Cricket is a sport, like many others, which relies heavily on the volunteers that run it. From your club chairmen and Groundsmen to the junior coaches and officials, there are many people who give up their time so that cricket can be played at local community clubs. There are also countless volunteers in the local community supporting cricket delivery in schools, community groups and informal settings. However, cricket is unique as the NatWest OSCAs (Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards) are held annually to recognise the work, commitment and positive impact of these key individuals.
We welcomed 32 nominee to Fischer County Ground Grace Road on Wednesday 7th September for OSCAs evening. There where 7 categories in total and we announced the winners on the night who will now get a chance to represent Leicestershire and Rutland at Lords Cricket Ground on Tuesday 4th October.
The 7 winners are:
“James has been at the club for many years starting as a junior, he is now a committee member and has generated sponsorship for the club over the last 2 season. Not only this he also managers and runs the kwik cricket team coaching sessions and match days”
“The carpentry students at Stephenson College completed a project for Kegworth Town CC this winter, building a scorers hut and officials changing facility adjacent to the electronic scoreboard. The labour was provided free of charge and gave the students some very valuable work experience. This was a high quality structure which has provided the scorers with an unobstructed view of the wicket. “
Officiating- Umpiring and Scoring- Rhys Dickerson who was nominated by Brad Peake from Cropston who had this to say-
“17 year old Rhys has been 2nd XI scorer for Cropston CC for four seasons, developing his competency during this time and dealing with the introduction of an electronic scoreboard in 2016. He is there every week and his commitment at this age is a real asset to the club.”
League- Andy Jones who was nominated by Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket League who had this to say
Whether this is looking at ways for games to be re-scheduled, implementing a player loan system in 2015, using social media to engage with clubs and players or proactively encouraging completion of the NCPS through prize draws he is always willing to try new things.
It’s testament to his drive and determination that this new league (which didn’t look possible at the beginning of the merger discussions) has since transformed seamlessly into a structure that’s gone from strength to strength with over 200 teams in it. “
Get The Game On- Adam Clapton who was nominated by Helen Clarke from Shepshed CC who has this to say-
“Adam has been part of Shepshed Cricket Club since playing as a junior. He is the main groundmens at Shepshed, as well as playing for our first team. Adam works full time at the ground, in addition to his regular full time day job, ensuring the pitch is always at its best, from the preparation of the square to ensuring the outfield is at its best as well as maintaining the clubhouse and other aspects of the overall site e.g. the boundary hedges and the nets.”
Heartbeat of the Club- Nigel Freeman-Langford who was nominated by Graham Redfern from Grace Dieu Park who had this to say-
“Nigel has spent countless hours developing Grace Dieu junior section from u10-15 increasing our numbers and coaching both boys and girls. He has actively visited local schools, encouraging and supporting new young people into the club. He is club welfare officer and entertainment organiser whilst still finding time to put out the boundary, chairs for parents and firing up the important BBQ. During the winter he organises all junior training and really is the true heartbeat of the club. Coach, mentor, developer, ground staff, welfare, scorer, umpire, club clown and great bloke we couldn’t do without.”
Lifetime Achiever – Vincent Tarbox who was nominated by Elaine Pickering from Dunton Bassett CC who had this to say-
“Vincent turns 70 in November this year and will be retiring as Dunton Bassetts Groundsman at the end of the season, a role he has carried out for approximately 40 years. Having been involved at the club his entire life he was often seen at the ground helping his father. Vincent has also held the role of Club Chairman and been instrumental in improving the facilities over the last 5 years including the development of artificial nets, a new brick storage shed and sightscreens. “
Leicestershire County Cricket Club would like to take this opportunity to thank all who nominated as well as the volunteers who make such a difference to our game.
Here is a list of all the nominees.
Young Volunteer Sam Ellison (Melton Mowbray CC) Luke Miller (Dunton Bassett) Nathan Stretton (Langtons) Katie Oliver (Shepshed) Ben Miles (Billesdon)
NatWest Cricket Force Sachi Manokaran (Leicester Electricity Sports)
Officiating- Scoring and Umpiring Richard Pollard (Cropston CC) Scott Fraser (Uppingham Town)
Get The Game On Chris Minckley (Market Overton) Mohammed Hanif (Leicester Caribbean) Chris Burton (Shepshed) Paul Oliver (Shepshed)
Heartbeat of the Club- William Relf (Loughborough Carillion) Hal Goring (Leicester Caribbean) Steve Holt (Fleckney Village) Yahya Hafeejee (Leicester Caribbean) George Martin (Leicester Caribbean) Karl Tew (Melton Mowbray) Rupert Smallshaw (Melton Mowbray) John Shipman (Barrow Town) Stephen Chantrill (Shepshed) Julie Rayson-Flynn (Shepshed)
Lifetime Achiever –Paul Abbott (Kibworth) Stepehen Chantrill (Shepshed)