England cricketers honour volunteers at the NatWest Outstanding Service

Michael Vaughan presented the NatWest CricketForce award at the function Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Oct 18, 2011

Many current and former England cricketers including James Anderson, Matt Prior, Claire Taylor and Michael Vaughan came together to recognise the efforts of grass-roots volunteers at the NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket awards (OSCAs) for 2011, the ICC informed.

The event was held at the Lord’s and was hosted by BBC Radio Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew, and featured about 350 people from different levels to celebrate achievements in volunteering roles in eight different categories.

Anderson and Prior presented Richard Fowkes with the Lifetime Achievement award from Kegworth CC in Leicestershire. Richard has been the club s grounds man for thirty years. He also umpires at county Premier League level and has been involved with the club for more than 50 years.

Vaughan presented the NatWest CricketForce award to Patricia Brown and Karen Shead for their joint efforts in improving the facilities and ground at Notts and Arnold Amateurs CC in Nottinghamshire.

Former England wicket-keeper Paul Nixon awarded a 17-year-old schoolboy, George Hawbrook from Stone CC in Staffordshire as the Young Volunteer Award from.

Mike Gatting, who was also present at the function 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.

“It’s thanks to their tireless work and self sacrifice that pitches get prepared, pavilions maintained and cricket teas made. Congratulations to all the winners – you are the unsung heroes of our game and your awards are richly deserved.”