CRICKET: Woodhall Spa get among the trophies at ECB awards

John Inverdale. Photo: Nigel West
John Inverdale. Photo: Nigel West

Woodhall Spa Cricket Club were among the trophies at the annual Lincolnshire ECB Premier League awards at Hemswell Court.

Overseas player Malinga Bandara was the sole Spa award recipient, picking up the Onyx Cup for the most man-of-the-match awards.

Sports journalist and broadcaster John Inverdale, who started his career in Lincolnshire and currently anchors the Six Nations rugby for the BBC, presented the awards before entertaining the cream of the county’s cricketers.

Inverdale spoke fondly of his time in the county and fielded a number of probing questions from a captive audience during an entertaining performance.

League champions Bracebridge Heath collected their trophy, while Bourne received the Winkworth Cup after their success in the T20 competition.

Full list of winners: League champions Bracebridge Heath; runners-up Sleaford; Winkworth Cup Bourne; Winkworth man of the match Luke Robinson (Lindum); Stroud Family batting trophy Tim McIntosh (Sleaford); Most runs in the season Tim McIntosh (Sleaford); Lincs Echo Bowling Trophy Tom Shorthouse (Sleaford); Most wickets in the season Matt Rutherford (Market Rasen); Wicketkeeping award Richard Bishop (Lindum); Fielding catches, Lee Charlton (Grimsby); Onyx Cup most man of the match awards Malinga Bandara (Woodhall Spa); Stephen Bradford Memorial award for best all rounder Tom Shorthouse (Sleaford); Stephen Bradford Fair Play Trophy, Bourne; Harry Pougher Memorial Trophy Louis Kimber (Sleaford).

The Sibber Addison Umpire Trophy was shared between Steve Massingham and Gareth Dowson, both from Lincoln.

The Terry Bates Grounds Trophy Sleaford; the Lincs Free Press Scorers’ Trophy Shelley Clayton (Lindum).

The Ann Boulton Services to Cricket Award Michael Marsh (Grantham); the Tony North Trophy for the most promising U19 newcomer Dan Freeman (Grantham); The most improved U19 award Louis Kimber (Sleaford); The Colin White Trophy for the Young Bowler of the Year Nic Keast (Louth).

Lincolnshire County Cricket Club also presented their trophies to Batsman of the Year Dan Freeman; Development Award Alex Willerton; and Achievement Matt Carter.

Winner of the bowling award was Alex Osmond, and winner of the fielder award, Carl Wilson.

The Lincolnshire Women’s Cricket League winners, Market Rasen Town, were also presented with their trophy.