ECB announces OSCAs nominations

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The ECB has announced the nominees for the 2005 OSCAs (Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards), which are awarded to those volunteers who give their time to supporting cricket at recreational level.

This year’s OSCAs ceremony will be held at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Monday October 3.

The OSCAs event is supported by NatWest and is part of the ECB’s Volunteers Strategy. Partnerships have been established, for example with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, through the development of the volunteer programme which enable the recruitment and training of young people.

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The OSCAs consist of seven categories, with three nominations in each category. NatWest CricketForce is the first category and 2005’s event was the biggest volunteering cricketing initiative ever in England and Wales with 665 clubs taking part over the weekend of April 2-3. It is awarded to a volunteer or group of volunteers who managed a project to improve the clubhouse and/or the club’s grounds.

Young Volunteer is awarded to a volunteer under the age of 21 as at 03/10/05.

The Leagues and Boards Award is given to a volunteer who is active at local league, County Board or County age group levels.

Local Community Links is the category for those who have created substantial partnerships with volunteer co-ordinators, schools, voluntary organisations, inner city and deprived areas and relationships with other sports.

The Breaking New Ground category is open to the nominations of a volunteer who has provided an innovative approach to the development of the game.

Get Involved is an opportunity to vote for those volunteers who have developed and made a difference to youth cricket.

The final category is entitled Make a Difference and is awarded to a volunteer who brings in new financial support.

Pete Ackerley, ECB Head of Development, said, “I’m always astonished by the amount of time that people donate to cricket at recreational level and the OSCAs is our way of giving something back to them and showing our appreciation of their work.

“Without these volunteers, cricket would definitely not be in the position it is in today. Every cricketer, professional or amateur, owes something to a volunteer, who tirelessly give their time to the game for the benefit of others and we, at the ECB, want to give recognition for their continued hard work.”

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 and, together with the ECB, we fully recognise the valuable contribution made by volunteers to the development of cricket in this country.”

The 2005 nominations are as follows:

NatWest CricketForce:

  • Shifnal Cricket Club (Shropshire)
  • Workington Cricket Club (Cumbria)
  • Evelyn Hetherington (Nottinghamshire)

Young Volunteer

  • Steve Jeffrey (Cumbria)
  • Kayleigh Hodges (Berkshire)
  • James Carr (Devon)
  • Robert White (Essex)
  • Pair: Alex Stewart and Richard Cook (Surrey)

Leagues and Boards

  • Jonathan Mears (Devon)
  • Doreen Browne (Middlesex)
  • Susan Whittam (Derbyshire)
  • Blyth Duncan (Northumberland)

Local Community Links

  • David Thomas (Norfolk)
  • Neil Edwards (Lancashire)
  • David Cumming (Berkshire)

Breaking New Ground

  • Steven George (Buckinghamshire)
  • Derrick Taylor (Derbyshire)
  • Ian Moss (Gloucestershire)

Get Involved

  • Munir Ali (Warwickshire)
  • Gary Pike (Lancashire)
  • Peter Murray (Yorkshire)

Make a Difference

  • Peter Birkby (Yorkshire)
  • Jon Ridgway (Essex)
  • Keith Ashton (Hampshire)

For profiles and pictures of all the nominees - please visit the nominations pages in the OSCAs section of