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.

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These are strange times for all of us because of lockdown in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The restrictions introduced on March 23rd have severely curtailed the work of freelancers, threatened livelihoods, mental wellbeing and even the prospects of any cricket at all between now and the Autumn.

But CWC’s first ever online AGM, attended by nearly 100 people did offer a few rays of sunshine, thanks to the highs of 2019, the prospects of an expanded membership and the work of the Sports Freelancer Collective in representing the interests of the self-employed.


TriNorth Communications, the sports media agency which produces The Blizzard, the Nightwatchman, Wisden Cricket Monthly and Gridiron magazines, has set up two digital magazines to provide cricket and football freelance writers with regular vehicles for their work. 

TriNorth employees have taken pay cuts while those Blizzard writers who could afford to do so generously waived fees in order to get the two magazines off the ground. The interactive Pinch Hitter, in association with the Nightwatchman, debuted on 3 April and will appear fortnightly. You can take a look at the first issue here:   



The Cricket Writers’ Club remains committed to anti-racism and equality both now and into the future. We are always looking to do things better and we maintain a dialogue with all our members as to the role CWC can play in encouraging diversity in the cricket media.

It was outlined at the April AGM that the club has been working over the last year on a more prominent Respect in the Workplace agenda with the ECB, and when a new CWC student membership is launched, the club will actively be engaging with students from BAME backgrounds to ensure the opportunity is as visible and accessible as possible.

A diverse media is a strong media.

Alison Mitchell, CWC Chair

June 2020

STEPHEN FAY by Stephen Brenkley

Being at the cricket with Stephen Fay was a constant delight. We sat alongside one another for 15 or so years reporting for the Independent On Sunday and whatever was on display before us no day was ever dull.

It was perhaps an odd partnership. We were thrown together (thoughtfully, it should be said) by the paper’s exceptional sports editor, Neil Morton. Thanks to Stephen’s generosity of spirit we hit if off immediately. Only one of us could be called Stephen, of course, and it could only be him.

From the early 1990s and well into the 2000s we bickered (that was more me because there was always a high horse to mount), we gossiped (that was more him because he was wonderfully well-informed), we laughed (equally, because we both knew the importance of laughing), we compared notes on the game (and agreed surprisingly often). 



CWC Chair Alison Mitchell has extended her congratulations to former England captain Clare Connor, who has been announced as the next President of the MCC, taking over from current President Kumar Sangakkara. Connor will become the first female President in the Club's 233 year history.

Mitchell said, "The MCC's reputation stretches worldwide. Women have been playing leading roles in boardrooms, media centres and on the field for some time now, but this appointment strengthens the message that cricket is an inclusive sport. Having known Clare since her playing days, I know she will see this as a great honour, but also a further opportunity to impact the game in a hugely positive way."

Connor takes up her role in October 2021.

20/08/2019: Is Steve Smith The Ronaldo Of Cricket? Australia Odds Drift For Third Test

William Hill have been inundated by England cricket fans over the last 24 hours as Steve Smith was ruled out of the Third Test of the Ashes. Originally priced at Even money, Joe Root's men have been backed in to 8/15 via a bit of 4/5. Australia, on the other hand, have drifted from 11/10 to 11/8.

"There are only a few sportspeople in the world whose absence can cause their team's price to drift so much,” said William Hill spokesman
Rupert Adams. "In the past, Ronaldo's absence for Portugal and Jonny Wilkinson's for England have done just that and now Steve Smith has joined the list."

Third Test winner:

8/15 England; 11/8 Australia; 13/2 draw

Man of the match:

6/1 Joe Root, 6/1 Jofra Archer, 9/1 Ben Stokes, 12/1 Stuart Broad, 12/1 Nathan Lyon, 12/1 Pat Cummins, 12/1 Mitchell Starc, 12/1 David Warner, 14/1 Chris Woakes, 14/1 Josh Hazlewood, 14/1 Rory Burns, 14/1 James Pattinson, 14/1 Jack Leach, 16/1 Usman Khawaja, 16/1 Travis Head, 16/1 Jonny Bairstow, 18/1 Jason Roy, 18/1 Peter Siddle, 20/1 Mitchell Marsh, 20/1 Marnus Labuschagne, 20/1 Sam Curran, 20/1 Cameron Bancroft, 20/1 Jos Buttler, 25/1 Matthew Wade, 25/1 Marcus Harris, 25/1 Joe Denly.



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