Special award for stalwart Brian at Lancashire Cricket OSCAs

Brian Shirtcliffe at the cricket OSCAs with wife Judith
Brian Shirtcliffe at the cricket OSCAs with wife Judith

Unsung Padiham Cricket Club hero Brian Shirtcliffe was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award at the Lancashire Cricket Board’s OSCAs on Friday night.

Shirtcliffe has had ties with the Arbories Club since the 1940s, and was a popular winner at the ceremony at The Point at Emirates Old Trafford.

The OSCAs are aimed at recognising volunteers in the recreational game of cricket who give so much of their time to the sport - without whose selfless devotion, the game would be a thing of the past.

Shirtcliffe will now go on as Lancashire’s candidate at the national OSCAs event sponsored by NatWest at Lord’s in October.

• Monday evening sees the final of the Ribblesdale Youth League Under 14s Knockout Cup between Read and Clitheroe at Read Cricket Club. The sides are joint top of the Under 15s section, and the Ribblesdale League have appointed two Senior League umpires.