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CWC members and friends are urged to take advantage of a 10 per cent discount (discount code available in recent internal Club emails and in July Bulletin) when purchasing All-Rounder (Cricket Writers' Club Ale) in bottled form. A 3.7 per cent quaffing ale, made with English and Australian hops, it is now available in 500ml bottles and can be bought online from Haresfoot Brewery's newly-launched E-shop

...and delivered to your door. The 10 per cent discount is available to CWC members and friends on all Haresfoot beers. Casks of All-Rounder are also available and can be bought direct from Haresfoot Brewery (please ring for details).

Former Cricket Writers' Club president and secretary, Derek Hodgson, was remembered with great affection by the many mourners who attended his funeral service at Altrincham Crematorium on June 26.

Derek, who served as secretary from 1986-2004 and president from 2004-2008, died suddenly on June 10, aged 87. He and long-serving treasurer, Wendy Wimbush, were jointly responsible through their hard work for significantly boosting the CWC membership during the 1980s.

There was a good representation of CWC members at the funeral service and the congregation would almost certainly have been boosted further if a full round of Championship matches had not started on the same day.

Current CWC president, David Warner, gave the eulogy and remarked that, as the service began, Yorkshire County Cricket Club were starting an extraordinary general meeting at Headingley. How Derek would have chuckled at the synchronizing of those two events, he suggested.

Derek would, however, have been less pleased that at two o'clock in the afternoon that day Yorkshire and the other counties would be starting an experimental batch of Championship matches using pink balls with floodlights clicking on and play continuing until around 9.30pm. He would have shaken his head in disbelief.

We were all living in a changing world but for family and friends alike happy memories of Derek would remain unaffected and undimmed by the passing of time.

Derek's family also played an active part in a service which he himself had carefully planned. His daughter, Judith Hayward, gave a reading from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; granddaughter, Josie Hodgson, recited Adlestrop by Edward Thomas, and elder son, Guy, gave a reading from Neville Cardus while younger son, Myles, a longstanding member of the CWC, recalled memories of his dad.

Donations in Derek's memory will benefit the NSPCC and can be sent to Ashton Brookes Funeral Directors, Churchside, Church Street, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 4DB.


Tuesday, 3rd October, 2017 at 12:00 for 13:15
Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9PY

Media table of 10 = £895.00
Individual Member = £65.00
First guest (ie non-Member) = £65.00
Subsequent guests = £75.00
Teetotal ticket = £50.00

Please note that for this year you should send the order form to Shipla Patel at 8 Frinton Court, Hardwick Green, Ealing, London W13 8DW or email

a)  remember to fill in any alternative food requirements
b)  do not send money at this stage, please wait for Marcus Hook to invoice you and pay promptly
c)  please adhere to CWC policy that tickets must be paid for prior to the Lunch and not on the day.

Starter: Four styles of crab.
Main course: Slow-cooked belly pork with spinach, carrot puree and tortellini of wild boar, apple and cider jus.
Dessert: Banana souffle and rum/raisin ice cream.
Fish main course alternative: South coast monkfish braised in lemon grass, coconut milk and coriander, with bok choy and sweet potato.
Vegetarian meal: Goat’s cheesecake, wild mushroom and celeriac wellington, followed by fruit salad.

26/05/2017: England cut to win the ICC Champions Trophy

England have been trimmed from 3/1 to 5/2 after thrashing South Africa in the first one day international.  England are 8/11 to win the second ODI that starts on Saturday.

“England look very strong indeed and we believe they are the team to beat in the competition,” said William Hill spokesman
Rupert Adams.

2nd ODI
8/11 England, 11/10 South Africa.

ICC Trophy

5/2 England, 3/1 Australia, 4/1 South Africa, 9/2 India, 9/1 New Zealand, 14/1 Pakistan, 28/1 Sri Lanka, 40/1 Bangladesh.
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England's "Ashes" Tour of Australia with tour hosts Don Topley and Devon Malcolm
November 2017 to January 2018

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