Sale CC's Chris Smith wins coaching award

Chris Smith receives his award from Mark Ramprakash
Chris Smith receives his award from Mark Ramprakash
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Sale Cricket Club coach Chris Smith has been recognised by ex-England batsman Mark Ramprakash for outstanding services to grass roots cricket.

Ramprakash took time out from his current role as England batting coach to present Smith with the Cheshire Cricket Board Coach Of The Year award at Hedingley, where England were en route to a convincing win over Sri Lanka.

According to the judges, Smith "manages and influences the section across all required aspects and is a valued and respected coach.

"The motivations of Chris - a genuine appreciation, enthusiasm and love of cricket - are values which he manages to convey and instil in fellow coaches and junior cricketers alike."

An ever-modest Smith paid tribute to his team, saying: "The award reflects the work of all the volunteer coaches at Sale."

Smith is also joint junior chairman at Sale, where he has coached for the last six years. Under his guidance the junior sections of the club have made significant progress with now more than 100 boys and girls being coached regularly and 10 age-group teams playing cricket.

In addition to his coaching commitments, Smith also writes the popular and insightful 'Declaration Game' blog, often featuring his coaching experiences.

Smith becomes the second Sale coach to win the award in the last five years after Rick Halkon won the same award in 2012.

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