Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Match report: Steve Kirby, 11 Dec 2019

Steve Kirby - December 2019
Steve Kirby is clearly not a man who is easily nonplussed. Having surely been uncertain whether he had walked into a local pub function room or the well-stocked warehouse for the nearby tinsel shop, he showed neither nerves nor diffidence as he launched straight into the evening. He spoke without notes, which is a skill I admire, but with both verve and passion – characteristic of his playing days. 

Steve did not have the easiest introduction to professional cricket, almost ruled out by an early back injury necessitating a remodelling of his bowling action, then a period using annual leave from work in search of a sustainable way to play. A break came in 2001 when he was called up for Yorkshire's Ist XI to replace Matthew Hoggard, who had been selected for England. Steve eagerly rejected the day job, accepted the chance, and the rest is history. 

Steve reflected little on his stats during his talk but spoke much more about his feelings playing for Yorkshire. A Lancastrian – surely warming the cockles of Ian Sumner’s heart – Steve nonetheless wore his heart on his sleeve in speaking of his pride in walking for the first time into the White Rose dressing room amongst those he regarded as heroes. Of course he was nervous – he made no bones about it. His aim was to sit in a corner and keep to himself. But one by one by each of his teammates came up and welcomed him; something that marked that dressing room as special. Although it may have seemed a little less so when he was abruptly instructed by captain David Byas to remove his 'stuff' as it was in the way, whereupon he found that his coffin had been nailed down by his teammates in one of many dressing-room pranks. 

Steve Kirby relives a Brett Lee bouncer, December 2019
Asked why he had taken up coaching, Steve explained that after a shoulder injury had ended his playing career prematurely in 2014, he spent a short time in recruitment before being appointed head coach of MCC. He has clear and enthusiastic views on his new role. His four-point model involves players exploring possibilities, then moving on to practise with a purpose. Training to play puts this learning into match situations before it is finally performed for real. Steve was unequivocal that the best coaches give time to players: time to build trust and time to keep working through improvements. Passing on easy critiques then failing to follow through is not what he views as coaching. 

Steve acknowledged that he may on occasion have addressed one or two on-field words to his opponents in the friendly fashion of hard-fought competition. Frustrated at his failure to remove Chris Schofield, Steve announced to umpire Mervyn Kitchen that he was going round the wicket and that an ambulance would be necessary. A startled Kitchen shared this news with the batsman, who thus forewarned slogged the ball into the stands – only for a rebound to hit an unfortunate spectator and make good Steve's prediction. By his own account, he now tries to channel this aspect of his character, reminding himself that he has two ears and one mouth and should use them in those proportions. Still, he would never try to diminish a young player’s drive and gutsiness. 'Keep your head in the fridge and your heart in the oven,' seems to be his advice these days. 

Steve Kirby, December 2019
Now assistant coach at Derbyshire CCC, Steve highlighted Sam Conners and Harvey Hosein as youngsters to watch as they develop alongside Leus Du Plooy. To retain such players when nearby larger and more monied counties come looking, he would seek to make greater use of the loan system and also advocates the introduction of ECB contracts for talented young players. In managing spinners during a game he would give them a notional 'bucket of runs', plus an in-and-out field, then trust them to get on with the job. 

In the end of course, we had to return to 2001, to Scarborough, and to Yorkshire's first Championship win in 33 years. It was inevitable. Expecting to hear talk of high spirits and the exuberance of victory, it was a bit of an eye-opener to hear Steve's entirely earthier memories of the day. During a man-hug to celebrate winning, Craig White ran his spikes painfully down Steve’s left shin, leaving a scar that endures to this day. Then to add insult to injury, seconds later Chris Silverwood joined the male-bonding huddle and buried his front teeth in the back of Steve's head! 

With his openness, honesty and manifest love of cricket and of Yorkshire, Steve held the attention of a full house throughout, and Simon Foster expressed the feelings of us all in his eloquent and appreciated vote of thanks. 'You’re one of us,' was Simon's final verdict – a fitting tribute to the wholly positive impact made by Steve Kirby on a cold, over-tinselled December evening. 

As an aside, the only things twinkling more than the tinsel were treasurer Brian Sanderson’s eyes each time he gazed upon the electronic wonder lying on the bar counter – the new PA system. As he caressed the cables and plugs, I could no more have wrested the gizmo from his hands than grabbed the red Duke ball from Steve Kirby at Scarborough that winning day in 2001. But I hesitate to critique too easily – in his official capacity Brian did present to members a very healthy balance sheet which noted significant increases in both membership and raffle income.

