Cricketers who have demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship, fair play and respect for captains, opponents, umpires and the game’s traditional values during the 2013 summer are being encouraged to visit the Lord’s website (www.lords.org) to enter the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket awards, in association with MCC and the BBC.
The awards, which have been created by MCC and the BBC in memory of Christopher Martin-Jenkins, the former MCC President and BBC Test Match Special Commentator, include 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 2013 English cricket season – with overseas players being eligible. The Elite Award winner, together with a joint MCC and BBC judging panel, will choose the beneficiary of a £2,000 prize to support a cricket programme at a primary or secondary school.
The Youth Award will recognise an Under 16 junior cricketer or team in England and Wales who have best demonstrated the Spirit of Cricket in action. The Youth Award winner, alongside their team or class, will be invited to attend the Yorkshire Bank 40 Final at Lord's by MCC, with the BBC TMS commentators interviewing the winners on the day.
The online application process for both the Elite and Youth awards has been launched on the Lord’s website (www.lords.org) today, and winners will be judged by a joint MCC and BBC panel. For the Youth Award, nominations must be submitted by a teacher, coach or a parent, with all cricket matches, regardless of the surface, number of players on each team or the type of ball, eligible for entry.
Full terms and conditions, along with an outline of the online application process, can be found at www.lords.org.
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Notes to editors:
Christopher Martin-Jenkins enjoyed a long and warm relationship with MCC. He first played at Lord’s in 1962 – hitting a half-century for Marlborough College against Rugby School and a year later scored 99 in the annual fixture. He became an MCC Member in 1967 and went on to play 67 times for the Club before serving on several committees, including that which organised the celebratory events marking the Bicentenary of MCC in 1987.
In 2007 Christopher Martin-Jenkins became the first, and thus far only, career journalist and broadcaster to deliver the annual MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture – previous lecturers had all been former international cricketers. In 2010 he was nominated by John Barclay to succeed him as President of MCC.
CMJ started commentating for BBC Test Match Special in 1973. He was also a chief cricket correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and then The Times newspapers.
MCC is the custodian of the Laws of Cricket. When the 2000 Code of Laws was introduced, it included, for the first time, a Preamble on the Spirit of Cricket. Colin Cowdrey and Ted Dexter, two distinguished MCC Members (and ex-England captains) were at the forefront of this MCC Spirit of Cricket campaign.
Now into its second decade, MCC Spirit of Cricket is a central force for good in the game at all levels. It has been embraced by the finest players – including all the IPL captains – in the world, and is also being used in schools to teach children about the benefits of teamwork, leadership, sportsmanship and learning how to win and lose. In partnership with UK charity the Cricket Foundation, 2013 will see over 400,000 children in around 4,000 schools across the UK introduced to the Spirit of Cricket message.
For more information please contact:
MCC Media & Public Affairs Officer
Lord's Cricket Ground
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