The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity whose objective is to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.

Our mission is to enhance the lives if disadvantaged and disabled young people through sport and recreation.

Our programmes support some of the most marginalised and at risk young people in the UK. We create a range of opportunities for young people from deprived areas and those with disabilities to engage in sport and recreational activities in their local communities.

For more information about the Lord’s Taverners, please visit www.lordstaverners.org

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JOHN WOODCOCK: A TRIBUTE


One of the many great things about talking to John was that he provided a direct connection to a long vanished cricket world. Suddenly, Bradman, Hutton, Bedser or Compton did not just exist in newsreels or in the pages of old Wisdens – they were real people he had known as friends. It was one of the things that made every chat to him fascinating.​ READ MORE July 19th 2021


KEN LAWRENCE 1931-2021


Of all the diverse people appointed to the role of England press officer (media manager, head of communications, call it what you will), the least well-suited must have been Ken Lawrence. There is no doubt Ken knew his cricket. He loved the game and was an MCC member as well as a Surrey member. He was also an expert at how the media worked, having been a national newspaper sports editor for 20 years. READ MOREJuly 7th 2021


GORDON BROOKS TRIBUTE


Gordon Brooks, the Barbadian photographer, has died at the age of 81. He will be remembered for his charm, his talent and his dedication to West Indies cricket. READ MOREJuly 7th 2021


CWC PARTNERS WITH LV= INSURANCE


LV= Insurance has signed a partnership agreement with The Cricket Writers’ Club for 2021, including sponsorship of the prestigious CWC LV= Insurance County Championship Player of the Year Award. READ MOREMay 27th 2021


DAVID FOOT 1929-2021


David always said that writing was the only thing he was any good at. It wasn’t true - he was the best of friends, warm-hearted and generous, and a most caring family man - but my word, what a special writer he was. He developed a style uniquely his own, a rare gift, and it throbbed with his humane, compassionate values. He was not frightened to look at the darker side of life, but he always did so with sympathy and with wisdom. And, like so few in our fast-moving world, he stayed true to his roots. READ MOREMay 26th 2021


TRIBUTES TO MURRAY HEDGCOCK


CWC members and friends have been paying tribute to senior member and former News Corp London bureau chief Murray Hedgcock, who has died at the age of 90. Murray was an active member of the Cricket Writers’ Club, serving on the Book Award subcommittee since its inception, and most recently helping to judge the 2020 award. The number of contributions from across the membership is testament to the high regard in which Murray was held.READ MOREMay 11th 2021


GEOFF WHEELER TRIBUTE


Geoff Wheeler, one of the oldest members of the Cricket Writers’ Club and a familiar, smiling face at club lunches, dinners and annual meetings for more than 50 years, has died after a long illness. He was 86. Geoff was Cricket Correspondent and Sports Editor of the old Exchange Telegraph, which members of a certain age will remember supplied news by ticker tape to business offices and gentlemens’ clubs as well as newspapers. READ MOREMay 5th 2021


DOBELL ANNOUNCED AS NEW CWC CHAIR


Respected correspondent George Dobell has been welcomed as the new Chair of the Cricket Writers’ Club, succeeding Alison Mitchell, who has stepped down after a highly productive two years in the role. Dobell is Senior Correspondent at ESPN Cricinfo and was unanimously voted in by the CWC Committee to succeed Mitchell. That decision has now been ratified by the membership at the club’s recent AGM. READ MOREApril 28th 2021


DOMESTIC COVERAGE CONFIRMED


CWC is delighted to report that further to the ECB committing to fund eye-witness written reports of the Men’s LV= Insurance County Championship and Vitality Blast, all matches in the Women’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and Regional T20 will also be covered by eye-witness reporters through the ECB Reporters’ Network. Eye-witness coverage has also been confirmed for all Royal London Cup games, funded by the First Class Counties. READ MOREApril 21st 2021


MEMORIES OF HOSTING PRINCE PHILIP


Following the sad news of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Cricket Writers’ Club recalls the occasion in 1948, when His Royal Highness was special guest at a CWC Dinner with the touring Australian team. According to a history of the CWC written by Alex Bannister (Chair 1960), “the first speeches given by Lord Birkett, the eminent advocate and Don Bradman were broadcast by the BBC and were so captivating that the 9 O’Clock News was delayed.” Footage from the dinner can be viewed here via British Pathe. READ MOREApril 9th 2021


CWC STATEMENT ON REPORTERS’ NETWORK


Following ECB cut-backs to coverage of domestic cricket, and the governing body’s confirmation of plans for the 2021 Reporters’ Network so far, CWC has issued the following statement: READ MOREMarch 30th 2021


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