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Volunteers rewarded for commitment to cricket

Eight volunteers were awarded with a NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Award (OSCAs) at a prestigious event at Lord’s yesterday, attended by 400 guests from cricket clubs all over the country.

It was the 11th NatWest OSCAs, which were created in 2003 to reward cricket’s unsung heroes and recognise the efforts of volunteers at club level. The awards form an integral part of both NatWest and the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Volunteering Programmes, which give clubs advice on recruiting, educating and rewarding volunteers.

Hundreds of volunteers were nominated through clubs and county cricket boards, and discussed by an esteemed panel of representatives from the ECB, Sport England, the Lawn Tennis Association and NatWest.

The eight winners were:

Behind the Scenes: Chris Moore, Staffordshire

Accompanying video: http://youtu.be/E0wJ4Y45J58         

Building Partnerships: Azam Riyard, Sussex

http://youtu.be/spmH6Pcsh0Y

Leagues and Boards: Peter Butter, Sussex

http://youtu.be/Z3sPvEvY5Ss

Lifetime Achiever: Jack Greenwood, Yorkshire

http://youtu.be/aAkikturd7Q

NatWest CricketForce: Nick Allcoat, Nottinghamshire

http://youtu.be/p2d2wUvQtCs

Officiating - Umpires & Scorers: Sue Drinkwater, Gloucestershire

http://youtu.be/y1kLBJ6H07w

Young Volunteer: Alex Havers, Norfolk

http://youtu.be/4hS82VBxJbg

The Outstanding Contribution to Disability Cricket: Stefan Pichowski

Paying tribute to the winners, David Collier, Chief Executive of ECB, said: “The NatWest OSCAs really is one of the highlights of the cricketing summer – when we rightly take time to thank and reward the game’s volunteers. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to every single one of the them – they truly are the lifeblood of cricket in England & Wales.”