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Northern Cricket Society

The annual Northern Cricket Society Boxing Day match played in very wintry conditions at Alwoodley in 1956. The NCS leaving the field. Johnny Lawrence is third from the left, far right Bryan Stott in gloves and Brian Close.


The Northern Cricket Society has been around since 1948 and is still going strong, continuing to provide members with Winter Speaker Evenings (seven in all from October to April – all in the Long Room at Emerald Headingley on the first Tuesday of the month), additional speakers at both a Winter Luncheon and a Spring Evening Dinner whilst also organising a team for the well-known annual Boxing Day match (at North Leeds CC) and producing an annual booklet. We are an active group!

The Winter Speaker Evenings are, of course, at the very heart of the society and they provide members with the opportunity to see and hear a variety of cricket figures and also ask them questions.

Cricket societies allow enthusiasts the chance to meet up with fellow-minded people and maintain their interest in the summer sport throughout the long winter months. Please come and join the Northern Cricket Society!

An annual membership costs £15. This can be made by Bank Transfer. The bank details required are account name Northern Cricket Society, Sort Code 40 46 21 Account No 81060090. Please use your name as the payment reference. Or a cheque made payable to ‘The Northern Cricket Society’ can be sent to C A Sawyer, 8 Parkside Green, Meanwood, Leeds, LS6 4NY.


Andrew D Mawson, 4 Windgate, Silsden, Keighley, BD20 0LG.
Tel. 01535 671582. Email:

Membership Secretary:
Chris Sawyer, 8 Parkside Green, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4NY
Tel. 07941 235228 . Email:

Speaker Secretary:
Tony Ogden,
Tel 07974 793966. Email:

Chris Sawyer, 8 Parkside Green, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4NY
Tel. 07941 235228 . Email:

Booklet Editor: Michael Pulford. Tel. 07758 594470. Email:

James M Greenfield, Caroline Storer, Martin Grayshon


    October 5th – Steve Bindman, author of the biography of Johnny Lawrence, ‘Schooled in Cricket’

    November 2nd – Luke Sutton, former Somerset, Derbyshire and Lancashire cricketer

    December 7th – Devon Malcolm, former Derbyshire and England fast bowler

    January 4th – Ricky Clarke, former Lancashire leagues cricketer – currently a coach in Barbados BY ZOOM

    February 1st – Phoebe Graham Yorkshire-born Professional Women’s cricketer BY ZOOM

    March 1st – Dennis Amiss, former Warwickshire and England cricketer

    April 5th – Richard Damms, Yorkshire Academy Head Coach

    The start times for the above are 7.45pm.

    Following discussions with the Wombwell Cricket Lovers’ Society it has been agreed that we will invite each others members to the Zoom meetings that are organised by both societies.

    Please send your email address to to receive the invitations to the Zoom meetings.