CRICKET: MCC and BBC pool resources for awards scheme

Christopher Martin-Jenkins

Christopher Martin-Jenkins

First published in Sport

THE MCC have combined with the BBC to encourage local cricket clubs and schools to enter the second annual CMJ Spirit of Cricket Awards – with Lord’s matchday tickets and a cash prize on offer to the winners.

The initiative was created by the two organisations in memory of former MCC President and BBC Test Match Special commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins, who passed away in January, 2013.

There are four awards which are given to those who have best exhibited the Spirit of Cricket either on a specific occasion or throughout the season, be that through outstanding sportsmanship, fair play or respect for opponents and umpires.

The winners of the Boys' and Girls' Award will be rewarded with tickets to the Royal London One-Day Cup Final at Lord’s on Saturday, September 20 and will be interviewed as part of the BBC Test Match Special coverage of the match.

There is also a Schools Award which is based on the same criteria. The successful school will be presented with a combined £2,000 from the MCC and the BBC to help support its cricket programme for 2015.

Finally, the Elite Award is given to a player from a UK county who has best displayed the Spirit of Cricket.

The winners are selected by a panel of judges from MCC and the BBC, with nominations closing at noon on Monday, September 1.

To find out more about the awards or to submit an entry, visit www.lords.org/cmjawards.

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