Former CWC Chair Brian Scovell and CWC Committee member William Powell were among 4 members of the Football Writers' Association to be presented with the Ivan Sharpe Lifetime Achievement Award at the FWA Footballer of the Year dinner 2019.
They were honoured with life membership for their years of dedicated service to the FWA. Scovell is a former FWA Chair, and both Scovell and Powell were long serving members of the FWA Committee. The ceremony took place at London’s Landmark Hotel. In August 2018 it was announced that Scovell would become the FWA’s first Life Vice-President.
GEOFF LEMON WINS CRICKET SOCIETY/MCC BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
Australian cricket writer Geoff Lemon (pictured above) was at Lord’s on Tuesday April 16 to receive this year’s Cricket Society/MCC Book of the Year Award during a Long Room dinner attended by a good number of Cricket Writers’ Club members.
Lemon’s book, Steve Smith’s Men, Behind Australian Cricket’s Fall, had the previous week also won Wisden’s cricket book of the year prize. He received a cheque for £3,000 for taking the Cricket Society/MCC award.
As in previous years, MCC invited a group of CWC members to help to host the event, and I am grateful to Lawrence Booth, Geoffrey Dean, Andrew Miller, John Stern, Dan Norcross and Graham Morris for joining me to represent the Club, and also to Neil Robinson at MCC for issuing the invites!
Simon Wilde, Stephen Fay and Mihir Bose were present as authors on the six-book shortlist, and other CWC members in the room included Vic Marks, Mike Selvey and Shilpa Patel. Simon Lister, a CWC associate member, gave a witty and very well-received keynote address based around his memories of Frank Keating.
The full Cricket Society/MCC Book Award shortlist was:
- Moeen, Moeen Ali with Mihir Bose (Allen and Unwin)
- On Cricket, Mike Brearley (Constable)
- Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket, Stephen Fay and David Kynaston (Bloomsbury)
- Steve Smith’s Men, Behind Australian Cricket’s Fall, Geoff Lemon (Hardie Grant)
- Ambassadors of Goodwill: On tour with the MCC 1946-71, Mark Peel (Pitch Publishing)
- England, The Biography: The Story of English Cricket, Simon Wilde (Simon and Schuster)
Following the disastrous Ashes series, it will come as no surprise that England are the 19/10 outsiders for the ODI series. Australia are 2/5 to win the series and it is 9/1 that they do so 5-0. That said, England are 6/4 to win the first ODI and it is 6/1 that Joe Root top scores in an England victory.
“England are a good one day side and the odds might just be underestimating their chances,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
First ODI: 8/15 Australia, 6/4 England 9/2 Steve Smith Top Score In Aussie Victory 6/1 Joe Root Top Score In England Victory Century Scored In Match: 8/13 Yes, 6/5 No
Series Betting: 2/5 Australia, 19/10 England
Series Correct Score: 13/8 Australia 3-2, 5/2 Australia 4-1, 9/1 Australia 5-0 5/2 England 3-2, 9/1 England 4-1, 40/1 England 5-0.
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The club is delighted to announce that respected journalist and commentator Alison Mitchell is the new Chair of The Cricket Writers’ Club.
Alison was formally voted in at the Club’s AGM on 29th April, and in taking over from Mark Baldwin, becomes the first woman to hold the role since the club was formed in 1946.
“It’s a great honour to follow in the footsteps of those who have previously held this position at CWC,” she said. “The Club is an important and enjoyable focal point for the camaraderie that exists around the cricket media. Friends become like a second family over the years.
“Having been on the main Committee since 2015 I’m also acutely aware of the important work the CWC carries out with the help of its members on the sub-committees, liaising with the ECB and the counties on everything from media facilities to the continued support of domestic journalism, to the highly regarded Book and Men’s and Women’s Player Awards that the Club presents at its Annual Lunch.
“Mark Baldwin has done an outstanding job as Chairman and I’d like to thank him for handing over the club in a healthy position, with an enthusiastic membership. I’m keen to grow that membership further across all genres of the media, and so I encourage our members to spread the word of the club and always be on the look out to welcome new members in - particularly as we embark on a summer that embraces a Men’s World Cup, together with Men’s and Women’s Ashes. It’s going to be a busy and exciting time.”
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