SLIDESHOW (above):

Slide 1: CWC Book Award 2018 - Stephen Fay & David Kynaston for 'Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket'

Slide 2: Dave Callaghan, aka Cally

Slide 3: Izzy Westbury – winner, Domestic Cricket Broadcaster of the Year 2017

Slide 4: Charlie Taylor – winner, Young Cricket Journalist of the Year 2017

Slide 5: Mark Church and Steve Marshall – receiving award on behalf of BBC Online, winner of 2017's Outstanding Online coverage of Domestic Cricket

Slide 6: Nick Randall – receiving award on behalf of The Times, winner of Outstanding Newspaper coverage of Domestic Cricket 2017

Slide 7: David Collier – receiving award from Mark Baldwin on behalf of the Nottingham Post, winner of the Regional Newspaper of the Year 2017

Slide 8: All the winners of the ECB’s Domestic Cricket Journalism Awards for 2017 with Sir Michael Parkinson and Chris Cowdrey, who was MC for the event at Lord's on March 12, 2018​


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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.


The Yorkshire Post's commitment to county cricket has been recognised in the 2018 ECB Domestic Cricket Journalism Awards, becoming the first regional title to win the Outstanding Newspaper Coverage award.

The Post edged out the highly commended entry from The Times, catching the panel's eye for the depth and breadth of its coverage despite its relatively limited resources.

Another strong submission saw the Post also named Regional Newspaper of the Year, ahead of the highly commended Evening Standard (London) and County Gazette (Somerset).

The Cricketer's expanded online domestic cricket coverage in 2018 hugely impressed the panel as was awarded the Outstanding Online Coverage award.

Also commended in the online category were the entries by Cricbuzz and CRICKETher, with podcast submissions from the Yorkshire Post and BBC West Midlands also praised by the judges.

Isabelle Westbury won her second ECB award in as many years, as she was named the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Young Cricket Journalist of the Year.

Westbury triumphed in a very strong field, with five further young journalists commended, including previous winners Charlie Taylor (BBC Somerset) and Will Macpherson (Evening Standard). Cricinfo's Matt Roller, Wisden Cricket Monthly's Ben Gardner and the County Gazette's Paul Martin were also recognised.

And Alex Winter, of BBC Radio Northampton, succeeded Westbury in being named this year's Broadcast Journalist of the Year, rewarded for his compelling commentary on Northamptonshire games.

ECB Domestic Cricket Journalism Award winners

Christopher Martin-Jenkins Young Cricket Journalist of the Year: Isabelle Westbury
Commended: Matt Roller, Cricinfo; Ben Gardner, Wisden Cricket Monthly; Will Macpherson, Evening Standard; Paul Martin, County Gazette; Charlie Taylor, BBC Somerset
Outstanding Newspaper Coverage: The Yorkshire Post
Highly commended: The Times
Regional Newspaper of the Year: The Yorkshire Post
Highly commended: Evening Standard; County Gazette
Outstanding Online Coverage of Domestic Cricket:
Commended: Cricbuzz; CRICKETher
Broadcast Journalist of the Year: Alex Winter, BBC Radio Northampton

Gordon Hollins, ECB Managing Director, County Cricket, said: "Our domestic game is always enriched by the great support and coverage it receives from the media, both nationally and locally.

"There was a really wide-ranging number of entries, from the traditional written press to websites, online hubs and podcasts, and it demonstrates the extent to which people want to engage with our domestic competitions."

Mark Baldwin, Cricket Writers' Club chairman, added: "These annual awards continue to grow in stature and are now well established. We in cricket's media congratulate ECB on ensuring that high-quality coverage of the domestic game is being properly acknowledged.

"The judging panel was particularly struck this year by the record number of entries received in each category and were heartened by the high standards on show, especially in the young journalist category which attracted 12 entries. The future of cricket journalism does seem very bright.

"On behalf of the Cricket Writers' Club, and the wider game, I would like to thank everyone who entered this year's awards. The increasing success of these awards will continue to benefit and encourage all those who report, write and broadcast on English domestic cricket."


In sending season's greetings to all CWC members, and wishing everyone best wishes for 2019, I am delighted to announce that the Lord's Taverners have extended their sponsorship relationship with our Club until 2022 in a new three-year deal. In addition, William Hill – our longest-standing sponsors – have also confirmed that their support for CWC is to be extended into 2019. Both deals have been signed off on the same terms as exist at the moment.

Financially, this really is excellent news for CWC in that it gives us the certainty of knowing that we have a guaranteed amount of sponsorship income coming in for the next four years. The Taverners, indeed, were so keen to agree a sponsorship extension with us that it has been formalised just before the start of the final year of what was an initial three-year arrangement.

