A DAY AT THE NATWEST OSCAS – By Martin Walker (Wirral CC / Wallasey CC)

I was fortunate to be shortlisted for an award at The NatWest Oscas, held at Lord's in October.

The Oscas are run by the ECB and they are a way of recognising the valuable contributions that are made by volunteers up and down the country.

There are twelve different categories and you can be nominated by your club, county or indeed the ECBCA.

The day itself is really well run and starts off with a Tour of Lord’s, with all the highlights you would expect - the Long Room, the Ashes, and changing rooms with the unique Honours Boards.

You are then treated to pre-lunch drinks and canapes followed by a fantastic lunch for over 300 people in the Nursery Pavilion.

The event was hosted by Jonathan Agnew and during the afternoon he interviewed Jimmy Anderson, Marcus Trescothick, Stuart Broad and Mike Gatting, who entertained everybody with some of their stories.

I really enjoyed the day and was able to share this with my daughter, Danny, who is also cricket mad.

I am sure that there are many clubs who are not really aware of this event and I would recommend that you contact your local county board with your nominations.

We all have volunteers and members at our clubs who have worked tirelessly over the years and this is a great way of rewarding these volunteers.

Martin (far left on picture) was a national runner-up in the Outstanding Contribution to Coaching category. Other Cheshire OSCA nominees from 2016 include:
  • Lifetime Achiever - John Pickup
  • Heartbeat of the Club - Karen Gallagher
  • Get The Game On - Bernard Manning
  • Officiating (Umpiring & Scoring) - James Emmerson
  • Leagues - David Valance
  • Young Volunteer - Jake Pearson
  • NatWest CricketForce - No nominations
  • Young Coach of the Year - Holly McCurrie
  • Coach of the Year - Chris Smith