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Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Society will be on Thursday 9th March 2017 (7.30pm)

The speaker will be David Leatherdale, Chief Executive, Professional Cricketers Association

Please note the venue for this meeting is Queen's Park Pavilion.

Admission restricted to CCLS fully paid-up members

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

Membership costs £5. 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 Mike Taylor, presenting a bottle of wine to guest speaker, David Leatherdale

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Brookes


In the final evening meeting of the season, members were delighted to welcome former Worcestershire and current Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) Chief Executive, David Leatherdale to Queen’s Park.

David started by telling members about a fond memory from his younger days, when he was picked to play for England Schools against Ireland Schools. England found themselves one wicket down early in the game and he walked to the crease to replace a certain player by the name of Mark Ramprakash!

Shortly after completing his A-Levels, David was given the opportunity to fulfil his dreams of playing county cricket. Although he was a born and bred Yorkshire man from Bradford, his big chance came to sign for Worcestershire at New Road. He recalled the local newspaper headline of the time which sang out ‘Worcester sign three players for the 1987 season: Botham, Dilley and Leatherdale.’ David was delighted to be associated with such illustrious company so early on in his career! His first-class debut came a year later against Leicestershire where he made thirteen with the bat and was proud to have claimed a catch that removed David Gower in the same game.

In a trophy-laden period of the club’s history, David was part of the team that secured seven trophies in four years, including the County Championship itself. He spoke highly of the talented people he had played alongside and worked with at Worcestershire: from England stars such as Botham and Hick, to the brilliance of overseas players Zahir Khan and Glenn McGrath - the list was incredibly impressive.

During the ‘Question and Answer’ session members enquired about David’s experience as CEO of Worcestershire and his present post as PCA Chief Executive. The topics covered were of a diverse nature. New and existing revenue streams to the game; free to air televised cricket; T20 Franchise Cricket; player earnings and conduct, as well ‘Personal Development Plans’ for players to plan their life after cricket were discussed at length. On every occasion, David’s responses were thought provoking and fascinating. Members’ enjoyment was such that no sooner had David finished answering one question, several more hands were up in the air eager to find out more.

With one hundred and thirty-two first class wickets to his name, a batting average of nearly thirty-three, combined with an impressive track record in the administrative side of the game, it came as no surprise that David was a thoroughly entertaining and articulate speaker. His insightful views on the game, both past and present, brought a fitting end to another fantastic season of speakers at the society.

Reports from Previous Meetings

2016/2017 Season

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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