Chesterfield Cricket Lovers' Society

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Next Meeting

The first meeting of the 2016/2017 season will be in the pavilion at the Queen's Park cricket ground on Monday 3rd October 2016 beginning at 7.30pm. The meeting will be preceded by a short AGM at 7.15 pm prompt.

Simon Jones MBE will be the guest on the evening and he will be in conversation with Malcolm Ashton.

Fast bowler Simon Jones was a key member of the England squad that won the Ashes in 2005 when he bamboozled the Australian batsmen with a combination of raw pace and reverse swing. "What a player, what a man. Simon was the unsung hero in the 2005 Ashes." (Kevin Pietersen) This was of course after a series of injuries, including the horrific one to his knee at Brisbane in the opening Test of the 2002/03 Ashes.

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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