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Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018 at 12:00 for 13:15
Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9PY


Sponsor's table of 10 (cricket sponsors) = £1,250.00
Sponsor's table of 10 (from outside the game) = £1,750.00
Media table of 10 = £950.00
Individual member = £75.00
First guest (i.e. non-member) = £75.00
Subsequent guests = £90.00
Teetotal ticket = £60.00



Asian Duck Salad with watermelon, cashews, mint and Thai basil

(V) Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables with smoked aubergine puree and pomegranate molasses.

Main Course:

Wild Sea Bass, langoustine tempure, spring onion and lemon risotto, lobster bisque


Loin of Highland Venison, shallot tatin, roasted salsify, pear puree, Somerset cider jus


(V) Thai Vegetable Curry with coconut and coriander rice, crispy shallot rings.


Classic Treacle Tart with lemon thyme and vanilla ice cream.

Please note that for this year you should send the order form to Shilpa Patel at 8 Frinton Court, Hardwick Green, Ealing, London W13 8DW or email

a)  remember to fill in any alternative food requirements
b)  do not send money at this stage, please wait for
Marcus Hook to invoice you and pay promptly
c)  please adhere to CWC policy that tickets must be paid for prior to the Lunch and not on the day.


Chairman's Report - Mark Baldwin writes:

I hope everyone is summering well and, like me, enjoying the Vitality Blast. With only one full county championship round scheduled between June 28 and August 19 – and with two counties, Essex and Hampshire – not playing any championship matches at all in this 52-day period, it is good to know that domestic cricket’s high summer is being properly filled.

The Cricket Writers’ Club, however, ploughs heroically and stoically on and, in all seriousness, I would like to commend again all those who ensure that our business – from week-to-week – is carried out efficiently. Our various sub-committees are always active and, when you look at the overall number of CWC members who contribute to the Club’s life, we are a fully inclusive and eclectic bunch.  Long may that continue to be the case.

Vithushan Ehantharajah (Vish) is now into his stride as Lead Secretary, after taking over the reins from Alan Gardner, and his report (see below) highlights one particular recent issue which is of serious concern to both CWC and ECB. Many thanks to Vish, to Simon Wilde – in his capacity as International sub-committee chairman – and to members of the Club’s full committee for helping to shape CWC’s rapid response to this incident.

As ever, in a July Bulletin, can I please ask all Club members to start thinking ahead to our Annual Lunch on Tuesday October 2, which as you know is being held again this year at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel in Knightsbridge.

Please get your ticket applications (and payments) into Shilpa Patel and Marcus Hook, respectively, as soon as you can so that we can (a) meet the hotel’s pre-payment dates and (b) get a good early idea of our total numbers for this year. Menu choices must also go through to Shilpa. Details of this, and other Annual Lunch-related info, are set out below in my Lunch sub-committee report.

We are also, at this time of year, at the start of the process – which again is to be managed by Will Macpherson – of selecting the Club’s two main award-winners of 2018: Young Cricketer of the Year, and County Championship Player of the Year. Nominations do not have to be sent to Will until later next month at the earliest, but please begin to think about who you wish to nominate in each of those two categories (although you do not have to vote if you do not feel you have seen enough relevant cricket). The deadline for YCY and CCPY nominations is Friday September 21.

Ali Mitchell will once more be convening a panel to settle on a Women’s Cricket Award winner, Paul Bolton and the Awards sub-committee will be pondering the identity of a Peter Smith Award winner, and Richard Hobson is already on the case with regards to the CWC Book Award (also see below).

Lead Secretary’s Report - Vithushan Ehantharajah writes:

In relation to allegations of serious misconduct by a senior Indian journalist, the Cricket Writers' Club opened dialogue with the England and Wales Cricket Board over the individual in question and the wider issue of the standards of behaviour expected in a press box. The ECB are keen to work with the CWC so that nothing of this nature happens in the UK while also looking to ensure the press box remains a safe place for everyone. 

The CWC is committed to promoting equality within the game, as emphasised in our recently updated and re-worked Constitution. This includes the protection of Members from discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation. Discussions with ECB officials, including chief executive Tom Harrison and ECB board member and head of women's cricket Clare Connor, will take place over the next couple of weeks on these matters. An update will be provided in due course to members to keep you informed on this issue. 
Lunch/Dinner sub-Committee - Mark Baldwin writes:

An all-inclusive food and drinks package has again been arranged, with prices the Club is charged (£105 per person, incl VAT) held for 2018 (and 2019) at 2017 prices. As stated in the May Bulletin, this is an excellent result for the Club. CWC has paid the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel the required initial deposits but we now need to get ticket sales going so that we can meet the full bill come October 2

The full 2018 menu is below, plus this year’s ticket prices for Members and their guests, plus Media table rates etc All tickets include pre-dinner reception drinks, 3-course lunch + coffee/tea, unlimited white and red house wines + Fuller’s London Pride and Haresfoot’s CWC Ale.

CWC Book Award 2018 - Richard Hobson (chairman, Book Award sub-committee) writes:

The awards sub-committee of Murray Hedgcock, Tanya Aldred, Richard Whitehead, Raf Nicholson and myself have selected the following cricket books for our ‘Long List’, from which a shortlist will be selected by early August and, ultimately, a winner – to be announced at the Annual Lunch on October 2.

Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket - Stephen Fay & David Kynaston (Bloomsbury)
A Clear Blue Sky - Jonny Bairstow & Duncan Hamilton (Harper Collins)
Connie, The Marvellous Life of Learie Constantine - Harry Pearson (Little, Brown)
Cricket: A Political History of the Global Game, 1945-2017 - Stephen Wagg (Routledge)
Cut Short - James Taylor (White Owl)
Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians - Boria Majumdar (Simon & Schuster)
Feeling is the Thing That Happens in 100th of a Second - Christian Ryan - (riverrun)
Hobbsy, A Life in Cricket - Rob Kelly (von Krumm Publishing)
In Sunshine and in Shadow: Geoff Cope and Yorkshire Cricket - Stephen Chalke (Fairfield Books)
The Lord of Lord's: The Life and Times of Lord Frederick Beauclerk - Mike Thompson (Christopher Saunders Books).

28th July 2018

12/01/2018: ODI Series - Can England Dominate?

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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