On the 25th August 2011, some of the most outstanding cricket volunteers in the County were invited to Grace Road to recognise their contribution to cricket. The event, held at the Charles Palmer Suite, included a ceremony presenting awards to seven different categories followed by a Q&A session with players from the Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

This year saw a record amount of nominations for the categories and all nominees and their nominators were invited to the event. Laura Joyce (Cricket Development Officer, Leicestershire and Rutland Board) kicked off the evening introducing the presentation party which included partners and sponsors of the event. The ceremony was lead by Mike Siddall (CEO Leicestershire County Cricket Club) who began by thanking every nominee for their dedicated service to cricket. The winners were presented with a certificate and an invitation to the National OSCAs on the 17th October 2011, which takes place at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The winners for the categories were as follows:

Behind the Scenes – Alison Kirk (Barkby CC)

Officiating – Graham Pickering (Leicestershire and Rutland ACO)

Building Partnerships – Charlie Scott (Uppingham Town CC)

Leagues and Boards – Jeff Baxter (Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Board and Leicestershire Youth Cricket League)

NatWest CricketForce – Thorpe Arnold CC

Young Volunteer – Daniel Chapman (Newbold Verdon CC)

Lifetime Achiever – Dick Fowkes (Kegworth CC)

After the ceremony a Q&A session with Jacques de Toit and Harry Gurney (Leicestershire CCC) who recited their memories of club cricket and the importance certain volunteers had on their careers. Both players were relaxed and confident in their team’s ability to win their forthcoming fixtures at the Friends Life T20 finals day, which proved to be correct!

Photographs of the evening are available to view and purchase from the gallery section of the web-site.

Congratulations goes out to all those nominated for their services to cricket and good luck to the winners who will be going to Lord’s Cricket Ground in October.