We want your OSCAs nominations!

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Know a high-flying volunteer worth a million dollars? Then we want to hear from you as the England & Wales Cricket Board has officially launched the NatWest-sponsored OSCAs for 2005.

Nominations are now being accepted for leading volunteers in cricket and you can have your say at www.ecb.co.uk/oscas

OSCA winners

The 2004 OSCAs winners

Your OSCAs nomination will be registered and the outstanding nominees will be chosen by county cricket boards and invited to the third Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) ceremony at Lord's on October 3; complete with red-carpet cricket stars and leading industry figures.

All nominees will receive a certificate of recognition.

You can nominate your chosen volunteer in one of seven categories:

1. Young Volunteer
Like Best Newcomer: Must be under 21 years at 3/10/05

2. Make a Difference
The money people: The volunteer who brings in new financial support

3. NatWest CricketForce 2005
The Team Players: The group of volunteers who managed a CricketForce project to improve their club’s environment

4. Get Involved
The next generation: The volunteer who has developed and made a difference to youth cricket

5. Leagues/Boards
The industry specialists: The volunteer who is active at local league, county board or county age group levels

6. Local Community Links
The OSCAs legacy: The volunteer who creates sustainable partnerships with volunteer co-ordinators, schools, voluntary organisations, inner city and deprived areas and relationships with other sports

7. Breaking New Ground
The wow factor: The volunteer with the most innovative approach to the development of the game

NatWest, the OSCAs' official sponsor, has confirmed their support for the awards for the third consecutive year.

NatWest 25 years

Lee Bailey, NatWest Sponsorship Manager, said: "2005 is a particularly proud year for NatWest as we celebrate supporting English cricket for 25 years. Together with the ECB we fully recognise the valuable contribution made by volunteers to the development of cricket in this country."

Christine de Cruz, the ECB National Volunteer Manager, added: "In a week where we see movie stars parading their jewels we want to unearth our own precious people in the world of cricket.

“Volunteers are the 'designer' fabric of our game at community level and we are delighted to honour our leading stars in this way."