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fascinating old archive film capturing Yorkshire’s rich cricketing history will feature in one of Sheffield Cricket Lovers Society’s meetings in the second half of their Winter programme.

Amongst the items to be shown is some film of Lord Hawke as well as many other legendary names from the county’s illustrious past.

“The film essentially captures the story of Yorkshire CCC from its foundation in Sheffield in 1863 through the many triumphs and Championships across the years,” said Society secretary David Drabble.

Society members will see it at their meeting on March 23 at Abbeydale.

The second half of the Winter programme began this week with a visit from Sheffield umpire Richard Kettleborough who is now among the world’s leading umpires and stood in his first Test match in Sri Lanka in Galle.

The meeting on April 4 will feature Oli Broom who cycled around the world, taking 14 months, to get to the Ashes tests in Australia.

Former Yorkshire and England captain Ray Illingworth, now Yorkshire President, is guest at the supper evening on April 13.

For their annual dinner on Tuesday, May 17, the chief guest is journalist and broadcaster Christopher Martin-Jenkins who is current MCC President.

The Society’s next meeting at Abbeydale Park features Yorkshire wicketkeeper Gerard Brophy on Thursday, February 3.

Jim Cumbers, who played football and cricket professionally and is now chiwef executive at Lancshire CCC, is the speaker on Monday, Feb 21 and the former Derbyshire batsman Tim O’Gorman is there on March 2.

On March 7 it is David Warner, Canon Max Wigley, John Potter and Tony Loffill from Yorkshire’s backroom staff whilst Johnny Wardle’s son Johnny is there on April 18 to reminisce about his father.

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