Trio of OSCAs recognise Wirksworth & Middleton’s community role

Wirksworth & Middleton Cricket Club has been recognised for an excellent 2014 with three awards at the Derbyshire Cricket Board’s Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs).

It was named CricketForce Club of the Year following its attempts to rebuild a pavilion at its third XI ground in Middleton following a fire that destroyed the old one in 2013.

Having enlisted the support of CricketForce to help involve more people and raise funding to help deliver the project, large numbers of volunteers helped to decorate the new buildings - two new portacabins for changing rooms and storage, a reconditioned toilet block and a renovated 1887 stone pavilion used as the score box and tea room.

The project will cost over £31,000 by the time it is finished with nearly £26,500 raised so far.

Club chair Sue Marshall said: “Cricket Force gave us a focus and a deadline to deliver. Cricket has been played at Middleton again this season with much improved facilities. Once we get electricity and the lights are switched on and the kettle is boiling, it will be luxury!”

The club also claimed the Community Club of the Year award for its work with the Wirksworth community as a whole, including its Chance to Shine initiative with local schools, various community events and also having helped raise £80,000 for a new community building.

The third award was to Mike Jefferiss who was named Young Volunteer of the Year.

Mike has played cricket at the club for all youth and senior teams and for the first team as wicket keeper/batsman since the age of 15.

He has his ECB Level 1 coaching qualification and intends to take his Level 2 this autumn.

For the last five years he has helped on Saturday mornings and weekday evenings with the all youth teams and during the winter has helped on Sundays with youth indoor training.

Sue Marshall added: “He is a fantastic role model for the younger players, always patient, responsible and reliable and he uses his considerable cricketing skills to help younger ones develop and mature.

“He makes training fun, has been a valuable member of the Executive for three years and always helps with the running of the club.”

Mike will now head to Lord’s in October for the national ECB OSCAs awards day.