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
BOOK AWARD SHORTLIST
The Cricket Writers’ Club has announced its shortlist of six for the annual Derek Hodgson Cricket Book Award. The list reflects the breadth of writing on cricket with familiar names contesting the prize against first-time authors and is believed to be one of the most varied shortlists in the 13 years of the award. The winner of the £400 prize will be announced in October. READ MORE
NEW STUDENT MEMBERSHIP
The Cricket Writers' Club has introduced a student membership for the first time, as the club seeks to support those making their way into the industry and to encourage a more diverse cricket media.
CWC Chair Alison Mitchell said, "I'm proud that the club is bringing in this initiative. Our members have an exceptional amount of expertise to share. Along with providing resources to all new student members, we want to actively encourage female and BAME individuals, who have traditionally been under-represented in the UK cricket media."
"A number of members have already given their time, led by our Student Membership Coordinator John Stern, and I thank him for his hard work up to this point."
The club offers access to and insight from the best writers, broadcasters and photographers working at all levels of the game and across the spectrum of the cricket media. READ MORE - HOW TO JOIN