Cricket Society of Scotland winter programme

26 Sep

Meetings of the 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.

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. 

Monday 13 / Tuesday 14 October 2014 

Isabelle Duncan 

The first female speaker to address the Society has an impressive cricketing CV. Isabelle is not only a leading woman cricketer and qualified coach who runs her own coaching company for boys and girls aged 4 to 12, she also skippers an otherwise all male side in the Surrey League. She has played for many clubs, including the Bunburys and Tim Rice’s Heartaches as well as the MCC. Furthermore, Isabelle is the author of “Skirting the Boundary”, the definitive history of women’s cricket, sits on the board of Girls on the Front Foot at Chance to Shine, and since October 2013 has been a member of the main committee of the MCC. Intriguingly, she was also the cover girl on the women’s issue of Wisden Cricket Monthly in 1988.


Monday 10 / Tuesday 11 November 2014 

Grahame Lloyd 

Grahame Lloyd is a freelance broadcaster and journalist who has worked for more than 30 years in the fields of news, current affairs and sport in radio, television and print. He is the author of eight books, five on football and three on cricket. In 2008 he published “Six of the Best: Cricket’s Most Famous Over” which is a wonderful evocation of the occasion at the St. Helen’s ground in Swansea in 1968 when Gary Sobers made history by hitting six sixes off a single Malcolm Nash over. The ball which suffered this indignity was supposedly auctioned by Christie’s for £26,400; however, the ball which was auctioned was a Duke but the ball bowled by Malcolm Nash was a Surridge! Cue another absorbing volume from Grahame, entitled “Howzat? The Six Sixes Ball Mystery,” in which he chronicles his 18-month investigation into what happened to the original ball. Meanwhile the Christie’s ball was due to be re-auctioned by Bonhams but they were persuaded by Grahame’s research to abort its sale.


Monday 8 / Tuesday 9 December 2014 

Iain O’Brien

Iain O’Brien, a Kiwi now living in England, was a fast medium bowler, principally for Wellington, although he also played for both Leicestershire (in 2009) and Middlesex (in 2010). He represented New Zealand in 22 Tests between 2005 and 2009, claiming 73 wickets with a best return of 6 for 75 against West Indies. He also played for his country in 10 ODIs and 4 T20s. A chronic back injury forced him finally to announce his retirement in 2012. Iain has spoken openly about suffering from depression during his career and, as a former team-mate of Lou Vincent, has expressed himself forcefully on the subject of match-fixing. Since his retirement he has become a regular in commentary boxes around the world and is a published author. He has his own blog (which he started while still playing) and is a contributor to ESPNcricinfo.


Monday 12 / Tuesday 13 January 2015 

Dan Waddell 

Dan Waddell is a journalist, novelist and author of more than a dozen non-fiction works. An exiled Yorkshireman, Dan has been a cricket fanatic all his life. He was a talented junior batsman, played representative cricket for Yorkshire, and was once even (briefly) on the payroll of the county club itself. Dan has written a fascinating account of a little known and largely forgotten tour by the Gentlemen of Worcestershire, an amateur team but with real pedigree both on and off the field. “Field of Shadows” is the remarkable true story of the Gentlemen’s tour of Nazi Germany in August 1937. This vivid and detailed account of the tour is a story of triumph: of civility over barbarity, of passion over indifference, and hope over despair. The Gentlemen were ordered by the MCC “not to lose” – and they didn’t. If only it were so simple for the ECB and England today!


Monday 9 / Tuesday 10 February 2015 

Mike Smethurst 

Mike Smethurst was a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler who played for Lancashire County Cricket Club from 1999 until his retirement from first class cricket in 2002. The highlight of his career was his return of 7 for 37 against New Zealand A at Aigburth in June 2000 eclipsing the 7 for 50 he took in the County Championship against Durham at The Riverside the previous month. Since retiring from the game, Mike has been Head of Cricket at Ipswich School and last year he was appointed Director of Cricket at Brighton College. Mike will speak about the trials and tribulations faced by a cricketer in his prime being released by a leading county club and how he went about rebuilding his career.


Monday 9 / Tuesday 10 March 2015 (Annual Dinner) 

Richard Blakey 

Richard Blakey was a right-hand bat and wicketkeeper who played for Yorkshire from 1985 until 2004. He was initially a batting wunderkind (he scored 221 for England A in Zimbabwe in 1989-90) but his batting suffered somewhat after Yorkshire decided in 1990 that he was the man to replace David Bairstow behind the stumps. However, he was still good enough with the bat to make his career best score of 223* against Northants at Headingley in 2003. He became 2nd XI captain and manager in 2004 and also coached the first team before being released by Yorkshire in 2006. Richard played in 1 ODI against Pakistan in 1992 and then in 2 Tests and 2 ODIs during England’s tour of India the following winter. Thereafter his England career was effectively blocked by the presence in the England ranks of both Alec Stewart and Jack Russell. A lesser claim to fame is that he was once bowled in a NatWest Trophy match at Headingley in 1989 by Scotland goalkeeper and medium-pacer Andy Goram! Since he retired from cricket in 2006 Richard has devoted most of his time and energy to Richard Blakey Leisure, the sporting and corporate event management company he first set up in 2001. 

For further information, please contact either Graham Hollier on 0141 427 0093 (or email or Ewen McConville on 0141 632 4218 (or email, Joint Secretaries, West of Scotland Branch, or Chris Warner on 0131 332 1162 (or email, Secretary, East of Scotland Branch.

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