Slide 1: Lord's, April 16, 2019 - Geoff Lemon - Winner of the Cricket Society/MCC Book of the Year award
Slide 2: House of Lords, March 5, 2019 - Three winners of the ECB’s 2018 Domestic Cricket Journalism Awards, pictured with Chairman of The Cricket Writers' Club, Mark Baldwin
Slide 3: Alex Winter, Domestic Cricket Broadcaster of the Year 2018, pictured with Sir Richard Stilgoe
Slide 4: Nick Westby of the Yorkshire Post, which was awarded both Outstanding Newspaper Coverage and Regional Newspaper of the Year for 2018
Slide 5: Sam Morshead of The Cricketer, which won the Online Coverage award for 2018
Slide 6: Charlotte Edwards (Hampshire) and Rory Burns (Surrey) holding the respective County Championship trophies.
Slide 7: Andrew Longmore
Slide 8: Tony Becca
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING LORD’S, 29TH APRIL 2019
Please note that as the event takes place in the Pavilion, you will need to adhere to the dress regulations. If you have ECB media accreditation, please bring it to show at the Grace Gates when you enter the ground. If you do not have ECB media accreditation and are intending to come, please let Will Macpherson know and he will pass your name on to MCC so you can get into the ground.
Tea and coffee will be served from 1.30pm before the meeting begins at 2pm (see the agenda below). Afterwards there will be food and a social in the Long Room Bar from around 4pm. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
1. Apologies for absence 2. Absent Friends 3. Matters arising from the Annual General Meeting held at Trent Bridge on 25th April, 2018 4. Chairman’s Report 5. Secretary’s Report 6. Treasurer’s Report & Balance Sheet 7. Sub-Committee Reports (Lunch, Facilities, Sponsorship, International, Awards, Website Editor’s Report + Curator’s Report) 8. 2019 Annual Lunch – approval of proposed ticket prices 9. Update on ECB Domestic Cricket Journalism Awards 10. Data protection update 11. CWC Cricket update 12. Election of Officers 13. Election of New Associate & Full Members 14. Any Other Business 15. Vote of thanks to MCC.
FOLLEY PENS TRIBUTE TO ANDREW LONGMORE
May I point CWC members to a piece on Andrew Longmore, who tragically died recently aged 65, written on the Sports Journalists' Association website by Malcolm Folley. It can be accessed via:
Andrew was a long-standing member of CWC and, in his youth, was an excellent cricketer who toured with England Under-19s and was a contemporary at Oxford University of Imran Khan and Vic Marks.
I first knew Andrew when he worked for The Cricketer magazine in the early 1980s, and subsequently he had a fine sports writing career on The Times, the Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Times. He died in his sleep, reportedly from a heart condition, while on a walking holiday in the south of France. He had recently retired from full-time journalism. There will be a memorial service for Andrew in the future, probably later in the year.
Mark Baldwin, CWC Chairman 23rd April 2019
GEOFF LEMON WINS CRICKET SOCIETY/MCC BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
Australian cricket writer Geoff Lemon was at Lord’s on Tuesday April 16 to receive this year’s Cricket Society/MCC Book of the Year Award during a Long Room dinner attended by a good number of Cricket Writers’ Club members.
Lemon’s book, Steve Smith’s Men, Behind Australian Cricket’s Fall, had the previous week also won Wisden’s cricket book of the year prize. He received a cheque for £3,000 for taking the Cricket Society/MCC award.
As in previous years, MCC invited a group of CWC members to help to host the event, and I am grateful to Lawrence Booth, Geoffrey Dean, Andrew Miller, John Stern, Dan Norcross and Graham Morris for joining me to represent the Club, and also to Neil Robinson at MCC for issuing the invites!
Simon Wilde, Stephen Fay and Mihir Bose were present as authors on the six-book shortlist, and other CWC members in the room included Vic Marks, Mike Selvey and Shilpa Patel. Simon Lister, a CWC associate member, gave a witty and very well-received keynote address based around his memories of Frank Keating.
The full Cricket Society/MCC Book Award shortlist was:
- Moeen, Moeen Ali with Mihir Bose (Allen and Unwin) - On Cricket, Mike Brearley (Constable) - Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket, Stephen Fay and David Kynaston (Bloomsbury) - Steve Smith’s Men, Behind Australian Cricket’s Fall, Geoff Lemon (Hardie Grant) - Ambassadors of Goodwill: On tour with the MCC 1946-71, Mark Peel (Pitch Publishing) - England, The Biography: The Story of English Cricket, Simon Wilde (Simon and Schuster)
Mark Baldwin, CWC Chairman 17th April 2019
HOUSE OF LORDS HOSTS DOMESTIC JOURNALISM AWARDS WINNERS
Yorkshire Post sports editor Nick Westby, BBC Radio Northampton commentator Alex Winter and The Cricketer’s Sam Morshead were all at the House of Lords on March 5 to be presented with their ECB Domestic Journalism 2018 awards at a special reception.
