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The CMJ Spirit of Cricket awards

MCC and the BBC are now accepting nominations for the third annual 'CMJ Spirit of Cricket' Awards.

The initiative was created by the two organisations in memory of former MCC President and BBC Test Match Special commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins, who passed away in January 2013

There are four awards which are given to those who have best exhibitied the Spirit of Cricket either on a specific occasion or throughout the season, be through outstanding sportsmanship, fair play or respect for opponents and umpires.

The awards include an Elite Award and a Schools' Award, with both intended to support the grassroots game in England and Wales along with a Boys' and Girls' Award.

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The Elite Award will be presented to a professional cricketer who has made the biggest contribution to the Spirit of Cricket in the 2015 English cricket season - with overseas players being eligible.  The Elite Award winner will be chosen by a joint MCC and BBC judging panel.

The successful school will be presented with £2000 from MCC and the BBC to help support its cricket programme for 2015.

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 Boys' and Girls' Awards are given to the class, team or individual boy or girl who has best displayed the Spirit of Cricket either on a specific occasion or throughout the season.

The winners will be presented with tickets to the Royal London One Day Cup Final at Lord's on Saturday 19 September and will be interviewed as part of the BBC TMS coverage of the match.

To apply for the Boys' and Girls' awards, 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.

To read about previous winners click here.

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