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Cricket Derbyshire Reward and Recognition 2013


The Cricket Derbyshire Reward and Recognition Event was held on Thursday the 15th August in the Marquee at the County Ground when Derbyshire Falcons played Durham Dynamos in a YB40 match.  The R & R event is when we at Cricket Derbyshire acknowledge the hard work that is done by volunteers, coaches, clubs and schools.  The awards are split into three areas, the DCB OSCA's, Sky Sports Awards amd the Cricket Derbyshire Community Awards, kindly sponsored by Derbyshire County Cricket Club. 

Mick Glenn welcomed the guests and thanked them for all of their hard work  Jon Salisbury the DCB Chairman went on to give a short introductory speech outlining the work which is carried out in grass roots cricket throughout the year.

Jon was followed by Simon Storey Derbyshire CCC's Chief Executive who spoke about Cricket Derbyshire, the umbrella under which the DCB and Derbyshire County Cricket Club work together to promote the game of cricket from playground to County Ground.

The first round of awards were the Cricket Derbyshire Community Awards, with presentations from Simon Storey and Chris Grant Derbyshire CCC's Chairman. 

The first award was for Teacher of the Year.  This award is for a teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to cricket in their schools and community.  Someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty and is an inspiration to all. 

The winner of this award is Ian McMahon - Dale Primary School.  Ian is pictured with Richard Wood, The DCB Cricket Operations Officer and DCB Chairman Chris Grant.


The next award was for Community Coach of the Year.  This award is aimed at coahces who had made a major contribution to young people and inspired them to develop a love for the game.  The winner of this award is a young man who has gone through a very traditional route in the game.  He started by following his father to games and then playing for the club, progressing onto County and then into coaching.  He started at clubs moving through to district and into community clubs.  Our Community Coach of the year is Tom Coxhead.  Tom is pictured below with Richard Wood and Chris Grant.


The Community Club of the Year award is for clubs who have made a substantial contribution into its local community and schools having commited coaches and volunteers that have worked to develop a sustainable club.  The shortlisted nominations in this category were Spondon Cricket Club and Risley Cricket Club.

The winner of the award is Spondon Cricket Club.  Spondon is at the heart of the community providing a major hub for cricket in the village for both boys and girls.  They have created excellent links with their schools which has led to most of their players being from the local area.  Bob Thorne collected the award on the club's behalf, Bob is pictured below with Richard Wood and Chris Grant.


DCB Groundsmanship Award 

This category is in recognition of the groundsmen who give such great service to the cause of grounds improvement in Derbyshire. 

Nominations in this award were: Dave Jepson – Darley Abbey Cricket Club, Robert “Bob” Winthrope – Darley Dale Cricket Club, Ken Wilde – Glossop Cricket Club,   Richard Jones – Lullington Park Cricket Club, Ian Barber – Hilton Cricket Club.

Our 2013 winner in the Groundsmanship Category is Robert “Bob” Winthrope.  Bob has been involved as a groundsman for some 50 years, for many of those was a player as well – vested interest!!  He looks after one of the most beautiful grounds in the County a highlight being when the club hosted a John Player League game in 1975. Bob continues to mow the outfield and is now passing on his knowledge to two younger people who are looking after the square.

Bob is pictured below receiving his award from Derbyshire CCC Chairman Chris Grant.


Officials Award

The Outstanding Service to Cricket Award in the Officials Category for 2013 goes to Annette Owen.  Annette started umpiring in 1986 and became a highly respected official in the league umpiring in the top division and being appointed for County 2nd XI games. After making her bow in the Women’s County Championship in 1996 she achieved the honour of standing in a Women’s International fixture and continued doing that until 2007. Annette is treasurer of the DCB ACO a post she has held for 12 years and following her retirement from umpiring has become a level 1 Assessor, helping to bring on the next generation of umpires.

Annette is pictured below receiving her award from Jon Salisbury


Sky Sports Coach Awards introduced by Les Hall, the DCB Coaches Representative and Chair of the DCB Performance Committee. 

