Drinkwater, Bovey and Hudson among cricket volunteers honoured
6:53am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
SIX of Gloucestershire cricket’s most valuable volunteers have been awarded a Natwest OSCA (Outstanding Services to Cricket Award) in recognition of their tireless dedication to the grassroots game.
The winners, who were chosen from nominations sent in from every corner of the county, have been invited to Lord’s to celebrate their achievement at a star-studded ceremony at the end of the month.
Three of the six have very strong Cotswold connections: Sue Drinkwater (Chedworth CC), Kath Bovey (Chalford CC) and Brian Hudson, for many years associated with Cirencester CC and now chairman of the Gloucestershire County Cricket League.
Gloucestershire cricket development manager Steve Silk said: "The Natwest OSCAs are a fantastic way of celebrating the individuals who don’t always get the recognition they deserve but without whom club cricket simply could not function.
"This year’s list of winners features six dedicated people who have made incredible contributions to Gloucestershire cricket whether through our clubs, leagues, committees or associations.
The citation for Sue Drinkwater referred to her ‘training the majority of scorers at clubs in both the WEPL and the County League, numbering well over 100’.
Brian Hudson was said to have shown ‘an unstinting dedication to developing cricket at national, county, league and club levels’.
While Kath Bovey was described as ‘a true all-rounder’ who via her role as secretary, scorer, youth section administrator, tea lady, fundraiser, barmaid or occasional umpire, has been ‘integral to the success of the club’.
The other three Gloucestershire recipients are: Paul Buckland (Hanham CC), Mike Munday (Bradley Stoke CC) and Jack Spence (Rockhampton CC).