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THE ASHES: BOOKIES CLOSE BETTING AS ROOT SET TO START AT THREE
William Hill have closed the betting on England’s new No3 for the second Ashes test -– Joe is 5/6 to score more than 29 runs in the first innings – it is 18/1 he’s man of the match.
All eyes will be on Mitchell Johnson and William Hill are offering Even money he takes three or more wickets in the first innings.
He’s 10/1 to be Man of the Match.
It looks like the Adelaide test could be another bad tempered affair – it‘s 3/1 that an Australian is fined a percentage of his match fee for sledging and 8/1 an England player.
“Australia are very much favourites to win the second test and England will need their big players to stand up and be counted,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
Second Test: 13/8 Australia, 11/8 Draw, 5/2 England
2nd Test Man Of The Match: 8/1 Michael Clarke, 10/1 Alastair Cook, 10/1 Mitchell Johnson, 10/1 Ryan Garris, 12/1 David Warner, 12/1 James Anderson, 12/1 Kevin Pietersen, 12/1 Shane Watson, 16/1 Chris Rogers, 16/1 Graeme Swann, 16/1 Ian Bell, 16/1 Peter Siddle, 18/1 Chris Tremlett, 18/1 James Faulkner, 18/1 Joe Root, 18/1 Nathan Lyon, 18/1 Steven Finn, 18/1 Steven Smith, 20/1 Boyd Rankin, 20/1 George Bailey, 20/1 Michael Carberry, 20/1 Monty Panesar, 25/1 Brad Haddin, 25/1 Gary Ballance, 28/1 Jonny Bairstow, 28/1 Matt Prior, 33/1 Ben Stokes
Mitchell Johnson 1st Innings Wickets: 8/11 Two or less, Evens Three or more
Joe Root First Innings Runs: 5/6 Twenty Eight or less, 5/6 Twenty Nine or more
Any Australian Player to be fined a percentage of match fee for sledging in the second test: 3/1
Any England Player to be fined a percentage of match fee for sledging in the second test: 8/1
Players from both sides to be fined a percentage of their match fee: 14/1
Any player in the series to be suspended for one or more games for sledging: 20/1
Rupert Adams: email@example.com
ECB ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF COUNTY JOURNALISM AWARDS 2013
ECB today announced the winners of the third annual County Cricket Journalism Awards which recognises outstanding contributions towards the coverage of domestic cricket during the County season.
Charlie Talbot‐Smith, who works for the Sportsbeat press agency and is a regular contributor to The Cricket Paper, was named Christopher Martin-Jenkins Young Journalist of the Year. He receives a £5,000 scholarship supported by The Times to report on an overseas cricket event preferably involving County teams.
Scott Read who reports on county cricket for BBC Radio Manchester and BBC Radio Lancashire was named as the inaugural winner of the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Young Broadcaster of the Year award.
Both individual awards have been named in honour of the former BBC Radio Test Match Special commentator and ex-Times and Daily Telegraph cricket correspondent who died earlier this year.
The Cricket Paper won the National Newspaper of the Year award for the first time with The Derby Telegraph taking the Regional Newspaper of the Year Award and ESPN Cricinfo receiving the Online Publication award for the second year in a row.
The Yorkshire Post received the Special Award in recognition of its supplements to mark Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s 150th anniversary and its ongoing support for the county game.
The full list of winners:
Christopher Martin-Jenkins Young Journalist of the Year: Charlie Talbot Smith. Commended: David Jordan, Vithushan Ehantharajah
Christopher Martin-Jenkins Young Broadcaster of the Year: Scott Read. Commended: Will Atkins
National Newspaper of the Year: The Cricket Paper
Online Publication of the Year: ESPN Cricinfo
Regional Newspaper of the Year: The Derby Telegraph. Commended: The Sunday Independent
Special Award for Outstanding Innovation and Support of County Cricket: The Yorkshire Post
The judging of the awards was conducted by a four-strong panel comprising the Chairman of the Cricket Writers” Club, Pat Gibson, BBC Radio reporter Kevin Howells, Paul Bolton who covers county cricket regularly for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, and ECB Chief Executive David Collier.
The awards were presented to the winners today by ECB Chief Executive David Collier as part of an official reception hosted by the Lord’s Taverners for this year’s LV=County Championship title winners, Durham.
The winners accompanied the Women’s County Champions, Sussex, to Buckingham Palace for the annual presentation of the trophies by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, who is Patron and ‘Twelfth Man’ of the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.
ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: “In a year which has seen the sad loss of one of the game’s greatest ever broadcasters and writers, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, we would like to thank his widow Judy for allowing both individual awards to be re-named in ‘CMJ’s’ honour. We also thank The Times for their support for this initiative and our distinguished panel of judges for undertaking the difficult task of nominating winners from another strong field of entries for these awards.”
