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.

For more information about the Lord’s Taverners, please visit
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This year's Cricket Writers' Club AGM, and early-season social, will be held in the Boundary's Edge Room at Trent Bridge on Wednesday April 25, so please put this date in your diaries and do all you can to be in attendance. 

As at Edgbaston last year, the Club will be providing buffet food and drinks both before and after the AGM, which will start around 2pm. The pre-AGM reception will start at 12.45pm and the Boundary's Edge Room - which is situated close to the Media Centre - is ours to use until 5pm.

Nottinghamshire CCC are much looking forward to welcoming us on the day, and there might be some useful media briefings both from them and ECB personnel during the event.

After the success of last year's AGM/social at Edgbaston, this is an opportunity for Midlands and North-based CWC members in particular to support the Club, in addition to those travelling up from London and all points south on the day.

Further details of the AGM/social, including the meeting's agenda, will be circulated nearer the time.
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Full Membership shall be open to all those employed full-time for not less than four months in any one calendar year in the media coverage of cricket in the United Kingdom. Honorary Life Members may be elected at the Annual General Meeting from those who have given distinguished service both to the profession of cricket writing and to the Club.

Associate Members may be elected by the Committee at any time from those engaged in writing, reporting, photographing, commentating, broadcasting and recording cricket on a part-time basis in the UK. Honorary Associate Members may be elected by the Committee at any time from distinguished former Full Members, senior touring writers, scorers of first-class counties, who may be invited, and such cricketing persons as the Committee may wish to invite.

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Smile Group Travel Offers

​​Smile Group Travel - the Official Tour Partners of The Cricket Writers' Club - are offering a fantastic selection of tour packages for England's overseas tours in 2017. They offer the highest quality of tours, at the best price - every time.

Current offers include:

England's "Ashes" Tour of Australia with tour hosts Don Topley and Devon Malcolm
November 2017 to January 2018

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Following a meeting with Rupert Adams (pictured above, left) and Tony Rushmer, attended by myself and David Fulton on behalf of CWC, I am delighted to announce that William Hill have extended their long-running sponsorship of the Cricket Writers' Club into 2018, on the same financial level as before. This is excellent news for the club and I am sure I speak for all members when I reiterate how appreciative we are of William Hill's continued support.

As ever, I urge members to mention William Hill odds - and speciality bets - whenever relevant and appropriate in copy. These odds, as all members know, are sent out regularly by email and, additionally, Rupert Adams ( is always available to give any further information that is required with regards to Test, ODI, T20 and domestic cricket odds, or speciality bets.

Mark Baldwin, CWC chairman
24th November, 2017



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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.