Welcome to the ACS

AGM 20 March 2021

The 48th Annual General Meeting of the ACS will be held virtually via Zoom on Saturday 20 March, beginning at 10 am GMT. Papers for the AGM were posted to members in the February mailing.

Members are asked to confirm their attendance by emailing secretary@acscricket.com by 13 March; the Secretary will send log-in information and instructions on voting ahead of the meeting. Members should also email any points or questions about the annual reports from the Chairman and Treasurer (published in the February mailing) by 13 March.

The meeting will be recorded, and will subsequently be available for viewing in the Members Area (password required). Minutes of previous AGMs are also available in the Members Area.

What is the ACS?

An ACS meeting on Zoom in November 2020

Who is the oldest man to hit a Test match century? What is the most expensive bowling analysis in first-class cricket? Does a match start with the toss, the call of ‘Play’ or the first delivery?

If you are intrigued by such conundrums, or if you’re interested in the origins and history of the game, you’ll find a group of like minds in the ACS. Founded in 1973, we are an international body represented in over 20 countries, and our members include most of the world’s leading cricket statisticians and several of its most accomplished historians and biographers.

Our principal purpose is ‘to promote and encourage research into the statistical and historical aspects of cricket throughout the world at all levels and to publish the findings’. Members of the ACS have significantly contributed to a wider understanding of the game and have led the way in uncovering many biographical details of first-class cricketers.

We have around a thousand members all over the world. Membership is open to everyone – all you need to join us is to share our interest in the statistics and history of the game.

Members receive our quarterly journal, The Cricket Statistician, and an annual voucher, currently worth £8, towards the cost of our printed publications. They are entitled to a 33% discount on subscriptions to the Cricket Archive website and to the CSW cricket database. Members can also join our email forum to share information, ask questions and chat about topical cricketing issues. Details about the email forum and discounts are available in the Members Area; any member who does not have the password for this page should contact webmaster@acscricket.com.

We publish a range of titles which are available in the ACS Online Shop.

The website includes several valuable research tools open to all visitors:

  • The ACS Online Cricket Records Section, which is updated on a daily basis and covers first-class cricket, Test cricket, List A, Twenty20 and women’s international cricket, with some minor cricket records too.
  • The archive of The Cricket Statistician up to 2017 in digitised form; copies of more recent issues are still on sale in the shop.
  • Our Research Section which contains further resources, including the first two parts of a massive A to Z of Kent Cricketers, compiled by Derek Carlaw, currently covering all Kent players who appeared between 1806 and 1939, and County Cricket: Sundry Extras, biographical details compiled by David Jeater on over a thousand county cricketers with achievements in areas of public life away from cricket.
  • Ask the ACS, a collection of statistical questions and answers on specialised one-off matters.

You can also follow the Association via Twitter, at @ACScricket.

If you are looking for an answer to any question about cricket, seeking clarification about a particular record or feat, or searching for information on a team or a particular player, please send an email to secretary@acscricket.com and the Secretary will point you in the right direction.

Latest publications

TAL Whittington, International Cricket Year Book 2021, Bill Bestwick

Our latest publications are now available in the ACS Online Shop.

The latest book in our Cricket Witness series is Fly at a higher game: The Story of TAL Whittington and the elevation of Glamorgan CCC into the County Championship, published to mark Glamorgan’s bicentenary as a first-class county. It is also available in a special Glamorgan Anniversary Package with The Daffodil Blooms, which tells the story of Glamorgan’s first Championship title in 1948.

Bill Bestwick: Rough Diamond is the biography of the controversial Derbyshire seamer who was acquitted of manslaughter in 1907 and remains the oldest bowler to take all ten in a first-class innings – against Glamorgan in June 1921. It’s had some highly enthusiastic reviews and is selling fast, so make sure you get your copy!

The ACS International Cricket Year Book will be published in March, but can be pre-ordered now.

