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ESPNcricinfo wins county coverage award

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 24, 2012

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Warwickshire pose with the County Championship trophy, Worcestershire v Warwickshire, County Championship, Division One, New Road, 3rd day, September 6, 2012
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ESPNcricinfo's expanded coverage of English county cricket has been recognised by the ECB after it was named online publication of the year in the governing body's 2012 County Journalism Awards.

Our expert team, led by senior correspondent George Dobell, has consistently led the way in providing the brightest and most significant county cricket coverage around. No other website offers the same quality of reporting, whether in the latest news stories, our extensive match reports or the rolling coverage provided daily in our insightful and irreverent county blog.

Throughout the 2012 season, county cricket lovers increasingly chose ESPNcricinfo as their preferred choice for news of the domestic game - and our extensive coverage will continue in 2013.

"The 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," ECB chief executive, David Collier, said. "Congratulations go to all our winners and our thanks to the Cricket Writers' Club and the judging panel for supporting this initiative once again."

Other winners included the Daily Telegraph, named national newspaper of the year, the Yorkshire Post, which took the regional award, and special acknowledgement of the recently founded Cricket Paper for "outstanding innovation and support of county cricket". David Jordan, who writes for the Sportsbeat press agency, was named young journalist of the year.

The awards were presented by Collier as part of an official reception hosted by the Lord's Taverners for this year's County Championship winners, Warwickshire. Women's County Champions, Kent, were also present at 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.

Pat Gibson, the chairman of the Cricket Writers' Club, 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."

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Posted by allblue on (October 25, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

Firstly congratulations to Cricinfo on the award. One thing I like about your coverage is that your correspondents are genuinely enthusiastic about County cricket, and reports from every game is much appreciated. @ Selassie-I I agree that the BBC website is pretty half-hearted, but BBC local radio does provide online commentaries, available worldwide, which is an excellent service. Cricinfo kindly links to their commentaries page next to the scorecards.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (October 24, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

Cricket lovers are pretty well looked after on cricinfo and this too applies to the Cinderella world of county cricket which is so spurned in certain other quarters though i do think Sky try well also. I'm still trying to grasp the full extent of Stats guru, but that is another aspect of cricnfo altogether. Writeups of County Cricket are way above and beyond other resources.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 24, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

Have to say congratulations ESPN . I discovered this site last year when trying to access a Somerset score. Previously I'd just use Sky text and for some reason the scores weren't been updated and I did a google search and found this site and eventually it has become a kind of addiction for me. I hope this award won't affect the reporting if there is anything ESPN feel is wrong with the way ECB are doing things.

Posted by whatawicket on (October 24, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

selassie-I the BBC brought the lose of cricket on themselves. the thing i can remember during the end of their last season was graham gooch was nearing his 300 against India at lords, and they left before he passed it to go horse racing and if memory serves me it was just a run of the mill race. any sport would come before cricket, so as i said they brought this on themselves. sky have done a great service to english cricket not only covering home but all our overseas test and the vast majority of overseas tests were england were not involved. so long live sky i say.

Posted by Usmanpak55 on (October 24, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

and very rightly so bcoz there is no other website which updates ball by ball coverage of international and domestic matches in any country.EspnCricinfo even covers associate & affiliate matches also.Infact EspnCricinfo is a complete package and it deserves more awards.

Posted by Selassie-I on (October 24, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Well done cricinfo, shame on you BBC! the sad thruth is that the BBC has all but abondoned county cricket.

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