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Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Society will be in the pavilion at the Queen's Park cricket ground on Thursday 15th December 2016 beginning at 7.30pm and the guest speaker will be Dave Fletcher.

With a background in journalism and a passion for cricket, rugby league and football, Dave is a freelance broadcaster who has worked for BBC stations in Leeds, Manchester and London. As well as commentating and summarising, he does pre- and post-match interviews and has hosted talk shows. Dave is currently the knowledgeable and popular cricket commentator with BBC Radio Derby.

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 Treasurer, Niven Roper,
presenting a bottle of wine to Neil Mallender

The photo shows President, David Marshall,
presenting a gift from Society members,
to Chairman, Mike Taylor, marking a significant birthday

Photos courtesy of Jonathan Brookes


Members were pleased to welcome former right-arm fast-medium bowler and widely respected current umpire, Neil Mallender to our third society meeting of the season at Queen’s Park. His thoughtful and considered manner, mixed with a wonderfully dry sense of humour engaged the audience throughout the evening.

Neil started by paying tribute to both of his parents, stating that it was their love of sport that first inspired him to participate in both cricket and football at an early age. However, it was during his time at Beverley Grammar School that he really began to excel at cricket. From here he progressed to representative honours via Humberside Schools, to England Schools and ultimately to captaining England U19’s on their tour of the West Indies. He spoke of his happiness at being offered a two-year professional contract with Northants and how, in those early days, he dreamt of ‘moving across from the uncapped to the capped dressing rooms.’

It was clear that his ten-year playing time in New Zealand for Otago brought back particularly poignant memories for Neil. He remarked that he had and still has a great ‘fondness for the country’, and that it was ‘a special place, at a special time.’

Neil also recounted his delight at being called up to the England Test squad. Thrilled with his eight wickets on debut, he said that he felt that the Headingley crowd had treated him as ‘one of their own,’ during the Test match. Unfortunately a flat track at the Oval in the final game of the same series didn't offer the same level of reward for Neil and the curtain came down somewhat prematurely on his England Test career.

An extended question and answer session proved fascinating, as members asked for opinions from Neil about the fineries of top-level umpiring, the ICC Elite Panel and the use of modern day technology within the game. It was almost inevitable that in an audience packed with Derbyshire supporters, there would also be questions about the famous 1981 NatWest final triumph over Mallender’s Northants at Lord’s. Needless to say he responded with typically good humour every time he was reminded of the occasion!

With 937 first-class wickets, nearly 5000 runs and extensive top-level umpiring experience, Neil Mallender gave members an enjoyable, excellent and thought-provoking evening that included lively discussion across a broad range of cricketing topics.

Reports from Previous Meetings

2016/2017 Season

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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