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2020 AGM and Members Meeting

The 47th Annual General Meeting of the ACS, postponed from 21 March, took place on Saturday 10 October as a ‘virtual’ meeting.

A recording can be seen in the Members Area of the website, for which you will need your password. The minutes of the meeting are available in the same area and will also appear in a future edition of The Cricket Statistician.

A members’ virtual meeting was held on 21 November, to discuss issues including postage costs, the publication frequency of the Journal, electronic publications and the discount sales voucher. This meeting, attended by 56 members, can also be viewed in the Members Area.

On 12/13 December, the committee took a series of decisions on the issues discussed at the members’ meeting, which are summarised in ACS News.

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.

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).

Latest publications

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

A Game Divided: Triumphs and troubles in Yorkshire cricket in the 1920s is the third volume in Jeremy Lonsdale’s series on Yorkshire cricket from the late 19th century. It is also available in three discounted packages, bundled with the first volume, A Game Taken Seriously, with the second, A Game Sustained, and as part of the complete set of three books.

The latest in our Cricket Witness series, A Tall Story: The Life of Nigel Plews, documents the career of the well-respected umpire, drawing on his own diaries.

The Minor Counties Championship 1914 is the 20th issue in our series on Minor County cricket in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, containing full scorecards for 1914, as well as biographical information and career records for Minor County cricketers who lost their lives during the War.

The ACS Overseas First-Class Cricket Annual contains full scores of more than 440 first-class matches played throughout the world in 2019/20 and (outside England and Wales) 2020, with tables for the various competitions.

Earlier this year, we published Steve Bindman’s Schooled in Cricket: The Johnny Lawrence story, the biography of a Yorkshireman who played for Somerset but was better known as a coach; First-Class Matches: West Indies 1989/90 to 1998/99, the latest in our series of ‘Hard to Get’ scorecards; Andrew Hignell’s Cricketscapes, which examines how the counties developed in a variety of venues; and our regular spring annuals, the ACS International Cricket Year Book and the Second Eleven Annual. Mark Rowe’s Tour de Farce: Anti-apartheid protest and South Africa’s cancelled 1970 cricket tour of England has sold out.

Many earlier publications are available in the online shop, including extra copies of the ACS Journal, The Cricket Statistician. The late Michael Ronayne’s lavishly illustrated A Guide to the Memorials of Cricketers and all our 2016 annuals are available at sale prices until 31 January.

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

Peter Griffiths co-opted to ACS committee

We are pleased to announce that, at a meeting of the ACS General Committee on 12 December, we co-opted Peter Griffiths to join our ranks.

Pete previously served on the committee from 1993 to 2008, and has carried out many other roles for the Association, including typesetting many of our publications and running ACS Sales from 2006 to 2014. His expertise in matters digital and technological will be a great asset as the committee develops some of the ideas that were discussed at the members’ virtual meeting in November.

There is still one vacancy on the committee. We are looking to diversify the committee’s ‘skill-set’, so if any member with a specialist skill – especially in an area such as marketing – would be interested in joining us, please get in touch with the Secretary at secretary@acscricket.com

Can you help with our new 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.

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.

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.

More ACS news

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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.