“Outstanding Contribution & Services to Cricket” 

Our winner in this category has significantly developed the management and coaching of his clubs junior section. He has strengthened links with the Schools Sports Partnership, the Derbyshire Dales Cricket Development Group and the DCB. In addition to coaching with the teams he arranges summer holiday and half term sessions and has championed Girls Cricket.  He works tirelessly to ensure a positive future for young cricketers and ultimately for Wirksworth & Middleton Cricket Club. Our 2013 winner in the Outstanding Contribution and Services to Cricket Category is Mike Harwood – Mike could not be at the event as he was away with our County under 17 girls team in Shropshire. 

Outstanding Coaching Achievement

The nominations were Karl Krikken – Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Matt Chell  - Darley Abbey Cricket Club, Chris “Stevo” Stevenson – Mickleover Cricket Club 

The Derbyshire Winner for 2013 is – Karl Krikken.   Karl transformed the County side to take them to 2012 Division 2 County Champions.  He has developed and got the best out of his team as players and people.  He has a knack of getting the best out of players without them realising it. Karl has created an environment to help players progress a deserved award for this “One Club Man”


Picture courtesy of David Griffin - Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

"Young Coach of the Year” The nominees in this category were: Ben Hammond – Elvaston Park Cricket Club, Jamie Goodwin – Lullington Park & DCB. 

The Derbyshire Winner 2013 is – Jamie Goodwin.  Jamie is a talented cricketer who is putting back into cricket through coaching at his club and managing teams.  He is involved in delivery of the DCB community programme in South Derbyshire Schools.   

Jamie pictured receiving his award from


 Young Volunteer 

The Young Volulnteer category is open to young volunteers who are dependable and enthusiastic taking on responsibility and demonstrating good leadership qualities. Happy to learn from experience and contribute to the future success of the game.  There were three great nominations in this category:  Ashley West – Spondon Cricket Club, Ben Pearce – Sandiacre Town Cricket Club, Jack Ritchie – Wirksworth and Middleton CC.  

The Derbyshire Winner for 2013 is Ben Pearce.  At 18 years of age Ben is always prepared to do that bit extra for the club.  He qualified as a coach at age he looks after the kwik cricket team and supports their coaching even though it is on a Friday night.  Ben taught himself to score which he does regularly for the second team and stepping up to the firsts when needed.  Ben comes into his own at Car Boot Sales helping to park cars at 6.30am and manning the gate until the end. His contribution to the club saw him given the “Clubman of the Year” the first junior ever to receive this accolade.

Ben pictured below receiving his award from Rob Kaye - DCB Director.


 Behind the Scenes. 

This category is to recognise those people who devote a significant amount of time often doing the jobs that no one else does. They are the glue that holds everything together in our game. This year there have been many remarkable people nominated they are: Steve Anderson – Duffield Cricket Club, John Twigg – Spondon Cricket Club, Sue Marshall – Wirksworth & Middleton CC, Simon Cotterill – Darley Dale CC, Phil Jepson – Darley Abbey CC, Steve Glover – Alvaston & Boulton CC, David Brierley – Darley Abbey CC, Mohammed Malooq – Rolls Royce Leisure CC, Chris Tranter – Hadfield St Andrews Cricket CC, Mark Rawson – Whitwell CC, l Phil Russell – Chesterfield Barbarians CC, Sarah Ashcroft – Hartshorne CC, Thomas Dixon  - Swarkestone CC, Meriel Caron/ Sandra Davies – Lullington Park CC. 

Derbyshire Winner 2013 – Steve Glover.  Over the years Steve has involved himself in a huge range of roles junior coordinator, coach, team manager, captain, grounds, even does a mean job as a DJ.  Steve is involved in the Derby City District Group he even drove the mini bus to Arundel for the Lords Taverners Under 14 competition.  He is a unique individual fully deserving of this award.

Steve pictured below receiving his award from Peter Gibson - DCB Director and Finance Manager.


 NatWest CricketForce – The Award for clubs that get involved in the NatWest CricketForce ethos helping to create a legacy for leaving a base for future stability and growth. Massive 86 Derbyshire clubs involved in 2013.  

