Alton U13 Girls win the CMJ Spirit of Cricket Award!

Alton CC U 13 Girls have won the inaugural Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Award for 2013!

Alton U13 Girls in the Test Match Special comentary box after receiving their award. Photo © MCC

Alton U13 Girls in the Test Match Special comentary box after receiving their award. Photo © MCC

Announced this morning before the YB40 Final at Lords, the Girls were there to accept their richly deserved award.

The press release stated:

“Deciding on the winner of the Youth Award and the school beneficiary was simultaneously challenging and heartening.  We received so many wonderful examples of how the Spirit of Cricket is alive and kicking in the junior game at clubs and on school playing fields across the country. 

“Congratulations to the Alton CC under-13 girls team who ultimately won the Youth Award.  Their story really epitomises what the Spirit of Cricket means, and I hope that they have enjoyed their visit to Lord’s today. 

BBC Cricket Correspondent and Test Match Special Commentator, Jonathan Agnew, added:“During a summer in which the spirit of the game was widely debated…  Too often we are treated to negative instances, so how nice it is to celebrate and reward such a genuine act of good sportsmanship.”

Martin Green, Alton CC Chairman commented, “Our girls squad has been absolutely fantastic this year, exemplifying and demonstrating the spirit of cricket in many different facets. Not only were there a number of occasions where they were happy and willing to lend players to opposition teams to ensure games went ahead but also their enthusiasm and determination to be a girls squad in what has predominantly been a boys sport is clearly there for all to see.  They love training together as a combined ‘girls squad’ regardless of their ages, which range from Year 3 through to Year 8, and we regularly have our older girls in the same net encouraging and supporting our much younger girls.”

Regarding the day out at Lord’s Martin said, “I was lucky enough to be at Lords with the squad on Saturday and was very proud that such a selfless and thoughtful act on a cricket pitch in Alton was recognised and applauded on a national scale by a joint BBC and MCC panel. The girls represented the club exceptionally well and in the process broke the record for the number of people in the Test Match Special box at Lords! A big thank you to all the people who support with the girls and who do so much for all the colts teams at Alton.”

If any girls or boys want to join the club we run training and matches at most age groups – please refer to our web site for more details

The award also featured on the BBC sport website »

You can also listen to an interview with the girls as broadcast on the day

Well done to all involved!

This is the second national award Alton CC have received in recent years, following Richard Myers and Sue Hubbard collecting the Chance to Shine Managers of the Year award in 2008