Friday, 4 January 2019

New Year's Message from the Archivist

As 2019 dawns you might like to know how the archive is placed.

I am very grateful to all who have rummaged in their attics or laptops.  Thanks to Robin for some very early documents.  And Peter Lewy and Mike Richardson for the scorebooks of 1979 to 1993, although a couple of those years are still missing.  Rob and Chris have filled in much detail for 1998 to 2001.  Chris, Olly and Andy have combined fantastically to provide and disentangle the notorious SQL-dump, which gives extensive team and individual performances from 2005 to 2015 plus what I expect are all extant match reports from that decade -135 pages of them.

The later scorebooks that I currently have will also give us a partial or complete insight into the years from 2002 to the present, although there are some big gaps.  Those of you still planning to rummage at the back corner of the cupboard, now's the time!

I have yet to analyse exactly what is missing from these years, and correlate with the SQL stats and match reports. The biggest complete black holes remaining are years from 1967 to 1974, where I have absolutely no evidence whatever' and 1995 to 1997, likewise.

As always, all help gratefully received. Whilst I am still in the collection phase, it would be good to have any suggestions for what analysis or publications the Mandarins would in due course like to see from all this stuff.

Here's to the Ashes.

Chris Baker

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