Three aspiring young cricket writers will be at the ICC World Cup semi-final between England and Australia this week thanks to an initiative run by ICC and the Cricket Writers’ Club.

Earlier in the tournament, 38 young journalists from sports degree courses around the UK attended cricket-writing workshops run by the Cricket Writers’ Club in conjunction with ICC at The Oval, Edgbaston and Old Trafford.

The syllabus included match and news reporting and feature writing. All the students attended pre-match press conferences while students at Old Trafford also got to interview Ian Gould, the ICC Elite Umpire who retired last week. They were also joined by members of the ICC’s global event operations team, who gave a flavour of how the media operation runs at ICC events. The courses were overseen by Cricket Writers’ Club’s Bruce Talbot, who has written about the game for more than 30 years, and journalists Lizzy Ammon, from The Times, Will Macpherson, of the London Evening Standard, and Tanya Aldred, of The Guardian.

They have chosen Harry Normanton, Georgie Heath and Joe Langsworthy to attend England’s semi-final where they will write a piece on the match for ICC’s website. The writer of the best submission will then attend the final at Lord’s and write a match report for the website. He or she will also win a prize of $500.

It’s a dream come true for the young journalists. Harry, who is studying journalism with News Associates at Twickenham University, said: “The workshop at The Oval offered a brilliant insight into the world of cricket reporting. The chance to attend a press conference and mine the expertise of three seasoned cricket journalists was invaluable.”

Joe is studying sports journalism at Solent University. He said: “The workshop at Edgbaston was a glimpse through the keyhole into the world of cricket reporting. Being given the opportunity to attend press conferences and write match reports in such an incredible venue was a phenomenal experience. I’m certain that attending the workshop has benefitted my career as a sports journalist.”

Georgie, who is studying for a journalism diploma with the Press Association, was one of eight girls who took part. She said: “I can’t remember ever not being in to cricket. It seemed inevitable as my mum is from Yorkshire and named after Australian cricketer Lindsay Hassett. She even tried to drive to Yorkshire when my brother was born so he could qualify to play for them! The course was a fantastic experience and it’s amazing to be going back to Edgbaston for the semi-final.”

Bruce Talbot said that the journalists were very impressed by the standard of submissions. He said: “Their passion for cricket writing is already evident and we hope the experiences they gain will help towards their dream of becoming full-time cricket writers in the future.”

​July 8, 2019