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Wombwell Cricket Lovers' Society

Founded in 1951 and approaching its Platinum Anniversary in 2021. The Society meets regularly between the end of September and the end of March. At the present time the Society is experimenting with some afternoon meetings as an alternative to the traditional Thursday evenings. Evening meetings are held at the Ardsley Oaks Club, near Barnsley. Afternoon meetings are being held at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley.


    President: HD Bird, OBE
    Patrons – HD Bird, MBE; G Boycott, OBE; MJ Cowan; Sir Michael Parkinson, DEJ Frith, R P Hodson, M D Moxon
    Chairman: James M Greenfield, Cornhill, 20 Old Lane, Bramhope, Leeds LS16 9AZ. Tel. 0113-2842706. Email
    Vice-Chairman: J F Tunnicliffe
    General Secretary: Chris Barron, Glenhaven, High Street, Campsall, Doncaster Tel 01302 274075 Email
    Treasurer: Brian Sanderson, 38 Broomfield Crescent, Leeds, LS6 3DD. Tel. 0113-2742662
    Twelfth Man Magazine Editor: Chris Barron
    Membership Secretary: Ali Saad, 24 Hartley Close, Swinton, Rotherham S64 5US Tel 01709 586046
    Committee: John Ambler, Norman Hazell,, Neil Whitaker, R J Griffiths, Andy Jones, John Howarth


    The society’s first Secretary, Jack Sokell, served for 53 years until his death a week before Easter 2004. It was Jack who coined the society’s motto: ‘My song shall be cricket, and cricket my theme’.


    The society meets regularly between the end of September and the end of March in the Ardsley Oaks WMC, near Barnsley.

    Speakers include present and former First-Class players and officials, cricket management, writers, commentators, members of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club Board and representatives from the leagues. Sometimes we have a set speech followed by questions; sometimes the evenings are dominated by question-and-answer. Sometimes we have one speaker, sometimes a panel.

    The society organises buffet and presentation evenings and a Christmas lunch. We seek to sustain and enhance the passion for cricket by evenings of vigorous, informed chat on cold, dark nights…but above all our objective is to foster youth coaching.


    Winter coaching classes began in 1953 with the aim of encouraging local talent, and through the years a number of county and international players have emerged.

    Arnie Sidebottom was the first to attain First-Class honours, followed by Graham Stevenson, Tim Boon, Martyn Moxon, Darren Gough and Joe Root. The classes are linked with coaching awards in memory of Society Patrons the late John Arlott and Brian Johnston, and former Society stalwarts Derek Moxon, Jack Sokell and Eric Sykes.

    Awards are presented annually to young players for batting, bowling, fielding, and wicket-keeping – and the highlight is now the President’s Trophy presented in person by “Dickie” Bird.


    The Society presents a number of annual awards including Cricket Writer, Cricket Commentator, County Captain, Young Cricketer and Cricketer of the Year as well as Wicket-keeper of the Year and one in memory of Learie Constantine for the best fielder of the year based on catches taken across all cricket in England during the season.


    The Society produces its own annual publication, The Twelfth Man – first issued in 1954 – as an A4-style 50-plus-page magazine. It includes news and feature articles, reviews the Society’s winter meetings, provides details of award winners, and book reviews.


    • Full Member (resident in Yorkshire) £13.00
    • Full Member (resident outside Yorkshire) £12.00
    • Joint Husband & Wife (resident in Yorkshire) £17.00
    • Joint Husband & Wife (resident outside Yorkshire) £15.00
    • Junior Member (under 18) £5.00

    A further £25 will be charged to Juniors who wish to enrol for the Society’s winter-coaching classes.