Paul Robin, Lord's Taverners CEO, says: "We're delighted to be extending our partnership with the Cricket Writers' Club and looking forward to further strengthening the links between our two great clubs. Our charitable programmes don't just provide access to sport for disadvantaged and disabled young people, they help build crucial life skills. We're building inclusive communities and empowering young people to fulfil their potential.

"We want to lay the foundations for a positive future for these youngsters and the support of all CWC members in raising awareness of what we do plays a huge role in helping us to deliver this life-changing work. But we know there is so much more we can do and, with your ongoing help, there is so much more we will do."

With best regards to all,

Mark Baldwin, CWC Chairman
18th December 2018


Charlie Thomas, long-standing CWC member and former Sky News stalwart, has emailed me to ask if I can alert the Club to his upcoming documentary about The Kinks. This is the latest music documentary that Charlie has helped to produce, and many CWC members much enjoyed his previous efforts which have included programmes charting the history of bands such as 10cc and XTC, plus a documentary about the start of the outdoor music festival as big business.

Charlie says:
My Kinks doco is all set and ready for transmission. It's called 'Echoes of a World - the Story of the Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society' and it features new interviews with all three surviving original Kinks: Ray, Dave and Mick, plus Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Natalie Merchant, Suggs, Graham Coxon, Andy Partridge, Greg Kurstin, Steve Cradock, journalist Jon Savage and actor Danny Horn (playing the young Ray). It gets its world TV premiere on Sky Arts on November 17th at 10pm.

Mark Baldwin, CWC Chairman
8th November 2018


Mark Baldwin writes:

Huge thank-yous are needed in light of what many members have said was the best Annual Lunch for many years. In particular, the Club is indebted to the massive amount of work put in by Shilpa Patel and Marcus Hook in terms of the organisation of the Lunch on October 2; nothing happens by magic on these occasions, and without both Shilpa and Marcus's help there would not have been a Lunch, let alone such a successful and enjoyable one. I hope all members appreciate Shilpa and Marcus's efforts.

There are many others I need to thank too, besides all the members who attended and - in many cases - brought guests. Getting our final numbers up to 250 was critical in keeping the rate we receive from the hotel at the same level for 2019.

David Fulton was once again a superb MC, and much of the credit for the Lunch's success as a 'show' is down to him. Many thanks Fults.

I'd also like to thank Julian Guyer and Simon Walter for preparing the Club press releases on our award winners that go out both before the Lunch and following the formalities, and for Simon's additional input on a Lunch sub-committee that also includes Shilpa, Glenn Moore and Ivo Tennant.

Clare Skinner was again very helpful indeed in terms of organising the engraving of our trophies, and for bringing them to the venue. Our three trophies are now on display at the Oval (sorry, Kia Oval) following the Surrey 'clean sweep'.

Sarah Ansell's photographs of the Lunch - both of the formalities and in the bar afterwards - are an excellent record of the occasion, and a selection can be seen on our CWC website.

Thanks too to all those who helped out in other ways, such as Richard Spiller for getting Neil Stewart along without letting on why, and to the good number of you who sent such overwhelmingly positive feedback.

Among the many notes I have received is one from Micky Stewart saying how proud he and his family are to have been honoured with the Peter Smith Award. Micky said it was "a memorable family day" and my thanks go too to Pat Gibson for helping to ensure that neither Micky, Sheila nor Alec knew that they were about to receive an award!

Finally, a mention for our two main Club sponsors, William Hill and the Lord's Taverners, without whose continued support we would not be able to offer any meaningful discounts on the all-inclusive ticket prices for members and guests. The beer provided by Fuller's and Haresfoot was much appreciated too!

There is, as ever, much Club business to attend to in the winter months, and I will report more fully on that in the next Bulletin. A full Committee meeting will be taking place in early December.

David Fulton (chairman) writes:

Meetings have been arranged this autumn with both William Hill and the Lord's Taverners in order to extend existing sponsorship arrangements with CWC. I will report back on these in the next Bulletin but it is gratifying to hear that the Taverners want to explore a longer-term extension of their relationship with us beyond 2019, the third year of our initial three-year agreement.

Following the decisions, however, in the past six months, of Smile Group Travel and Benenden Health not to renew sponsorships, the sub-committee will be looking this winter to source new sponsors and any member who might be able to provide a lead in this regard should contact me asap.

Mark Baldwin (chairman) writes:

The Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel again proved to be a wonderful venue for our Annual Lunch, and we look forward to the event taking place again there in 2019. Dominic van den Burgh has been most helpful in liaising with the hotel, in behalf of CWC.

If sponsorship income continues to come in, I am hopeful that the Club can offer a slight decrease in members' ticket prices for next year; as ever, this will be decided by April's AGM.

Vithushan Ehantharajah writes:

The second year of the secretarial team was as smooth as could be expected after Alan Gardner's immaculate first term as lead secretary. His work in 2017 certainly made my work easier, along with Will Macpherson who will be sitting in the big chair in 2019, ably flanked by myself and Alan.