Isabelle Westbury, the winner in the Young Cricket Journalist of the Year category, could not be present as she was reporting on the England Women’s team in India, but Westby, Winter and Morshead were also joined by CWC chairman Mark Baldwin at a Lord’s Taverners event in which 2018 county champions Surrey and women’s One-Day Cup winners Hampshire were presented with their respective trophies.
Westby collected both the Outstanding Newspaper Coverage and Regional Newspaper of the Year awards in a historic double for the Yorkshire Post, a twin recognition which highlighted both the outstanding contribution of YP cricket correspondent Chris Waters and superb overall coverage of the English domestic game.
Winter won the Commentator of the Year award and Morshead, The Cricketer’s digital editor, picked up the award for the best Online Coverage of domestic cricket in 2018.
Surrey lifted the Specsavers County Championship trophy for the 20th time in 2018, their first triumph since 2002, on the back of an incredible year which saw enjoy a spell nine consecutive victories - their best run of first-class form since 1999.
The Hampshire Women’s side won their first Royal London Women’s One-Day Championship after a campaign that saw them win six of their seven games in the competition - a remarkable achievement for a side that was in division three as recently as 2015.
The Lord’s Taverners ECB Trophy is the official name of the silverware awarded to the winners of the men’s County Championship, while the Women’s One-Day champions receive the Lady Taverners ECB Trophy.
This is the 45th year that the county champions have enjoyed a reception with the Lord’s Taverners since the trophy was introduced for the first time by the charity’s Patron and Twelfth Man, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh in 1973. He had recognised that, until that time, the champions had never received a physical trophy so decided to introduce one.
Rory Burns, captain of Surrey, said: "It’s been an honour to be presented with the County Championship trophy at the House of Lords. It was an unbelievable year and I can’t speak highly enough of the hard work and dedication from the players, backroom staff and everyone connected with the club that was needed to win the trophy - it was a real team effort.
"The club has waited a long time to lift this trophy again and it was a very proud moment for all of us. We needed to win games from different positions which showed a lot of character and we are fully aware of the hard work ahead as we look to defend the title."
Hampshire Women’s 2018 captain and now Director of Cricket, Charlotte Edwards, added: "It’s great to be here to be presented with our Royal London Women’s One-Day Championship at such an historic building. It’s been a fantastic day for the players and staff and caps a great year.
"Winning the trophy was a great achievement and it was the culmination of many years of hard work by a lot of people. It’s a fantastic feeling looking back on 2018, but we’re also relishing the opportunity to defend the trophy in the year ahead."
Cricket and the Cricket Writers’ Club have lost one of their truest supporters, greatest friends, finest journalists and wisest counsels with the death of Tony Becca at the age of 78.
Tony, who died in hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, last Thursday, was a former cricket correspondent and, for many years, sports editor of the Jamaica Gleaner. He was a past president of the famous Melbourne Cricket Club (the club of Michael Holding and Courtney Walsh among others) and he was proud to be an overseas member of the CWC.
I first met him in 1975 when we were covering the West Indies tour of Australia - Tony for the Gleaner, me for the Daily Express - and we forged a friendship that endured for 44 years.
We had a shared love of the game but, more than that, I respected his views and he at least listened to mine over many happy hours in pavilions from Lord’s to Sabina Park, from the bar at Melbourne Cricket Club to my local pub in Surrey, from his home to mine.
I spoke to him only a few weeks ago and we said we would talk again after the England tour. Sadly that will not happen now and I have sent my condolences and those of the CWC to his wife, Celia and the family, and his friends in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean.
Pat Gibson 3rd March 2019
CWC SPRING BULLETIN 2019
CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE Mark Baldwin writes:
It is an enormous privilege to have been given the opportunity to be CWC Chairman, a role I have now carried out for almost five years. Following our 2019 AGM on Monday April 29, at Lord's, I will step back down into the ranks delighted that Alison Mitchell has accepted the Committee's invitation to be my successor. I do hope that as many of you as possible will get along to Lord's on April 29 - from 2pm - to mark my own last day ‘in office' and to welcome Ali as our next CWC Chairman (if I may be permitted to call her that!).
Ali, who is due to speak to members of the Committee in late March to outline her thoughts ahead of becoming Chairman, will be appointed ‘officially' by the wider Club towards the end of AGM business on April 29; I know she is very much looking forward to becoming our Chairman and, from that position, leading the line for all cricket's media in a rapidly-changing environment. As I have already said in committee, but which I think bears stressing to all CWC members, I firmly believe it is time for the ‘next generation' of cricket journalists (of which Ali is a prominent member) to provide our Club with the clear and decisive leadership it will need in the coming decade and more.
