OSCAs buzz starts at Essex

NOMINATIONS have begun for the annual OSCAs & Long Service awards at Essex County Cricket Club.

The unsung heroes of the county game will be honoured at a special ceremony in Chelmsford when Essex host Northants on Tuesday, September 1.

About 160 special guests are set to attend the awards lunch in the marquee at the County Ground and get the VIP treatment during the LV Championship match. (The 2014 winners are pictured above).

The Long Service awards go to non-playing volunteers who have helped local clubs for at least 25 years and all get a commemorative glass trophy presented by Essex treasurer David Acfield.

Previous winners include groundsmen, umpires, coaches and administration staff.

Graham Smith, who will host the ceremony alongside fellow Cricket Development Officer Graham Jelley, said: “We have expanded the types of roles that are eligible for the Long Service awards this year and we are delighted with the response. We have already had a nomination for a tea lady, and that is good to see.

“These really are some of the hidden gems of cricket in Essex. We had 15 nominations last year and we hope we will get another good crop this time.”

There are seven ECB Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) up for grabs including the coveted Heartbeat of the Club prize.

For the first time Essex will award a Groundsman OSCA, along with its own Outstanding Services to Cricket in Essex award, with the trophies being presented by sponsors and representatives from supporting charities.

An adhoc committee of experts with a background in volunteering will decide on the winners, and Essex County Cricket Board member Rod Greig will play a key role in checking the nominations.

For more information you can email graham.smith@essexcricket.org.uk