Chesterfield Cricket Lovers' Society

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We hope all members keep well and see some great cricket during the coming season.

Details of our 2023/24 programme will be posted on the site as soon as arrangements are finalised.

Our meetings take place at The Olde House, Loundsley Green Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, S40 4RN unless members are informed otherwise.

Membership costs £15. 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 Ryan Duckett, Neil Swanwick, David Marshall and Wayne Madsen

Photo courtesy of John Windle

Ryan Duckett
Ryan talked generally about his career at DCCC which had started in 2013 when he was appointed as the Club’s Commercial Director. He was appointed Chief Executive in January 2019 after his predecessor moved to Kent CCC.

Over the years there had been many changes to the role of Chief Executive, as well as managing during the COVID shutdowns. Most of these changes arose from the different schedules that arose after COVID and there was even more emphasis on gaining additional income from non cricketing sources. The introduction of Concerts to the Incora County Ground caused concern amongst some of the members who thought that a cricket arena should be for playing cricket only. It was not too long before the doubters realised that this was a very significant and new stream of income which was been replicated by other counties.

Ryan went on to describe the decision making processes within DCCCC and how his role fitted into this structure. He also talked about his role in the direction of the Trent Rockets, co-owned with Nottinghamshire CCC and Leicestershire CCC and the financial benefits to Derbyshire CCC.

Ryan expressed his pleasure in bringing games to the Queen’s Park and hoped that this would continue for the foreseeable future as all the players really enjoyed playing here.

Ryan’s honesty, integrity and professionalism came across during the evening.

Cricket in Derbyshire is lucky to have him at the helm – he definitely added many more people towards that view during the evening.

Wayne Madsen
Is there a better ambassador for cricket generally, or Derbyshire CCC specifically than Wayne Madsen? Those few who may have not given the matter much thought but attended this meeting would have gone away extolling the virtues of this consummate professional. Dressed immaculately in regulation DCCC jacket and tie Wayne gave an insight into his life in sport and his days at Derbyshire.

He talked about his life growing up in South Africa within a family with sporting pedigree. His two major sports were cricket and hockey – he went on to play hockey for South Africa in both the Commonwealth games and the World Cup. Cricket eventually became his number one priority and he made his first class cricket debut for KwaZulu Natal in 2003.

When he first came across to this country he spent time playing in the Lancashire Leagues and was eventually asked to join Derbyshire CCC. His first match was at Cheltenham, against Gloucestershire in 2009. He opened the innings with Chris Rogers and after a disappointing seven runs in the first innings he exploded on the scene with a terrific 170 not out in the second innings.

Amongst other matters discussed were his captaincy and how proud he was that Derbyshire were promoted in his first year in that job. In that year he also scored a career best 231 not out. He went through the many highlights that have followed since then – they keep on coming as last season was one of his best when he scored 1273 first class runs at an average of 60.61.

Wayne talked about his love of playing at the Queen’s Park where he has a very impressive record of 1033 first class runs at 57.38 including four centuries. He talked about the friendliness of the crowds at QP and the beautiful ground which adds to the experience. In one of the best quotes about QP he said’ the trees around the ground seem to hold the atmosphere in’.

A truly great servant to Derbyshire CCC – full of principles and values – what a player as well.


The photo of Paul courtesy of John Windle

Paul played cricket for Derbyshire CCC between 1995 – 2002. Since finishing his playing career, he firstly ran a coaching business but now he runs a successful business making handmade cricket bats.

Paul firstly talked about his playing career – he was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-pace bowler. When starting at Derbyshire there were several strong characters in the dressing room – Adams, Cullinan, De Freitas, Cork, Krikken and captain Kim Barnett amongst them. He had many ‘dressing room’ stories as well as talking about players from other counties. During his career he had a top score of 83 and his best bowling figures were 7/101. He continued in First-class cricket until 2002, when he retired.

Paul then went on to talk about his current business making handmade bats. He brought along bats in varying stages of completion plus a piece of willow from which the bats are formed. Members were captivated with his description of the bat making process and the great skill which goes into this craft.

There were useful insights into the ‘cricket bat market’, the dominance of overseas manufacturers and the effect of using increasing amounts of English Willow. Members got tips about oiling bats and ‘knocking them in’. His business continues to flourish – check out Aldred Cricket Bats online!

A really entertaining and different evening provided by Paul – we wish him well for the future.


Reports from Previous Meetings

2022/2023 Season

Kevin Howells

David Griffin

Devon Malcolm

Paul Farbrace

Adrian Rollins

2021/2022 Season

Daryn Smit

Elizabeth Ammon

John Holder

David Millns

2020/2021 Season

Ian Morgan OBE, Ryan Duckett, Luis Reece - Zoom Meeting

Ian Blackwell - Zoom Meeting

Ryan Duckett - Zoom Meeting

2019/2020 Season

Lawrence Booth

Steve Kirby

Dave Houghton

Chris Lewis

Tim O'Gorman

Stephen Chalke

2018/2019 Season

Ian Morgan OBE

Darren Bicknell

Malcolm Nash

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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