Dorset Cricket Society

Résumé of events 2021-22










Members & Chris Finch

Members gathered for the first time in nineteen months, starting the meeting with a minutes silence in memory of members Alan Rayment, Peter Jenkins, former members Dickie Dowsett and Roger Bosher, as well as Barrie Wellman's wife Kathy and Paul Pearson's granddaughter Lauren.

The AGM passed smoothly with thanks offered to several members for their work in keeping the Society functioning, the Clubman of The Year award was deservedly presented to David Hain. The Treasurer reported that there had been no income last year and a small loss was made. Weekly subs and memberships were to remain the same for the coming season. All officers were re-elected except Brian Grey who has moved away. Bryn Nathan was elected to the committee.

Chris Finch then led a review of the 21-22 season, in which Kent featured quite frequently. England's performance, the County Championship and the dreaded Hundred were all put under the microscope. It was generally agreed that a return to two divisions in the Championship was preferrable, surprisingly the ECB listened and agreed the same afternoon!




Graham Jones

A late change to the programme brought members to a videoed interview by Mike Atherton with Shane Warne, from the time Shane was promoting his book - No Spin. We learnt that Shane had come to cricket relatively late as his first love was Aussie Rules Football and it was only after failing with St Kilda's that he concentrated on cricket. Early jobs delivering beds and pizzas probably provided a spur to push him to succeed. However his early days weren't all that successful and it was only after linking up with Terry Jenner that Shane began to realise the committment needed to succeed. Shane talked about his embarassment over 'Sandpapergate' and players stepping over the line. Shane told us the details of the "Ball of The Century' to get Mike Gatting out and how his life changed for ever. A very interesting interview passed all too soon.




Stephen Chalke

53 members, friends and family gathered to remember and honour Alan Rayment, professional cricketer, dance teacher, father of six and great friend of the Dorset Cricket Society. We heard from Stephen Chalke, Tim Biles, Chris Finch, Richard Griffiths and two of Alan's sons, Denis (Den-ray) and Stephen. Stephen Chalke has produced his book from a wide assortment of material that Alan left; chapters already written, audio tapes of conversations for the book, photographs galore and notes for chapters uncompleted or never started. The fact that Stephen has managed to bring this book to print within a year of Alan's death is truly remarkable. Tim Biles has written the forward to the book and was the first to speak. He first met Alan while on a holiday course for schoolboys at Northlands Road, Alan was batting in the adjacent net and became Tim's hero. From that start became a lifelong friendship. Stephen recalled a few stories from the book and there were tributes from two of Alan's sons plus Richard Griffiths from Hampshire. Tribute was paid to Elizabeth Lloyd for her work in accumulating all the material from which the book was written and for organising the cricket tea which brought the afternoon to a conclusion. Many thanks to all who contributed to this very special afternoon.




Vic Marks

Vic Marks made his fourth visit to the Society and we were very pleased to induct him as a Life Vice-President of the Society. The format of the afternoon was an interview between Chris Finch and Vic. We learned a bit about how titles for new books are devised. Vic was keen on this occasion to avoid his name being part of the title (like a previous book - Full Marks) and so he came up with "Late Cuts" for his latest book, named after one of his favourite shots, though not always a successful one!

Vic had worked for the Guardian for 30 years and The Observer for 12 before turning freelance last year. He still works for Test Match Special when invited, but was telling us of some of the difficulties faced when performing these duties with Covid restrictions. He covered two Test matches from his sofa writing for The Guardian. Broadcasting was strange with perspex divisions, headsets which were exclusively yours during the Test match. Vic thought that television worked better, as they could avoid shots of the vast empty grounds. Radio commentry usually works off the things going on around the ground, which of course wasn't happening.

At the end Chris summed-up the afternoon, as an example of "Pure Marksism'! Many thanks Vic for a great afternoon.




Mike Vimpany

We started the afternoon with news of the passing of one of our members, Malcolm Budd. The meeting stood in silence to remember him, but also all the fallen on this, Armistice Day. The rest of thte afternoon took the form of a panel discussion, ably led by Mike Vimpany, Keith Clarke (Parley CC), Shaun Lilley (New Milton & Umpiring), Trevor Hayward (President South Wilts) and Colin Savage. We learnt how the Southern League came into existance, relatively late in 1969, as teams wanted to move to a win/lose result rather than time cricket. We also heard of the rise of the Hampshire League which appears to be going from strength to strength with well over 200 teams on a Saturday. Discussions ranged from players' behaviour to the improvement of grounds and facilities, youth cricket and how clubs had coped with the Covid restrictions. It was particularly interesting to hear how South Wilts had managed to cover a projected loss of 14000 pounds. In all an excellent afternoon discussing local-ish cricket. Many thanks to all those who contributed.



Roger Knight

Roger had three different careers and a cricketing career with three different counties. After playing as an amateur for Surrey, he joined Gloucestershire as a professional, later becoming a teammate of Julian Shackleton. All the while he was also a teacher, getting the summer term off to play cricket. A return to the south coast saw him join Sussex for a spell before the lure of the captaincy drew him back to Surrey. Finally he embraced the teaching profession fully, rising to become Headmaster of Worksop College. The opportunity then arose to become Secretary of MCC, living in a house with its own private entrance to Lords. Roger helped to oversee lady membership of the club, the Spirit of Cricket, the 1999 World Cup - admist bomb outrages in London and the opening of the iconic media centre. He later became President of MCC and has only just relinquished his connections to the club. A fascinating afternoon's entertainment, many thanks Roger.




Michael Burns





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Alan Fordham





Derek Hopkins





Two Hampshire Players






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Andrew Bradstock



Derek Hopkins



John Barclay


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