    Those wishing to take out membership should complete an application form and post it to the Membership Secretary, Ali Saad, 24 Hartley Close, Swinton, Rotherham S64 5US Tel 01709 586046


    • EH Umbers for Services to Yorkshire Cricket: Bryan Stott
      Jack Fingleton Cricket Commentator of the Year: Daniel Norcross
    • Brian Sellers County Captain of the Year: Rory Burns (Surrey)
    • CB Fry Young Cricketer of the Year: Sam Curran (Surrey)
    • George Spofforth Cricketer of the Year: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
    • Les Bailey Promising Young Yorkshire Player: Jonathan Tattersall
    • Learie Constantine Fielder of the Year: Sean Dickson (Kent)
    • Arthur Wood Wicket-keeper of the Year: Tim Ambrose (Warwickshire)
    • JM Kilburn Cricket Writer of the Year: Chris Waters (Yorkshire Post)
    • Denis Compton Memorial Award for Flair: Jos Buttler
    • Dr Leslie Taylor Award – Best Performance in Yorks v Lancs matches: Tom Kohler-Cadmore
    • Denzil Batchelor for Services to English Cricket: Paul Collingwood


    To Ardsley Oaks Club

    Leave the Ml Motorway at Junction 37.
    If you have travelled from the South take the third exit.
    If you have travelled from the North this is the first exit.
    This is the main Barnsley road. Keep in the right-hand lane, as after approximately half a mile you will turn right at the first set of major traffic lights. The road is called Broadway.
    Keep on this road for about two miles, passing through various sets of traffic lights. This road eventually joins the A635, which is the main Barnsley-Doncaster road.
    You will go up the hill and down the other side, and you will arrive at a large roundabout operated by traffic lights. Take the second exit, which takes you under a railway bridge.
    Go up the hill for about one mile. This is a dual carriageway. You will come to the Ardsley Oaks Club on the left. Swing into the car park.

    To Holiday Inn, Dodworth

    Leave the Ml Motorway at Junction 37.
    If you have travelled from the South take the first exit.
    If you have travelled from the North this is the third exit.
    Follow signs A628 Manchester to first roundabout (only 100 yards).
    Take first exit from roundabout and follow road to next T-junction
    Turn right onto Dodworth Road.
    About 350 yards on left is entrance to Holiday Inn and Bannatyne’s Health Club car park.


    Meetings 2019–20 at the Society Headquarters on THURSDAY evenings (unless stated) commence at 7.45pm



    26th Annual General Meeting, Election of Officers and National Awards selection



    Monday at 1.45pm, at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley: Daniel Norcross, BBC Test Match Special commentator


    Jonathan Doidge, BBC Radio Leeds cricket correspondent November


    Andy Dawson, Commercial Director, Yorkshire CCC


    Monday at 1.45pm, at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth, Barnsley: Phillip Defreitas, Leicestershire, Lancashire, Derbyshire and England



    Sunday at 12.00 noon for 12.30pm, at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth Christmas Sunday luncheon Paul Farbrace, Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC and former Assistant Coach, England with David Warner, Immediate Past President, Cricket Writers’ Club. Please note this is a ticketed event.




    John Fuller, CricketYorkshire website and author of Last of the Summer Wickets; Tales from the Scarborough Cricket Festival


    Sunday: Society coaching classes start at Sheffield Hallam University Sports Centre, Bawtry Road


    Young Yorkshire evening with Richard Damms & Yorkshire Academy players


    Monday, at 1.45pm at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth Simon Brown, Head of Regional Operations, England & Wales Cricket Board


    Monday, at 1.45pm at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth Derek Pringle, Essex and England; author of Pushing the boundaries


    Monday, at 1.45pm at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth Brian Rose, Somerset and England; also now President of Somerset CCC with Anthony Gibson, cricket writer and broad caster



    Monday, at 1.45pm at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth Chris Lewis, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Leicestershire and England; author of Crazy: my road to redemption


    Society Coaching Awards Presentation Evening Special guest from Yorkshire CCC to be confirmed (Pea & Pie Supper event)

    DETAILS ARE CORRECT AT THE TIME OF POSTING BUT ARE SUBJECT TO ALTERATION. ANY ADDITIONAL SOCIETY SPEAKERS/DINNER ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE ADVISED via LOCAL PRESS, AT SOCIETY MEETINGS AND VIA THE TWELFTH MAN NEWSLETTER *Tickets for the Christmas Lunch can be obtained from Functions Officer: Ron Firth Tel: 01302 707210. For the Pea/Pie Supper event, contact Andy Jones Tel: 07773 918734