Lifetime Achievement Award for Frank Wilkinson
The 10th NatWest OSCAs took place at Lord's yesterday (22 October 2012) and Lancashire's Frank Wilkinson from Morecambe CC was named as the Lifetime Achiever nationally.
Volunteers from around the country were joined by Andrew Strauss, Jonny Bairstow, Charlotte Edwards and a number of former England cricketers including Michael Vaughan and Mike Gatting to recognise the tireless efforts they put in to grass-roots cricket.
The awards were hosted by BBC Radio Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew where more than 400 people were in attendance from across the recreational game to celebrate achievements linked to volunteering in cricket.
Frank Wilkinson from Morecambe CC was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Mike Gatting, ECB’s Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships. Frank has dedicated over 50 years of service to the club - overseeing the ground transformation, developing a thriving junior section for boys and girls and creating new junior leagues across Lancaster and Morecambe.
Congratulations must also go to Wigan CC's Steve Martlew and Heywood CC who were shortlisted for the Behind the Scenes and NatWest CricketForce categories respectively.
Gatting said: "Volunteers play a vital role in ensuring that our grass-roots game can continue to flourish and these awards are a fantastic way of recognising their contribution. I would like to thank each and every volunteer, young and old across the country, who has given up time over the last 12 months to help their local cricket club.
"It's thanks to the tireless work and self-sacrifice of volunteers that pitches get prepared, pavilions maintained and our games are scored and umpired. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners - you are the unsung heroes of our game and your awards are richly deserved."
Chris Long, Senior Manager - Sponsorship, UK Retail at NatWest, said: "We're extremely proud to be supporting the NatWest OSCAs again. It's so important to recognise and celebrate the efforts of volunteers at the end of another fantastic season of cricket, something this event does so uniquely. The winners of this year's awards are truly remarkable people without whom community cricket would not be the wonderful game that we all enjoy today."
NatWest OSCAs 2012 winners
NatWest CricketForce: Amy Rowlinson, Kent
Outstanding Contribution to Disability Cricket: David Townley
Building Partnerships: Paul Daniels, Kent
Young Volunteer: Carl Tupper, Sussex
Officiating, Umpires and Scorers: Lorraine Elgar, Kent
Behind the Scenes: Jonathan Jackson, Herefordshire
Leagues and Boards: Phil Williams, Warwickshire
Lifetime Achiever: Frank Wilkinson, Morecambe Cricket Club, Lancashire
Image provided Getty Images: Frank Wilkinson receiving his award from Mike Gatting (ECB Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships), Clare Connor (ECB Head or England Women’s Cricket) and Hugh Morris (ECB Managing Direct of England Cricket).