Welcome to the ACS

ACS president David Kendix hands the Brooke-Lambert Trophy to Statistician of the Year Jeremy Lonsdale
Statistician of the Year Jeremy Lonsdale receives the Brooke-Lambert Trophy from the ACS’s David Kendix

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 towards the cost of our 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.

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 2016 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 part of a massive A to Z of Kent Cricketers, compiled by Derek Carlaw, currently covering all Kent players who appeared between 1806 and 1914, 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.

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.

Kit Bartlett, 1931-2019

The Association is sorry to report the death of Kit Bartlett, one of our founder members, on 6 September. A short tribute to Kit appears on our obituaries page.

Former ACS President MJK Smith honoured at Edgbaston

MJK at the gates
MJK Smith and his gates at Edgbaston

We are delighted that Warwickshire CCC has named a set of gates at Edgbaston after MJK Smith, who served as a very popular President of the ACS from 2007 to 2017.  The gates were officially opened on 4 August during the Edgbaston Ashes Test. 

MJK is best known as a former captain of Warwickshire and England.  He played 50 Tests between 1958 and 1972, half of them as captain, and 637 first-class matches in all, scoring 39,832 runs at 41.84, which put him 18th on the all-time list for career runs. He served as Warwickshire’s chairman from 1991 to 2003, became the ICC’s first referee in the Australia-India series of 1991-92, and managed several England tours.

Latest Publications

Our latest publication, First-Class Matches Pakistan 1980/81 to 1983-84, is now available in the ACS Online Shop. It is the sixth volume in the ACS’s series of ‘Hard to Get’ scores, covering a poorly documented period when the structure of the game in Pakistan was beginning to assume something approaching its modern form.

Earlier this year we published A Game Sustained: The impact of the First World War on cricket in Yorkshire 1914-20, Jeremy Lonsdale’s sequel to the well-received A Game Taken Seriously; and The Minor Counties Championship 1913, the latest volume in our series charting Minor County cricket during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Many earlier publications are available in the online shop, including our regular annuals, the ACS International Cricket Year Book, the Second Eleven Annual and the ACS Overseas First-Class Annual 2018, as well as extra copies of the ACS Journal, The Cricket Statistician.

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

ACS AGM

The 46th AGM of the Association took place at the County Ground, Derby, on Saturday 23 March 2019.

Jeremy Lonsdale, author of A Game Taken Seriously, won the Brooke-Lambert Trophy for the Statistician of the Year.

The Minutes are now available, alongsidethose of previous AGMs, in the Members Area at the AGM Minutes page.

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.