This is a time of year where our membership is spread far and wide; some to the reporting of other sports, some following live matches from all hours in the UK, some travelling to series and tournaments in different parts of world. I hope you’re all in good shape.
Huge thanks to those who came to the Annual Lunch this year and helped to make it a memorable and high-spirited occasion. Dave Fulton again hosted it with warmth and wit (and quick-wittedness too, in getting Nasser Hussain up on the stage! Thanks Nass, what a good sport), and Mark Baldwin’s organising committee were brilliant in pulling it all together. We’ve had no end of positive feedback, and the fact that many were still there when the venue started cleaning at 8pm, and carried it on in the pub until closing, is testament to the spirit of the occasion.
As always, old friends were catching up, and hopefully a few new connections made. All our award winners were in attendance too, with special guests to present their prizes, including World Cup winner Liam Plunkett. So thank you to the Awards Committees, and in particular those members who worked hard to ensure the people who needed to be there, were there. There is a more detailed report from Mark later in the bulletin.
I’d like to draw your attention to the ECB Domestic Cricket Journalism Awards, which recently opened to entries from individuals, newspapers and websites. These awards are now in their 8th year and carry an appreciable level of prestige. As well as entering yourselves, please do make your organisations aware that excellence in coverage of both the men’s and women’s domestic game is recognised in this way. Please note that where ‘County Cricket’ is mentioned in the award descriptions, it includes both men’s and women’s domestic cricket, so encompasses Kia Super League coverage too.
Winter well and have an enjoyable and safe festive season.
SECRETARY’S REPORT - WILL MACPHERSON
New membership applications keep trickling in, and it is great to see the club expanding. Please keep them coming by sending the new membership application forms to me, or firing any questions about membership my way.
Dialogue (through Vish and the Chair) is ongoing with the ECB about making our press boxes as safe and inclusive as possible. We are also looking at developing a student membership to help give young journalists a leg up (the workshops run by Bruce Talbot for the ICC during the World Cup were a success, and we will be looking to repeat next summer), and keep a flow of young members coming into the club.
More to follow at the AGM. Until then, get in touch with any queries.
Additional bulletin notes
Treasurer Marcus Hook presented his update, and Mark Baldwin reported overwhelmingly positive feedback from the 2019 Annual Lunch at the Marriott Grosvenor Square on October 2. The sub-Committee was very pleased with the presentation of the Lunch given all the issues which understandably had to be addressed and worked through at this new venue in a very short time following the sudden revelation six months’ earlier that the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel was to be closed down for major renovations. Tribute was paid to the considerable efforts again this year of both Shilpa Patel and Marcus Hook, ensuring all ticket deliveries, menu choices and table plans were dealt with in a highly efficient manner. Thanks were also extended to our Lunch MC, Dave Fulton, who conducted affairs superbly. All our award winners had a day to remember and, overall, the event was a terrific way for the Club to celebrate a memorable cricket year. Thanks were also expressed to our beer sponsors, Fuller’s and Haresfoot, to all the lunch sub-Committee members and to Sarah Ansell, whose excellent pictures of the Lunch are featured on this website - and available from Sarah to purchase.
Re Facilities: CWC has been engaging with Aoife Murphy at the ECB, who is keen to improve standards of facilities at all grounds where necessary and possible. Our Facilities panel gave excellent and detailed reports - thanks to the Chairs Graham Hardcastle (North), Jon Culley (Midlands) and Mark Church (South). We will be feeding these back to Aoife and the ECB in the hope of ironing out issues before the season begins.
It was noted that media accreditation applications for the 2020 season will open on Monday 3rd February 2020