only to be recalled to the colours against Pakistan in 2001 at the age of 35. He retired from domestic cricket after the 2001/02 season, having played for Northern Districts for 16 years and having played more matches, 115, for them than anyone else. He coached Northern Districts for five years from 2008 (succeeding Andy Moles), leading them to Plunket Shield success in 2012. He subsequently took charge of the New Zealand A and Under-19 sides before being appointed Head Coach by Cricket Scotland in July 2014. His current contract runs until the end of 2017.


Tuesday 14 March 2017 (Annual Dinner) 

David Steele 

In twelve seasons, David Steele, by now 33 years of age, had scored only 16 hundreds and averaged only 31 when Tony Greig (in his first Test as captain) plucked him from the relative obscurity of the Northants middle order to face Lillee and Thomson at Lord’s. There the grey-haired batsman with the steel-rimmed spectacles famously lost his way between the dressing room and the field when first called upon to bat. Nevertheless, in that summer of 1975 he played 3 Tests against the Australians, scoring 365 runs at an average of 60.8. Such was the impact he made that he was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1975 and was named as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year in 1976. He played in all five Tests in 1976 against the West Indies whose attack included Roberts, Holding, Daniel and Holder. Although not quite as successful against them as against Australia, he still managed to score 106 in the first innings at Trent Bridge. David Steele’s brief eight Test career ended with the 5th Test against West Indies at The Oval; he was overlooked for that winter’s tour to India on the somewhat dubious grounds that he couldn’t play spin. In total he scored 673 runs in Tests at an average of 42, some 10 runs per innings better than his overall first-class average; his slow left-armers also snared a couple of wickets, both in his debut Test at Lord’s.

Monday 24 April 2017 – at 7.00 p.m. at Grange CC, Edinburgh 


Annual General Meeting 

Reports from President, Secretary, and Treasurer, setting of subscription levels for following year, election of office bearers, etc. (The location of the AGM alternates annually between Glasgow and Edinburgh.) 

East of Scotland meetings are at Grange CC, Portgower Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH4 1HQ.

For further information, please contact either Fraser Simm on 01578-730297, or Chris Warner on 0131 332 1162.


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