Chairman of the Cricket Writers’ Club Pat Gibson added: “The awards are designed to recognise outstanding coverage of county cricket and there was no doubt that The Cricket Paper produced the most comprehensive, consistent coverage at every level of the domestic game in 2013.
“The Cricket Paper also provided two of the three outstanding entries for the Christopher Martin‐Jenkins Young Journalist of the Year award in Charlie Talbot-Smith and David Jordan, last year's winner, in a strong field which bodes well for the future of cricket writing”.
“The Derby Telegraph was rewarded for finding a way to present exemplary coverage of county cricket at home and away in a harsh economic climate for provincial papers while The Yorkshire Post, winner of the first two regional awards, deserved a special trophy for its continued excellence and, in particular, its supplements to mark Yorkshire's 150th anniversary.”
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For images of today’s presentations, please contact:
James Gillson at the Lord’s Taverners:James.Gillson@lordstaverners.org
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DISCOUNTED BOOK OFFER – PERHAPS EVEN AN IDEAL CHRISTMAS GIFT?
Mark Baldwin is helping to distribute David Green's autobiographical book, 'A Handful of Confetti', which was published privately earlier this year and is only available by mail order and at a number of selected sale points (eg Gloucestershire CCC shop and through Malcolm Lorimer at Lancashire CCC). Greeny would like to offer any CWC members who have not yet begged, bought or half-inched a copy the chance to purchase one at a discounted rate by emailing their order to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or sending either Mark or David Green a cheque (made payable to D M Green) for £11.50 (which also covers P&P). The book is full of reminiscence and an often irreverent humour about a long sporting life in cricket and rugby, initially as a player with Oxford University, Lancashire and Gloucestershire in cricket and Sale and Bristol in senior rugby, and latterly as a cricket and rugby writer with the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph.
CRICKET WRITERS’ CLUB ANNUAL LUNCH - 2013
Members and guests much enjoyed the 67th annual gathering of the club on Monday September 30, which was again held at the Plaisterers’ Hall in London Wall. More than 200 diners attended an initial drinks reception, followed by a superb three-course lunch enhanced by wines to accompany each course supplied by Laithwaite’s Wines. Two firkins of London Pride beer was also donated by Fuller’s Brewery, and the Cricket Writers’ Club would like to thank both Fuller’s and Laithwaite’s for their generous support of the event.
David Fulton, of Sky Sports, was an expert master of ceremonies and four CWC awards were made during the lunch. Jim Cumbes won the Peter Smith Award for services to the presentation of cricket to the public and received his award from Joan Smith. Wayne Madsen, the Derbyshire captain, was voted William Hill County Championship Player of the Year and received his award from John Lever, the former Essex and England fast bowler. Ben Stokes, of Durham, won the Young Cricketer of the Year Award and, as he was sadly not able to attend on the day, it was received on his behalf by Chris Old, the former Yorkshire and England fast-bowling all-rounder who was the 1970 winner of the award. Stephen Brenkley, chairman of the book award committee, presented a cheque to Charlotte Atyeo from Bloomsbury, publishers of The Great Tamasha by James Astill. And Mike Griffith, on his last day as president of MCC, presented Wayne Madsen with a magnum of champagne for winning the inaugural Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Award..
Pat Gibson, the chairman of the Cricket Writers’ Club, made a well-received ’keynote’ speech which has been reported in full in The Cricket Paper.
A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CRICKET WRITERS’ CLUB
LORD’S BICENTENARY & THE CRICKET WRITERS’ CLUB
The season is over, sadly, but here is something to exercise the minds of Members who are not too busy with overseas tours etc in the coming months.
MCC has invited The Cricket Writers’ Club to participate in one of the initiatives they are planning as part of the celebrations for the Bicentenary of Lord’s next year.
They want to engage cricket enthusiasts by encouraging an online vote to discover what is considered to be the best match ever played at Lord’s and the best individual performances at the ground. These can be any game or performance in any format, be they in men’s or women’s cricket, amateur or professional.
MCC would be very grateful for nominations to come from CWC because they believe that, collectively, our Members will have the greatest range and depth of knowledge about the cricket played at Lord’s over 200 years. They will also be asking for suggestions elsewhere (eg MCC Members), but envisage that most of the nominations will come from us.
To enable the voters to come to considered decisions, they are asking for nominations in any category, of between 300 and 500 words. These should be submitted to MCC via a special address - email@example.com - between 1st October and 31st December, 2013. The MCC judging panel will collate the results and publish one nomination a week on the Lord’s website throughout the first half of 2014.
They will then invite online votes in the run up to the men’s MCC v Rest of the World limited-overs international to be played at Lord’s in July. The winners of the online poll will be announced at a pre-match Dinner.