[Reporter: Cathy Rennison]

Next meeting: Wednesday 8 January 2020, 7.45pm - Rich Pyrah, Yorkshire CCC Assistant Coach 

Everyone welcome - no dress code, no formalities, just a great evening talking cricket

£15 a year / £5 a meeting 

Venue: Brewery Bar, King William IV, Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BD, 7.45pm 

Map: here 

Raffle: top prizes monthly - including 3 pairs of YCCC match ticket vouchers 

E: ercsoc@gmail.com / T: 01482 861848

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Meeting 11 December 2019 - Steve Kirby

A lively Q&A to celebrate the festive season with this most committed and passionate of cricketers. Fiery fast bowler Steve Kirby burst onto the county scene in 2001, earning the lasting affection of Yorkshire CCC supporters for his impact in that year's Championship-winning side. Moving to Gloucestershire in 2005, then Somerset in 2011, Steve also gained England Academy, 'A' and Lions honours before a persistent shoulder injury forced his retirement in 2014. He immediately turned to coaching, inspiring a new generation of players with his 'infectious love of the game' - first as MCC Head Coach (2016-18) and now as assistant to Dave Houghton at Derbyshire CCC (2018-).

Everyone welcome - no dress code, no formalities, just a great evening talking cricket

£15 a year / £5 a meeting 

Venue: Brewery Bar, King William IV, Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BD, 7.45pm 

Map: here 

Raffle: top prizes monthly - including 3 pairs of YCCC match ticket vouchers

E: ercsoc@gmail.com / T: 01482 861848

PROGRAMME 2019/20
2019
9 October: Nathan Leamon, England performance analyst; author of CricViz software, The Test and Hitting against the Spin: How Cricket Really Works
13 November: Derek Pringle, ex England & Essex CCC all-rounder; journalist and author of Pushing the Boundaries: Cricket in the Eighties + AGM 7.15pm 
11 December: Steve Kirby, ex Yorkshire CCC paceman, MCC Head Coach; now Derbyshire CCC Assistant Coach 
2020
8 January: Richard Pyrah, Yorkshire CCC; ex all-rounder, now Assistant Coach 
12 February: Jonathan Doidge, BBC Radio; Yorkshire CCC ball-by-ball commentator 
11 March: John Barclay, ex Sussex CCC opener & captain; MCC President 2009/10; President, Cricket Society & English Schools Cricket Association; Director of Cricket & Coaching, Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation

Derek Pringle - November 2019

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Match report: Derek Pringle, 13 Nov 2019

Derek Pringle - November 2019
A capacity crowd enjoyed a wonderful evening with journalist and ex England allrounder Derek Pringle. Cathy Rennison reports: 'It is not unusual for guests to bring their favourite Geoffrey Boycott anecdote for our mutual entertainment, but Derek Pringle offered a unique insight into the newly minted Sir. In the hands of a less assured speaker, this could have been a controversial moment – the mixing of recent high politics with a marmite cricketer. But no – we were in safe company so could relax and enjoy the idea of the last PM's unexpected elevation of the England opener, and of the enduring teenage crush that perhaps lay at its heart.

In many amusing and entertaining stories, Derek brought other greats of his time into the room alongside him, recalling their exploits both on and off the field. When I next see Beefy, my mind’s eye will also spot somewhere nearby a large glass containing an indecent measure of scotch topped with a calorific ice-cream float.

With his ability to 'string a few words together', a talent he attributed to his Cambridge days reading for an essay-based Geography (and later Land Economy) degree, Derek was a witty speaker unafraid to admit his own pranks and mischievousness – adorning a carpet with beer to foil teammates determined to incapacitate him through booze, for example, or unleashing camera-captured spontaneous victory V-signs when baited by Melbourne Cricket Ground's notorious Bay 13. Neither exploit attracted much by way of official rebuke; indeed the first won him some admiration from Keith Fletcher, a captain he esteems above all others for his qualities as an innovator, man-manager and motivator.

Amongst the many well-known names remembered, it was in the end perhaps the West Indies pacemen of his time who Derek held in most regard and even affection. A tall man himself, his head in constant danger of contact with the central beam of the Brewery Bar, he nevertheless still looked upwards when talking of Joel 'Big Bird' Garner and that Barbadian's no-holds barred method of dealing with at least one female admirer. And it was to this small group of the fast and the furious that he returned in the Q&A as he revealed his fear – even today – of Sylvester Clarke, as well as his appreciation of Malcolm Marshall, who once bowled at Graham Gooch all morning without success, then rolled up his sleeves to resume the battle immediately after lunch.

