ACS News

25 August 2020
1945: The Victory Tests and England v The Dominions

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the return of first-class cricket to England at the end of the Second World War, ACS member Barry Valentine has compiled ball-by-ball records of England’s five Victory Tests against the Australian Services and England v The Dominions, all played between May and August 1945. These are available in pdf form via our Research page.

England were led by Wally Hammond, and included Len Hutton, Cyril Washbrook, Bill Edrich and Doug Wright; the Australians, under Lindsay Hassett, discovered a new star in Keith Miller; and the Dominions were captained by Learie Constantine, in his final first-class match. England looked the strongest team, but the summer would not go entirely their way. Barry’s work has enabled us to relive the series, blow by blow.

Second Victory Test at Bramall Lane: photo from Australian War Memorial https://www.awm.gov.au/

3 August 2020
2020 AGM to be held ‘virtually’

As previously announced, the 2020 AGM, postponed from 21 March, has been rescheduled for Saturday 10 October.

Regrettably, restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic mean that we will be unable to hold the AGM as a normal ‘in-person’ gathering. So the decision has been taken that the AGM will be held as a small-scale, virtual meeting which will consider only the procedural matters on which a formal decision of the membership is required.

Fuller details of the arrangements for a virtual AGM were sent some time ago to members for whom we have email addresses. To ensure that all members have a chance to see them, these details are repeated in the mailing that is being posted to all members in early August. The documents included with the mailing also give more background to the decision to hold this year’s meeting virtually, and explain how members will be able to cast their votes on the matters that this year’s AGM will consider. A voting paper is also included.

These documents, including the voting paper, can also be seen in the Members Area of the website, for which you will need your password.

22 May 2020
New date for 2020 AGM – Saturday 10 October

The 2020 AGM, postponed from 21 March, has been rescheduled for Saturday 10 October.

We hope that we will be able to hold the AGM as a normal ‘in-person’ gathering – in which case it will be at Derbyshire CCC, as usual.

If that is not possible, the AGM will be held ‘virtually’, and will consider only the procedural matters on which a formal decision of the membership is required.

Fuller details of the arrangements for a virtual AGM have been sent to all members for whom we have email addresses. If the AGM is to be held virtually, these details will be repeated in the mailing that goes by post to all members in early August. By that time a definite decision will have been taken as to whether the AGM will be held ‘in person’ or virtually. That decision will also be included in the August mailing.

5 May 2020
Happy Birthday, Rob!

Robert Brooke
Robert Brooke wins the Statistician of the Year trophy for the second time

Happy 80th Birthday to Robert Brooke, one of the ACS’s Founders! Our first Chairman and the first editor of The Cricket Statistician, he has written many cricket books, especially on his beloved Warwickshire. He has been named Statistician of the Year twice, for 1989 and in 2011; since 2017, the Statistician of the Year trophy has been named the Brooke-Lambert Trophy in honour of him and the late Dennis Lambert, with whom he founded the Association.

28 April 2020
Kent County Cricketers A to Z

Following the online publication last year of Part One of Derek Carlaw’s Kent County Cricketers A to Z, we are delighted that Part Two is also now available on the ACS website.

This second volume relates to the 92 players who made their debuts for Kent between 1919 and 1939. It follows the same format, a series of biographies written by Derek Carlaw, plus statistics collated by John Winnifrith. A contents page with clickable links takes the reader directly to each player.

At the same time, Part One, which covers the 524 cricketers who played from 1806 to 1914, has been revised, with updated biographies, first-class statistics, and the addition of a contents page with links to each entry.

Our thanks and congratulations once again to Derek and John for their outstanding research. If you have any additional information about any of these players, or amendments which you would like to share with Derek and John, please send an email to secretary@acscricket.com

We look forward in due course to the publication of subsequent volumes.

12 April 2020
#1920 cricket

Our new Collaborative Research Projects are coming along nicely, and the first fruits are available via the Research page.

But we’re planning another project to enliven this year without a cricket season, via the @ACScricket Twitter account.

From 1 May, we’ll be reliving the 1920 season, with the hashtag #1920cricket.

We don’t yet know whether there will be any Championship cricket in 2020, but back in 1920 the County Championship is hitting its stride again after the war, with three-day matches restored after 1919’s two-day experiment, and the competition building up to a thrilling climax.

There are no international tourists, but the county players are hoping to win a place on England’s tour to Australia in 1920/21 for the first Test series in nearly seven years.

Curiosities of the season include 13 hat-tricks (11 in the Championship), victory for a team who were all out for 22 in their first innings – and the fastest hundred in first-class cricket.

The first ball will be bowled on 1 May, when Surrey host Northamptonshire at The Oval.

