Sussex County Cricket Club Honours Stars Of The Future
A cold autumn night was an evening to honour the stars of Sussex County Cricket Club (CCC), however this time it wasn't the turn of the double winning First Team, but the Junior, Women's and Visually Impaired squads to receive their share of honours.
Sponsored for the past three years by the Brighton based RDF Group, the awards were attended by 500 guests and held at Hove Town Hall, where the honours were presented by RDF Operations Director, Richard Beeforth, Sussex Captain Chris Adams and Andy Hobbs, Development Manager of Sussex CCC to delighted recipients including Joe Harrison as Visually Impaired Player of the Year, Rebecca Silk as Under 11's Player of the Year (Women's squad), Toby Finzel as U17's Player of the Year and William Beer as
Academy Player of the Year.
The Visually Impaired team run by Andy Dolby-Walsh have won every game in every tournament they have entered with an outstanding squad whilst the junior teams number several England players amongst them within almost every age group.
Individual awards also went to Adam Mates, Callun Guest and Hugh Richards in the Boy's County Squads and Chiara Green, Natasha Marharaj- Newman and Sarah Fogwill in the Women's Squads.
"It's great to win an award, but my mates in the team worked just as hard and this season has all been about working as a team. Our coaches have been brilliant and we're really looking forward to next year as well," said Natasha Marharaj-Newman.
David Wood, Managing Director of RDF commented, "As a Brighton-based company, RDF is very proud to be associated with both the Sussex CCC Youth Squads, the Women's Squad and the RDF Academy, all of which help foster talent throughout the county, particularly amongst visually impaired players. We are delighted to be able to support the very dedicated team at Sussex to ensure the club's continued success."
Keith Greenfield, Cricket Performance Manager at Sussex CCC said, "This is a great night to celebrate players who have worked incredibly hard this season to achieve their success which is in no small part due to RDF's sustained support of our programme. 11 of our 18 first team players have come through our development programme and we want to sustain that in the years to come. RDF's sponsorship of the youth squads, our three times County Championship Sussex Women's team and their sponsorship of our
Academy means that we have far greater resources to develop players as well as grass-roots activity throughout the county."
The success of the season was summed up by Andy Hobbs who said, "This has been a superb year for the squads I believe they have gained a tremendous amount out of it besides the clear improvement in their sporting achievements. Each player has learned more about themselves, made enduring friendships and has a genuine part to play in the development of the club as a whole." It seems that everyone ended up a winner this
Full List of Winners at the Sussex CCC County Junior Presentation Evening
SUSSEX VISUALLY IMPAIRED CRICKET
Most Improved Player David Allen
Sportsman of Year Joe Harrison
Young player of Year Danielle Garratt
Player of the Year Joe Harrison
U11 Player of Year Rebecca Silk
U13 Player of Year Chiara Green
U15 Player of Year Natasha Marharaj- Newman
U17 Player of Year Sarah Fogwill
SUSSEX BOYS COUNTY SQUADS
U10 Player of Year Adam Mates
U11 Player of Year Callun Guest
U12 Player of Year Hugh Richards
U13 Player of Year James Chapman
U14 Player of Year Adam Davies
U15 Player of Year Matt Machan
U16 Player of Year Will Adkin
U17 Player of Year Toby Finzel
ACADEMY Player of the Year William Beer