CRICKET: Willoughby ready for annual Cricketforce event on Saturday

Willoughby's Eric Palmer receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award from Rugby's mahor Cllr Ramesh Srivastava

Willoughby's Eric Palmer receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award from Rugby's mahor Cllr Ramesh Srivastava

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Hat-trick of awards for treasurer at the age of 78

Willoughby CC set to do Natwest Cricketforce

Players, officials and club members young and old will be converging on The Green this Saturday as Willoughby Cricket Club stages its annual Natwest Cricketforce event.

This England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) annual volunteering initiative is aimed at rejuvenating the nation’s cricketing facilities and over 2000 cricket clubs across the UK have already registered to take part in the annual three-day event, which will see their facilities rejuvenated and prepared ahead of the new season.

Willoughby CC have been involved from the initiative’s inception – notably winning Warwickshire Cricket Board’s Cricketforce Club of the Year in 2013. Once again there is a whole host of jobs lined up inside and out in and around the ground, with a BBQ breakfast in the offering for all those taking part and pitching in.

It all gets underway at The Green at 9.30am until 1pm.

Willoughby CC’s Eric Palmer collects hat-trick....at the age of 78!

Congratulations go to Willoughby Cricket Club’s Eric Palmer who recently completed another notable hat-trick, although this time not in the playing sense.

Club President Eric, 78, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to cricket at Rugby Borough Council’s 2014/15 Annual Sports Awards recently. It came in recognition of his exceptional long standing service as official and player at the club - notably completing 50 years as treasurer last year.

It completed a proverbial treble for Eric after having also been honoured by the Midland Cricket Club Conference and also the Warwickshire Cricket Board in 2014.

He was awarded the prestigious Norman Sharp Long Service Award for services to cricket by the MCCC at their Annual Dinner in March last year, before being honoured at the Warwickshire Cricket Board’s OSCAs in September with a Lifetime Achievement Award.