Norfolk Cricket Society duo’s new publication

Norfolk Cricket Society members Stephen Musk and Mike Davage have recently had their work on the life of JOC Orton published by Red Rose Books.

From Nightfighter to Scriptwriter is the story of John Overton Cone “JOC” Orton, an all-round sportsman who representing Norfolk at cricket, hockey and rugby and who also served as an aviator during the Great War. After returning to civilian life Orton became a talented scriptwriter and played an influential role in the British cinema industry working with the likes of Will Hay, Alistair Sim, Arthur Askey, and the Crazy Gang. In 1935-1936 he visited Australia, where he wrote the script for the film The Flying which included a cameo for Don Bradman.

From Nightfighter to Scriptwriter is a limited edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by Stephen Musk and Mike Davage, it is available online from Red Rose Books: –

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New virtual cricket talks series

We’re really thrilled to have teamed up with Pitch Publishing who have kindly arranged a series of virtual cricket talks throughout the summer and autumn for us and the other cricket societies in the UK.

The opening talk in the series on Friday 29th May featured former Sussex and Middlesex batsmen and now umpire Ian Gould and was hosted by BBC cricket commentator Mark Church.

165 participants enjoyed a fun and insightful evening with topics covered including sandpapergate, DRS and playing with – and umpiring – many of the greats of the game including Imran Khan, Clive Rice, Ricky Ponting and Virat Kohli.

Talks during June include Colin Shindler on Friday 5th, Ashley Gray on Friday 12th and Mark Peel on Friday 26th, all talks start at 7.30pm are broadcast via the Zoom platform.

For details of these talks, plus others in the series, check out the Pitch Publishing website

New book by guest speaker Colin Babb

It always a thrill to see books published by our guest speakers and so we’re delighted to share the news that Colin Babb – who visited us in February 2018 – has just published 1973 and Me: The England v West Indies Test Series and a Memorable Childhood Year. An added bonus is a foreword by Simon Lister, another former guest speaker of ours.

Contributors to 1973 and Me include: Dennis Amiss, Clyde Best, ‘Dickie’ Bird, Keith Fletcher, Maurice Foster, Lance Gibbs, Colin Grant, Frank Hayes, Ron Headley, Bernard Julien, Alvin Kallicharan, Professor Joe Moran, Deryck Murray and Professor Clem Seecharan.

Early bird copies are available direct from Colin, further details here.

Martin Chandler’s review of 1973 and Me for can be read here.

New book published by Norfolk Cricket Society member

Very pleased to announce that one of our members, Tim Cawkwell, has recently published a book – ‘Cricket on the Edge 2019‘ which is his take on the World Cup, the Ashes series, the English first class season and the year of the ‘The Hundred War’. A review of Tim’s book is can be read on CricketWeb.

Cricket on the Edge 2019 is available from Amazon.

Extra date for the 2020 programme of talks

Due to popular demand we’re adding an extra talk to our 2020/21 programme. In recent years we’ve welcomed a number of former Essex players including Will Jefferson, Jason Gallian, Don Topley, Robin Hobbs and Graham Napier. We’re very pleased therefore to welcome to this list Ray East who’ll be our guest speaker at Horsford Cricket Club on Thursday 19th November at 7.45pm. Ray played 405 matches for Essex from 1965-1984 and is the club’s 9th highest wicket taker with 1010.

Another England captain!

An early Christmas present for cricket followers in Norfolk with the news that former England captain Mike Gatting will be our guest speaker on Friday 24th April 2020, 7.45pm at Horsford Cricket Club. It will be the second talk from a former England captain in our 2019/20 programme following Mike Brearley’s visit in October.