The headline from the summer is, undoubtedly, our work with the ECB after allegations of serious misconduct were raised against a senior journalist in another country. At a meeting held at the Oval prior to the final Test of the summer, this issue was discussed, along with possible measures to put in place ahead of next summer, such as the ECB appointing someone in a "HR" role so that anyone who would like to lodge a complaint has someone to go to and, crucially, knows who that person is.

There have been no official developments yet, but I hope to have an update to you as soon as possible.

Richard Hobson writes:

As you'll have seen from the Lunch, we decided to give the 2018 prize to Stephen Fay and David Kynaston for ‘Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket'. Stephen and David were both present to receive their certificates and cheques. I thought they were quite moved by the success. It won't surprise me if the book wins further awards.

The panel for 2018/19 will be unchanged: Tanya Aldred, Murray Hedgcock, Raf Nicholson, Richard Whitehead and myself as chair/convenor.

When we met in August we discussed a couple of things for the year ahead. Firstly, we agreed that anthologies should be eligible. The thinking up to now seems to have been that they don't include sufficient original writing. Our view was that some of them might, so they shouldn't be ruled out wholesale. Secondly, we decided that to qualify books must either be published in the United Kingdom and/or be available on

Nothing in the paragraph above strikes me as being particularly controversial, but if anyone wants to know more about our thinking, feel free to get in touch. Or ask at the annual meeting next year.

Paul Bolton writes:

The Peter Smith Award for presentation of cricket to the public went to a family for the first time.

The Stewart Family - father Micky, mother Sheila and sons Neil and Alec - were recognised for their outstanding contributions to Surrey cricket on and off the pitch.

Tanya Aldred has joined the Awards sub-committee and her input has been greatly appreciated.


Brian Scovell (South) writes:

On August 10 at the India Test at Lord's one noticed that the amount of tables and chairs in the refreshment room at the Media Centre had been reduced to five tables and twenty five seats. In the recent renovation when the bar was removed  there were more available space, not less and I emailed Robert Ebdon, the Estates Manager, suggesting it would be a good idea to increase the number of tables and chairs.

He referred my email to the relative person and on September 4 Laura Air, Acting Head of Media and Communications. emailed "In an ideal world we would like to squeeze a few more in but we need to balance the number of tables with the number of people generally milling around and we can't put out more without it becoming congested and making life difficult for media and our own staff who need to move about. We do find, also, that many people are happy (and indeed some prefer) to take their lunch back to their workspace and eat there, so generally speaking it seems that the arrangement works well."

On September 12 I met Laura in the Media Centre and in a convivial conversation she wouldn't change her mind. Two points to consider: 1 the staff serve the food behind a counter which halves the amount of time when they clear the plates and there were no signs that they were impeded to do their work; 2 at the two days I went to Tests at Lord's there were people "milling around" in the refreshment room but they shouldn't be there at lunchtime en masse. Even so there was enough space to put in extra tables. I went to the Oval Test and saw that their room – just over half the size of the Lord's one  – had five tables and there was no problems about moving around, probably because visitors were not welcome.

Our chairman has put the subject on the agenda for the next committee meeting in December and I suspect that  revered stalwart of  Lord's Norman DeMesquita  (1932-2013) would second my plea!

Graham Hardcastle (North) writes:

Yorkshire - nothing new.

Lancashire - not much to report, but since I last reported the club have forged a link with the UA92 University which now own the Kelloggs building over the Statham Way and have strong ties with Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs etc. They may even be the source of finance behind it. Anyway, I digress. Whilst the Uni has got itself up and running, the club have allowed them to use part of the Players and Media Centre as office space - top floor, but not permanently. So if you see some student presence at EOT going forwards, it's more than like that. However, it will have no impact on our work at all.

Durham - nothing new.

Derbyshire - My ‘spy in the camp', Nigel Gardner, tells me there are new blinds in the press box there. I visited the new facility for a Yorkshire RL50 game earlier this summer and it is impressive - great view, strong wifi.

29th October 2018


Surrey's hugely successful season in both men's and women's cricket was reflected in their domination of the 2018 Cricket Writers' Club awards.

All-rounder Sam Curran was named the CWC Young Cricketer of the Year while his title-winning captain at the Oval, Rory Burns, took the club's County Championship player of the year trophy, in association with William Hill.

Both Curran and Burns have been selected in England's squad for their upcoming Test series in Sri Lanka.

Burns said: "I am delighted to win this award, and to have received so many votes from the Cricket Writers' Club members.

"It has been an incredible season for me and for Surrey. I did think we had a group good enough to win the title, but I wouldn't have believed it possible for us to do it in the manner we did. It was unbelievable.

"The work Gareth Batty did as captain before me should be acknowledged. He very much stabilised the club a few years ago now and gave younger players like myself the platform on which to go out and perform, and to improve.

