The Sentinel has been honoured for its coverage of local cricket in the ECB’s national awards.
The Sentinel was named runner-up – along with the Somerset Gazette – in the Regional Newspaper of the Year category at the Domestic Cricket Journalism Awards.
The Yorkshire Post was named as the top regional paper for the second successive year.
The Sentinel’s coverage, led by cricket writer Chris Travers, takes in all the local leagues as well as Staffordshire and Cheshire’s minor county teams.
And 2019 was a particularly memorable year for Staffs after they were crowned Unicorns Eastern Division champions. They then narrowly lost the Championship final to Berkshire at Banbury.
Martin Tideswell, editor of The Sentinel and StokeonTrentLive, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Chris has been honoured for his exceptional coverage of cricket across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.
“He provides a Rolls Royce service which is valued by our readers in print and online.”
The awards judges – Alison Mitchell, Melinda Farrell, David Gower, Bruce Talbot, Jonathan Liew, David Lloyd, Vic Marks, Eleanor Oldroyd and Derek Pringle – were impressed by the Sentinel’s coverage both in-paper and online.
The judging panel said: “The Sentinel and the Somerset County Gazette had plenty of good material to work with last summer and in both cases they responded with imagination and skill to produce some excellent cricket spreads.”
Cricket Writers’ Club chair Alison Mitchell added: “These awards continue to shine a light on the impressive breadth and high quality of journalism that exists across the country in the domestic game.
“It was particularly gratifying to see the number of entries from the regional press, where desks are under the most pressure.”
The Daily Telegraph won the award for Outstanding Newspaper Coverage of Domestic Cricket, while The Cricketer scooped the online prize.
Plans are already in place for the Sentinel’s coverage of the local game this summer.
It all kicks off with a free 36-page pre-season supplement, which will be in the paper on Thursday, April 9.