4:30pm Friday 6th September 2013
WORCESTERSHIRE’S annual volunteer champions will represent the county in the national equivalent at Lord’s.
The NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) were dished out at a Worcester awards lunch held by Worcestershire Cricket and Worcestershire Coaches Association.
A much-missed member of the sporting community was honoured as the family of the late Tim Granger received the official award.
The Pershore man, who passed away in February aged 78, was Worcestershire Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association chairman and education officer.
He organised and administered the Worcester Evening League and Worcester winter indoor competition.
Young volunteer of the year Sam Bannister, 16, gave 100 per cent on the field but even more off it at Harvington, helping with pitch preparation, getting the club ready for matches and managing aspects of their Natwest CricketForce day.
Pershore’s John Brooks claimed the Sky Sports coach award.
The hosts were on 161-2 off 31 overs but fell to 210-9 with Steve McNally taking 3-14 in three overs and Josh Collins (54) top scoring.
In reply, Alan White’s superb form continued before he was caught and bowled by Tom Clarkson (3- 32) for 110. Will Tyrrell (52 not out) saw The Lenches home on 211-4.
They topped the Gloucestershire Division after winning by eight wickets at Lydney with a fine all-round effort from John Allcoat (31 no and 5-20), while Warren Deeming scored 55no.
Relegated Dumbleton finished bottom at the level above with 16 defeats from 18 games, losing the final match by 12 runs to Rockhampton despite scoring 309-7.
Leamington thirds’ sevenwicket win over Moreton-in- Marsh means they will join Catherine de Barnes in the top-flight next season with Ashton finishing third.
Choosing to bat first on a good Ashton wicket, all the hosts' batsmen contributed to their 214-7 off 45 overs with all-rounder Janith de Alwis (42) top scoring. Alcester were dismissed for 171.
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