The Cricket Society of Scotland – Season 2015/16

06 Oct

The Cricket Society of Scotland has announced its 2015/16 winter schedule with a wide array of fascinating speakers. 

Our season gets off to a good start in October, with Andy Wilson of the ECB, and, having read extracts of his book “Slipless in Settle” last year, I am particularly looking forward to hearing Harry Pearson in January. We did try to get Stephen Chalke to come and tell us about his book on the County Championship, but he said it was too far for him to come! 

I was lucky to manage to see one day’s cricket in the ICC 20/20 competition (Scotland v Afghanistan) and I really think that this was an excellent affair – and well covered on SKY TV; just a pity that the final was a washout. 

Membership subscriptions are £ 30 (family £ 45); for those who chose to come to a one-off meeting or for non-members there is small charge of £10 – but to keep the Society afloat we really need to retain our membership! 

Please put these dates in your diary and try to come; and why not bring a friend too just to see what we are about. 

Meetings of the East of Scotland branch meetings are normally held on the following evening, the second Tuesday of the month, at Grange CC, Portgower Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH4 1HQ. On 13 October 2015 only, the East meeting will be held at Stewart’s Melville pavilion, Inverleith, Ferry Road, Edinburgh, EH5 2DW. 

West of Scotland branch of the Society are generally held on the second Monday of the month at 7.30 p.m. at Clydesdale CC, Beaton Road, Pollokshields, Glasgow, G41 4LA. 

For further information, please contact either Fraser Simm (, Chris Warner on  ( or Ewen McConville at (

Cricket Society Notice

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Andy Wilson 

Andy Wilson is currently employed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as County Cricket Media Manager. He is a former cricket and rugby league correspondent for the Guardian newspaper. Andy played decent cricket at a schoolboy and club level and once scored a 50 at Headingley in a press match.  Headingley is his favourite English ground and his favourite press box is Trent Bridge – for the view and the scones! He is a pretty good judge of a cricketer; when asked in 2012 to pick which youngster he thought would go on to be a giant in the game his choice was Ben Stokes. Journalism runs in the family: Andy is married to Tanya Aldred, a freelance sports journalist who contributes cricketing pieces to The Telegraph, The Guardian, and ESPN Cricinfo amongst others.


Tuesday 10 November 2015 

Geoff Wellsteed

Geoff Wellsteed is a life-long cricket fan, Secretary of the Cheshire County Cricket League (for whom he also stands as an umpire), and author of some unusual but fascinating cricket books. He has previously spoken to us following the publication of “Inns and Outs”, which lists all the pubs (334 of them) in England and Wales with a cricket or cricket-related name. His latest book is entitled “Inside the Boundary” and records the deeds of the twenty-six first-class cricketers born within the boundaries of Reading. Included amongst these players are Peter May, Ken Barrington, the Bedser twins (Alec and Eric), Percy Chapman (an Ashes-winning captain of the 1920s) and Tom Dollery, a Warwickshire stalwart for many years who also played for England. The most recent Reading born cricketer to play for England was Leicestershire’s Aftab Habib who played in a couple of Tests against New Zealand in 1999.


Tuesday 15 December 2015 

Tom Smith 

Tom Smith is an all-rounder who plays for Lancashire CCC, bowling right-arm medium pace and batting left-handed. He made his first class debut in late 2005 and made his big breakthrough into the first team in 2006. Tom had a useful England Under-19 career and his impressive first full season in 2006 was rewarded with a place in the England Academy squad. He has mainly batted in the middle order but did have a run as an opener in 2010. In November 2011, having helped Lancashire to their first outright County Championship win since 1934, Tom travelled to Zimbabwe where he played for the Matabeleland Tuskers in the country’s domestic twenty20 competition. Having been Lancashire’s player of the year in 2014, Tom was handed the onerous task of replacing Glen Chapple as captain for the 2015 season. Unfortunately, having led Lancashire in their first Championship match he suffered a back injury which necessitated an operation which he has come through successfully.


Tuesday 12 January 2016 

Harry Pearson 

Harry Pearson was born in 1961 in a village near Middlesbrough. He is a former sports journalist for the Guardian, a former travel feature writer for Conde Naste Traveller, contributing editor of GQ and a contributor to When Saturday Comes (a monthly football magazine). His life was altered for ever by reading an article about Alan Foggan in When Saturday Comes. Since then he has written at least ten books, mainly about sport and travel, including a Cricket Society / MCC Book of the Year winning volume. “Slipless in Settle – A Slow Turn Around Northern Cricket” was the 2011 winner of the Cricket Society / MCC Book of the Year and was also named Best Cricket Book at the 2011 British Sports Book Awards. Harry’s latest cricket book is “The Trundlers”, a celebration of medium-pace bowlers that seeks to rehabilitate the much-maligned dobbers of the game. 


Tuesday 9 February 2016 

Tommy Wilson 

Tommy Wilson is a renowned Lancashire umpire who hails from the Lancashire village of Bretherton. Stricken with polio at the age of two and never able to play the game, Tommy has achieved it all, including 62 summers as a league umpire, a record 35 of them in the minor counties championship and a spell on the first class list. Tommy Wilson is truly a legend of the umpiring world. He is also a great raconteur with a tremendous fund of stories. Douglas Miller has written a book about Tommy entitled “There’s only one Tommy Wilson”. David Lloyd in his foreword says “Tommy Wilson. Legend. A true cricket man…. He would always have a smile on his face and would always be there to help. I am glad this book has been written about him, his love of cricket, his village life.” 


Tuesday 15 March 2016 (Annual Dinner) 

Kevan James 

Kevan James was a capable left-handed middle order batsman and left-arm seamer who forged a successful career with Hampshire after leaving Middlesex where his opportunities were limited. His career spanned the twenty seasons of the 1980s and 1990s.  As a teenager he toured Australia and West Indies with Young England, and in later years spent his winters in New Zealand playing first-class cricket for Wellington. With Hampshire he won the Natwest Trophy in 1991 and the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1992. However, Kevan’s main claim to fame is that he is the only player in the history of the first-class game to take four wickets in four balls and score a century in the same match. He achieved this feat, at the age of 35, for Hampshire against the Indians at Southampton in 1996, his last three victims being Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and Sanjay Manjrekar; he then went on to plunder 103 off the Indian attack. Kevan now works as cricket correspondent for BBC Radio Solent.



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