Our chairman opened the Q&A with what I can only describe as an underarm daisy-cutter: 'which is better to win, the Ashes or the World Cup?' The deft answer was that it depended on your era – if you had won an Ashes series you fancied the World Cup and vice versa. From then on Derek offered spirited and open answers to questions, amongst others, about the current state of the county game, his own transition from player to reporter, the new 100 tournament and its marketing (and possible cost!), team cultures and the potential new bowlers we may see coming to the fore in the near future.

In other news of the session, we again failed to meet the 3-minute AGM target but did beat all previous records for attendance and raffle takings. The AGM reports from Maggie and Brian were succinct, and the committee was re-elected in its entirety – with a special welcome for new member Catherine Goble. Accounts for 2018/19 will be presented at the December 2019 meeting.

As a final aside, Derek proved to be as on point in his raffle-picking as he was with the ball – hitting the same spot repeatedly! Fortunately for everyone, members are generous in returning a second, third (and this time fourth!) winning ticket to the draw, and also in offering only the most gentle of humorous Yorkshire sledges to the lucky purchaser.'

Next meeting: Wednesday 11 December 2019, 7.45pm - Steve Kirby, ex Yorkshire CCC, Gloucs CCC and Somerset CCC paceman, MCC Head Coach; now Assistant Coach, Derbyshire CCC

Everyone welcome - no dress code, no formalities, just a great evening talking cricket

£15 a year / £5 a meeting 

Venue: Brewery Bar, King William IV, Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BD, 7.45pm 

Map: here 

Raffle: top prizes monthly - including 3 pairs of YCCC match ticket vouchers 

E: ercsoc@gmail.com / T: 01482 861848

Friday, 18 October 2019

Meeting 13 November 2019 - Derek Pringle

Join Derek Pringle, former Essex and England all-rounder and leading cricket journalist, for an evening of anecdote, humour and insight - from the maverick 80s to the modern game. First chosen by England in 1982 while still at Cambridge University, Derek spent the next decade as understudy to the great Ian Botham, compiling a playing record that included 30 Tests, 44 One Day Internationals, two World Cups (including a World Cup final), six County Championships and numerous one-day trophies. He also witnessed at first hand a period of English cricket full of characters such as Botham, Lamb, Gower, Gooch, Lever and East. His recent memoir Pushing the Boundaries: Cricket in the Eighties has received much acclaim: '... a fascinating and hilarious read (Daily Telegraph); '... eye-popping and hilarious' (Guardian); ... funny, original and astounding, often all three ... [Pringle] has delivered with interest on his promise to avoid a bog-standard, self-serving work; if he pushed boundaries in his career he has flattened them completely with this honest addition to cricket literature (The Cricketer).'

Signed copies available - event price £8 (r.r.p. £10.99)  

Everyone welcome - no dress code, no formalities, just a great evening talking cricket

£15 a year / £5 a meeting 

Venue: Brewery Bar, King William IV, Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BD, 7.45pm 

Map: here 

Raffle: top prizes monthly - including 3 pairs of YCCC match ticket vouchers 

E: ercsoc@gmail.com / T: 01482 861848

PROGRAMME 2019/20
2019
9 October: Nathan Leamon, England performance analyst; author of CricViz software, The Test and Hitting against the Spin: How Cricket Really Works
13 November: Derek Pringle, ex England & Essex CCC all-rounder; journalist and author of Pushing the Boundaries: Cricket in the Eighties + AGM 7.15pm 
11 December: Steve Kirby, ex Yorkshire CCC paceman, MCC Head Coach; now Derbyshire CCC Assistant Coach 
2020
8 January: Richard Pyrah, Yorkshire CCC; ex all-rounder, now Assistant Coach 
12 February: Jonathan Doidge, BBC Radio; Yorkshire CCC ball-by-ball commentator 
11 March: John Barclay, ex Sussex CCC opener & captain; MCC President 2009/10; President, Cricket Society & English Schools Cricket Association; Director of Cricket & Coaching, Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation  

England analyst Nathan Leamon - October 2019


Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Meeting 9 October 2019 - Nathan Leamon

A fascinating start to 2019/20 with Nathan Leamon, arguably 'one of the most significant figures in [modern] cricket'. As England performance analyst since 2009, and author of the free CricViz analytical software used by players, coaches and broadcasters alike, Nathan is at the heart of a data revolution. Yet despite his Twitter handle - https://twitter.com/Numb3z - Nathan is no mere numbers man, arguing that the wise use of data should enhance not replace human decision-making. 

Join Nathan to go behind the scenes of England's 50-over and T20 World Cup victories, Test and Ashes battles and much, much more. 

