ECB names County Journalism Awards winners

Yorkshire Bank

ECB today announced the winners of the second annual County Cricket Journalism Awards which recognises outstanding contributions towards the coverage of domestic cricket during the county season.

David Jordan, who covers county cricket for the Sportsbeat press agency, was named Young Journalist of the Year. He receives a £5,000 scholarship from the ECB to report on an overseas cricket event preferably involving county teams.

The other winners were:

National Newspaper of the Year: The Daily Telegraph
Online Publication of the Year: ESPN Cricinfo
Regional Newspaper of the Year: The Yorkshire Post
Special Award for Outstanding Innovation and Support of County Cricket: The Cricket Paper

The Derby Telegraph was also highly commended by the judges in the regional newspaper category.

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, Warwickshire.

The winners accompanied the Women's County Champions, Kent, to Buckingham Palace for the annual presentation of the trophies by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, who is Patron and 'Twelfth Man' of recreational cricket's official charity.

Collier said: "ECB is keen to promote the coverage of county cricket and we were delighted with both the quantity and quality of entries for this year's competition. Congratulations go to all our winners and our thanks to The Cricket Writers' Club and the judging panel for supporting this initiative once again.

Gibson added: "The winners in the national newspaper and online categories were rewarded for significantly improving their coverage and while The Yorkshire Post continues to set the standard among the regionals they were challenged hard by other newspapers from around the country.

"As for the Young Journalist award, it was encouraging to see so many entries from young writers who obviously have a passion for the game. This bodes well for the future of cricket writing. Overall, the standard was very high and we are proud that our members contributed most of the material."