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MCC and the BBC announced the creation of two ‘Spirit of Cricket’ awards in May 2013 in memory of Christopher Martin-Jenkins, the former MCC President and BBC Test Match Special Commentator.
The winners of the inagural awards were announced during the 2013 YB40 Final at Lord's - with under 13s girls team Alton CC, City Academy Bristol and Derbyshire's Wayne Madsen coming away with the prizes.
In 2014 England all-rounder Luke Wright led the award winners, with Banbury Cricket Club Under 15s bowler Amy Freeman, while Yapham Cricket Club Under 13s won the boys award.
About the awards
The Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket awards, in association with MCC and BBC, includes an Elite Award* and a Youth Award±, with both intended to support the grassroots game in England and Wales.
The Elite Award will be presented to a professional cricketer who has made the biggest contribution to the Spirit of Cricket in the 2014 English cricket season - with overseas players being eligible. The Elite Award winner will be chosen by a joint MCC and BBC judging panel.
Schools will need to demonstrate a proven need for the donation and show how the money would make a real difference. Examples might be funds to form a team which could otherwise not exist, to support a new coaching programme or provide desperately-needed cricket equipment.
The Youth Awards will recognise an Under 16 junior cricketer or team in England and Wales who have best demonstrated the Spirit of Cricket in action. Winners of both the Boys' Award and Girls' Award, alongside their team or class, will be invited to attend the Royal London One-Day Cup Final at Lord's by MCC, with the BBC TMS commentators interviewing the winners on the day.
A Schools' Award has been introduced for 2014, with the successful school being presented with £2000 from MCC and the BBC to help support its cricket programme for 2015.
To apply for the Youth Award, nominations must be submitted by a teacher, coach or a parent. All cricket matches, regardless of the surface, number of players on each team or the type of ball, are eliigable for entry.
In judging the awards, both MCC and the BBC define the Spirit of Cricket as demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship, fair play and respect for captains, opponents, umpires and the game’s traditional values. Nominations might be along the lines of a single incident such as when Andrew Flintoff consoled Brett Lee at the end of the Edgbaston Test in 2005 or it may refer to a number of examples across the season.