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Norman Sharp Award

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Year: 2009
Awarded to: Tony Rogers

Tony began his long association with the club in 1951 at the age of 12 when he joined the Junior team. As a batsman and erratic fast bowler who developed into a keeper. Tony quickly progressed to the 2nd XI and by the age of 16 he was helping out as a groundsman, 4 years later in 1960 he was elected club Secretary and he has served the club ever since in this role. In the early 60's his secretarial tasks included organizing the Parish Council to cut the pitch and arranging to hire a roller for the season. He also ran the club tote to raise funds for the away team transport. In 1962 he also started the weekly club circular carrying news of club results, team selection and social events which he used to hand deliver to club members. He continues to produce this today (albeit via email as opposed to typing and using a duplicator). He has copies of every single one going back to 1962. Tony also started the annual club dinner which he still arranges today and his ability to organize the tea rota is legendary.

In 1968 Tony also became 1st XI Captain leading the club to a number of trophies. He captained the club from 1968 to 1972 and again from1979 to 1981. In his first year of captaincy, he was honoured to lead the club in a match that celebrated the 100 year anniversary of Narborough taking on an All England XI. Tony retired from playing cricket in 1984 although he is still a regular player in the Annual President's day fixture and took up playing golf but has continued to fulfil the role of secretary at the club. Despite many offers to join other cricketing bodies and take the Golf Club captaincy, Tony has always focused his administrative efforts on the Cricket Club.

Despite concern for the clubs future in the late 1990's, with an aging playing squad and a succession of junior team managers leaving their post, Tony has overseen a remarkable resurgence at the club in the new millennium that sees it established as a Focus and Clubmark accredited club who this year are taking part in their second year of Chance to Shine. The club restarted its 3rd XI last season and now runs 9 junior teams from Under 11-Under 17- in fact every age group in 2007 reached at least the County Semi-finals of competition. The club has ambitious plans to rebuild its aging pavilion which Tony is supporting in his additional role of Club President which he was duly elected to by club members in December 2009 in recognition of his tireless work for the club.

Tony was delighted to see over 100 present and past club members and friends attend a dinner to celebrate his 50 years of service to the club in October 2009 at which he paid tribute to his wife Gill and daughters Clare and Kate who have always been most supportive of the sacrifices he has made for the club.

Tony Rogers

Tony Rogers