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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 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, all cricket enthusiasts, and the Society’s winter programme is always 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: The Society and North Leeds C.C. holding 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. Guests £3 per meeting.


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. 0113-2759745. Email:

Speaker Co-ordinator:
Douglas Roxburgh, Flat 24, Tewit Well Gardens, Tewit Well Road, Harrogate, HG2 8JG
Tel 01423-505306. Email:

Chris Sawyer, 8 Parkside Green, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4NY
Tel. 0113-2759745. Email:

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

James M Greenfield, John Morris, Tony Ogden, Sylvia Ross, Caroline Storer

  • Events


    Oct 3rd Mark Rowe – ‘Brian Sellers – Yorkshire Tyrant’
    Nov 7th Andy Pick – Notts CCC Bowling Coach
    Nov 28th Winter lunch – Tony Borrington former Derbys CCC
    Dec 5th Glen Chapple – Lancs CCC Head Coach
    Dec 26th Boxing Day Cricket Match – North Leeds CC


    Jan 9th Ashley Giles – Warwicks CCC Sport Director
    Feb 6th Geoff Cope – In Sunshine and in Shadow
    March 6th Eddie Hemmings – former Notts, Warwicks CCC and England
    March 20th Spring Dinner – Paul Nixon former Leics, Kent CCC and England
    Apr 3rd John Fuller – All Wickets Great and Small

    The 7 monthly speaker meetings, on Oct 3rd, Nov 7th, Dec 5th, Jan 9th, Feb 6th, March 6th and April 3rd, all start at 7.45 pm in the East Stand Long Room, Headingley. They are scheduled for the first Tuesday in the month.

    The October 3rd meeting is preceded by the AGM which starts at 7.15.

    The starting times for the Winter Lunch, Boxing Day match and Spring Dinner will be given nearer the date.