ALAN HILL TRIBUTE
Alan Hill, born in Yorkshire in 1928, had a lifelong love of cricket and cricketers. That lifetime extended into his own nineties until he died on 5 February this year. His much loved wife, Betty, with whom he had enjoyed sixty years of marriage had died a few days earlier on 29 January. Alan and Betty had no children and were totally devoted to each other. It is fitting that they should pass away within a few days of one another. READ MORE
COMMITMENT TO TOURING
The Cricket Writers' Club remains committed to ensuring members can tour to cover international cricket on site whenever possible. However, the impact of the ongoing pandemic means the BCCI are not allowing on-site access to any media, local or international, during the upcoming England men’s tour of India, except for the host TV broadcaster. This is the same policy as was employed for the IPL. READ MORE
NO MEDIA IN SRI LANKA
The Cricket Writers’ Club regrets that it is not possible for travelling media to cover the upcoming England men’s tour to Sri Lanka due to the global pandemic. CWC regards the presence of reporters on the ground to provide eye-witness accounts to be a fundamental tenet of first hand, accurate, journalism. READ MORE
CWC PLAYER AWARDS
England batsmen past and present, and a world number one spinner were among the winners of the 2020 Cricket Writers' Club player awards, with Zak Crawley taking the CWC NV Play Young Cricketer of the Year Award after a breakthrough international campaign, and Sir Alastair Cook the CWC Championship Player of the Year, in association with William Hill, which in a Covid-19 truncated season reflected performances in the Bob Willis Trophy. Left arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone won the CWC Women's Cricket Award after becoming the number one T20 bowler in the world rankings. Dan Bowser of the England Learning Disability squad was named the Lord's Taverners Disability Cricketer of the Year after starring in a series whitewash of Australia.READ MORE
HOLDER & WI MEN RECOGNISED
Jason Holder and the West Indies men’s team have been presented with the Cricket Writers’ Club Peter Smith Award, which recognises outstanding contribution to the presentation of cricket to the public. West Indies were the first international team to travel to the UK at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, with Holder at the same time showing great leadership in calling for racial equality and unity following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. On accepting the award, Holder has urged cricket to continue to come together to “see each other as equal human beings.”READ MORE
BOOK SUCCESS FOR HAMILTON
Duncan Hamilton has won the CWC Derek Hodgson Book Award for 2020 in a unique moment for the highly-acclaimed author. His biography of Neville Cardus, The Great Romantic, published by Hodder & Stoughton, was chosen from a shortlist of six by a panel representing the Cricket Writers’ Club. The news was especially touching for Hamilton because he lives in the Yorkshire home once owned by Hodgson, the distinguished northern sports writer after whom the award takes its name. READ MORE
NV PLAY SPONSORSHIP
Global cricket technology platform NV Play (www.nvplay.com) has partnered with the Cricket Writers’ Club as sponsor of the club’s prestigious Young Cricketer of the Year award.
NV Play works closely with national cricket bodies, counties, states, clubs and teams to provide an unprecedented level of technology to all tiers of the game. The CWC Young Cricketer of the Year award, which is voted for by CWC’s 450-strong membership, aligns with NV Play’s vision of driving performance and talent identification through data analysis.
This year’s award will be announced as The CWC NV Play Young Cricketer of the Year 2020. READ MORE