It promises to be a great occasion and all CWC Members who submit a nomination will be entered into a draw for three pairs of tickets.
10th September, 2013
REPORT ON VISIT TO SOMERSET CCC September 3, 2013
I doubled up to attend the unveiling of the plaque for Eric Hill, who worked for seventy years as a journalist and broadcaster, played for the county and was a WW11 hero (being awarded the DFC and DFM), and also saw the latest plans for Somerset CCC media centre. There were a dozen members who went to the function, followed by lunch and there were two outstanding speeches from Richard Latham and Chairman Pat Gibson. Eric was 87 and one of his finest achievements was to locate Tirpitz in a fjord in Norway to photograph it while his Mosquito was under constant attack from German aircraft.
Guy Lavender, Somerset’s CEO, is one of the new breed of CEOs in cricket - young, fit looking and full of energy and ideas. A former Army officer, he has a similar background to Richard Gould, his predecessor. Guy showed me the new plans and they look very impressive. The idea of having a hotel or corporate rooms which could house a temporary press box has been dropped. For the first time since I have been doing this job the print media press box is going to be at the top, above the Sky floor. Sky reckoned it would be too high for their camera angles. It won’t be too high for us - ideal in fact.
There will be a 35 seat press box on one side, a permanent structure, and when an ODI or a big event is planned, three biggish rooms will be opened up for the print media. Between the floors, they intend to have an open air area which their members can use for drinks etc, similar to the new one at the pavilion of Lord’s.
The Media Centre is behind the arm on the same side of the old press box and sun may pose problems but at that height, there should be no problems about people moving around in the box. David Lloyd - ours, not Sky’s - raised the point about Wi-Fi not being perfect in the old press box but Sally Donoghue, the Operations Manager, thought there were no problems when thirty Australian journalists covered their match. That’s a point to take up when we meet Guy next season.
Incidentally, Somerset now has one of the best cricket museums, housed in one of Taunton’s oldest buildings. A member left them a lot of money and they have refurbished it and are building up an interesting stock of memorabilia.
At the time of writing Somerset face being relegated but they will press on their redevelopment regardless.
By Brian Scovell, Chairman of CWC Facilities Committee
REPORT FROM BRIAN SCOVELL ON GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S NEW MEDIA CENTRE
After Bristol City Council approved the redevelopment in 2010, the club announced that the work would be competed in May 2013. But changes concerning the building of the 147 flats delayed the work on Part One and Tom Richardson, the club’s secretary, invited me to see the new pavilion costing £4m which houses the media centre.
It looks good. It is behind the arm and the press box which is above the players’ accommodation is at an optimum height, not too high and not too low. They are using the same method at the Ageas Bowl. The high ceilinged room is going to be used normally for functions but with international matches five rows of twenty seats will be put up, ensuring that everyone has a proper view of the whole of the ground. In front, there are 175 seats outside, presumably to be used for corporates outside of big matches.
With the sun coming from the rear there will be no problem about glare. Unlike Sophia Gardens, there won’t be any struts to block anyone’s viewing because they are using thin ones. Asked about the risk of broken windows, Peter Hall, the Ground Operations Manager, said "There are hundreds of windows from the flats as well as those in the media centre and the pavilion and the builders say they used toughened glass to withstand being hit by a ball but cannot guarantee a window or two might be broken."
Wi-Fi and cable is being installed and two TV screens have been placed on either side. I pointed out that the screens need to be higher, not ground level, and also several could be put along the top of the windows (viz Lord’s except the locals will be able to see what is going on unlike Lord’s). The adequately sized media room is at the rear and it will be used for meals and refreshments - served from a kitchen alongside and from a bar - and it will double up with for interviewing purposes later in the day. The players come up from the stairs on the right straight into the room. Two lifts are in close proximity and the day before I came one broke down, was repaired and then broke down again. "Teething problems" said Peter. Three toilets are close by.
There are three reasonably sized studios for radio purposes and for normal county matches one will be used for the written press. I reminded Peter that lockers are needed, also hangers, and he said he would make a note of it. As for parking they will have around 400 spaces, much of it coming from the former orphans’ building, now a College, on the right. The ECB usually reserve 60-70 for the press for international matches. Gloucestershire are aiming to stage a match in the 2019 World Cup and compete to stage other ODIs earlier. Next Tuesday (August 20) England Lions take on Bangladesh in an ODI and they don’t to be deluged with applications for press passes. So far the club have yet to install floodlights but they probably will in a year or two.
The capacity will eventually be 17,000, with slightly more than half of it being temporary accommodation. Incidentally, Tom Richardson is about to retire. Will Brown of Bet Fair is taking over as CEO.
