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NATWEST OSCAs: David Bowden wins Lifetime Achiever Award at ECB’s NatWest OSCAs event


David Bowden receives his NatWest OSCA from former England Captain Mike Gatting

Sussex’s President David Bowden has won the prestigious Lifetime Achiever award at the ECB’s NatWest OSCAs event, which rewards cricket’s unsung heroes.

The event, hosted by Jonathan Agnew, BBC Cricket Correspondent and Test Match Special commentator, at Lord’s yesterday, brought together over 400 people from across England and Wales to celebrate the heroes of the recreational game.

David moved to Sussex in 1973, when he joined Preston Nomads CC as a 1st XI player and subsequently became the club’s captain, and was then Chairman for a number of years. He served on the Sussex Premier Cricket League’s Council for over 20 years and is now the League’s President. David has also served the Sussex Cricket Board as its Honorary Secretary and as an elected member of its Management Committee.

David was co-opted as a Director of Sussex CCC in 2004, and then became an elected Director. At that time he proposed to the two cricketing bodies that they should merge to provide a single integrated organisation for the benefit of both recreational and professional cricket in Sussex. He has since devoted an immense amount of time and energy to bring this concept to fruition.

Bowden became President of Sussex County Cricket Club in March 2015 and the two bodies, Sussex CCC and the Sussex Cricket Board, merged in November of the same year to form Sussex Cricket Limited. At this time David became the first Chairman of a new charitable subsidiary, Sussex Cricket Foundation, responsible for recreational cricket and community activities.

On winning the award David said, “I am thrilled, honoured and proud to have been chosen to receive this prestigious award, not least because it reflects well on the Sussex Cricket Family. Like all volunteers in cricket, we give our services freely because we have a deep passion for the sport and because we feel that we can do something to help make a difference. We do not give our time and commitment in order to achieve accolades such as this, but we get real joy and pleasure sometimes from seeing some of the youngsters we support thrive in their chosen path.

“One of our desires is to use the power of cricket to give young people better life-skills to prepare them for their futures. The mission for Sussex Cricket is to create a passion for cricket in the heart of every community and that can only be achieved through the 7,000 volunteers who already devote their services in the 245 local cricket clubs throughout the County. Long may they flourish and I thank all of them most sincerely for all they do!”

Sussex Chairman, Jim May, said " We are all delighted that David has won national recognition which is well deserved. He is an inspirational figure who has carried out a wide variety of roles with great distinction in the cricketing world. David's legacy will be to have played a leading role in putting in place the structure and strategy for Sussex Cricket which will be beneficial in creating opportunities for cricketers of all ages and sexes throughout the county.”

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