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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.

What is the ACS?

ACS president David Kendix hands the Brooke-Lambert Trophy to Statistician of the Year Jeremy Lonsdale
2018 Statistician of the Year Jeremy Lonsdale receives the Brooke-Lambert Trophy from 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. 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.

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.

#1920 cricket @ACScricket

We’re running another project to enliven a season that’s been short on cricket, via the @ACScricket Twitter account.

Since 1 May, we have been reliving the 1920 season, with the hashtag #1920cricket.

Back in 1920, the County Championship hit its stride again after the war, with three-day matches restored after 1919’s two-day experiment, and the competition is 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.

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!

Latest Publications

Our latest publications are now available in the ACS Online Shop. The latest in our Lives in Cricket series, Schooled in Cricket: The Johnny Lawrence story, is Steve Bindman’s biography of a Yorkshireman who played for Somerset but was better known as a coach; Geoffrey Boycott’s foreword describes him as ‘a personal friend, coach and private tutor’. First-Class Matches: West Indies 1989/90 to 1998/99 is the seventh volume in our series of ‘Hard to Get’ scorecards and includes 246 first-class matches played in the West Indies in the 1990s.

Earlier this year, we published Mark Rowe’s Tour de Farce: Anti-apartheid protest and South Africa’s cancelled 1970 cricket tour of England, 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.

Many earlier publications are available in the online shop, including 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, the ACS Overseas First-Class Annual 2019, and extra copies of the ACS Journal, The Cricket Statistician.

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

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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.