"As captain, I've had a very stable base to work from, and the mix of experience and good younger players - and Surrey lads too - in the squad is excellent.

"To get selected for England's Test squad to go to Sri Lanka is obviously another huge honour for me, and I was really happy when I got the call from Ed Smith.

"There had been a lot of expectation in the press that I would get selected but it was just nice when it was made official so that I could stop worrying about it! It will be a tough tour, but I am looking forward to it."

Meanwhile Natalie Sciver, captain of the Surrey Stars side that won the Kia Super League title, succeeded fellow England World Cup-winner Tammy Beaumont as the third recipient of the CWC's Women's Cricket Award.

And there was acknowledgement too of an extraordinary contribution to the game when the club's Peter Smith Award for "services to the presentation of cricket to the public" was given to the Stewart family, whose involvement with Surrey and England stretches back more than 60 years and continues to this day.

The CWC Book of the Year went to 'Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket' (Bloomsbury) by Stephen Fay and David Kynaston.

All the awards were presented at the club's annual lunch at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London on Tuesday.

Young Cricketer of the Year

Curran, a son of the late Zimbabwe all-rounder Kevin Curran, was the runaway winner in a ballot of the CWC's more than 300 members after a season where he made his Test debut against Pakistan in June and ended up being England's man-of-the-series in a 4-1 success over India.

The 20-year-old left-arm swing bowler's four for 74 and innings of 63 were both instrumental in seeing England win a closely-contested series-opener against India at Edgbaston and come the end of the summer he was averaging 36 with the bat and 23 with the ball in Test cricket.

First presented in 1950 the award, which by tradition is won just once in a career, is restricted to England-qualified players under the age of 23 at the start of the season.

Previous winners have amassed more than 2,500 Test caps between them.

County Championship Player of the Year

In a season where many batsmen found runs hard to come by, Surrey captain Burns led from the front with a tally of 1,359 runs at an average of 64.71 including four hundreds as the County Championship title returned to the Oval for the first time since 2002.

Long one of the most consistent run-scorers in the county game, the uncapped 28-year-old finally forced his way into the England squad where he will now have a chance to fill a vacancy at the top of the order following Alastair Cook's retirement from international cricket.

Women's Cricket Award

Chosen by a panel convened by broadcaster and journalist Alison Mitchell, a CWC committee member, the award went to England all-rounder Nat Sciver, who starred with both bat and ball in skippering Surrey to the KSL title, notably in a semi-final win over defending champions Western Storm where she made an unbeaten 72 and took two for 21.

Peter Smith Award

Named in honour of the late Daily Mail cricket correspondent, this discretionary award recognises those who've made a particularly notable contribution to the game. This year, a panel chaired by Paul Bolton decided to honour a remarkable family.

Micky Stewart made his Surrey first-class debut in 1954 and played in the last five of the club's record breaking seven consecutive County Championships from 1952 to 1958 before captaining the side to the title in 1971.

An opening batsman who won eight Test caps, he later returned to the Oval as manager and in 1986 was the first man appointed to a similar role with the England side, remaining in post until 1992 before becoming the ECB's director of coaching. His contribution to Surrey, on and off the field, has seen the Pavilion at the Oval named in his honour.

This year saw Alec Stewart, himself a Championship winner in the successful Surrey side at the turn of the century, preside over the club's first title in 16 years as director of cricket at the Oval.

A former England captain, wicket-keeper and opening batsman, Alec played in 133 Tests and since retiring has become a member of the BBC Radio Five commentary team. Meanwhile hundreds of young cricketers in Surrey have benefited from being coached by Neil Stewart, Alec's brother.

Book of the Year

A panel chaired by Richard Hobson, a former cricket reporter with The Times, selected a book concerned with the careers of two journalists best known for their association with the Guardian (John Arlott) and the Daily Telegraph (EW 'Jim' Swanton) as well as BBC broadcasters.

Often seen as representing two very different strands of cricket enthusiast, a book written by leading social historian David Kynaston and Stephen Fay, a former editor of Wisden Cricket Monthly, explores what former England captain Mike Brearley describes as Arlott and Swanton's "shared hatred of racism against a background of class and commercialism in cricket".

Photographs of the presentation ceremony are available from Sarah Ansell (


Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018 at 12:00 for 13:15
Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9PY


Sponsor's table of 10 (cricket sponsors) = £1,250.00

Sponsor's table of 10 (from outside the game) = £1,750.00
Media table of 10 = £950.00
Individual member = £75.00
First guest (i.e. non-member) = £75.00
Subsequent guests = £90.00
Teetotal ticket = £60.00



Asian Duck Salad with watermelon, cashews, mint and Thai basil

(V) Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables with smoked aubergine puree and pomegranate molasses.

Main Course:

Wild Sea Bass, langoustine tempure, spring onion and lemon risotto, lobster bisque


Loin of Highland Venison, shallot tatin, roasted salsify, pear puree, Somerset cider jus


(V) Thai Vegetable Curry with coconut and coriander rice, crispy shallot rings.