Much might be made of the fact that Ali will be CWC's first female Chairman but, in my opinion, that is largely irrelevant; it is far more important that she is a highly-respected, successful and visible cricket journalist - in both the broadcast and written media - and someone who is at the right age, and at the right stage of her career, to lead our line with distinction. Also sitting on Committee now, by the way, are a sizeable group of other probable future chairmen, so I am absolutely sure that our Club is in very good hands for the foreseeable future.
It is also very much worth saying here, of course, that it is not at all unusual for women to play leading roles in the running of the Cricket Writers' Club. Wendy Wimbush, Treasurer for 31 years of CWC's 73-year history, and also Assistant Secretary for much of that time, holds such a magnificent record as the Club's longest-serving officer that it may well never be broken. And, while Wendy has set quite a standard, others such as Gemma Wright, Shilpa Patel, Raf Nicholson, Mandy Shepherd, Clare Skinner and Ali herself have also made significant contributions in recent years to CWC affairs. Additionally, Tanya Aldred has in the past year joined both the CWC Awards and CWC Book of the Year sub-Committees.
Between now and the AGM, however, there is still much for me to do as Chairman before handing over the reins to Ali and then giving her my full support as a continuing member of the Committee.
Preparation for this year's Annual Lunch, on Tuesday October 1, is already under way (see below) and there has been much liaison in recent weeks with ECB on both the accreditation process for 2019 and on the resumption next month of the ECB Reporters' Network.
At this time of year, too, the final touches to the CWC Handbook are being made, again in liaison with ECB, so please send any contact or home address changes to Gemma Wright, our Handbook Editor, as soon as possible. The 2019 Handbook will be printed in late March and distributed in the first week of April.
SECRETARY'S REPORT Vithushan Ehantharajah writes:
Our AGM has been set for Monday April 29 in the pavilion at Lord's. Many thanks to Will Macpherson, soon to be in the hot seat, for organising the date and liaising with MCC to allow us a run at the Pavilion Bar for our post-AGM social. The AGM starts at 2.00pm and the social will start around 3.30pm-6.00pm. Please adhere to the dress codes applicable to the Lord's pavilion. The AGM agenda and further details will be circulated by the end of March.
LUNCH SUB-COMMITTEE REPORT Mark Baldwin writes:
Ticket prices for the 2019 Annual Lunch on Tuesday October 1, again to be held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, will be discussed by the CWC Committee in late March and ratified at the AGM on April 29. It is hoped at this stage that there will not be any increase on 2018 prices.
The sub-Committee is due to meet on March 7, to discuss this year's arrangements with the hotel venue staff, and menu choices and other details about this year's Lunch will be circulated soon afterwards and also placed on the CWC website. I am delighted that Alex Winter has accepted an invitation to join the sub-Committee, in order to provide input from the sizeable county commentators' group - and also from the younger end of the Club - following the sad loss of Dave Callaghan last year.
SPONSORSHIP SUB-COMMITTEE REPORT David Fulton writes:
I need to place on record my and the Club's thanks to both William Hill and the Lord's Taverners, our two most notable sponsors, for their continued support in 2019. Their respective annual sponsorships are crucial in allowing the Club to offer significant discounted tickets - especially for individual members - at the Annual Lunch.
The news earlier this winter that the Lord's Taverners have signed a new three-year agreement to continue their support of CWC into 2020-2022 is hugely appreciated. A sub-Committee meeting is planned for late March, at which we will be discussing other potential sponsorships and partnerships, for the benefit of all CWC members.
INTERNATIONAL SUB-COMMITTEE REPORT Simon Wilde writes:
Chris Haynes is to leave his role as ECB's director of communications at the end of April, only weeks before England host the Cricket World Cup. Haynes joined ECB in 2015 and his tenure was dominated in the later stages by the task of selling the new competition and handling the Ben Stokes trial. There was speculation that Haynes carried the can for the ECB's difficulties winning over the counties and the public to The Hundred, although Haynes himself insisted he had reached a natural end point after four years, and with plans for the new competition nearing completion.
The Club had recently made its feelings known about Tom Harrison's lack of availability to print media throughout 2018, although that changed during the recent West Indies tour. James Motley, like Haynes a former Sky employee, has been appointed head of communications for the new competition.
FACILITIES SUB COMMITTEE REPORTS
Midlands - Jon Culley writes: I've had an email round to all my grounds - and to Eddie Bevan on his Caribbean cruise - and apart from a minor Wi-Fi issue at Northampton, which is being sorted, everywhere gets a clean bill of health. Evidently, even the Wi-Fi on Eddie's boat works.
North - Graham Hardcastle writes: Nothing of any real significance at any of the venues, although it may be worth pointing out that at Yorkshire the new development of the Football Stand will certainly have no impact on parking for domestic games. Parking is still in car park F. At international games it can sometimes mean parking a bit further down St Michael's Lane.