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Congratulations to Val Forrest who won the Berkshire Cricket Board OSCA for "Behind the Scenes" contribution and Fred Furneaux who was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award.

Both recently attended the national finals held in the Lords Nursery pavilion. More than 400 OSCA winners from across the UK attended the dinner and were entertained by Jonathan Agnew, Michael Vaughan, Mike Gatting and Matt Prior.

Both have been recognised by the county for something that we at Hurley have known for a long time,they are STARs. Below are our nominations to remind you all of their dedication, and perhaps to inspire some of you to try a little harder to help make the difference for Hurley.

Read more about the 2010 ECB OSCAs dinner at Lords


 

What are the NatWest OSCAs?


The NatWest OSCAs (Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards) are aimed at recognising those volunteers who give so much of their time to the game of cricket – without these individuals the game would not survive.
 


Val's Nomination

Statistics have always mattered a lot to cricketers, but does anyone ever honour the tea lady who passes 1,000 matches in preparing and serving teas to those same hungry cricketers? Val recently passed this milestone, having been serving teas at Hurley since 1975. Her selfless commitment has earned her many a compliment from visiting teams. Hurley has an excellent reputation for providing a “good graze” at teatime.

But Val’s contribution has been much more than that of providing teas; if there is an out of season work party, Val is always there and is a dab hand at clearing nettles etc from the boundary edge. Some years ago Val took on the role of membership secretary, chasing players for subscriptions and up-to-date contact information. Five years ago, she combined that role with that of chief fundraiser, scouring the internet and local papers for any opportunity to apply for grants, subsidised loans, econd-hand equipment, etc.

For three years, Val also held the role of Child Welfare Officer as Hurley’s determination to keep attracting local youngsters into the game required someone with care and commitment to fulfil that role. Hurley is truly indebted to Val’s commitment and enthusiasm.

Fred's Nomination

Fred is one of local sport's good guys, an amazing man, selfless, unassuming and someone who best exemplifies the Spirit of Cricket. He joined Hurley in 1970 and played across 4 decades scoring 2 hundreds, taking 500 wickets and 100+ catches.

Fred set up the colts section in 1975 and ran it almost single handedly until 2009 when he retired. Fred loves coaching and harnessing the talent and enthusiasm of young people. He has left a legacy for generations of young cricketers in the Maidenhead Borough who would pay testimony to his dedication and good nature. Much of the current senior membership has come through the ranks.

Retirement for Fred isn't one for rest as he is still involved as a willing umpire or scorer but with a preference for relaxing and watching a new generation develop. Fred was groundsmen for many years and will still be there for a pre-season work party or Cricket Force event.

Finally, Fred was snapped mowing the outfield in “a very dignified state of undress”, days before his 70th birthday, as part of a charity calender made by the villagers that raised £2,000!

Only one word can describe Fred Furneaux, LEGEND.

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