Classic Treacle Tart with lemon thyme and vanilla ice cream.

Please note that for this year you should send the order form to Shilpa Patel at 8 Frinton Court, Hardwick Green, Ealing, London W13 8DW or email

a)  remember to fill in any alternative food requirements
b)  do not send money at this stage, please wait for Marcus Hook to invoice you and pay promptly
c)  please adhere to CWC policy that tickets must be paid for prior to the Lunch and not on the day.


Chairman's Report - Mark Baldwin writes:

I hope everyone is summering well and, like me, enjoying the Vitality Blast. With only one full county championship round scheduled between June 28 and August 19 – and with two counties, Essex and Hampshire – not playing any championship matches at all in this 52-day period, it is good to know that domestic cricket’s high summer is being properly filled.

The Cricket Writers’ Club, however, ploughs heroically and stoically on and, in all seriousness, I would like to commend again all those who ensure that our business – from week-to-week – is carried out efficiently. Our various sub-committees are always active and, when you look at the overall number of CWC members who contribute to the Club’s life, we are a fully inclusive and eclectic bunch.  Long may that continue to be the case.

Vithushan Ehantharajah (Vish) is now into his stride as Lead Secretary, after taking over the reins from Alan Gardner, and his report (see below) highlights one particular recent issue which is of serious concern to both CWC and ECB. Many thanks to Vish, to Simon Wilde – in his capacity as International sub-committee chairman – and to members of the Club’s full committee for helping to shape CWC’s rapid response to this incident.

As ever, in a July Bulletin, can I please ask all Club members to start thinking ahead to our Annual Lunch on Tuesday October 2, which as you know is being held again this year at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel in Knightsbridge.

Please get your ticket applications (and payments) into Shilpa Patel and Marcus Hook, respectively, as soon as you can so that we can (a) meet the hotel’s pre-payment dates and (b) get a good early idea of our total numbers for this year. Menu choices must also go through to Shilpa. Details of this, and other Annual Lunch-related info, are set out below in my Lunch sub-committee report.

We are also, at this time of year, at the start of the process – which again is to be managed by Will Macpherson – of selecting the Club’s two main award-winners of 2018: Young Cricketer of the Year, and County Championship Player of the Year. Nominations do not have to be sent to Will until later next month at the earliest, but please begin to think about who you wish to nominate in each of those two categories (although you do not have to vote if you do not feel you have seen enough relevant cricket). The deadline for YCY and CCPY nominations is Friday September 21.

Ali Mitchell will once more be convening a panel to settle on a Women’s Cricket Award winner, Paul Bolton and the Awards sub-committee will be pondering the identity of a Peter Smith Award winner, and Richard Hobson is already on the case with regards to the CWC Book Award (also see below).

Lead Secretary’s Report - Vithushan Ehantharajah writes:

In relation to allegations of serious misconduct by a senior Indian journalist, the Cricket Writers' Club opened dialogue with the England and Wales Cricket Board over the individual in question and the wider issue of the standards of behaviour expected in a press box. The ECB are keen to work with the CWC so that nothing of this nature happens in the UK while also looking to ensure the press box remains a safe place for everyone. 

The CWC is committed to promoting equality within the game, as emphasised in our recently updated and re-worked Constitution. This includes the protection of Members from discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation. Discussions with ECB officials, including chief executive Tom Harrison and ECB board member and head of women's cricket Clare Connor, will take place over the next couple of weeks on these matters. An update will be provided in due course to members to keep you informed on this issue.

Lunch/Dinner sub-Committee - Mark Baldwin writes:

An all-inclusive food and drinks package has again been arranged, with prices the Club is charged (£105 per person, incl VAT) held for 2018 (and 2019) at 2017 prices. As stated in the May Bulletin, this is an excellent result for the Club. CWC has paid the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel the required initial deposits but we now need to get ticket sales going so that we can meet the full bill come October 2

The full 2018 menu is below, plus this year’s ticket prices for Members and their guests, plus Media table rates etc All tickets include pre-dinner reception drinks, 3-course lunch + coffee/tea, unlimited white and red house wines + Fuller’s London Pride and Haresfoot’s CWC Ale.

CWC Book Award 2018 - Richard Hobson (chairman, Book Award sub-committee) writes:

The awards sub-committee of Murray Hedgcock, Tanya Aldred, Richard Whitehead, Raf Nicholson and myself have selected the following cricket books for our ‘Long List’, from which a shortlist will be selected by early August and, ultimately, a winner – to be announced at the Annual Lunch on October 2.

- Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket by Stephen Fay & David Kynaston (Bloomsbury)
- A Clear Blue Sky by Jonny Bairstow & Duncan Hamilton (Harper Collins)
- Connie, The Marvellous Life of Learie Constantine by Harry Pearson (Little, Brown)
- Cricket: A Political History of the Global Game, 1945-2017 by Stephen Wagg (Routledge)
- Cut Short by James Taylor (White Owl)
- Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians by Boria Majumdar (Simon & Schuster)
- Feeling is the Thing That Happens in 100th of a Second by Christian Ryan - (riverrun)
- Hobbsy, A Life in Cricket by Rob Kelly (von Krumm Publishing)
- In Sunshine and in Shadow: Geoff Cope and Yorkshire Cricket by Stephen Chalke (Fairfield Books)
- The Lord of Lord's: The Life and Times of Lord Frederick Beauclerk by Mike Thompson (Christopher Saunders Books).

28th July 2018


Upstairs in the museum we are replacing the Warner Stand exhibition with one about the Media Centre and the function of the media, broadcasters and photographers at Lord’s.
We already have Dave Munden’s cameras and lenses, kindly purchased and then donated to MCC by Bob Thomas.
There are a few items I would like to obtain to illustrate the written press at Lord’s and I was hoping you could send this on to the CWC members to see if they can help.
- Shorthand pad with shorthand pages from a press conference – ideally we’d match this up with the finished article
- Notebooks with notes from a match
- Digital dictaphone
- Analogue dictaphone with tapes.

The Dictaphones don’t need to work, they are just to illustrate the equipment used.
We can either take these as donations or a loan for 12–18 months.
If any members think they may have something suitable could they please get in touch with me.

I urge all Members to read the message below from Mike Hartwell, head of communications at the Lord’s Taverners, and for as many of you as possible to respond with your own selection and send on to Mike.
As you all know, the Club is in the middle of an initial three-year sponsorship partnership with the Taverners, which brings much-needed and valuable annual monies to CWC coffers – so it is precisely things like this that are important in terms of making this on-going partnership work. I, therefore, trust the CWC response to Mike’s invitation to contribute will be suitably swift and strong.
Regards to all,

Mark Baldwin, CWC Chairman
12th August 2018
Mike Hartwell adds: 
On September 27, the Lord’s Taverners are hosting a fundraising dinner where they will be looking to debate and select England’s best Test XI from the past 50 years with a selection panel that includes Mark Nicholas, Andrew Strauss, Ed Smith and Henry Blofeld.
The Taverners are asking members of the Cricket Writers’ Club if you would help us by selecting your own England best Test XI from the past 50 years that we could use on social media and in the souvenir programme we are producing for the evening.
The event will be a fun-filled evening of lively cricket debate, but more importantly it will be raising much-needed funds to run the Lord’s Taverners cricket programmes to support disadvantaged and disabled young people from some of the UK’s most at-risk communities

JACK BAILEY 1930-2018

Jack Bailey, for many years a member of the Cricket Writers’ Club, died on July 14 at the age of 88.

He was best known as a former secretary and assistant secretary of MCC, but before going to Lord’s had written on cricket and rugby union for the Sunday Telegraph and, after his resignation from MCC in 1987, he wrote on county cricket for The Times and was a friendly colleague in press boxes around the country.

A fast-medium bowler, who represented Oxford University and Essex, he took 347 first-class wickets at the very decent average of 21.62 before retiring from the game before he had reached 30.

He served MCC as assistant secretary from 1967 until 1974, when he was appointed as secretary at a time when MCC also ran the international game. The Packer schism came on his watch, along with various other high-profile issues.

Mark Baldwin, CWC Chairman
20th July, 2018


Sir Trevor McDonald has been named as the next President of the Lord's Taverners, succeeding fellow broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson who has enjoyed a successful three years in the role.

Sir Trevor will become the 39th Lord's Taverners President and he joins a stellar list of sporting and entertainment personalities in the presidential seat who have led the charity in its work to enhance the lives of disadvantaged and disabled young people through sport and recreation.

On his upcoming role, Sir Trevor McDonald said: "I am immensely proud to be the President of the Lord's Taverners. The charity has a great tradition of its love for cricket and the importance of charitable work connected with this great game. I am honoured to follow in the footsteps of all the great Presidents before me, including Sir Michael Parkinson, who served with such distinction."

Outgoing President Sir Michael Parkinson, a long-standing CWC member, said: "The Presidency gave me a chance to appreciate the wonderful work done by our charity particularly among those who need most help, children with special needs and particular requirements. 

"I would also like to welcome Sir Trevor McDonald as the next President.  He has a deep love and understanding of cricket and his career as a broadcaster has been a distinguished and fascinating one.  I hope he enjoys the task as much as I have."

Lord's Taverners Chairman David Collier added: "We are deeply grateful to our outgoing President Sir Michael Parkinson who has been an outstanding President and Ambassador for the charity. The charity could not be more delighted to announce that Sir Trevor McDonald has agreed to become our President.