Short Listed in this award were: Mark Slater - Belper Meadows CC, Spondon Cricket Club – Steve Williams, Alvaston & Boulton Cricket Club –  Jim Parlato, West Hallam Cricket Club, Bob Marsden - Buxton Cricket Club, John Spalton - Cutthorpe Cricket Club, Steve Clark - Elvaston Cricket Club.

There was some amazing work done by clubs during NatWest CricketForce and as a County we lead the way.

Our NatWest CricketForce winner Belper Meadows.  The club members attracted a huge number of volunteers to be part of their event.  They carried out a multitude of tasks including the installation of a new picket fence.  They involved a large number of sponsors who brought in vital funding for the club in support of the event.  1000’s of £’s were saved through self-help and “a lasting legacy” created.  

Mark Slater and Mat Jones pictured below receiving their award from  


 The Building Partnerships category is aimed at those who have helped forge links between various groups/ organisations to drive the development of the game and their club/ community.   Short – Listed in this category were:

Dave Moore - Spondon Cricket Club who has been the driving force behind the development of women’s cricket at the club bringing clubs and players together & create new opportunities.  

Stuart Walker – Mickleover Cricket Club who has really got the club involved at the heart of their community. In addition to his “Mickleover” work he has represented the club on the local neighbourhood board, worked with the Derby City Council and been the interface with the school sports partnership and community groups such as the scouts.  Two outstanding nominations and our Building Partnerships winner for 2013 is Stuart Walker

Stuart picture receiving his award from Ryan Duckett - Cricket Derbyshire's Director of Partnerships


Leagues and Boards Award. 

This category looks at those who are forward thinking having a proactive and sustainable approach to developing the game and its administration bringing new ideas to the development of “Cricket”

Short listed for 2013 were: 

Derbyshire Women’s and Girls Leagues – represented by Denby CC, Spondon CC, Sawley & Long Eaton Park CC, Ockbrook & Borrowash CC, Hayfield CC, Lullington Park CC, Sheffield Transport and Greig Wright – The group has been at the centre of the development of the league which is underpinning women and girls cricket in the County providing additional opportunities.  

Chris Corns – Chris is chair of the Derby and District Youth League combining this with chair of the Derby City Cricket Development Group. Instrumental and innovative in supporting young players. Not afraid of change Chris has been instrumental in providing a wide range of opportunities for young people. 

Our Derbyshire Winner for 2013 is Chris Corns

Chris is pictured below receiving his award from Jon Salisbury


Lifetime Achiever

This is the category that focuses on individuals who have had a positive impact on the development of cricket, working to move their club and the game forward. As always a number of outstanding candidates were nominated as follows: Phil Jepson - Darley Abbey, John Thompson – Wirksworth & Middleton, Kath Green – Spondon, Roy Bolstridge - Ashover, John Cliffe – Lullington Park. 

The Derbyshire Winner for 2013 has been associated with his club over 50 years as a cricketer and administrator during which time he has shown drive and commitment a mastery of finance & great people skills. He played a huge role in developing the club when he was chair and was influential in bring £300k into the club for a new pavilion. 

The Derbyshire Lifetime achiever Award goes to John Thompson


Presentation of the DCB Special Awards

We had one special award to give on the evening.  It was given to a gentleman who has had an association with his club over a 30 year period. An individual who is always looking to improve and do things better ensuring that the organisation of the club is running smoothly and efficiently in support of the playing side.  

The DCB Special Award was given to Bob Thorne of Spondon Cricket Club

Bob pictured below receiving his award from Dave Bull, DCB Director


The special award was the final award for the evening. Jon Salisbury gave some closing remarks and Mick Glenn thanked everyone for coming to the event and wished them a safe journey home.  The Reward and Recognition Event 2013 was a special evening and it gave all at the DCB great pleasure to see our hardworking volulnteers, coaches and those involved in the Community Programme relaxing and having a good time.  The weather stayed fine and Derbyshire had a win over Durham in the Yorkshire Bank Pro40 game - what more could you ask for?

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