County news October 30, 2013

ESPNcricinfo county coverage scoops ECB award

ESPNcricinfo staff

ESPNcricinfo has been recognised as the best destination for county cricket coverage after being named as the ECB's Online Publication of the Year.

It is the second consecutive year that ESPNcricinfo has scooped the prize, which is a part of the County Cricket Journalism Awards that recognises outstanding contributions towards the coverage of domestic cricket during the County season.

ESPNcricinfo's Vithushan Ehantharajah was also commended in the Young Journalist of the Year category.

ESPNcricinfo expanded its county coverage for 2013 with an improved live County Championship blog, video reports and in-depth county analysis through the Supporters Network. It has continued to break the latest news on the county game and provide the sharpest match reports.

The Cricket Paper was named the National Newspaper of the Year, with the Derby Telegraph being given the Regional Newspaper-of-the-Year award.

A special award was also bestowed upon the Yorkshire Post in recognition of being the outstanding regional newspaper in the previous three years, and for its "outstanding supplements" to mark Yorkshire's 150th anniversary.

Individual honours, renamed in honour of the late Christopher Martin-Jenkins, were awarded to Charlie Talbot-Smith of the Cricket Paper, as the Young Journalist of the Year, and Scott Reid of BBC Manchester as the inaugural Young Broadcaster of the Year.

The awards were presented by ECB chief executive David Collier at an official reception hosted by the Lord's Taverners for County Champions Durham. The winners, along with Women's county champions Sussex, were then received at Buckingham Palace by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

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  • Jeff on October 31, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Congratulations and the county site is indeed very good. However, one minor grumble - the "One Man & His Dog" county blogs were a total and utter waste of time, at least they were for my team.

    I support Middlesex and throughout the whole season there were just 6 blogs posted and 2 of those were in April!! There was nothing posted between May 25th and July 9th - that's more than 6 weeks at the height of summer. And then there was nothing again between August 8th and September 25th - another 6 weeks of nothingness at the climax of the season !!!

    I don't know if other counties were similarly poorly served, but if you are going to do a blog, then you have to do it more than once a month.

    The idea was a good one but it's probably worth hiring someone to do it who actually has the time/inclination.

  • Adrian on October 31, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Well done cricinfo. I think your coverage of the County Championship was top class this year and I really enjoyed following the matches with you.

  • Steve on October 31, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Well done guys - I enjoyed contributing through the season as the Derbyshire correspondent on the Supporters Network and although work commitments prevented me from regular involvement in the daily blog, the coverage was impressive, ground-breaking and refreshing. I hope that it can be repeated next year, as it gave a voice to the ordinary cricket fan and enabled supporters of all sides to interact in a positive, moderated environment. Best wishes to all!

  • Graham on October 31, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Well done Cricinfo!

    I wish I could have it on every day of the year rather than having to sneak a look while at work. Cricinfo is like Wisden Almanack, when you are looking for something it takes you off down another path and 45 minutes later you forgot what you where looking for in the first place.

    Love the Cricket Paper as well, a really good detailed read from test matches down to minor counties and the local club cricket premier leagues.

  • Simon on October 31, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    The service the site offers is quite outstanding in respect of all forms of cricket but the attention to detail on the County front is unbeatable. I have no access to live cricket on TV, yet Cricinfo provides a remarkable level of informed and accurate coverage which has actually revived my interest in the sport. To be able to experience Lancashire's ups and downs - from champions to relegation and back again - has been fantastic. Please keep up this excellent - and deservedly award-winning - reporting.

  • John on October 30, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    Congratulations ESPN

    Discovered the website when trying to keep up with a Somerset game. Sky were ok at keeping up to date (scorecards) on their text (which is gone now) but they would never list when rain had stopped play or anything. Excellent coverage , articles etc but esp good for following the live scores

  • LAVIGNE on October 30, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Congratulations to Cricinfo. I am a regular follower of County Cricket (even if I am not English) and all the news and match details were a treat to read or watch. One suggestion regarding the photo which illustrates this piece of news : would it be possible to add a legend with the names of the people shown on the photo ? And the "enlarge" is not working ! What a pity.

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