At lunch today, on day three of the Kent v Essex LV= County Championship match, the Alan Albury Awards were presented at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.
The Awards were established in memory of Alan Albury, a long serving Chairman of the Association of Kent Cricket Clubs and subsequently the Kent Cricket Board, and they honour those who have devoted their time and effort to the service of their club over many years without financial reward.
Today's Awards were presented by Derek Underwood, and we would like to extend our congratulations to all of this year's recipients.
This year's winners are:
Peter Blockley – Benenden Cricket Club
Member since 1981
Club President since 2008
Chairman 1985 – 2007
'A continuous cornerstone of the Cricket Club'
Graham Brown – Great Chart Cricket Club
Member since 1985
Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer since 1985
2nd XI Captain
A leading member of the Fundraising Team for the club's new Pavilion
Qualified Umpire on the Kent League Panel 2003 – 2010
Paul Cant – Greenheath Cricket Club
Club member since 1982, but scorer for the club before becoming a member. Started scoring aged 10
Club Secretary 1983 – 1999
Fixture Secretary 1983 and since 1987
Team Secretary since 1995
Club Scorer since 1974
Terry Cotton – Nelson Cricket Club
Played over 900 games for the Club
Club Chairman since 2007
Treasurer 1981 – 1996 and in 2002
Club Captain 1994 – 1995
Umpire since 2009
Assistance with ground preparation
'Terry is ever present at all club functions and activities, and has been a wonderful servant to the Club'
Dennis Fordham – Nurstead Cricket Club
Member since 1963
Chairman since 1973
Groundsman 1970 – 1985
'A remarkable long period of service as Chairman and Player to his club'
Nigel Phipps – East Langton Cricket Club
Member since 1974
President since 2010
Chairman 2006 – 2010
Treasurer 1979 – 1989
Fixture Secretary 1990 – 1995
Captain 1996 – 1999
Umpire and Scorer 1999 – 2006
'In every way an outstanding club member'
Jonathan Stringer – Old Dartech and Wilmingtonians Cricket Club
Member since 1981
Club Scorer – also in charge of kit and tea making
Treasurer 2nd XI 1983 – 1985, Club Treasurer 1986 – 2011
Has run the club's 100 Club for the past 20 years
When playing has batted No. 11 and has a record of 77 not outs
Ian Walker – Chelsfield Park Cricket Club
Member since 1952
Regular member of Sevenoaks Vine 1st XI in the 1970s and 1980s
Involved in all aspects of Club Administration, including Secretary for 25 years
Respected coach and mentor at Sevenoaks School