Darley Dale honoured at cricket awards

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Darley Dale Cricket Club has won two prestigious awards in the annual Cricket Oscars from the Derbyshire Cricket Board held at the County Ground, Derby.

The Community Club of the Year Award was awarded for the substantial contribution to its local community and schools and its committed coaches and volunteers that have developed a sustainable club that is at the heart of its community.

The second was The Natwest Lifetime Achievement Award gained by club president, Bob Winthrope.

Bob has been a fundamental part of DDCC for over 65 glittering years.

An outstanding playing career with 49 centuries; at 24 years, he was the longest serving captain in the club’s history, leading his side to five Premiership titles and numerous cups.

Bob has now been groundsman for 48 years, keeping one of the most beautiful grounds in the county in top condition.

His contribution to young cricketers has been outstanding. As a coach and sports teacher at Ernest Bailey School he has introduced thousands of youngsters to cricket, producing many fine players, managing and coaching numerous sides at school, club and county level.

For 48 years Bob has served as club chairman, president, committee member, host of overseas cricketers and many other roles to ensure the well-being and reputation of the club and cricket.

Bob will now go on to represent Derbyshire in the national finals to be held at Lord’s later this year.

Club chairman Andy Topley said: “The club is delighted to receive this award in recognition of the considerable strides the club has made over the last years.

“Everyone who knows Bob will applaud this Lifetime Achievement Award to an outstanding man of cricket and we all wish him the best at Lord’s later this year.”