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National awards for cricket club volunteers

Posted onPosted on 14th Dec

Two members of Farnsfield Cricket Club have been recognised by the English Cricket Board County Association for their contribution to grassroots cricket.

Nigel Payton, a long-time member of the club as a player, parent of players, and now volunteer was highly commended for being an Unsung Hero.

He has taken on the voluntary responsibility of ground maintenance and pitch preparation of the club’s two grounds in Farnsfield — on Station Lane and The Acres).

Not only has Nigel given many hours of his own time, he has also established a band of helpers who can be seen working all year to complete the many necessary jobs that allow a club like Farnsfield to survive and thrive.

Captain of cricket James Bowker said: “It is the likes of volunteers such as Nigel who are the heartbeat of any amateur sports team.

“Nigel’s efforts are essential for the club and are very much appreciated by both myself and everyone else associated with Farnsfield Cricket Club.

“It is a very much-deserved accolade”

The other award winner was women’s captain Gail Frettingham, who received a commendation for Growing The Game.

She was praised for her efforts over the past 12 months to help establish and develop the women’s and girls’ section at Farnsfield.

Gail only took up cricket in October 2022, when the women’s and girls’ section was created, but, alongside other keen women and girls, she has greatly enjoyed playing competitively.

Encouraging other girls and women to give cricket a go is an aim for Gail, who said the club welcomes new players of any age and ability.

If you would like to play cricket or be a volunteer at Farnsfield Cricket Club, email [email protected] for further details.