Welcome to the ACS

David Kendix presents Jeremy Lonsdale with the Brooke-Lambert Trophy

Welcome to the website of the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians. If you are looking for an answer to any question about cricket, seeking clarification about a particular record or feat, or searching for information on a team or a particular player, you have come to the right place, as the members of the Association have a wealth of knowledge and expertise about the game, its records and the feats of players and teams all over the world.

If you have a query, please send an email to secretary@acscricket.com and the Secretary will point you in the right direction.

If you are undertaking family history and seeking information about a relative, or if you are looking for information about a particular match, you will find the Cricket Archive site a useful starting point. ACS members are entitled to a discount on the Cricket Archive subscription.

Andrew Hignell, Secretary


A to Z of Kent Cricketers, 1806 to 1914

We have recently published in our Research Section the first part of a massive A to Z of all cricketers who have played for Kent since 1806, compiled by Derek Carlaw. Part 1 extends to 555 pages, and covers all cricketers who played for the county between 1806 and 1914. A fuller explanation, and a link to the document, which is presented in pdf format, can be found here.


Latest Publications

Our two most recent books are now available in ACS Online Shop. They are A Game Sustained: The impact of the First World War on cricket in Yorkshire 1914-20, Jeremy Lonsdale’s sequel to the well-received A Game Taken Seriously, and The Minor Counties Championship 1913, the latest volume in our series charting Minor County cricket during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Earlier this year we published His Captain’s hand on his shoulder smote, Eric Midwinter’s examination of the incidence and influence of cricket in schoolboy stories, the ACS International Cricket Year Book and our highly popular Second Eleven Annual. The ACS Overseas First-Class Annual 2018, which provides full scorecards for over 600 first-class matches played outside England and Wales in 2017-18 and 2018, is also now available.

Many earlier publications are available in the online shop, including extra copies of the ACS Journal, The Cricket Statistician (which is sent automatically to all members).

To cover the extra cost of processing orders and cheques received by post, ACS Sales has had to introduce a handling charge of £2 per order received by post. Those using the ACS Online Shop are exempt from this charge.

If you need to get in touch with ACS Sales, their contact details are here.


ACS stalwart Peter Wynne-Thomas honoured

We are delighted that former ACS Secretary Peter Wynne-Thomas was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list, in acknowledgment of his services to cricket and the community in Nottinghamshire. A founder member of the ACS, Peter served as Secretary from 1974 to 2006. One of England’s most eminent cricket statisticians and historians, he has published around 30 books, and is also famous as Nottinghamshire CCC’s librarian.

England Test all-rounder Enid Bakewell, whose biography by Simon Sweetman we published in 2018, was also honoured with an MBE. Coalminer’s Daughter is available from the ACS Shop.


Congratulations to Jeremy Lonsdale

We are very pleased to announce that the ACS publication A Game Taken Seriously: The Foundations of Yorkshire’s Cricketing Power by Jeremy Lonsdale was on the final shortlist for the British Society of Sports History’s prestigious Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for books published in 2017. This is an outstanding achievement – congratulations, Jeremy!

A Game Taken Seriously is still available in the ACS Shop, at a price of £20.


The ACS on Twitter

The ACS has entered the world of social media via Twitter, at @ACScricket.


Cricket Archive paywall: ACS members discount

As mentioned above, the owners of Cricket Archive have put its website behind a paywall, with a subscription of £4.99 a month or £49.99 a year.

In recognition of the long-standing ties between the ACS and Cricket Archive, and the work many ACS members have contributed to website, members have been offered a 33% discount on the annual subscription, bringing it down to £33.49. Cricket Archive have also promised to refund this discount to members who have paid the full subscription.

Instructions for obtaining the ACS discount may be found in the Members’ Area, which is password protected. If you do not yet have the password, or have lost it, contact webmaster@acscricket.com; once we have confirmed you are on the current membership list, we will send you the password.


County Cricket: Sundry Extras

The Research Section of the ACS website now contains County Cricket: Sundry Extras, an interesting piece of research by David Jeater. It gives biographical details of over a thousand county cricketers, some well-known but many not, with achievements in areas of public life away from cricket, including fields administrative, commercial, cultural, judicial, military, political, professional and sporting.

David has put County Cricket: Sundry Extras together over several years; he says that many ACS members have contributed to it in one way or another, and wishes to thank all those who can see in the list some of their own findings.

A link on this page leads to the document, which is presented in pdf format.


Cricket: A Weekly Record 1882-1914 online

The digitised version of Cricket: A Weekly Record of the Game, the magazine which ran from 1882 to 1914, is available on the ACS website here. There is also a link to it in the left-hand sidebar.


ACS Online Cricket Records

The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians’ Online Cricket Records Section covers first-class cricket, Test cricket, List A, Twenty20 and women’s international cricket; it is being extended to cover all women’s cricket. Suggestions for improvements or corrections should be sent to records@acscricket.com

Events

The 46th AGM of the Association took place at the County Ground, Derby, on Saturday 23 March 2019.

Jeremy Lonsdale, author of A Game Taken Seriously, won the Brooke-Lambert Trophy for the Statistician of the Year.

The Minutes will be available shortly, with those of previous AGMs, in the Members Area at the AGM Minutes page.

Join the ACS

If you are not yet a member of the Association, we very much hope that you will consider joining. Click on Join the ACS and follow the links and instructions there.

Once you have joined, you will have access to the Members Area and can subscribe to the Members’ Email Forum. For the user name and password (members only, please) to the Members Area, send an email to webmaster@acscricket.com.