The Primary Club is run by a small number of unpaid volunteers who love cricket and take great delight in providing a charity that enables sports and recreational facilities for the blind and visually impaired.

We have included below the details of the key people who you may want to get in touch with. If you are unsure of who to contact then please email/write/speak to the Hon Sec.

Chris Larlham, Honorary Secretary, secretary@primaryclub.org
The Primary Club, PO Box 12121, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 2ZF
Tel: 01799 586507 Fax: 01799 586064

Key Contacts

Derek Underwood MBE – Patron
Club Patron Derek Underwood is one of England’s greatest cricketers. He qualified to join The Primary Club twice in one day, being dismissed first ball in each innings, playing for Kent against South Africa in 1965. “Deadly” Derek was one of the most accurate bowlers the game has known. In 86 test matches he took 297 wickets at an average of 25.83. Derek works tirelessly for the Club, making speeches, receiving donations and handing out grant cheques to schools and clubs for the visually impaired.

Chris Larlham – Hon. Sec. (secretary@primaryclub.org)
Chris Larlham took early retirement from the practice of the law in the City in 1998, having spent most of the previous 30 years trying not to let it interfere with his passion for playing or watching cricket. He was first signed up for The Primary Club by the late Leslie Harris in the 60s or 70s. In 2015 he celebrates 50 years as a member of Surrey CCC – mostly a fruitless pursuit.

Ross Midgley – Hon. Treasurer (treasurer@primaryclub.org)
Ross Midgley, the Hon. Treasurer, is a chartered accountant who worked in two Ross Midgley major professional firms before becoming Finance and IT director of the international accountancy body ACCA. Ross took early retirement in 2004 to concentrate on developing Crocus, a successful chain of day nurseries which he sold in 2007 before starting a training company, PBD. A former wicketkeeper-batsman, Ross shares with the Hon. Secretary – who lives in the same Essex village – a passion for bridge, wine and oysters. He is married to Alison, with three daughters.

PPeter Matthewseter Matthews – Head of Fundraising (sponsorship@primaryclub.org)
Peter Matthews, “a Gloucestershire man through and through”, has become the Club’s first Head of Fundraising. Peter, who is a partner in the accountancy firm Ernst and Young, lives with his wife Jeannie and their three young daughters near Cirencester. He broadcasts on BBC local radio on football and cricket and has written two books on football.