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Below is the latest news from the Free Foresters Cricket Club.

New Committee members

14 April 2015

Having retired by rotation, the Committee warmly thanks John Ratledge, Jim Chaudry and Arnie Clarke for their recent service on the Committee. They are replaced by Robin Jones, Sean Parry and Simon Dyson. Robin returns to the Committee and is well know across the club. Sean (Durham MCCU and Hampshire) is a relatively recent member in his prime as a player! Simon has a distinguished pedigree in the game having been one of the English finest leg spinners of his generation - opting to ply his trade in the amateur game principally for Cheshire CCC and Wimbledon CC. He has also has been very active in cricket administration for ECB, MCC, Club Cricket Conference and Chance to Shine. Last year he became Chairman of the Surrey Cricket Board - the link between the Oval and the amateur game in Surrey. Simon was the driving force behind the publication in 2013 of 'Gentleman, Gypsies and Jesters: The Wonderful World of Wandering Cricket' the proceeds of which went to Chance to Shine. read more

New Hon Sec

26 March 2015

After 6 years in the post of Hon Sec, Guy Beresford has handed over to Paul Askew. The club is very grateful for all the time and effort that Guy has expended on our behalf; he has played a pivotal role in updating the club's database and he will remain as an important member of the general committee. read more

Candidates Secretary

08 February 2015

Jack Berrisford, who has been the club's Candidates Secretary for the last two years, is standing down from the post. He is currently living in Austria, from where it will be difficult to carry out the role effectively. The club is very grateful to Jack for his hard work and significant progress in establishing a base of talented members away from the South East. read more

FF Academy wins the Beynon Cup

12 November 2012

The FF Academy won the Beynon Cup 50 overs competition, defeating Buckinghamshire Academy by 4 wickets at Radley on 5 Aug. read more

Mark Williams and Paul Askew

Paul and Mark first met as colts together in 1969 at Brondesbury CC in North London where they were very well coached in the simple arts of the game and have played for and against each other ever since. In this picture at breakfast before the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne in 2006 on Nick Baldwin's tour, they were delighted to meet Sam Loxton and Neil Harvey. Sam Loxton had just recounted running out Philip Whitcombe with a direct throw to the striker's end from mid off on the Christchurch ground at Oxford for the 1948 Australians who famously did not lose a match on tour earning the immortal sobriquet -The Invincibles. Sam had said 'Of course I remember Phil. He was very cheecky... taking several strides towards me and threatening a run!' Philip Whitcome, in recalling the same incident later, wrote ... 'I wasn't too pleased with getting out as I had made 26 and was seeing the ball.' Philip also mentioned that, had he not been very quick, he would have received the Loxton throw in the middle of his back! read more