Chesterfield Cricket Lovers' Society

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Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Society will take place at Queen's Park on Wednesday 11th February 2015.
The Speaker will be Martin Bodenham.
The only man to have officiated in top flight football and first-class cricket in England, Martin progressed from refereeing 'parks' football in 1966 to taking the 1997 League Cup Final at Wembley. He was appointed to the first-class list in 2009 since when he has stood in over 100 first-class matches and many other prestigious games.

Enabling Children 2014

At a recent meeting, members responded generously to a request for donations from Shahzad Jamil, a player with Chesterfield CC who is currently working in Kwazulu Natal Province with young children who have cerebral palsy.
Donations were requested to assist in transporting essential rehabilitation equipment from Eastern Cape Province to where he is currently based.
Shahzad has informed Mike Taylor, who has been co-ordinating some of the fundraising for him, that the target was reached and the equipment is in place. He has sent the following link to thank donors and show the children using their new equipment:

please click on the heading above "Enabling Children 2014".

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.

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The photo shows Grahame Lloyd playing the Guitar & Singing.

The photo shows John Parkin, Mike Taylor & Grahame Lloyd

Photo's courtesy of John Windle


Sobers – Six Sixes Over – ‘Don’t Mention the Ball’

That was the instruction from the organisers to Peter Walker, the Glamorgan player who was involved in the 1968 game and was due to host a 40th anniversary celebration which included him interviewing Garry Sobers.

Why that instruction was given and the events surrounding one of the iconic moments in cricket history was the basis of the talk given by Grahame Lloyd and John Parkin at the meeting of the CCLS.

Controversy surrounded the authenticity of the ball sold by Christie’s for £26,400 in 2006 and subsequently offered for sale by Bonhams in 2012. This ball was supposedly launched by Sobers for six sixes off six balls for the first time in the history of the game at Swansea in 1968.

The ball sold was made by Duke & Son but Glamorgan only used Stuart Surridge balls at the time.

With the use of video clips, poetry and the world premiere of a song Grahame entertained the members with the story of the detective work he had undertaken to attempt to solve this mystery.

He was joined by John Parkin who was the Nottinghamshire batsman at the non-striker’s end who had the best view of this extraordinary feat by his skipper. John was not expecting to play in that match and unfortunately did not go on to play too many other games for Notts First XI. The fact that he has a place in the history of the game is entirely appropriate for such a modest, unassuming and self – effacing man.

Members were in good voice singing the chorus of Grahame’s new song:

Pure collectable gold- but the truth must be told

The ball that was sold was not the ball bowled

The two of them provided a great evening for society members who attended in good numbers despite the distraction of another sport being played on the same evening in Chesterfield.

Grahame’s two books are: Howzat? The Six Sixes Ball Mystery and Six of the Best: Cricket’s Most Famous Over

Reports from Previous Meetings

2014/2015 Season

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


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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