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24th November 2009

Durham Tees Valley Award Winners announced

The awards recognised both playing and administrative excellence in recreational cricket in the south of the region. The dinner, which was held at the Tall Trees Hotel in Yarm, attracts up to 500 people from the Tees Valley cricketing community.

Durham players Neil Killeen and Callum Thorp were on hand to present awards throughout the evening, whilst ex-player and NYSD legend John Glendenen, immortalised in the County record books as the first Durham player to score a century and a double century in first-class cricket, fittingly did the honours for the three main awards of the night, Player of the Year, Emerging Player of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

NYSD League President, Chris West, said: ‘We are delighted that this new partnership between the NYSD and Durham CCC has enabled their valued awards to be continued for the benefit of the whole cricketing community in the Tees Valley area and we look forward to many more such evenings in the future.’

Durham’s Corporate Sales Manager, Tom Seymour, added: ‘It was fantastic evening, which was superbly attended I can only see the partnership growing as it gives Durham CCC a great opportunity to network in the Durham Tees Valley area.’

The awards are open to clubs, cricketers and individuals in the NYSD, Darlington, Langbaurgh and Cleveland leagues, with the presentations to be made annually at the NYSD’s presentation evening.

The 2009 awards winners were –

Player of the Year – Graham Shaw (Marton CC) – as well as captaining Marton to their first ever NYSD Premier Division title and Kerridge Cup, he also led them to an unprecedented clean sweep of all three major NYSD titles, in the process scoring 1300 runs and taking 30 wickets. In addition he became the first cricketer in the history of top-level North-East club cricket to score 50 career league centuries.

Emerging Player of the Year (18 and under) – Richard Borrowdale (Barnard Castle) – aged 17 – scored 1085 first team runs in NYSD Division One competition, including three league centuries, and took 24 first team wickets. In the NYSD junior league he won the batting averages with 443 runs at an average of 74. Represented Durham Academy and Durham U17.

Volunteer of the Year – Ian Dent (Raby Castle) – revived the Darlington & District League club by initiating the formation of a junior section with appropriate coaching. In three years the club has moved from having no junior teams to running U11 and U13 sides and is looking to form an U15 team in 2010. Taken coaching awards to further this work with many junior players introduced to the senior teams as a result. In addition he has taken over the major role in pitch preparation, attending IOG courses, and also helping other local clubs by carrying out end of season work for them.