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Cheadle Hulme up for OSCA

NatWest CricketForce 2007 - Cheadle Hulme CC

Andy Hardy and Martyn Hawkins put their weight behind NatWest CricketForce at Cheadle Hulme

Cheadle Hulme Cricket Club is in the running to land a top award at Lord’s.

The club has been shortlisted from more than 1,150 around the country for an Outstanding Service to Cricket Award (OSCA), one of the most prestigious in the sport.

Cheadle Hulme has been recognised for its efforts at NatWest CricketForce 2007, a Ground Force-style weekend aimed at renovating the club before the season.

Chris Beckley, Bob Bailey, Justin Goulding and Ewan McCray – key members of the Cheadle Hulme CC organising committee – will travel to the ‘home of cricket’ on Monday October 15 for a lavish awards ceremony hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board, the sport’s governing body.

Waitrose

Beckley, project manager for NatWest CricketForce at Cheadle Hulme, said: “It's a fantastic honour for us to be invited to Lord’s for these awards. We didn't think for one minute this would happen.

“While our volunteer work has been done in good will, purely for the love of cricket, it is still very flattering to be acknowledged for your work.”

Not only did Cheadle Hulme generate £16,500 in sponsorship and materials at NatWest CricketForce - from the likes of Waitrose and Monkhouse Sports - an unprecedented 200 volunteers carried out an estimated £8,000 of work in the space of two days on March 31-April 1.

The ground and facilities were transformed almost beyond recognition, an achievement made unique by the fact that 99% of the organisation took place only after Cheadle Hulme was selected as a showcase club less than a month before the event.

Bob Bailey & David Collier

ECB chief executive David Collier presents Bob Bailey with a CricketForce plaque

Junior membership has since grown by 35%; two extra junior teams have been formed; junior subscriptions are up 60%; an extra senior side has been entered for next season; Manchester University, one of the club’s partners, has increased its use of facilities by 50%; and the club has been highly commended by the Cheshire Cricket Board.

The OSCA nomination is the latest triumph of a magnificent summer, one of the most successful in Cheadle Hulme’s illustrious 126-year history.

The 1st XI were crowned champions of the Cheshire County League Second Division and reached the final of the Cheshire Plate, while Bailey – head of the junior section and the club’s driving force behind the scenes – landed the Stockport Coach of the Year award.

Shepperton CC in Surrey and Hampset CC, Somerset, have also been nominated for an OSCA in the NatWest CricketForce category.

NatWest CricketForce 2007 - Cheadle Hulme CC

CHCC volunteers enjoy NatWest CricketForce 2007