Chesterfield Cricket Lovers' Society

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Next Meeting

The first meeting of the 2014/2015 season will take place at Queen's Park on Tuesday 7th October 2014.
The Speaker will be Tony Borrington.
A Derbyshire player for ten years, Tony scored over 7,000 runs for the county. He continued to retain a close interest in the game while pursuing a notable career in education and in retirement he can reflect on an extensive knowledge of Derbyshire cricket over the past 50 years.

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 7.45 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.

Society Objectives

  1. To provide a source of contact between cricket enthusiasts everywhere and to promote, arrange and conduct meetings, social gatherings and other functions in order to enable members of the Society to meet one another and to encourage and facilitate the exchange of views and information concerning cricket.
  2. To provide such facilities for playing cricket as may be in the interest of members and of the game as a whole.
  3. To extend and explain the knowledge, appreciation and love of cricket amongst persons of all ages and all countries and to assist in any possible way towards the benefit of cricket players and all who are interested in the game.

Don't forget to visit the Derbyshire CCC website


The photo shows Simon Storey (left) receiving a customary bottle of wine from Mike Taylor.
Photo: Roger Birkin


For our last meeting of 2013-2014 we were privileged to welcome to the Queen's Park Pavilion Mr. Simon Storey, Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club since 2012. Most appropriately he started with fulsome praise of Queen's Park and cited the opinion of the legendary 'Dickie' Bird that it is the most beautiful cricket ground in the world.

Simon reminded us that The County Club was founded 144 years ago back in 1870 with the aim of demonstrating "the strength of the entire county". He explained the reasoning behind and the rationale for the transition from the traditional county committee to a supervisory board with the clear intention of impressing the E.C.B. and, with obvious pride, hailed the pending appointment of Chesterfield's own Geoff. Miller as the County Club's new President subject only to endorsement by the following week's A.G.M.

Mr. Storey set out his and Chairman Chris. Grant's three principal objectives:-

1. Rapid return to and then staying in Division 1 of the L.V. County Championship.
2. Limited overs silverware and
3. Creating England players.

These objectives clearly require high performance and elite standards and Mr. Storey went on to describe in some detail the 'Elite Player Pathway' and the appointment on 6th January of Graeme Welch as Elite Performance Director supported by specialist coaches in each of the main cricketing disciplines, i.e. batting, seam bowling, spin bowling, fielding and wicket-keeping. Mr. Storey reminded us that from his first day in post, Graeme instilled a new spirit of discipline amongst his players with 7.00 a.m. starts for training in January and a very deliberate change to a smaller office from which he could closely observe the players' training.

Even after recent significant additions, Derbyshire has a cricket budget of 'only' 1.2m. whereas the average amongst competing county clubs is 1.8m. - 1.9.m. Active consideration is still being given to a move from the County Ground in Derby where the main problem is the lack of freehold ownership.

All present gained the conviction that, with Chris. Grant and Simon Storey at the helm, the future of our beloved Derbyshire County Cricket Club is in safe and professional hands.

Reports from Previous Meetings

2013/2014 Season

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


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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