Outstanding services to cricket awards come to Hove

Award winners from the Outstanding services to cricket awards
Award winners from the Outstanding services to cricket awards

THE NATWEST Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) took place on Friday evening at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, Hove, recognising those special people that devote huge amounts of their time, on a voluntary basis, to delivering recreational cricket.

Over 150 volunteers from around Sussex were nominated, more than ever before, including coaches, groundsmen, umpires, scorers, administrators and many more who undertake vital roles in clubs, leagues and other cricketing bodies.

The evening was hosted by Tim Shutt, Head of Cricket Development, and Television Broadcaster Matt Lorenzo, formally of GMTV and Sky Sports News.

Shutt said: “In my opinion, this is the best night of the year. We are now moving into awards season where we’ll see some excellent playing achievements recognised, but of course these players are only given the chance to excel through the devotion and commitment of the vast army of volunteers that enable cricket to happen.”

All of the award winners have been invited to attend the national OSCA awards ceremony which will take place at Lord’s on October, 12.

Here is a full list of the winners: Officiating – Dorothy Hobden (Hailsham CC), Heartbeat of the Club – Rob Wilkinson (Hailsham CC), NatWest Cricket Force – Simon Wood (Brighton & Hove Crescent CC), Get the Game On – Matt Bourne (Chippingdale CC), Lifetime Achievement – Barry Peay (Horsham CC), Leagues – Gary Stanley (West Sussex Invitation Cricket League), Young Volunteer – James Griffin (Keymer & Hassocks CC), Groundsman – Peter Bromley (Ferring CC).

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