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Top - Mark Baldwin (CWC Chairman), Richard Latham (Sunday Independent) and Chris Haynes (ECB's director of communications) - Edgbaston, 25th April 2017

Above - Will Macpherson (Young County Journalist of the Year), Alex Narey (The Cricket Paper) and Andrew Miller (ESPN CricInfo), receiving their awards from the ECB's chief executive, Tom Harrison - Lord's, 19th May 2017


Chris Haynes, the ECB's director of communications, was at Edgbaston to help CWC chairman Mark Baldwin hand out the ECB's top award for county cricket coverage in regional newspapers in 2016 to the Sunday Independent, the paper which covers Somerset, Gloucestershire and much other West Country cricket.

CWC member Richard Latham, who writes for the paper, received a cheque for £1,500 on behalf of the Sunday Independent during the CWC's AGM. Another CWC member, Matt Davies, received a £500 cheque on behalf of his paper, The Nottingham Post, which was highly commended in the same category alongside the Manchester Evening News.

Baldwin said: "The Cricket Writers' Club has chosen to support this award financially, initially both for 2016 and 2017, because we recognise how important coverage in regional newspapers is for the health of county cricket but are also aware of the cost-cutting problems being endured in this sector of the media. In a small way, perhaps, we are trying to do our bit to buck a current trend." All the award monies are to be spent specifically on county cricket coverage by staff reporters or regular freelance contributors.


As you will have no doubt seen from your recent CWC-related post (which included the AGM Agenda papers), Wendy Wimbush has decided to stand down from her position of Treasurer – a post which she has held for 31 years. Indeed, as she was appointed in 1986, the year in which I was invited to join CWC, I for one have never known a Cricket Writers’ Club without Wendy at the helm! (And I am far from the only one in that)
In her message to Club Members, Wendy rightly sets out her reasons for wanting to spend a little more of her time in other pursuits, especially at her Church Hall in Whitstable. I am sure all CWC Members will join me in wishing her all the very best with those additional responsibilities – typically, Wendy is very much up for that new challenge!
I am also sure that everyone will agree with me that the Cricket Writers’ Club will never see a greater servant than Wendy. In fact, it is absolutely no exaggeration to say that the Club would not have survived in such a healthy state over these past three decades but for Wendy’s dedication to the cause – and especially her long-standing partnership with Derek Hodgson, our Secretary from 1986 until 2004. It was in that Wimbush-Hodgson era that the Club grew substantially, both in numbers and influence. Wendy, we will never be able to thank you enough for all you have done.
What Wendy did not say in her message, however, was that her role as Treasurer and, for so long, as Assistant Secretary, was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of everything she did for the Club; the list of jobs is too long to number here but most Members will know exactly what I am saying. The current re-organisation, and enlargement, of the Club’s secretarial administration has been done precisely because of the need to replace the depth and breadth of Wendy’s portfolio, which included much regular secretarial work as well as the Treasurer’s job and her considerable help every year in the organising of the Annual Lunch.
As for the immediate future, I am delighted that Wendy has agreed to stay on as an officer of the Club, as Assistant Treasurer, while Marcus Hook gets his feet under the table as Wendy’s successor as Treasurer. Marcus’s appointment will be ratified officially at the AGM, and we welcome him to the post.
I am also pleased that Wendy will be around to assist in some of the organisation of this year’s Annual Lunch, but as she will be standing down from the Dinner/Lunch sub-Committee later in the year I have already asked Shilpa Patel if she would be willing to join the sub-Committee in Wendy’s place and, I am very pleased to say, Shilpa will now be on hand to help out this summer.
Wendy, we’re not going to let you disappear totally from the life of CWC, but we understand your reasons for standing down as Treasurer – let alone everything else you do – and once again we thank you for a brilliant 31 years spent at the heart of this Club.
Mark Baldwin
Chairman, CWC, 18th March 2017​



Below - The Cricket Writers' Club Lunch 2016, Merchant Taylors' Hall

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26/05/2017: England cut to win the ICC Champions Trophy

England have been trimmed from 3/1 to 5/2 after thrashing South Africa in the first one day international.  England are 8/11 to win the second ODI that starts on Saturday.

“England look very strong indeed and we believe they are the team to beat in the competition,” said William Hill spokesman
Rupert Adams.

2nd ODI
8/11 England, 11/10 South Africa.

ICC Trophy

5/2 England, 3/1 Australia, 4/1 South Africa, 9/2 India, 9/1 New Zealand, 14/1 Pakistan, 28/1 Sri Lanka, 40/1 Bangladesh.
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