Adam Nichol was knocked for six when he was announced as the winner of the Young Volunteer of the Year at the Nat West Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs).
Nichol was presented with his award by England one day captain Eoin Morgan at a ceremony held in London last week.
And the 20-year-old, who was also runner-up in the Young Coach of the Year award following attendance at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, said: “I was surprised, thrilled and honoured to get the award.
“We had a tour around Lord’s and to go through the Long Room was just fantastic because there is such an atmosphere and it feels special.”
However, Adam, a full-time sports science with coaching student at Northumbria University, a Chance to Shine/Player Pathway coach at Northumberland Cricket Board Limited and a referee development and training co-ordinator at the Northumberland Football Association, deflected praise away from himself.
“I owe a lot of thanks to people, as well as the coaching team around me, at Ashington Cricket Club; my parents who have been a great support; to the Northumberland Cricket Board; the kids from the cricket club who have really bought into the programme we have provided this year as well as their parents.”
Meanwhile Mick Brown, groundsman at Langwell Crescent and in contention for the national award in the category for ‘getting the game on’, finished third but was not disappointed.
“I reckon I did well to get into the final cut,” he said.
“I was outweighed by two more qualified people than myself, but this is my first year as groundsman and I was chuffed to bits after being presented with the regional award.”
Brown, who took along his grandson Charlie, Steve Harmison’s son, added: “The tour around Lord’s was tremendous and it was a great occasion for Charlie as he sat in the same seat in the changing room as his dad had done when he played for England.”