Peter Horrocks, Captain of the Society's First XI, has confirmed the dates and locations of our two annual cricket matches.
Members interested in playing should contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ETON COLLEGE, Saturday 30 April 2016. 2.00pm start
The first fixture of the season will again take place at Eton College, which extends a warm welcome to all members of the Society who wish to come and watch. The match will start at 2.00pm, and tea will be taken between the innings. No food or drink is available at the ground, so personally organised picnic lunches and teas are the order of the day. There is plenty of room along the boundary for deckchairs, rugs and picnic tables and awnings. If precedent is followed the game will be on the Mesopotamia Ground ("Mespots") off Common Lane Please check our website ( www.sherlock-holmes.org.uk) or telephone 01787 211104 for confirmation. There will be ample parking at the ground, and extra car parking is available at the Farrer Theatre, Common Lane – if required. A fixtures list can be found on the Eton College website (www.etoncollege.com/Matches.aspx)
Directions – From London take the M4 and leave by Exit 5, signed Slough East and Eton B470. From Reading and the West leave by Exit 6 using the A332 to Windsor and Eton and follow signs to Eton. From Birmingham and Oxford on the M40, leave by exit 4 and follow signs for the M4 and then as above. The postcode for the College is SL4 6DW.
THE P G WODEHOUSE SOCIETY at West Wycombe, Saturday 2nd July. 11.30am start
Once again the Sherlock Holmes Society of London will be taking on the 'Gold Bats' of the PG Wodehouse Society at the beautiful West Wycombe ground in Buckinghamshire. As usual, the match will be played according to the somewhat arcane laws drawn up by the MCC in 1895.
You do not have to be an aficionado of the game! West Wycombe Cricket Club's ground, in the lee of the famous hill within which run the notorious Hell Fire Club tunnels, is one of the most picturesque in the world.
The Society team needs your support on the day. The day is FREE; groups may choose to organise themselves into parties in advance, or individuals can come along separately and will be welcomed by the most solicitous of companions. Those who wish to dress in Victorian costume are most welcome to do so; this is, however, absolutely not obligatory.
No food or drink is available at the ground, so personally organised picnic lunches and teas are the order of the day. There is plenty of room along the boundary for deckchairs, rugs and picnic tables and awnings. Generous time is given for lunch and tea, with the game due to end at or near 6 pm.
This is one of the few occasions in the year when members and their friends can participate in a daylong society event free, gratis and for nothing. Do please come and give our players your support.
Directions – West Wycombe is easily reached by road. It is on the A40 about 2 miles to the west of High Wycombe. The most scenic approach from the nearby M40 motorway is via junction 5 and thence through Stokenchurch and Beacon's Bottom on the A40. Alternatively, it is possible to exit at junction 4 and proceed via the A4010 and the A40. The ground is in Toweridge Lane at the western end of the village. The postcode is HP14 3AT.
Read here the laws of cricket drawn up by the Marylebone Cricket Club as they were in 1895.