Volunteers are the lifeblood of cricket clubs, but few will be able to match the commitment shown by Clive Finney to Little Stoke CC.
Introduced to the club by his father, a founder member, as a two-year-old in 1946, Finney has dedicated himself to the Staffordshire club, working his way from scorer to 1st XI captain, a position he held between 1974 and 1979. He later returned as 2nd XI skipper from 1985 to 1992.
Off the field, he put 60 years of service into the grounds, only stepping down from the role at the end of the 2022 season, and even as his 80th birthday approaches, remains actively involved in the day-to-day running of Little Stoke, sitting on the committee as secretary (a position he has held since 1996) and president (since 2016).
A colleague, Nick Gliddons, described him as "the epitome of a club person” while long-serving member, Nick Bratt, labelled him "a pillar of the club".
It should, therefore, come as little surprise that when searching for this year's LV= Club Hero, Finney came out on top.