The Cricket Society

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The Cricket Society is a charitable organisation founded in 1945 as the Society of Cricket Statisticians at Great Scotland Yard, London. It has grown steadily to be the largest body of its kind in the cricket world. The Cricket Society now has more than 2000 members in the United Kingdom and the cricket playing countries of the world. Its current President is John Barclay.


The Wetherall Awards began in 1967 and presently continue in four separate categories:[1]

  • Leading all-rounder in English first-class game
  • Leading Young All-Rounder in the English First-Class Game
  • Leading all-rounder in Schools cricket
  • Leading all-rounder at Repton School

The Cricket Society instigated an Annual Book of the Year Award in 1970 that now, in association with the MCC, hosts an Awards Evening in the Long Room at Lord's each spring.[2]

Throughout the winter months, The Society holds monthly meetings, featuring famous names from cricket, for members and guests at the Royal Overseas League in Park Place, London SW1.

Through its charitable trust, it raises money to coach underprivileged children in the skills of cricket. They link up with various organisations such as the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation to achieve these aims.

The Society has a cricket team which plays at a number of venues each season. It also holds monthly meetings for the members in London (as detailed above), Bath, Birmingham and Durham at which invited speakers address the audience. These activities are held to maintain an interest in cricket and both inform and entertain its members and guests through the off-season.

The Cricket Society publishes a journal, bi-annually and a regular news bulletin, 8 times per year, for its subscribed membership.

The Society commissioned E.W. Padwick to compile a comprehensive bibliography of cricket literature under the title A Bibliography of Cricket. The first edition, published in 1977 by the Library Association had 8,294 entries.[3] A revised edition, published in 1984, extended this to over 10,000 entries (ISBN 978-0853659020). A second volume, published in 1991 as Padwick's Bibliography of Cricket, Volume 2, was compiled by Stephen Eley and Peter Griffiths and covers works published between 1980 and 1990 (ISBN 978-0853655282).

The Cricket Society/MCC Book of the YearEdit

The Cricket Society began naming a book of the year in 1970. Since 2009 the award has been made in partnership with MCC.[4] It carries a prize of £3000, which is presented at an awards evening each spring in the Long Room at Lord's.[5]

Current officersEdit

Executive committeeEdit

  • Chairman Nigel Hancock
  • Vice Chairman Phil Reeves
  • Secretary Derek Barnard
  • Treasurer Phil Reeves
  • Howard Milton
  • John Symons
  • Tom Carmichael
  • Nick Tudball
  • Andrew Cashmore-Till

Presidents since 1945Edit

• 1945-1946 F. A. Mackinnon, The Mackinnon of Mackinnon
• 1947-1959 Hubert Preston
• 1960-1961 H. S. Altham
• 1961-1962 Lord Birkett
• 1963-1968 A. A. Thomson
• 1969-1973 Lt-Gen Sir Oliver Leese
• 1974-1975 A. M. Crawley
• 1976-1983 E. W. Swanton
• 1983-1998 G. H. G. Doggart
• 1998-2008 C. D. A. Martin-Jenkins
• 2008-onwards J. R. T. Barclay

Chairmen since 1945Edit

• 1945-1946 A. Weigall
• 1946-1947 Capt. J. A. Bayliss
• 1947-1953 G. A. Copinger
• 1953-1960 A. R. Whitaker
• 1960-1965 Dr R. W. Cockshut
• 1965-1966 L. E. S. Gutteridge
• 1966-1983 C. C. W. Box-Grainger
• 1983-1992 R. N. Haygarth
• 1992-2003 D. Allsop
• 2003-2008 W. R. Allen
• 2008 I. R. Jackson
• 2008-2012 D. E. Barnard
• 2012 onwards Nigel Hancock


  1. ^ "The Cricket Society - Awards". The Cricket Society. Archived from the original on 18 October 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  2. ^ "The Cricket Society/MCC Book of the Year". The Cricket Society. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  3. ^ Barclay's World of Cricket - 2nd Edition, 1980, Collins Publishers, ISBN 0-00-216349-7, p588
  4. ^ "The Cricket Society/MCC Book of the Year". The Cricket Society. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Book of the Year shortlist announced". MCC. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  6. ^ "People". The Cricket Society. Retrieved 8 July 2018.

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