The King of Spain to visit Norwich

We’re really looking forward to welcoming former England and Warwickshire spinner Ashley Giles as our guest speaker at Horsford Cricket Club on Thursday 24th November, 7.30pm start. It will be the first time we’ve had one of the players from the 2005 Ashes series visit us, can’t wait to hear Ashley’s memories of the five Tests he played that summer.

A teaser of what we can look forward from Ashley Giles.

We’re back!

It’s great to be back up and running after a two and a half year break because of Covid. Many thanks to everyone who’s supported us by renewing their membership subscriptions or by coming along as a guest to our first two talks; Dean Headley in September and Peter Baxter in October, hope you enjoyed the events.

Special thanks to Horsford Cricket Club for hosting us, we’re really enjoying having Manor Park as our new home.

Five stars for Stephen!

Norfolk Cricket Society member Stephen Musk has had a number of works published in recent months.

Three Brothers from Brandon, written with the much missed Mike Davage, tells the story of Basil, Rodney and Desmond Rought-Rought who all represented Norfolk in the minor counties championship between the World Wars.

Priced at £10 (post free to UK) it is available from Red Rose Cricket Books, further details here.

Overcoming Stigma in Victorian Cricket: The Remarkable Story of Francis Terry, Canada’s Mad Vicar is, as the title indicates, the quite remarkable story of the man widely regarded to be Canada’s best batter at the end of the 19th century.

Priced at £12 (post free to UK) it is available from Red Rose Cricket Books, further details here.

Bart King of Philadelphia: The Father of Modern Swing Bowling – written with Roger Mann, and including input from former England bowler Bob Cottam on the technical aspects of swing bowling – is the story of Bart King, the greatest US cricketer.

Priced at £25 it is available from Troubador Books, further details here.

Read the Five Star review from cricketweb.net here

Stephen is currently working on an account of the Minor Counties XI which defeated the touring South Africans at Lakenham in 1924.

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: –

RRB website: https://redrosecricketbooks.com/rrb-publications

RRB eBay shop: https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/redrosecricketbooks

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 CricketWeb.net 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.