MCC has joined forces with The Cricketer magazine to launch a new competition to recognise cricket’s unsung heroes.
The Cricket Community Champion Award will be awarded to the person who most tirelessly invests their time and effort into building, maintaining and supporting the game at grassroots level, ensuring it continues to thrive throughout the UK
The winner will be invited to enjoy hospitality at the England v South Africa ODI on May 29 at Lord’s, where they will also be invited to ring the famous five-minute bell.
They will join an illustrious list of previous bell ringers including Sir Vivian Richards, Richie Benaud and David Gower.
Derek Brewer, MCC Chief Executive & Secretary, said: “We are very pleased to be working with The Cricketer magazine on this award, as it is very important that we recognise the hard work of the great number of people involved in recreational cricket across the UK.
"Ringing the five-minute bell at Lord’s will be a fantastic experience for the winner, and we look forward to welcoming them here for the England v South Africa ODI.”
Guy Evans-Tipping, Chief Executive at The Cricketer, said: "Our readers are playing critical roles in recreational cricket throughout the UK. They are the bedrocks of our game.
"With this unique and generous partnership with MCC we are able to give one deserving individual the chance to follow their heroes and experience the magic of being part of a one-day international at the Home of Cricket."