Chesterfield Cricket Lovers' Society

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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 Thursday 8th November when the guest speaker will be Geoff Cope

Former Yorkshire and England off-spinner, Geoff Cope, had a distinguished career as an exceptionally accurate bowler and, when called upon, an obdurate nightwatchman capable of batting for much of the following day. He was one of the ‘Gang of Four’ who took over the running of Yorkshire when it was close to bankruptcy in 2002 and is the subject of a recently published book by Stephen Chalke.

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 Tony Palladino with CCLS committee member, Martin Willows

Photo courtesy of John Windle


The Society opened its 2018/19 season welcoming the very popular Derbyshire player, Tony Palladino, in his testimonial season.

Another full house heard of Tony’s first involvement with cricket in the London area and his first years with Essex. He had a major setback early in his career with Essex when a damaged shoulder resulted in him not being able to play cricket for two seasons. He fought his way back to fitness to resume his career with Essex and talked about the characters in the dressing room.

He talked very openly about his role in providing evidence in the spot-fixing case at Essex that exposed Mervyn Westfield and Danish Kaneria.

His move to Derbyshire came shortly after that and his first season saw him taking 52 first class wickets at an average of 26.51 placing him top of the Derbyshire averages as the leading wicket-taker. He continued to flourish helping Derbyshire seal promotion in 2012, when he was leading wicket-taker with 56 victims at 24.14.

He talked about his favourite players in the game past and present and his views on the current structure of cricket.

He showed himself to be very self – effacing, extremely knowledgeable and an excellent ambassador for Derbyshire CCC.

The enjoyment of members was evident by the number of questions he was asked and the show of appreciation at the end.

The Society and individual members contributed to his very well deserved testimonial fund.

This proved to be a splendid start to the new season from a very genuine and well respected cricketer.


Reports from Previous Meetings

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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