Watch here as he busts five top cricket myths. 

And read his prize-nominated first novel The Test - a pacy, humorous and candid tale set in the England dressing-room, as stand-in captain James McCall tries to get his exhausted team across the line in the deciding Ashes Test.

Reviewed by: Tim Wigmore - here; Paul Edwards - here

Signed copies available; event price - £5 (r.r.p. £8.99)

Everyone welcome - no dress code, no formalities, just great cricket chat! 

£15 a year / £5 a meeting 

Venue: Brewery Bar, King William IV, Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BD, 7.45pm

Map: here 

Raffle: top prizes monthly - including 3 pairs of YCCC match ticket vouchers 

E: ercsoc@gmail.com / T: 01482 861848

PROGRAMME 2019/20
2019
9 October: Nathan Leamon, England performance analyst; author of CricViz software, The Test and Hitting against the Spin: How Cricket Really Works
13 November: Derek Pringle, ex England & Essex CCC all-rounder; journalist and author of Pushing the Boundaries: Cricket in the Eighties
11 December: Steve Kirby, ex Yorkshire CCC paceman, MCC Head Coach; now Derbyshire CCC Assistant Coach
2020
8 January: Richard Pyrah, Yorkshire CCC; ex all-rounder, now Assistant Coach 
12 February: Jonathan Doidge, BBC Radio; Yorkshire CCC ball-by-ball commentator
11 March: John Barclay, ex Sussex CCC opener & captain; MCC President 2009/10; President, Cricket Society & English Schools Cricket Association; Director of Cricket & Coaching, Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation 

Pat Murphy entertains - February 2019

Thursday, 21 March 2019

East Riding Cricket Society - 2019/20 Programme

Alan Butcher - March 2019
A packed house enjoyed a superb evening with March speaker Alan Butcher [left]. Great stories, sharp analysis and an all-action replay of a Michael Holding over - terrific stuff! Thanks also to Alan, fellow speakers and members and friends old and new for a memorable winter. Among many other highlights: Malcolm Nash - on his 'Six Sixes' duel with Garry Sobers; Chris Lewis - from World Cup Final to prison cell; Mark Robinson OBE - on the challenges of coaching elite women's sport; Steve Patterson - on his pride in the YCCC captaincy and plans for his new, young team; Pat Murphy - on a kaleidoscope of names from fifty years in journalism and broadcasting. 

East Riding Cricket Society is flourishing in its comfortable home - the Brewery Bar, King William IV, Cottingham - with more top speakers lined up for 2019/20

Getting 'closer to the action' are:
  • Nathan Leamon: England Test, 1-Day and T20 analyst; ECB Lead for Research & Innovation; author of The Test (2018) - review here; Hitting against the Spin: How Cricket Really Works (2019) - preview here
  • Derek Pringle: ex England & Essex CCC all-rounder; former chief cricket correspondent - Independent and Daily Telegraph; author of Pushing the Boundaries: Cricket in the Eighties - review here; now a freelance journalist writing regularly for The Cricket Paper
  • Steve Kirby: ex Yorkshire CCC, Gloucestershire CCC & Somerset CCC paceman; ex MCC Head Coach; now Assistant Coach, Derbyshire CCC
  • Rich Pyrah: ex Yorkshire CCC all-rounder, now Assistant Coach at the club
  • Jonathan Doidge: BBC Radio's new Yorkshire CCC commentator
  • John Barclay: ex Sussex CCC opener; President of the Cricket Society and the English Schools Cricket Association; Director of Cricket and Coaching, Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation; MCC President 2009/10  

Everyone welcome - no dress code, no formalities, just great cricket chat! 

£15 a year / £5 a meeting 

Venue: Brewery Bar, King William IV, Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BD, 7.45pm

Map: here 

Raffle: top prizes monthly - including 3 pairs of YCCC match ticket vouchers 

E: ercsoc@gmail.com / T: 01482 861848

PROGRAMME 2019/20

2019
9 October: Nathan Leamon, ECB Lead for Research & Innovation; England Test analyst, 2009-17; author of The Test; Hitting against the Spin: How Cricket Really Works
13 November: Derek Pringle, ex England & Essex all-rounder, chief cricket correspondent, Independent & Daily Telegraph; author of Pushing the Boundaries: Cricket in the Eighties
11 December: Steve Kirby, ex Yorkshire paceman, MCC Head Coach; Assistant Coach, Derbyshire

2020
8 January: Richard Pyrah, ex Yorkshire all-rounder; Assistant Coach, Yorkshire
12 February: Jonathan Doidge, BBC Radio's new Yorkshire CCC commentator
11 March: John Barclay, ex Sussex opener & captain; MCC President 2009/10; President, Cricket Society & English Schools Cricket Association; Director of Cricket & Coaching, Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation

