Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Dudleston, Amiss And Butcher Lined Up For Cricket Society Programme

Dudleston, Amiss And Butcher Lined Up For Cricket Society Programme

Worcestershire Cricket Society's monthly winter evening programme has just come to an end – but plans are already advanced for the 2017-2018 schedule.

Secretary Ann Mullen has already lined up three speakers in Barry Dudleston, Dennis Amiss MBE and Alan Butcher for the three evenings before Christmas.

Former Gloucestershire and Leicestershire wicket-keeper batsman Dudleston, 71, will be recalling his career on October 10.

He scored 14,747 first class runs with 32 hundreds before becoming an umpire and he officiated in two Tests and four ODIs.

Amiss is a legend to Warwickshire cricket in the same way as someone like Graeme Hick is to Worcestershire and he will be the Cricket Society speaker on November 14.

He was a prolific run-scorer and ended his career with 43,423 first class runs at an average of 42.86 and 102 hundreds and 12,519 List A runs at 35.06 with 15 hundreds.

Amiss, who is 74 next month, made the first of his 50 Test appearances for England in 1966 and scored 3,612 runs at 46.30 with 11 centuries – eight of them in excess of 150.

Butcher, 63, is from a famous cricketing family which includes his son Mark who carved out an impressive career with Surrey and England before becoming a TV cricketing pundit.

Alan played from Surrey (1972-1986) and then Glamorgan (1987-1992) and accumulated 22,667 first class runs at 36.32 with 46 tons and 9,169 List A runs at 31.43.

He had spells coaching Essex and Surrey, for whom he made a brief playing comeback in 1998 at the age of 44, and then the Zimbabwe national team.

Alan will be the guest speaker on December 12 and the second half of the winter programme will be announced as soon as it is finalised.

Membership of the Society for 2017-2018 will again cost £15 but a double family membership now will be £25.