Nottingham Post lands ECB award for coverage of Nottinghamshire’s dream season


The Post has been named Regional Newspaper of the Year at the seventh annual ECB Domestic Cricket Journalism Awards for its coverage of Nottinghamshire’s incredible 2017 season.

The judging panel praised us for “imaginative and innovative coverage” of Notts, who won the Royal London One Day Cup and NatWest T20 Blast, as well as promotion in the County Championship.

As well as conventional match reports and features, this year the Post, a runner-up in 2016, added podcast interviews with current players and coaches such as Peter Moores and Cheteshwar Pujara this year.

There were also features with club greats such as Sir Richard Hadlee and David Hussey to give readers the widest possible coverage.

The Journal and the Sunday Sun was also recognised with a share of the £3,500 prize fund for its coverage of cricket in the north east, supported by the Cricket Writers’ Club; and the Sunday Independent, the overall 2016 winner which has maintained its extensive coverage of cricket in the south-west.

Alex Hales reaches his century in the Royal London One Day Cup final

Mark Baldwin, chairman of the Cricket Writers’ Club, said: “We are delighted that ECB continue to make these awards, which underline the importance of high-quality media coverage of our domestic game. Winning significant editorial space for the domestic game across all media platforms is vital for cricket’s overall health in England and Wales.

“For a second year, the Cricket Writers’ Club’s overall support for these awards includes the provision of a prize fund for the Regional Newspaper of the Year category, precisely because we as a club want to do what we can to support coverage of county and domestic cricket.

“The monies that the Nottingham Post, The Journal and the Sunday Sun, and the Sunday Independent receive are designed to supplement coverage of the county game by their staff writers or regular freelance contributors, and I would like to thank CWC sponsors William Hill, The Lord’s Taverners, Smile Group Travel and Benenden Health for the support which makes our prize fund offer possible.”

Meanwhile, Isabelle Westbury has become the first female winner of the Domestic Cricket Broadcaster of the Year award – one of two that carry the name of Christopher Martin-Jenkins, the former commentator and journalist.

Ish Sodhi bows down before Samit Patel as Notts celebrate winning the NatWest T20 Blast
Ish Sodhi bows down before Samit Patel as Notts celebrate winning the NatWest T20 Blast

Charlie Taylor, who works for BBC Somerset, has become the first broadcaster to win the other “CMJ” award, the Young Cricket Journalist of the Year. Taylor’s programmes were also part of a winning entry from the BBC for the Outstanding Online Coverage of Domestic Cricket award.

The Times was recognised for Outstanding Newspaper Coverage of Domestic Cricket

The full list of winners:

Christopher Martin-Jenkins Domestic Cricket Broadcaster of the Year: Isabelle Westbury

Christopher Martin-Jenkins Young Journalist of the Year: Charlie Taylor, BBC Somerset. Runners-up: Isabelle Westbury, Will Macpherson

Outstanding Online Coverage of Domestic Cricket: BBC Online, including BBC Somerset Cricket Show. Commended: theguardian.com

Outstanding Newspaper Coverage of Domestic Cricket : The Times. Commended: Daily Mail

Regional Newspaper of the Year: Nottingham Post. Commended: Sunday Sun / The Journal, Sunday Independent.



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