Pat Murphy entertains - February 2019

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Meeting 13 March - Alan Butcher

Part of a cricketing family which includes his sons Mark (Surrey & England) and Gary (Glamorgan & Surrey) and brothers Ian (Leics & Gloucs) and Martin (Surrey), Alan Butcher played just one Test and one ODI in his 20-year first-class career, scant reward for this stylish Surrey and Glamorgan opener, named in 1991 among Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year. On retirement Alan took on coaching roles with Essex and Surrey, returning again to The Oval in 2006 as Head Coach. But his greatest challenge came during his time as Head Coach of Zimbabwe (2010-13), presiding over the national team's return to Test cricket after a self-imposed six-year exile. Alan recounts his experiences in The Good Murungu - shortlisted for the Cricket Society/MCC Book of the Year Award- describing how he fashioned a team out of a dispirited and disillusioned group of players, and offering a fascinating insight into sport and society in this beautiful but troubled country.

Signed copies - buy on the night or pre-order by e-mail - £10

Read more about The Good Murungu [here]; Alan recalls Surrey teammate Sylvester Clarke [here] 

Everyone welcome - no dress code, no formalities, just great cricket chat! 

£15 a year / £5 a meeting 

New member offer! Join now for 2019/20 to enjoy free 2019 match-day access to Emerald Headingley East Stand & Long Room (normal charge - £5 a day)

Venue: Brewery Bar, King William IV, Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BD, 7.45pm

Map: here 

Raffle: top prizes monthly - including 3 pairs of YCCC match ticket vouchers 

E: ercsoc@gmail.com / T: 01482 861848

PROGRAMME 2018/19
2018
10 October: Chris Lewis (Surrey, Leics, Notts & England)
14 November: Steve Patterson, Mark Arthur & Andy Dawson (YCCC) + AGM (7.15pm)
12 December: Malcolm Nash (Glamorgan)

2019
9 January: Mark Robinson OBE (Northants, Yorks & Sussex; Head Coach, England Women)
13 February: Pat Murphy (BBC Radio 5 Live)
13 March: Alan Butcher (Surrey, Glamorgan & England; ex-Head Coach, Zimbabwe)

YCCC's Steve Patterson, Mark Arthur, Andy Dawson - Nov '18
 

Friday, 18 January 2019

Meeting 13 February - Pat Murphy

Journalist, author and broadcaster supreme Pat Murphy retired in 2017 from a full-time role with BBC Radio after almost fifty years reporting on cricket and football. Still to be heard on Sports Report every Saturday teatime, Midlands-based Pat covered international and county cricket, including home Tests from 1982 to 2017 - ending as he began at his beloved Edgbaston - and overseas tours from 1986 to 2007. Among his favourite memories are an exclusive in-depth discussion with Harold Larwood in 1987, and an hour-long live broadcast from the victorious England dressing-room at the Oval in 2005, after the Ashes had been regained for the first time in sixteen years. 'Champagne everywhere,' Pat recalls, 'yours truly swigging from a magnum ... courtesy of Marcus Trescothick ... No time to tell the players about matters of taste – but mercifully and memorably we got through it unscathed.' His dozens of books include bestselling biographies of Ian Botham and Brian Clough, while his latest work (due this spring from Fairfield Books) will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Warwickshire's legendary treble-winning season of 1994. 

Everyone welcome - no dress code, no formalities, just great cricket chat!

£15 a year / £5 a meeting / 2018/19 membership still available *£8* 

Join and enjoy free 2019 match-day access to Headingley's East Stand and Long Room 

Venue: Brewery Bar, King William IV, Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BD, 7.45pm

Map: here 

Raffle: top prizes monthly - including 3 pairs of YCCC match ticket vouchers 

E: ercsoc@gmail.com / T: 01482 861848

PROGRAMME 2018/19
2018
10 October: Chris Lewis (Surrey, Leics, Notts & England)
14 November: Steve Patterson, Mark Arthur & Andy Dawson (YCCC) + AGM (7.15pm)
12 December: Malcolm Nash (Glamorgan)

2019
9 January: Mark Robinson OBE (Northants, Yorks & Sussex; Head Coach, England Women)
13 February: Pat Murphy (BBC Radio 5 Live)
13 March: Alan Butcher (Surrey, Glamorgan & England; ex-Head Coach, Zimbabwe)

YCCC's Steve Patterson, Mark Arthur, Andy Dawson - Nov '18