Mark bowls Ross maiden over at Lords
Ross cricket club secretary Therese Warwick was thrilled to be presented with a cricketing OSCA by one of her heroes, England and Surrey batsman Mark Ramprakash. The NatWest OSCA – an Outstanding Service to Cricket Award was awarded to Therese at a prestigious ceremony at Lords recently. Therese was been picked from hundreds of nominations across the country to be shortlisted with two others in the 'Behind the Scenes' category and she came out as the overall winner in the category. As club secretary, Therese works tirelessly for Ross Cricket Club and looks after matters as diverse as registration, membership, welfare and advertising, marketing, public relations, lease negotiations, funding applications, fundraising and has even been seen cutting and rolling new turf. She is also a Level 1 coach and over the past four years has been involved in motivating other club members. Therese, commented: "Going up to London for the OSCA presentations was my first visit to Lords and it was an experience I shall treasure for a long time to come. Guests were taken on an in depth tour of the ground, with a wonderfully knowledgeable guide, including the Long Room, dressing rooms and the press box which has an amazing, birds-eye view of the ground. The place oozes history. Just contemplating the illustrious players who have made their mark on the game in the Long Room made you feel part of something special! This was all before lunch and the presentations - which would have more than enough for me! Winning the 'Behind the Scenes' award was the icing on the cake and completely unexpected." Therese said: "Volunteer involvement in sports clubs around the county is vital – most clubs could not and would not survive without the goodwill of many parents, coaches, groundsmen etc who give their time every week to ensure that as many young people as possible can play sport. Part of my role is to make sure other people's efforts and successes are recorded and acknowledged, so the shoe was on the other foot and I was definitely out of my comfort zone! However, it was a great honour to represent Ross Cricket Club and to have the opportunity to showcase the efforts being made to increase the opportunities for young people to play cricket in Herefordshire, to a wider audience. "Meeting Mark Ramprakash was an added bonus, for me personally! The NatWest OSCAs is a humbling experience. Many nominees have given a lifetime of commitment – without pay – to their local club. You can't fail to be impressed. I came away with a great sense of achievement and renewed vigour for the myriad tasks ahead at Ross Cricket Club! "Now that's a brilliant achievement by the ECB and NatWest!"