Chesterfield Cricket Lovers' Society

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The next meeting of the Society will be on Thursday 10th December
when the speaker will be Paul Baldwin.

Paul started umpiring in 2000 and was appointed to the ICC Associates and Affiliates International Umpires Panel in 2005 going on to umpire 18 ODIs and 9 International T20s. He moved back to England for the 2009 season where his impressive performances earned him a place on the ECB's list of reserve first-class umpires before being appointed to the full list for 2015 when his schedule included five days of this year's Chesterfield Festival.

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 Mike Taylor presenting a bottle of wine
to guest speaker, Stephen Chalke

Photo courtesy of John Windle


Over sixty members and guests were thoroughly entertained by the splendid Stephen Chalke who demonstrated why he is such a favourite speaker for Cricket Societies. The seemingly endless stories and interviews recalled and told with such humour and reverence, totally without notes, was a performance of the highest quality, displaying Stephen’s boundless enthusiasm for the sport he loves so much.

The stories, characters and statistics came from his latest book – ‘Summer’s Crown – the story of the County Championship’. This is a book which is sponsored by the England and Wales Cricket Board and sales of it were very high on the night. A ‘must have’ book for any cricket enthusiast.

Stephen recalled an era when County Championship matches were attended by large crowds, when England players appeared regularly for their county side and when newspapers carried reports of each match being played.

In commencing the book Stephen soon discovered that there was some dispute around when the Championship started but he now reveals that the definitive year was 1890 with eight counties competing.

Derbyshire members of the Society were reminded of the County’s disastrous 1920 season when the side played twenty matches, losing nineteen of them with the other match being abandoned. The Society’s Nottinghamshire members fared better with Stephen stating that Chris Read would be in his ‘Best X1’

During the meeting Stephen was presented with the Wombwell Cricket Society Cricket Writer of the Year award – Brian Workman from that society attending to make the presentation.

The members present thoroughly enjoyed themselves and as always with Stephen Chalke evenings were pleased that once again that the Chairman allowed a late finish!

Reports from Previous Meetings

2015/2016 Season

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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