"His presence and experience will be invaluable to the charity as we seek to expand our support of disadvantaged and disabled young people during his Presidency."


Mark Baldwin writes:

I said 12 months ago at the AGM, at Edgbaston, that we were starting a new era as a Club and - a year on - I am very happy to have been able to mark this year's AGM at Trent Bridge by reporting that we have made an extremely good start to that new era.

David ‘Plum' Warner has given CWC weighty service during his five years as President, and has been the soundest of sounding boards for me. I would like to congratulate Plum on the way he has carried out his duties, and for supporting the Club so well during his time in office. I know Plum is delighted that Mike Selvey has accepted the Committee's invitation to succeed Plum as our President and, personally, I look forward to having Selve's wise counsel at close hand in my final year as Chairman.

Besides the appointment of Selve as President, which was ratified by AGM, I was pleased also to announce at Trent Bridge that Ali Martin and Richard Gibson have both accepted invitations to join a newly-expanded Committee, along with William Powell, who has worked hard for the Club for many years in various capacities and was brought on to the Committee at our March meeting. I look forward to having both Ali's and Richard's input during Committee business. The make-up of our Club Committee is now very strong and is rightly representative of many different areas of the cricket media and the younger age profile of our full-time working members


​Cricket Writers' Club members were again invited by MCC to help to host this year's Cricket Society/MCC Book of the Year Awards at a dinner in the Long Room at Lord's on April 17.

Author Harry Pearson, a former Guardian journalist and a previous winner, won the 2017 award with his book '
Connie: The Marvellous Life of Learie Constantine' (Little,Brown).

I am grateful to Richard Hobson, the new chairman of CWC's own Cricket Book Award sub-committee, Richard Whitehead, Lawrence Booth, Alan Gardner, Will Macpherson, Dan Norcross and Graham Morris for joining me as 'event hosts' at the function, which was entertainingly MC'd by our own Vic Marks in his capacity as head judge of the Cricket Society/MCC award panel.

Emma John, another CWC member, gave an excellent, well-received and witty address to a packed Long Room in her role as keynote speaker.

CWC's Mike Selvey was a member of Marks' judging panel, and former CWC chairman Patrick Eagar spoke briefly to the room about being the subject of Christian Ryan's book 'Feeling is the Thing that Happens in 1000th of a Second', which was on a shortlist of six alongside Pearson's winner and 'A Clear Blue Sky' (Jonny Bairstow and Duncan Hamilton), 'In Sunshine and Shadow' (Stephen Chalke), 'Edging Towards Darkness' (John Lazenby) and 'Democracy's XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story' (Rajdeep Sardesai).

Mark Baldwin, CWC Chairman
18th April, 2018


The media world was shocked on March 12 to learn of the death of Dave Callaghan, who gave website ball-by-ball coverage of all of Yorkshire County Cricket Club's first team matches for Radio Leeds. He died following a heart attack three days earlier.

Dave, a full member of The Cricket Writers' Club, was also a much valued member of the Dinner sub-committee, and at the Club's awards lunch in 2016 he did a question-and-answer session with Australian Jason Gillespie who was about to end his five-year association with Yorkshire which saw them win the County Championship in two consecutive seasons.

CWC President and Yorkshire cricket writer, David Warner, paying tribute to Dave, said: "His sudden and untimely death has come as a terrible shock to me and my heart goes out to his wife, Pat, and their family.

"In all of my 44 seasons of covering Yorkshire cricket, I have not come across a more likable or friendly colleague who was a larger than life figure and who was a consummate professional.

"He was superbly suited to his earlier roles as Radio Leeds sports editor before joining the Rugby League for a while but he it was when he began covering Yorkshire CCC home and away that he found his perfect niche in life.

"When the BBC local radio stations began their ball-by-ball coverage of County Cricket I wondered if the long hours and total commitment which was necessary would prove too arduous for Dave, but I couldn't have been more wrong.

"He relished the challenge and was absolutely brilliant, not only giving day-long live commentary but also cutting in several times each hour to serve the local radio stations throughout Yorkshire.

"Dave led the way and his expertise was admired by colleagues doing a similar job with other counties around the country.

"Both the media and Yorkshire County Cricket Club have lost a dear friend whom it will be virtually impossible to replace but it must be of some comfort to all who knew him that he went out at the very top of his game.

"Dave's death is also deeply felt by Yorkshire scorer, John Potter, and the three of us had many a happy evening together when Yorkshire were playing at away venues."

"'He was the life and soul of any gathering and was respected by all of the players that he was so closely connected with,' said John."