Other recent titles include A Tall Story: The Life of Nigel Plews, documenting the career of the well-respected umpire from his own diaries; Schooled in Cricket: The Johnny Lawrence story, the biography of a Yorkshireman who played for Somerset but was better known as a coach; The Minor Counties Championship 1914, containing full scorecards for 1914, and biographical information and career records for Minor County cricketers who lost their lives during the War; and the ACS Overseas First-Class Cricket Annual, with full scores of more than 440 first-class matches played throughout the world in 2019/20 and 2020.

Mark Rowe’s Tour de Farce: Anti-apartheid protest and South Africa’s cancelled 1970 cricket tour of England is now sold out. Jeremy Lonsdale’s A Game Divided: Triumphs and troubles in Yorkshire is still available from the author (follow link for details).

Many earlier publications are available in the online shop, including extra copies of the ACS Journal, The Cricket Statistician.

If you need to get in touch with ACS Sales, their contact details are here.

Members Meeting 27 February

We held a second members’ virtual meeting on 27 February, attended by 81 members.

Members’ responses were invited on three matters – please contact secretary@acscricket.com if you can help or have comments.

  • We are looking for one or more volunteers to help manage our website. No previous experience is necessary – training will be given!
  • We are seeking members’ thoughts on what the ACS might do to mark the 250th anniversary, in June 2022, of the match regarded as the first-ever ‘great’ or first-class match. The Broadhalfpenny Down Association is already making plans to mark this occasion: should the ACS join in with them, and/or should we mark this anniversary in some other way?
  • We also want your thoughts on some specific statistical issues arising from the introduction of The Hundred competition later this year – follow the link for details.

The meeting also included a talk from Eric Midwinter, the winner of the Brooke-Lambert Trophy for Statistician of the Year in 2019, while Jeremy Lonsdale, Mick Pope, Anthony Bradbury and Roy Morgan spoke about their recent or forthcoming ACS publications.

A recording of the meeting is available in the Members Area (you will need the members’ password to view this), along with our previous virtual meeting in November.

ACS Statistics Logistics sub-group

The ACS has created a Statistics Logistics sub-group drawn from the ACS committee, members of the Association, and members of the scoring and umpiring community, to discuss and advise on the recording or calculation of cricket statistics.

The group’s answers to an initial batch of 17 questions, and explanations of how they reached their decisions, are available in a PDF document here.

The ‘2nd not 1st’ project

The ACS has started work on a series of pen portraits of players who appeared for county 2nd XIs but never appeared in 1st XI cricket.

We are placing the initial batch of entries on Glamorgan players online, and you can find them via this page. If you have additional information on these players or others not yet included, or you would like to help compile a listing for another county, please email secretary@acscricket.com.

Online book launches

Two recent online launches of ACS books can now be viewed on the site.

On 12 January, Steve Bindman’s book Schooled in Cricket: the Johnny Lawrence Story was discussed by the author, Stephen Lawrence (Johnny’s youngest son), Sir Geoffrey Boycott (who wrote the foreword) and Somerset historian Stephen Hill. The launch can be viewed here (MP4 file, lasting just under two hours).

In November, A Tall Story, based on the life and times of umpire Nigel Plews, was launched by author Andrew Hignell, members of Nigel’s family and former colleagues from Nottingham Police, and fellow-umpire Neil Bainton. The event can be viewed here (MP4 file, lasting an hour and a half).

Can you help with our research projects?

Stuck at home, unable to visit a cricket ground, and looking for something to do?

The ACS has launched a new series of collaborative research projects, and we need our members’ help.

The internet provides access to a huge number of local newspapers, without having to go to the library, so you can get involved even if you’re self-isolating. Among the subjects we want to work on are women’s cricket (compiling a definitive list of major domestic matches), league cricket, national competitions, research into county committees, scorebooks (where are historic scorebooks kept?) and several more. We’re open to further suggestions!

For more details on what we’re planning and how you can help, read Peter Griffiths’s proposals which include contact details for the project co-ordinators. Links to the first results are on our Research page.

More ACS news

A summary of recent website updates

Join the ACS

If you are not yet a member of the Association, we very much hope that you will consider joining. Click on Join the ACS and follow the links and instructions there.

Once you have joined, you will have access to the Members Area and can subscribe to the Members’ Email Forum. Members can obtain the password for the Members Area by sending an email to webmaster@acscricket.com.