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Next Meeting

The next evening meeting of the Society will be in the pavilion at the Queen's Park cricket ground on Wednesday 9th November 2016 beginning at 7.30pm and the guest speaker will be Neil Mallender.

One of the most respected umpires in the game, Neil has officiated in 3 tests and 22 ODIs and has served on the ICC's Elite Panel. As a player he enjoyed success with Northamptonshire and Somerset as well as with Otago during ten successive seasons in New Zealand. Amazingly, after a second innings 5-50 against Pakistan on his test debut (meaning a personal tally of 8 wickets in the match), he only played once more for England.

Alan Hill Lunchtime Meeting - Wednesday 2nd November 2016 This event is now sold out

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 guests, Malcolm Ashton & Simon Jones

Photo courtesy of John Windle


Simon Jones, the Glamorgan and England fast bowler provided a great start to our ‘season’ with an engaging insight into his career. The evening was enhanced by Malcolm Ashton, the ex TMS statistician, acting as a skilled and humorous interviewer. A fine ‘double act’

Although his father, Jeff Jones was obviously a huge influence on Simon he said he was never pressurised to play cricket as a young boy. When his talent eventually emerged he went on a scholarship to Millfield School and his career developed from there.

Simon also named Rod Marsh as a crucial person in his cricket development, returning from an England Academy training camp run by Marsh as ‘a more confident, fitter and focussed individual’.

After a debut for England against India in 2002 Simon was chosen in the Ashes squad to tour Australia later that year. On the first morning of the first Test at Brisbane Cricket Ground he suffered a severe injury, rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament while sliding to field a ball.

He talked at length and with openness about his feelings immediately on realising he had a bad injury and his subsequent rehabilitation. His immense determination, courage and total focus on recovery were evidenced in what he said.

After returning to the England team to play the West Indies in the Caribbean he was then part of the historic Ashes series in 2005. He gave a fascinating insight into the team ethos of that Ashes side, particularly regarding the roles of the captain and coach. He gave praise to Ashley Giles for his role during that series saying he was a vital member of the bowling team yet did not get the same plaudits as the ‘quickies’. Simon was very modest about his own contribution of 18 wickets at an average of 21.00 in the four tests he played. Unfortunately an injury during the fourth test was eventually to result in that being his last Test match.

He was genuinely moving about the role his wife and two sons had played in helping him deal with his injuries.

A packed house of over 80 members and guests gave Simon and Malcolm a richly deserved round of applause and agreed this had set a high standard for the season.

Reports from Previous Meetings

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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