Mark Baldwin, CWC chairman, added:

It is with very great sadness that I pass on the terrible news about Dave Callaghan, who died today. Further details are now on the Yorkshire County Cricket Club website, so please go to

Dave was held in great affection by so many people in cricket, both in our business and in the wider game. He was also an active contributor to the life of the Cricket Writers' Club, having served as a member of the Lunch sub-committee for a number of years. Indeed, the rest of us on this sub-committee were looking forward to seeing him next Monday (March 19) when we are holding the first main meeting of the year to plan and prepare for this October's Annual Lunch. As many of you will remember, Dave made a big contribution in particular to the Club's 70th anniversary lunch, held at the Merchant Taylor's Hall in London, in 2016, when he and Jason Gillespie performed a special version of their highly-popular stage double act 'Dizzy and Dave'. Can I join Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur (see Yorkshire website piece) in passing on my and the Club's heartfelt condolences to Dave's wife Pat and his family, and to echo the county's request to respect the Callaghan family's privacy at this time.

On what has been a truly sad day for CWC, I also learned earlier today of the death of Neil Bell, of BBC South East (and formerly of BBC Radio Kent) and another long-standing member of our Club, who had been suffering from cancer. Again, it is awful to lose such a popular and respected colleague at no great age, and the CWC's thoughts also go to Neil's family.


The Cricket Writers’ Club has surely never endured a sadder 24 hours. Soon after the awful news of the deaths of Dave Callaghan and Neil Bell comes confirmation that David Munden has finally lost a long battle against Parkinson’s Disease.

Many CWC members will recall David’s fine cricket photography, and his immensely likeable character, but he was also a talented batsman who played for Leicestershire Second XI from 1975 until 1981 and was a contemporary of David Gower, with whom he also represented England Under 19s.

His passion for cricket was evident in the way he took to photographing the game once he realised he would not go on to enjoy a senior county career, and he was a highly popular and much-respected colleague in and around press boxes at home and abroad. Cruelly, David’s illness eventually forced him to retire from his photographic work and he fought against the debilitations of Parkinson’s for many years.

On behalf of CWC, I would like to send our condolences and best wishes to David’s family. The losses of David, ‘Cally’ and Neil Bell – all relatively young, and all within such a short time of each other – have hit this Club hard, but in different ways and across different mediums the three of them contributed much to the promotion and presentation of cricket to a wide audience and they will be remembered with huge affection. What they shared, meanwhile, was a deep love of cricket and respect for the game.

Mark Baldwin, CWC Chairman
13th March, 2018


Sir Michael Parkinson, President of the Lord's Taverners and a long-standing member of the Cricket Writers' Club, was at Lord's on March 12 to hand out the ECB's Domestic Cricket Journalism Awards for 2017.

The awards ceremony took place in the Pelham's Restaurant, at the top of the Warner Stand, and was linked to a special reception – hosted by the Taverners – for Essex County Cricket Club, winners of the 2017 Specsavers County Championship, and the Lancashire Women's team, winners of the 2017 Royal London Women's One-Day Cup.

The Cricket Writers' Club, which actively supports both the ECB's Domestic Cricket Journalism Awards and the ongoing work of the Lord's Taverners, was represented by Mark Baldwin, chairman of CWC, and Peter Baxter, who was part of the judging panel for the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Domestic Cricket Broadcaster of the Year Award.

For the past two years, CWC has made £2,500 available from Club subscriptions to go towards the prize fund for the Regional Newspaper of the Year award category, in a bid to highlight the help needed to maintain standards of domestic cricket coverage in hard-pressed regional titles.

Pictured in the slideshow above are the winners (or their representatives) receiving their awards from Sir Michael, who spoke beforehand in a Q&A with Chris Cowdrey about his lifelong love of cricket and the importance of cricket writing and other media coverage to the overall health of the game.

Colin Graves, the ECB Chairman who was present at the event, said: "County cricket has been honoured to have our champions invited to Buckingham Palace to receive their medals from the Duke of Edinburgh, the patron of the Lord's Taverners, since 1973.

"That era had to end when it was announced last May that His Royal Highness would not be carrying out public engagements from the autumn – fittingly, on a day when he was here at Lord's.

"So congratulations and thanks are due to the Lord's Taverners and everyone else involved in finding an equally fitting way to recognise the 2017 champions. Sir Michael Parkinson's deep love of cricket is well-known, and I know the players of both Essex and Lancashire appreciated his presence at the event. Sir Michael was also an ideal man to present the ECB Domestic Cricket Journalism Awards.

"County cricket journalism has suffered two sad losses in recent days, with the deaths of the former BBC Kent reporter Neil Bell, and the Yorkshire cricket correspondent Dave Callaghan. The amount of tributes to both these men has underlined again the superb coverage that county cricket receives from the BBC, and the genuine affection for the journalists and commentators who provide it.

"We at the ECB are consistently grateful for that, and we send our condolences to their families and friends. They will be missed and remembered in the forthcoming season."


Harry Pearson -
Connie, The Marvellous Life
of Learie Constantine
(MCC / Cricket Society
​Book Of The Year 2018)

Trevor McDonald

Jack Bailey