Regional papers scoop honours at cricket awards

Four regional newspapers have been praised for their coverage of county cricket at an annual awards ceremony.

The Bolton News was named regional newspaper of the year at the ECB Domestic Journalism Awards, which were held for the 11th year recently.

The Liverpool Echo, a previous winner of the award, was highly commended.

In the outstanding newspaper coverage of domestic cricket category, the Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen were both highly commended, with the Cricket Paper taking the top prize.

Judges said: “The winning entry, the Bolton News, was a superb example of local reporters celebrating the stories that mattered to their community — ranging from engaging features on England players produced by the town to an in-depth look at the otherwise unheralded Bolton Cricket League.

“The judges also enjoyed the photo archive of old teams and matches. In a part of the country often dominated by football, the Bolton News is proudly flying the flag for its local cricketers.

“Highly commended are the Liverpool Echo, where Tom Evans’s coverage of the sport, purely as a volunteer, impressed the judges for its breadth and depth — not least an interview with Ellie Threlkeld of nearby Rainford CC, one of the stars of the Hundred, and a well-researched feature on left-arm spin.”

Writing on Twitter, Jamie Bowman, who covers cricket on the Bolton News, said: “Well this is rather lovely — my cricket writing last season for the Bolton News has meant it has won Regional Newspaper of the Year at the ECB Domestic Journalism Awards.

“Huge thanks to Adam Lord [former sports editor of the Bolton News] who encouraged me to write about the sport for the paper and everyone on the j udging panel for their kind words about my writing. Congratulations too to my old colleague and friend Tom Evans who was highly commended for his brilliant coverage in the Liverpool Echo.”

Adrian Harms (BBC Radio Surrey) was named the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Domestic Cricket Broadcaster of the Year. The 2014 winner Richard Rae (BBC Radio Leicestershire) and Ed Seabourne (BBC Radio Bristol) were commended.

Judges said: “Adrian combines real warmth in his commentary with a good facility for language and excellent technical insight. His knowledge of the players and their stories is exactly what you want from a county cricket commentator, and the judges were impressed by his ability to convey the big moments in a captivating manner. He celebrates the county game in the best way.”

ECB Managing Director of County Cricket, Neil Snowball, said: “These awards have showcased the quality of domestic cricket journalism for over a decade and I would like to congratulate this year’s winners who deserve their place on the honour roll.

“The depth and talent of entries for the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Young Journalist award was particularly striking this year. The written and broadcast media play a valuable role in the health of our game and it is pleasing to see so many impressive young journalists coming through and getting opportunities to do that important job.

“I would also like to thank the Cricket Writers’ Club for its support and the judging panel, made up of journalists and broadcasters from across the world, for taking time out of their busy schedules to judge the awards.”

Cricket Writers’ Club chair, George Dobell, said: “The CWC would like to congratulate all those who have won and been commended. The judges tell me they were particularly struck by the diversity of cricket covered by this year’s entries and it’s great to see some new names among the winners. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a great deal from them for many years.

“Thanks to the ECB for continuing to value the work of our members. There are times, no doubt, when we disagree, but there will always be far more that unites us than divides. Thanks, too, to all the publications who continue to provide space to our great game.”

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