Cricket-mad Wakefield family bowled over by national award

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A WAKEFIELD family were bowled over after winning a national award for their unrivalled services to grassroots cricket.

Cricket-mad family the Birminghams picked up the Clydesdale Bank 40 (CB40) Family of the Year at the CB40 end-of-season awards dinner at Lancashire CCC’s Old Trafford ground.

The quartet are a key part of Nostell CC.

Dad Lee is an ECB-qualified coach and helped set-up the club’s junior section, which son Thomas is a part.

Mum Julie runs the tuck shop, manages the team admin and runs the junior tea room and daughter Abigail helps run junior training sessions and spends most of her nights in the tearoom, as well as running the weekly register for training.

Dad Lee said: “We are really very proud and happy to receive the CB40 Family of the Year award.

“We all enjoy cricket and do what we do for the love of the game. Cricket is a family friendly sport, that anyone can enjoy and be part of.”

In addition to the award, which was handed over by Durham and England cricketer Paul Collingwood, the family received £500 for their own use and an ECB Cricket Factory training event for Nostell CC, which took place with success at the weekend.

On handing out the award to the family, England star Collingwood, said: “The Birminghams are a fantastic example of the kinds of families that keep grassroots cricket going up and down the country.”

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