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The Cricketer teams up with MCC to reward grassroots cricket heroes

The Cricketer has joined forces with MCC to run a unique competition to recognise the fantastic work that is being undertaken in cricket communities up and down the country.

Nominations were invited for candidates who tirelessly invest their time and effort into building, maintaining and supporting the game at grassroots level, ensuring it continues to thrive. 

We have whittled down the nominees to a final 11 which can be viewed HERE. The winner will be announced later this week.

The winner of The Cricket Community Champion Award will be invited to the England v South Africa ODI on May 29th 2017 at Lord’s, the Home of Cricket.

As part of an unforgettable day of hospitality, the winner will enjoy the great honour of ringing the five-minute bell to signify the imminent start of play. They will join a list of luminaries who have rung the bell at Lord's which includes: Sir Ian Botham, Sir Vivian Richards, Richie Benaud, Brian Lara and Glenn McGrath to name but a few.

Judging Criteria:

 The judging of the award will be based on the following criteria:

  • Impact: a substantial, demonstrable and positive impact that has occurred as a direct result of the individual’s engagement and commitment
  • Passion: The individual will have sacrificed their own time and energy to encourage the advancement and enjoyment of cricket in their community
  • Community: this award recognises individuals who have helped advance participation and enjoyment of cricket among all groups but particular credit will go to those having a positive impact at grassroots, with young people, disadvantaged groups and where cricket has strengthened relationships across all sections of society

The Prizes:

The Community Champion 2017 winner will receive:

  • The honour of ringing the bell during the England v South Africa ODI on May 29th 2017 at Lord’s
  • Two tickets for the match and a Lord’s hamper
  • A tour of the media centre during the day from The Cricketer magazine's editor Simon Hughes
  • A room at a central London hotel on the eve of the ODI
  • A 12-issue Cricketer magazine subscription
  • Two tickets to a Cricketer event
  • An interview in The Cricketer magazine

Two runners-up will receive:

  • A pair of tickets for Lord’s tour
  • A pair of tickets to a Cricketer event of their choice