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At the AGM of the Society the resignation of Mike Taylor as Chairman and Speaker Secretary was regretfully received. Mike has been suffering with ill health for some time and decided it was in the best interests of the Society that he resigned. Whilst disappointed at the news, members thought that he had made the correct decision to enable him to concentrate fully on his recovery. Mike has made an immeasurable contribution to CCLS over many years and the Society intends to formally recognise this in an appropriate way in the near future. In the meantime the Society members send their best wishes to Mike, Jan and their family.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Society is on Monday 18th February 2019 when the guest speaker will be Darren Bicknell

A tall left-hand opening batsman, Darren enjoyed 13 years with Surrey before moving to Nottinghamshire in 2000 where he played a key role with 1,131 runs at 49.17 in their 2005 Championship winning season. Since retiring in 2006 with almost 20,000 first-class runs at just under 40, he has been cricket coach at Oakham School, Notts U15 head coach, Chairman of Cricket at Trent Bridge and is currently Chief Executive of Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust.

March Meeting

On Tueday 12th March 2019 the guest speaker will be Ian Morgan OBE

Our meetings take place in the pavilion at the Queen's Park cricket ground unless members are informed otherwise.

Membership costs £10. Visitors are welcome for a small fee which will be refunded if the visitor becomes a member on the evening.

Meetings begin at 7.30 p.m. and are held monthly from October to March. The evenings vary from Monday to Thursday.

Founded in 1963, we are the "senior" of the three societies in Derbyshire.

The aim of the Society is to further interest in and enthusiasm for cricket at all levels

Don't forget to visit the Derbyshire CCC website


The photo shows CCLS Vice-Chairman, Neil Swanwick with Malcolm Nash

Photo courtesy of John Windle


Malcolm Nash, speaking at the meeting of CCLS, admitted that he would be remembered ‘for just 5 minutes in my life’, but at the end of the meeting those present realised that there was so much more to admire in a career which spanned 17 seasons. During this time he played 336 first class matches, scored 7129 runs, held 148 catches and took 993 wickets.

Inevitably he talked about that over on 31 August, 1968. At the start of the over he had taken 4-64 but after six more balls this became 4-100 as Gary Sobers became the first batsman to hit six sixes in an over in a first-class cricket match. The venue was St Helens, Swansea and the bowler Malcolm Nash.

Malcolm observed that he had met so many people since then who said they were in the ground on that day that the attendance must have been around 300,000 when the TV recordings suggest that it was nearer three hundred.

In speaking to Gary Sobers about his world record, Malcolm had reminded him ‘you couldn’t have done it without me’.

He also talked about the controversy regarding the ball that was auctioned by Christies as the 36 ball – he made it quite clear what he thought about the validity of the auction!

Malcolm enjoyed playing cricket at the Queen’s Park and related some incidents on the ground – most significantly Eddie Barlow’s reaction to a Nash stroke that smashed straight through Phil Russell’s helmet grill.

He answered members’ questions and made it plain what he thought of current cricket when compared to his era.

Another ‘full house’ enjoyed the ex-Glamorgan cricketer and his firm opinions about the state of the game.


Reports from Previous Meetings

2018/2019 Season

Jim Cumbes

Geoff Cope

Tony Palladino

2017/2018 Season

John M Brown

Elizabeth Ammon

Richard Tomlinson

Jeremy Lloyds

Mal Loye

2016/2017 Season

Mike Hendrick

David Leatherdale

Kim Barnett

Wayne Madsen

Dave Fletcher

Neil Mallender

Alan Hill

Simon Jones MBE & Malcolm Ashton

2015/2016 Season

Richard Blakey

Angus Fraser MBE

Chris Watts & Steve Richardson

Paul Baldwin

Stephen Chalke

Wes Durston

2014/2015 Season

David Frith

Martin Bodenham

Grahame Lloyd & John Parkin

The Pyemont Brothers

Graeme Welch

Tony Borrington

2013/2014 Season

Simon Storey

Jeff Evans

Chris Marples

Colin Shindler

John Carr

Malcolm Ashton

2012/2013 Season

John Barclay

Cally Barlow


Stephen Chalke

John Lever MBE

Geoff Miller

2011/2012 Season

Chris Grant & Tom Poynton

Rev'd Mike Vockins OBE

Richard Kettleborough

Derbyshire Cricket Academy

Mick Newell

Roger Knight OBE

Clive Radley MBE

2010/2011 Season

Pat Murphy

Paul Edwards

Colin Tunnicliffe

Geoff Cook

Don Shepherd & Edward Bevan

David Morgan


Members of the late Trevor
Bowring's family with
Mike Taylor and Jason Fage

Trevor's grandson, Sam, rings the
bell for the first time, with
Shirley Bowring and Mike Taylor

David Marshall & James Pipe

John Barclay & Edwin Smith

David Marshall & John Barclay

Trevor Bowring, David Marshall & Bob Wood

John Barclay meeting,134 people enjoy a superb meal

John Morris & David Marshall

Trevor Bowring, Jim Parks & Jim Brailsford

Matthew Maynard & David Marshall

Niven Roper & Chris Kelly

Ray East & Mike Taylor

Chris Read & David Marshall

Steve Garratt & Niven Roper

Steve Franks & Alan West

Steve Kirby & David Marshall

Keith Loring & Mike Taylor

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