Chesterfield Cricket Lovers' Society

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The 2023-2024 meetings of the Society have now concluded and our new 'season' will commence once again in October 2024.
May we wish members a good summer with plenty of entertaining cricket to watch.
Could we remind you that we have some excellent local league clubs in our area and they are well worth watching.
We will post details of our new season of speakers as soon as we can.

Our meetings take place at Chesterfield FC's SMH Group Stadium, 1866 Sheffield Road, Chesterfield S41 8NZ 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 Neil Swanwick and James Graham-Brown

Photo courtesy of Paul Hand

Chesterfield Cricket Lovers’ Society members were pleased to welcome James Graham-Brown, especially as his last planned visit to the Society had to be postponed through family illness. James was a right-handed bat and a right-arm medium-pace bowler who represented England teams at Under 19 level in 1969 and 1970 before joining Kent in 1971. He was part of Kent’s winning Gillette Cup side in 1974 taking 2-15 off 12 overs in the final against Lancashire. He spent 6 years at Kent before moving to Derbyshire in 1977 where he stayed for 2 seasons. He then retired from professional cricket but continued to play Minor Counties for Cornwall and Dorset until 1991.

He played on occasion for Chesterfield CC, including with such notables as Geoff Miller, Edwin Smith and Jim Brailsford.

His great uncle, Lionel Blaxland, also played for Derbyshire throughout the 1930s.

After his career in cricket, James went into education, was Head Teacher of Truro School for 8 years, eventually becoming Headmaster of the Royal High School, Bath, until his retirement in 2020. He is also a successful playwright. having written over 30 plays under the nom de plume of Dougie Blaxland. His one-man play “When the Eye Has Gone” about the life and death of the Test cricketer Colin Milburn, was prompted by his own loss of the sight in one eye and was performed around England in late 2016, including performances at all 18 County Championship cricket grounds. He followed this in 2019 with “The Long Walk Back”, a play about the former Test cricketer Chris Lewis. He has also written “Getting the Third Degree” about Laurie Cunningham and racism in football.

James was an articulate, witty and highly entertaining speaker with many anecdotes about the players he played with and against at Kent and Derbyshire, including M C Cowdrey, his close friend and house-mate John Wright and the inspiring leadership of Eddie Barlow.


Reports from Previous Meetings

2023/2024 Season

Paul Smith

Fred Rumsey and Stephen Chalke

David Griffin

Bill Athey

Daryl Mitchell

2022/2023 Season

Ryan Duckett and Wayne Madsen

Paul Aldred

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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