Outstanding services to cricket are awarded at Sussex

Award winners Nick Neale, of Gardner and Scardifield (sponsor), Derek Knight (on behalf of Bill Booker), Pete Mansell, Ray Fuller, Brian Fletcher, Laurie Claydon, Carl Tupper and John Smith

Award winners Nick Neale, of Gardner and Scardifield (sponsor), Derek Knight (on behalf of Bill Booker), Pete Mansell, Ray Fuller, Brian Fletcher, Laurie Claydon, Carl Tupper and John Smith

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

Over 120 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 former Sussex CCC batsman and current SCCC business relationship manager, Tony Cottey.

Tim 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 award winners have been invited to the National OSCA’s ceremony at Lord’s on October 22 and they are as follows:

Officiating – Bill Booker (Sussex Association of Cricket Officials)

Behind the Scenes – John Smith (Seaford CC)

NatWest Cricket Force – Pete Mansell (Chippingdale CC)

Building Partnerships – Bill Friggens (Sussex Cricket Board Volunteer)

Lifetime Achievement – Ray Fuller (Horsted Keynes CC)

Leagues & Boards – Laurie Claydon (West Sussex Invitation Cricket League)

Young Volunteer – Carl Tupper (West Wittering CC)

Groundsman – Brian Fletcher (SCB Groundsman Association and Ansty CC)