At a recent Glamorgan County Championship match Cricket Wales Chairman Roger Morris and Board Director Jeff Bird hosted lunch and tea for the winners of the 2013 Cricket Wales OSCAs. Awards were made to the following individuals for their wonderful contribution to recreational cricket in Wales:Lifetime Achievement Award –
John Moore, Pentyrch Cricket Club
John is currently Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Child Welfare Officer and Groundsman of Pentyrch Cricket Club, and has been its rock and driving force for many years. John was key to the club (formerly the Old Monktonians Cricket Club), establishing itself at the playing fields at Pentyrch in the 1980’s after the loss of its original ground. He was instrumental in laying the square and organising the building (and subsequent extensions) of the pavilion and clubhouse. John played a pivotal role in the club entering league cricket which culminated in the winning of the South Wales Premier League in 2001. As Chairman of Thomas Carroll Insurance Brokers, John has been responsible over many years for the sponsorship of numerous local sports clubs and associations, including currently a number of South Wales cricket leagues.
Young Volunteer – Hayley Griffiths, Montgomery Cricket Club
Hayley has been a member of the youth section of Montgomery Cricket Club for ten years and over the last five years has taken an increasing role in the running of the youth section and the wider club. Last year she qualified as a Level 1 Coach so that she could assist with coaching the U11 boys, and girls of all ages. In her time at the club Hayley’s responsibilities have steadily grown and have included leading key events such as the annual dinner and a sponsored "Bowlathon." Hayley often carries out unheralded roles of which members are often unaware, has recently been appointed the club’s Glamorgan Cricket Ambassador and generally acts as a role model for all the younger club members.
Behind the Scenes – Mike Salisbury, Hawarden Park Cricket Club
Mike is Vice Chairman, Groundsman, Bar Manager, Umpire/Scorer and Manager/Coach of the Women’s team at Hawarden Park Cricket Club. He is the first stop for anyone at the club needing something to be done, and does so in a quiet and efficient manner. He is usually first at the ground and last to leave, moving and carrying equipment, stocking the bar and generally keeping everything working. Mike is totally committed to developing the Women’s team at Hawarden Park and is also heavily involved in the club’s ground relocation project.
Leagues and Boards – Ieuan Hughes, South Wales Junior Cricket League
Ieuan Hughes became Assistant Secretary of the South Wales Junior League in 1978 when the league consisted of an U16 competition and U13 and U14 Cup Competitions. Over the years he has seen the introduction of an U15’s Cup Competition as well as U11, U12 and U14 league competitions. In this time Ieuan has been responsible for drawing up fixtures and league tables, and sourcing umpires for semis and finals. He has collated match results and promoted them through the local press including developing a weekly feature in the South Wales Evening Post. Unfortunately, Ieuan will be standing down at the end of the current season due to ill health, but through 35 years of hard work, he leaves the South Wales Junior League in a very strong position.
Officials – John James
Since achieving full qualified officials status in 1991, John’s contribution to umpiring at all levels has been immense. He is a Panel Umpire for Swansea Central league, Swansea Industrial League, and The South Wales Cricket Association. He also served as a South Wales Premier League panel umpire in 2010/11, currently umpires Wales age-group matches, is a former Minor County Cricket Association panel umpire and a former County Championship 2nd Xl umpire. Currently John is also an ECB Level 3 Observer and is always willing to give of his time to help young umpires in Wales and further afield. He is a fine ambassador for Welsh cricket.