Our virtual cricket talk with Franklyn Stephenson will take place on Friday 16th October at 7.30pm, when he will chat about his book My Song Shall Be Cricket.

For those wishing to attend, they can do so by visiting this page on the day, where the link will appear. Further information can be found below, regarding the format and how to ask a question.

One of cricket's great characters, Franklyn Stephenson was branded a 'rebel' for touring in apartheid South Africa with a West Indian XI.

As a black sportsman, he knew his actions went against the wishes of the authorities and that there would be consequences, yet he overcame the character slurs and subsequent bans from both his beloved Barbados and the West Indian Test selectors.

Recognised as the first fast bowler to develop a cunning slower ball, Stephenson became one of the world's top all-rounders.

The beaming Barbadian achieved cricketing immortality in 1988 by completing the domestic Double of scoring 1,000 runs and taking 100 wickets during an English summer - a feat that is unlikely to be repeated.

Read about encounters, on and off the field, with household names such as Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, Clive Lloyd and Desmond Haynes - and a lifelong friendship with Sir Garfield Sobers.

From a childhood full of dramatic life experiences to the heights of one-day finals at Lord's, here is the story of an amiable cricketing giant.

Franklyn collaborated on his autobiography with Dave Bracegirdle, a Nottinghamshire-based sports broadcaster and journalist, who has followed the fortunes of his local county club for many a year.

Dave is a credited author on several football and cricket books, including Nottinghamshire CCC On This Day, and we hope he will be able to join us for the session.

As well as Franklyn's talk, we have the following planned this autumn.

25th September The Hollow Crown: England Cricket Captains from 1945 to the Present author Mark Peel 

9th October The Thin White Line: The Inside Story of Cricket's Greatest Fixing Scandal  author Nick Greenslade 

23rd October Tales from the Frontline author Luke Fletcher hosted by Dave Bracegirdle 

To partake in the events, please contact your cricket society to be sent an invite, follow their social media channels, or check out our website and twitter channel, where we will share the link to the event. 

You can find contact details for your local cricket society on The Cricket Societies Association website.

The events can be accessed via a web browser (Chrome is recommended) or you can download Zoom's software or phone/tablet application.

To join each event will be very simple and straightforward: 

  1. Click on the link provided by your society or as published on the Pitch Publishing website 
  2. Enter your name and society
    EG: John Smith, Norfolk Cricket Society

Once the event begins you will be given access into the “room”. There will be a Q&A session, and to ask a question, you will need to use the raise hand option (located in the participants panel, at the bottom), and the host will open your camera and microphone and prompt your question.