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Junior Journo entries still open

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Following the huge success of last year’s competition Junior Journo is continuing to run in 2012 as we aim to find the sports writing talent of the future during this year’s Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign.

Just like last year, we’re inviting Britain’s wannabe sports reporters to demonstrate their passion for the 40-over game by putting pen to paper. All young cricket fans have to do to enter is submit a report on their favourite, most exciting CB40 game they’ve attended this season in an attempt to bowl over their competition.

Winning entries will need to hit our expert panel of judges for six, including top sports reporter for The Times, Patrick Kidd and England cricketer Steven Finn.

The shortlisted and winning entries will be showcased on The Times online with the winners receiving a once in a lifetime opportunity to take their seat in the J.P. Morgan Media Centre at Lord’s and report on the CB40 Final for leading kids newspaper First News.

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England and Middlesex bowler Steven Finn is urging all budding cricket reporters to enter this summer's Junior Journo competition

And if that’s not enough winners will also spend a whole day at the HQ of The Times as they’re shown what it takes to be a top sports reporter at the one of the nation’s biggest newspapers.

But besides this winners will also receive three additional tickets for their friends and family to join them at the final, hampers to be enjoyed on the day, access to a Q&A with Clydesdale Bank cricket ambassadors in the Nursery Pavilion, a net session with Paul Collingwood at the final (for the two winners only) and an invitation to Clydesdale Bank’s end of season dinner.

Anyone aged up to 16 years old can enter with the competition split between two categories – 11yrs and under and 12-16yrs.

To enter, either send in your match report to junior.journo@ecb.co.uk or post it to Junior Journo, ECB Marketing & Communications, England and Wales Cricket Board, Lord’s Cricket Ground, St. John’s Wood Road, London, NW8 8QZ before Monday 3rd September 2012 when the competition closes.

Showing his support for the competition, Finn commented: “For as long as I can remember I have had a passion for cricket and journalism so being able to bring both of these together and inspire young cricket fans to put pen to paper is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.

“Hopefully this will encourage more young fans to enjoy the game and get even more from it. No doubt there will some amazing entries and I’m really looking forward to reading every one of them.”

For further information, some top tips and terms and conditions see the Junior Journo page in the CB40 section at www.ecb.co.uk/juniorjourno - click here