ECB today announced the winners of the third annual County Cricket Journalism Awards which recognise 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. He also receives a £5,000 scholarship which is supported by ECB.
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 being the outstanding Regional Newspaper over the past three years. The judging panel made specific reference to the Yorkshire Post’s outstanding supplements to mark Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s 150th anniversary.
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."