Thanks to Chris Overson and Simon Sweetman who are researching our daily bulletins from a century ago.

Follow #1920cricket at @ACScricket for day-to-day updates as the 1920 season develops!

29 March 2020
Thank you, Philip!

After serving on the ACS’s General Committee for a total of 41 years, Philip Bailey has now stood down from that position – for the time being at least.

Philip will be known to many of our members as the statistical power behind many thrones, both inside and outside the ACS. There is no doubt that, without his efforts over all this time, the ACS would not be the flourishing and respected organisation that it is today.

We feel sure that all members would like to join with the Committee in giving our grateful thanks to Philip for all that he has done for the Association over the years.

He is not leaving us altogether, though, and we are very pleased that he will continue to undertake all the many tasks, outside his committee role, that he carries out on the ACS’s behalf.

A fuller thank-you to Philip, and a suitable presentation, will be made at the rearranged AGM in due course.

Keith Walmsley
Chairman

21 March 2020
Can you help with our new research projects?

Stuck at home, with no cricket to watch, and looking for something to do?

The ACS is launching 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.

21 March 2020
Brooke-Lambert Trophy

Eric Midwinter
Eric Midwinter, Statistician of the Year for 2019

We are delighted to announce that Eric Midwinter has been awarded the Brooke-Lambert Trophy for the Statistician of the Year.

Sadly, he could not be presented with the trophy amid the applause of our members, as the AGM on 21 March has had to be postponed because of the Covid-19 emergency.

But you can read the Hon. Secretary’s citation explaining why Eric has earned the award, and Eric’s response, here.

Eric has also sent us a shortened version of the talk he was due to give after the AGM, entitled Cricket in My Life, in which he expounds on the significance of cricket and comedy in his own life and popular culture.

8 January 2020
Neil Beck

We are sorry to report the death of Neil Beck, one of our earliest members, on New Year’s Day. Many will remember Neil for his cricket book shop at the County Ground at Hove.

28 October 2019
Members’ Email Forum moves to Groups.io

The ACS has moved its members’ email forum to Groups.io, following the announcement that Yahoo Groups, our previous forum host, was removing the web-based elements of their service. For instructions on how to join the new forum, go to the page on the Members’ Email Forum in the Members Area. Any member who does not have the password for the Members Area should contact webmaster@acscricket.com.

11 September 2019
Kit Bartlett

The Association regrets to report the death of Kit Bartlett, one of our founder members, on 6 September. He served on the committee from 1995 to 2006 and edited the Famous Cricketers series.

4 August 2019
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.

29 December 2018
ACS stalwart Peter Wynne-Thomas awarded BEM

Peter Wynne-Thomas and Enid Bakewell
Peter Wynne-Thomas and Enid Bakewell at the launch of her biography at Trent Bridge in 2018

We are delighted that former ACS Secretary Peter Wynne-Thomas was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list, in acknowledgment of his services to cricket and the community in Nottinghamshire. A founder member of the ACS, Peter served as Secretary from 1974 to 2006. One of England’s most eminent cricket statisticians and historians, he has published around 30 books, and is also famous as Nottinghamshire CCC’s librarian.

England Test all-rounder Enid Bakewell, whose biography by Simon Sweetman we published in 2018, was also honoured with an MBE. Coalminer’s Daughter is available from the ACS Shop.

29 November 2018
Congratulations to Jeremy Lonsdale

We are very pleased to announce that the ACS publication A Game Taken Seriously: The Foundations of Yorkshire’s Cricketing Power by Jeremy Lonsdale was on the final shortlist for the British Society of Sports History’s prestigious Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for books published in 2017. This is an outstanding achievement – congratulations, Jeremy!

1 November 2017
County Cricket: Sundry Extras

The Research Section of the ACS website now contains County Cricket: Sundry Extras, an interesting piece of research by David Jeater. It gives biographical details of over a thousand county cricketers, some well-known but many not, with achievements in areas of public life away from cricket, including fields administrative, commercial, cultural, judicial, military, political, professional and sporting.

David has put Sundry Extras together over several years; he says that many ACS members have contributed to it in one way or another, and wishes to thank all those who can see in the list some of their own findings.

8 October 2017
Brian Heald

We are saddened to report the death of Brian Heald, one of the ACS’s original members, who served the Association as a committee member and in numerous other roles. He was made an Honorary Life Member at the AGM earlier this year.

21 November 2016
Dennis Lambert

The Association is sorry to announce the death of Dennis Lambert, one of its Founder Members. In October 1972, Dennis Lambert and Robert Brooke placed an advert in The Cricketer, asking anyone interested in forming a ‘Cricket Statisticians Association’ to get in touch. Dennis became the ACS’s first Secretary and was Chairman from 1979 to 1981.