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A Lord's date next for county volunteers
12:30pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
WORCESTERSHIRE’S annual volunteer champions will represent the county in the national equivalent at Lord’s on September 30.
The NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) were dished out at a Worcester awards lunch held by Worcestershire Cricket and Worcestershire Coaches Association.
A much-missed member of the sporting community was honoured as family of the late Gerald Wadley received the lifetime achiever accolade.
He played a major part in Worcestershire cricket for more than 50 years, turning out for a number of clubs, including being the main founder of Malvern Ramblers.
Off the field, Wadley established the Under 16s Worcestershire Youth Championship when youth cricket was virtually non-existent.
He was involved with the Midland Cricket Club Conference and the Lord Cobham Trust Committee to assist young cricketers.
Wadley was instrumental in setting up seniors’ teams in the county and worked for the benefit of cricket until shortly before his death.
The winner of the Bill Jones memorial volunteerof- the-year and leagues and boards gong was Roy Mc- Laren, the former Worcestershire and Malvern College head groundsman.
In the 1980s, he ran courses for the county’s cricket groundsmen, among the first in England to do so, and was one of the first instructors.
McLaren was Worcestershire pitch advisor and, along with Jones, founded the Worcestershire Association of Groundsmen in 2002.
He was the first chairman and is a committee member as well as being on the facility section of the