Ted Dexter CBE 1935 to 2021
Members of the Cricket Memorabilia Society have very fond memories of Ted Dexter who, since his return to the UK, developed close links with the Society. He joined us for a very special meeting at Worcester in 2017, contributed to our magazine, and earlier this year signed Book Plates for our members to coincide with the publication of his autobiography ’85 Not Out’.
The passing of any former England Captain is a moment for sadness, reflection and fond memories to be shared. Ted was a giant even amongst this elite group. He confidently told CMS members in 2017 that England would struggle on the forthcoming England tour because ‘Broad cannot take wickets in Australia’ and how right he proved to be. He also explained how he turned Sussex into such a force in one day cricket in the early 1960s by insisting his bowlers bowled straight and looked to hit the top of off stump. This was far more important than placing fielders on the boundary as he was accused of doing. Ted was at his most passionate when advocating the return of the Royal Crest on England cap badges, blazers and sweaters. He had already discussed this with the Duke of Edinburgh and now wanted CMS members to take up the cause!
Subsequent to the meeting I emailed Ted and asked if he would write an article for the CMS magazine on this topic. Somewhat to my surprise he agreed but asked if I could draft something as a basis for the piece. There then followed some extremely interesting email exchanges between us and the finished article appeared in CMS Magazine number 119. News of his death has prompted me to print these emails for the CMS archive.
Ted returned briefly to this theme in ’85 Not Out’ describing it as a ‘Failed Initiative – not over yet’. A fitting tribute to Ted would be if England could wear the Crown and Triple Lion Insignia in just one test match – perhaps the Ashes opener in September?
The publication of ’85 Not Out’ coincided with Covid lockdown and then Ted’s ill health. I emailed him to suggest a signed limited edition Book Plate would be much valued by CMS members who had been unable to get their actual copies signed. He immediately agreed though stated he was not strong enough to sign 85 but could manage 50. These were returned to me within days of being sent with proceeds from these Book Plates going to the MCC Foundation, who also benefited from sales of the book itself.
Sadly there will be no more opportunities to hear from Ted or for an exchange of emails. What a legacy he leaves as a player, journalist and author and as one of the great men of cricket. RIP.
Richard Brown, Chair CMS.
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CMS at Derby
Our last meeting of the 2019/20 season saw us welcome guests Wayne Larkins (Northampton, Durham and England) and Jo Chamberlain, player of the match in the 1993 Women’s World Cup Final. Both signed autographs and answered members’ questions. A busy meeting also featured an auction full of varied lots. We plan a postal auction in July 2020.
Our next meeting will be in October 2020 (date and venue to be confirmed). We are the only cricket society to meet regularly at Lord’s and will be meeting at Lord’s on Saturday 30th January 2021. This comes with our good wishes to all cricket followers and members of CMS. Stay safe.
A busy meeting at Lord’s included the presentation by CMS Patron Sir Clive Lloyd of the 2019 Award of Excellence to Andy Collier. This was in recognition of Andy’s book ‘Across the Oceans – with the English Cricketers to Australia and New Zealand 1861 to 1962’ which showcases his unique collection about MCC overseas tours. Andy has now set up his own You Tube channel about cricket memorabilia. (Check out Andy's YouTube here)
A packed meeting featured signings by our guests Sir Clive Lloyd and Hartley Alleyne, formerly of Worcestershire and Kent. CMS has produced a special limited edition, signed, card to celebrate the award of his Knighthood to Sir Clive in the recent honour’s list.
Our next meeting is at the County Ground, Derby, on Saturday 29th February with guests Wayne Larkins and former England Women’s World Cup winner Jo Chamberlain. A members’ auction starts at 1.30pm; the catalogue is already available on our website!
The 8th Neville Cardus Lunch
The Eighth Neville Cardus Lunch — Tuesday March 31st 2020, 12.00 for 12.30 at Emirates Old Trafford.
The Lunch is an annual event designed to help keep alive the name of Sir Neville and his writings. It will also help further promote the Archive which is developing strongly. At last year's lunch we had over 55 people attending.
This year's Lunch will take place at Emirates Old Trafford on Tuesday March 31st in the Club Suite in the Pavilion.
We are delighted to welcome back as speaker Duncan Hamilton, a Patron of the Cardus Archive, whose presence this year is particularly timely and relevant. Duncan has just received the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award (for the third time!), on this occasion for his brilliant and especially apt biography of Neville Cardus himself: "The Great Romantic: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus".
Copies of the book will be available, of course, at the Lunch. Duncan's participation this year will include a "first" for us, in the form of a Question & Answer session. And already he has another fond retrospective on the game in the pipeline, described as a short elegy for red-ball cricket and scheduled for publication this summer.
The Lunch, at 12 noon for 12.30pm, will be open for anyone to book (£35) although we will be limiting places, so please book early. It will be a three course meal plus coffee, to a special menu. (Please tell us if you would like a vegetarian option.).
We hope to have between 50-60 people, amongst them Patrons of the Archive along with representatives of Lancashire CCC and the Hallé. There will inevitably be some informal reflections and reminiscences of Neville over the meal, as well as the opportunity to see some of our archival material and to contribute ideas for the Archive's further development.
We have already produced five books from the Archive's now extensive resources. The most recent of them is Cardus Undimmed which focuses on the last decade of Neville's life, with a look too at some of the other splendid cricket writers of Neville's time, their own writings, and their relationships with Neville himself.
Congratulations from CMS!
Congratulations to CMS Patron, Clive Lloyd, on his knighthood announced in the New Year’s Honours list. We very much hope that Sir Clive will be able to join us at our next meeting at Lord’s.
Happy New Year from CMS!
The November meeting at Taunton was severely disrupted by an accident on the M5. The Chair, several other committee members and many other CMS members were unable to actually get to Taunton as the motorway was closed for several hours. Those who had travelled by train very much enjoyed a tour of the Somerset Cricket Museum and hearing from Somerset President, Brian Rose, who used his local knowledge to get to Taunton by numerous back routes! Subsequently Andrew Caddick, who was unable to attend, has signed the CMS limited edition collectors’ cards and these will be on sale at our Lord’s meeting.
Our Patron, Clive Lloyd, very much hopes to be able to attend at Lord’s on Saturday 25th January. Other guests have asked if they can confirm their attendance after the Christmas break. Our AGM will be held at Lord’s and we will present the CMS Award of Excellence for 2019 to Andy Collier in recognition of his excellent volume ‘Across the Oceans’ and his contribution to the promotion and display of Cricket Memorabilia. Also joining us at Lord’s will be Andrew Bradstock author of the new biography of David Sheppard, ‘Batting for the Poor’. CMS members will be asked to confirm the appointment of two additional patrons, long time CMS member and former England and Warwickshire opener John Jameson and Enid Bakewell who charmed us when she visited CMS previously and hopes to join us at Derby on Saturday February 29th 2020.
New CMS 'Season' Off To A Flyer!
The season of CMS meetings got off to a fine start with our guest, former Pakistan fast bowler Asif Masood, signing memorabilia for members and answering our questions. The meeting also featured an auction with the star lot, Wilfred Rhodes’ MCC touring case selling for £270. In total 86% of the auction lots sold and a prices realised report is posted on our Auctions Page.
Tatenda Taibu had to send his apologies but will hopefully attend a CMS meeting later this season.
Next stop Taunton with guests Andrew Caddick and Brian Rose (Somerset and England), a visit to the Somerset Cricket Museum and our AGM. Do join us on Saturday 16th November. Not a member? Check out how to join here