REPORT ON VISIT TO OLD TRAFFORD ON ITS ASHES REBIRTH 3/8/2013
Mike Atherton used to complain about the glare of the sun and about movement in the old Red Rose press box and he was one of the many who raved about the new press facilities at revamped Old Trafford. Most critics wrote laudatory pieces about them and except for one, none of them found a fault.
The exception was our good friend Jim Maxwell. “Everything is fine,” he said, “but I can’t see the scoreboard!” There is a truncated scoreboard/cum advertising construction down at deep mid wicket from the press box and you had to agree, he had a point. Geoff Durbin, Lancashire’s Operations Manager, said “The ECB wanted to use that place to advertise Investic, the sponsors. When more development takes place, there should be another one.” The existing scoreboard, on the far right, just peeps out above the stand but most of the main information is hidden from the well designed press box which has 114 spacious working spaces.
The press box is at a good, optimum height, not too high (Lord’s and Edgbaston suffer from that) and not too low (the Oval).
Geoff did several national TV and radio interviews and his beaming face reflected the joy of everyone involved in rescuing Old Trafford from the threat of losing Test matches. He was particularly pleased to hear Gary Neville say to TMS’s Jonathan Agnew “where I’m sitting here is better than the commentating seats I have in football matches.”
Doors on either side open to let in fresh air, which is a rarity in English Test match grounds. Another good point is that you step out of the glass doors across to the media room where lunch and tea is served before it is turned into the interview room. In the toilets, they’ve used quotes from famous cricket writers on a wall to while away a few minutes. Martin Johnson, of “can’t bat, can’t bowl, can’t field” fame, was somewhat taken aback to be one of the names used.
The large lifts are fast and efficient and we were greeted by smiling attendants to show us to our seats. The contrast with the moneybags big clubs of the Premier League was stark. The food was better as well and after the tea interval ice cream, made by a company in Buckinghamshire, was served at your position. Arsenal were the pioneers of serving ice cream but hardly any club followed their lead.
Lockers have yet to be installed but they will be.
Lancashire went through a number of crises when they embarked on their £45m refurburbishment and they teetered on the brink several times but everyone deserves the highest praise, particularly Jim Cumbes who never lost his sense of humour.
Chairman of the Cricket Writers’ Club Facilities Committee
David Warner is the new President
Following his installation by the Chairman, Pat Gibson, at the Annual General Meeting on Monday, 15th April, 2013, the new President of the Cricket Writers’ Club, David Warner, addressed the Meeting thus:-
Mr Chairman, fellow Members of the Cricket Writers’ Club
This is a tremendous honour which you have bestowed upon me. To follow directly in the footsteps of our much-loved Christopher Martin-Jenkins is the greatest privilege imaginable.
I think our Chairman will confirm that, when he range me with the invitation to become President, I was left totally stunned for a while. In all seriousness, it was a reaction which I feel would not have been experienced by any of the previous Presidents when they were first asked if they were prepared to stand.
Alan Gibson, Tony Lewis, Michael Melford, John Woodcock, Derek Hodgson, Robin Marlar and CM-J were all men with international reputations already secured, men known wherever first-class cricket is played in the world. They would have been immensely proud to become President, but I doubt whether they would have been rendered speechless, because they were obvious front-line candidates for the role. As for myself, I think I can be likened to the winner of this year’s Grand National - Aurora’s Encore - an outsider choice but, nevertheless, trained in Yorkshire!
Apart from attending several of the Headingley Test Matches, the county scene has been my patch since I first started out as Yorkshire cricket correspondent for the Bradford Telegraph & Argus in 1975, along with the York Evening Press and the Northern Echo at Darlington. I would very much like to think - in fact, I know - that asking me to become your President recognizes the importance The Cricket Writers’ Club attaches to county cricket.
I just hope that newspapers around the land come to understand again that half-empty grounds do not equate to a diminishing interest in the game. Indeed, the opposite is true. People who do not have the time to spend many days at county cricket want to be kept full-informed as to what is going on.
It has been my good fortune to be acquainted to some degree or other with all your previous Presidents and with a good deal of your worthy Chairmen..... Gibbo, for instance, being a top writer on the game even when I first started out! I have shared laughter and Press Box anecdotes with so very many of you here today and I hope this will continue and that you will still regard me as “Plum”.
In closing, I was going to say that your Committee had no idea in nominating me for the Presidency jut how much the office would mean to me, but then I realized that this would be untrue and an unworthy suggestion. They know full well what it means to me and I thank you all. I will try not to let any of you down and I will try not to let CM-J down. I will bring 100 per cent enthusiasm to this job- not 110 per cent, please note, or even 120 per cent. Just 100 per cent, no more and no less.
Thank you very much.