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Bairstow and Broad highlight the power of volunteers

Ahead of our annual NatWest OSCAs celebration of the game's volunteers, Hardys took England's Jonny Bairstow and Stuart Broad on a trip down memory lane as they visited their respective childhood clubs to highlight the everyday heroes at the clubs' core.

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Bairstow and Broad highlight the power of volunteers

Stuart Broad with Egerton Park CC chairman David Glover

If you're involved in grassroots cricket, chances are you will instantly be able to reel off the name of the heartbeat of your club, that one person who keeps the show running and always gives of their time freely.

It’s a familiar story, one repeated in clubs all over England and Wales.

The situation was no different for England players Jonny Bairstow and Stuart Broad when they returned to their childhood clubs to champion the everyday heroes that supported the clubs and helped shape their cricket journeys.

"The efforts that go in behind the scenes are so important to try and make the next Joe Root."

Jonny Bairstow

Travelling back to Dunnington CC on the outskirts of York, with winemaker and official partner of England Cricket, Hardys, Bairstow caught up with former coach and junior selection manager, David Wilson, as well as long-serving groundsman and player, Patrick Wood. 

Broad, meanwhile made the journey to Melton Mowbray's Egerton Park CC to chat to chairman and former captain, David Glover. 

Watch how they got on below. 

Making the difference

Standing overlooking a pristine outfield, Bairstow spoke about the importance of these individual efforts in the life of a club. 

“The club wouldn’t be what it is and the facilities wouldn’t be what they are without people like Woody [club groundsman, Wood],” said the England and Yorkshire wicketkeeper-batsman.

“It’s an integral part of the club – the efforts that go in behind the scenes are so important to try and make the next Joe Root, the next Kane Williamson, the next Virat Kohli.”

Egerton Park also has its fair share of club heroes, as Broad explained: “You need a lot of people who love the club, who like coming down to help the club.

“A lot of it is giving up time and you need people to give up their Saturdays.

“Here at Egerton Park, it was a quite famous place for the teas – Melton Mowbray is the home of pork pies and Stilton cheese. Our opening batsman never used to score a run after tea!

“It’s quite a behind-the-scenes job and I think they deserve a huge amount of credit for what’s in place at cricket grounds to let people enjoy not just playing but also coming to watch as well.”

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Home from home

It's the unstinting efforts of people such as Glover, Wilson and Wood – who has dedicated 40 years to Dunnington as a player and six as groundsman – that make local cricket clubs a home away from home for so many, none more so than Bairstow and Broad. 

“It just feels like home, that’s why you keep coming back and you keep enjoying coming back,” said Bairstow.

“Egerton Park is a very sociable club and the people make it the club it is,” explained Broad.

“I think even opposition teams like to come back here. When people enjoy coming here then they will keep coming.”

Each year, the NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) celebrate the invaluable contributions of volunteers to our sport, highlighting their stories and achievements. This year's edition takes place on Tuesday 4 October 2016 at Lord's, with Hardys sponsoring the Heartbeat of the Club award.

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Read the full list of OSCAs nominees below.

NatWest OSCAs 2016 shortlist

Hardys Heartbeat of the Club 

  • Tim Chambers – Huntingdonshire
  • Joanna Wilcox – Norfolk
  • Paul Williams – Warwickshire

Get the Game On

  • Mick Bott – Derbyshire
  • Hinay Dassani – Middlesex
  • Alan Green – Staffordshire

Leagues and Boards

  • Rodney Fine – Cornwall
  • Andy Jones – Leicestershire
  • Cathy Mowat – Middlesex

Lifetime Achiever 

  • David Bowden – Sussex
  • Colin Dawson – Staffordshire
  • Andy Pryor – Northumberland

NatWest CricketForce 

  • Lee Morgan – Buckinghamshire
  • Jim Paulett and Leighton Jones – Surrey
  • Adam Wilson – Middlesex

Officiating – Umpires & Scorers 

  • John Bates – Warwickshire
  • Jack McGurk – Durham
  • Steven Wood – Yorkshire

Young Volunteer 

  • Robert Steadman – Staffordshire
  • Andy Turnbull – Warwickshire
  • Jenny Wilkes – Northumberland

Outstanding Contribution to Coaching

  • Rob Arnold – Northamptonshire
  • Olly Powell – Kent
  • Martin Walker – Cheshire

Coach of the Year

  • Qasim Ali – Lancashire
  • Mohamed Hanif Ghodawala – Leicestershire
  • Matthew Morrissey – Northamptonshire
  • Greg Smith – Lincolnshire

Young Coach of the Year 

  • Craig Campbell – Dorset
  • Amara Carr – Devon
  • Daniel Seaman – Kent 

NatWest U19 T20 Club of the Year

  • Blagdon Park Young Bulls

Outstanding Contribution to Disability Cricket

  • David Gavrilovic
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