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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 at Headingley), 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


Andrew D Mawson, 10 Studdley Crescent, Gilstead, Bingley BD16 3NF
Tel. 01274-778434. 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

  • Speaker Programme for 2020-21, initially delivered by ZOOM

    6 October: Chris O’Brien – author of ‘Cardus Uncovered’

    3 November: Derek Pringle – journalist, former Essex and England cricketer

    1 December: Richard Illingworth – international umpire, former Yorkshire and Worcestershire cricketer

    5 January: Tanya Aldred – cricket journalist

    2 February: Mark Rowe – author, his most recent book, ‘Tour de Farce’, is about the cancelled South Africa Tour of, 1970

    2 March: Luke Sutton – former Derbyshire and Lancashire cricketer

    6 April: James Carr – ECB Regional Director for Women’s Cricket

    The start times for the above are 7.45pm.

    Combined evenings with Wombwell Cricket Lovers’ Society

    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. So Wombwell members will be invited to our Speaker Evenings and you will be invited to the Zoom meetings organised by Wombwell. Further details will be issued when available.

    It is hoped that this is some compensation for the absence of the face to face Speaker Evenings.

    The annual subscription is £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.

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