Chesterfield Cricket Lovers' Society

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Have a Great Season

We hope all members have a great season however they are involved in cricket.
We wish our local teams and officials all the best for an enjoyable summer.
The Society will be back for another season in September.
Should anyone wishing to contact the Society please E Mail our Secretary, John Windle –

Donald Carr

We were very sorry to learn of the death of Donald Carr on Saturday June 11 2016 at the age of 89. Our sincere condolences go to all his family.

Donald, who captained Derbyshire between 1955 and 1962, was one of the county’s greatest players scoring nearly 20,000 First-Class runs at an average of 28.61 and claimed 328 wickets during his career He captained England at Madras in 1951-52 in his second and final appearance for his country and remains the only player from the county to captain England. He was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1960.

After retiring as a player in 1962 he continued to serve the game as an administrator and served at the highest levels being Secretary of both the Test and County Cricket Board [TCCB] and the Cricket Council, and an Assistant Secretary (Cricket) of MCC. He managed several MCC tours and later in his career served as an ICC match referee.

Chesterfield Cricket Lovers’ Chair, Mike Taylor paid tribute in saying ‘Donald Carr was one of Derbyshire’s finest cricketers who went on to make a very significant contribution to the game in general. It was very fitting that during the Test Match between England and Sri Lanka at Lord’s the MCC flag, over the main ground, was at half-mast as a mark of respect and there was a one-minute silence before the start of play.

He was our Society’s very first speaker on 20 September 1963, then in his capacity as Assistant Secretary of MCC. He will be missed by many.’

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 Martin Willows presenting a bottle of wine to guest speaker, Richard Blakey

Photos courtesy of John Windle


A seasoned ‘performer’ at Cricket Societies, Richard Blakey certainly lived up to his reputation as he provided an entertaining conclusion to our 2015/2016 season.

Richard debuted for his county at the age of 18 and had a distinguished career playing over 750 matches for Yorkshire, making him Yorkshire’s fifth most capped player of all time - an amazing feat. During that time he never missed one day through injury which is remarkable for a wicket-keeper.

He was part of Yorkshire’s County Championship winning team in 2001 and captained them to victory at the C&G final in 2002. He also played in five matches for England, making his international debut against Pakistan at Lords in 1992. He scored close to 15,000 first class runs with a personal best of 223 not out off 206 balls against Northamptonshire in 2003 and after taking over as glove man from David Bairstow he claimed 835 victims.

In taking us through the highlights of his career, humour was never far away. The story of the young bowler who significantly contributed to Yorkshire winning the County Championship in 2001 was hilarious, particularly with the use of props!

None of our members could also ever go into a coffee shop in the future without thinking of Darren Gough!!

Richard was a person who made a highly significant contribution to cricket generally and to Yorkshire. He continues to make a contribution by recalling cricket in his era with great humour, skill and modesty.

Members went home with lots of stories to relay to their fellow cricket enthusiasts.

On behalf of all members we thank Mike Taylor for providing us with a superb season of speakers. The quality and variety has been excellent and continues the high standard established by the society over many years.

Reports from Previous Meetings

2015/2016 Season

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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