THE England & Wales Cricket Board have rewarded 10 of Cheshire's grass-roots workers by presenting them with OSCAs - Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards - at Lord's.
Among those who travelled to London to receive their accolades from England cricketers Jamie Dalrymple and Charlotte Edwards were Neston youth coach Don Hurst and the Parkgate club's long-serving former secretary Hugh Schofield.
Also there were Cheshire County League Competition secretary Mike Talbot-Butler, who was presented with a Special Commendation certificate for 45 years' work in the game.
He was accompanied by his wife Winifred, who has been Results secretary since the league's foundation in 1975.
Others from Cheshire who made the journey to Lord's were Tony Morris (Cheshire Cricket Umpires Association), Graham Beckett and Stuart Anderson (Cheshire League), Alison White and John Prew (Cheshire Association) and John Bygate (Grappenhall).
ECB chief executive David Collier told his audience of 250 backroom workers from throughout the country: "Cricket at the grass-roots could not survive without its volunteers.
"This day at Lord's is the board's way of saying 'thank you' for what you all do for the game."