Chesterfield Cricket Lovers' Society

Evening With Andrew Hignell

David Marshall with Andrew Hignell
Chairman David Marshall (left) presents Andrew Hignell with a bottle of wine against the backdrop of Cardiff's new test arena.
Chairman David Marshall welcomed Glamorgan scorer Andrew Hignell as guest speaker at the January meeting of the Chesterfield Cricket Lovers' Society.

Dr Andrew Hignell gave a scholarly and thought provoking address on 'Rain stops play' which was well received by a large audience at the Sandpiper Hotel.

During the course of his powerpoint presentation comment was made on Chesterfield's lofty position in the table of championship games cancelled without a ball bowled.

In a study covering the long history of the three day championship games Chesterfield made it into the top six with nine such games which was not far behind the top spot of 14 occupied by Lord's and the Oval, both venues having had far more scheduled fixtures.

After the interval, Andrew Hignell illustrated the many changes taking place at Sofia Gardens as the ground prepared to host its first test match and took particular pleasure in talking about the planned museum of Welsh cricket where he is the archivist.

During the evening Ken Roe led a short tribute to former Derbyshire scorer Stan Tacey who was remembered as an outstanding individual and a wonderful servant to the county club. Andrew Hignell joined in the tribute saying how helpful Stan Tacey had been to him in his early days as Glamorgan scorer and he recalled a memorable occasion when he had to accompany Stan Tacey up a ladder to score on a rooftop at Heanor.

Another scorer, Chesterfield CC's Steve Franks, was congratulated on being the recent recipient of the prestigious Cyril Mullinger Award for services to cricket which followed similar recognition in 2006 when the Society awarded him the Ray Buxton Award for services to cricket.

Congratulations were extended to Chesterfield's Alex Hibbert who had taken the Premier League's award for the most promising young player in 2007.

In closing the evening, David Marshall thanked Andrew Hignell and reminded members of the next meeting of the Society on Wednesday 6 February when Nottinghamshire CCC's Chief Executive, David Brewer, would be the guest speaker.

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