The Northern Cricket Society was formed in 1948 as an offshoot from the Cricket Society, which was too far away for many Northern members to reach. Other Yorkshire cricket societies such as the Hull and East Riding, the Sheffield and the Wombwell were formed during the next few years.
Chairman of the Northern is Andrew Mawson, who succeeded Yorkshire Vice-President Tony Vann at the 2008 Annual General Meeting. Membership is open to anyone, male or female, of all ages, and the Society’s winter programme was well attended in the East Stand Long Room at Headingley.
Speakers include First Class players and ex-players, broadcasters and writers on the game, umpires, administrators and anyone with a tale to tell. Members also hold a spring dinner in March with a guest speaker and – most quirky of all – an annual Boxing Day match at North Leeds. The Boxing Day match goes ahead regardless of weather – and for the most altruistic of causes: each Boxing Day the Northern, North Leeds CC and the Lions Club hold a raffle which they dedicate to St Gemma’s Hospice.
All meetings are held in the East Stand Long Room of Headingley Cricket Ground, beginning at 7.45pm, nearly always on a Tuesday. The Society continues to bring to our members speakers from the various divisions of the game. It is an opportunity not only to listen to informed comment – but to ask the questions you have been longing to ask.
You are sure of a winter of enjoyable evenings if you join the Northern Cricket Society. Membership costs £15 a year.
Andrew D Mawson, 10 Studdley Crescent, Gilstead, Bingley BD16 3NF