CRICKET: Lifetime Achievement award for Willoughby treasurer

Eric Palmer receives his award from Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton
Eric Palmer receives his award from Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton
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Warwickshire Cricket Board honour Eric Palmer

Eric Palmer, Willoughby Cricket Club’s President and Treasurer, received a Lifetime Achievement Award last week at the Warwickshire Cricket Board’s OSCAs ceremony at Edgbaston, in recognition of his 50 years service as Honorary Club Treasurer.

The NatWest OSCAs is a national ECB-led initiative aimed to celebrate the contribution that volunteers make to the game of cricket across the country.

Along with many other clubs from the region, representatives from Willoughby were invited to Edgbaston for ceremony, which included Warwickshire CCC’s club captain, Jim Troughton, as the guest presenter.

Before he received the award, the audience were provided with an in-depth summary of Eric’s achievements which in addition to his service at Treasurer has also seen him hold position of Club President since 2002, a Trustee of the club, awarded Life Membership of the club in 1978, and been awarded the honour of Clubman of the Year on three separate occasions.

Eric was also a distinguished player in his time – only retiring through injury at the age of 58, and now having just turned 78, can still always be found helping out with ground maintenance, pitch preparation, drainage work, manning the club bar, organising the Tote, and a wide variety of other work in and around the Pavilion.

In March, he was honoured by The Midland Cricket Club Conference (MCCC) by being awarded the prestigious Norman Sharp Long Service/Lifetime Achievement Award.

Then in July, he was host and selected the Willoughby Presidents XI team as the club hosted a special Charity Match in his honour played against a National Hunt Jockeys XI, members of which Eric knows personally from his other main sporting interest of horse racing.

As a result of picking up this latest award, Eric was also invited to attend and celebrate the national ECB Natwest OSCAs at Lords in London.