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Norman Sharp Award

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Year: 2009
Awarded to: Claude Whitmore

Claude first played for Narborough and Littlethorpe in 1939 and he made his 1st team debut on Saturday 4th May 1940 following the footsteps of his father. Claude became Club Captain in 1950 with the 60's being the era he remembers most fondly for the success Narborough had on the pitch and the large social gatherings at each match resulting in many great friendships.

An all-round sportsman Claude also played football to a high standard but it was on the cricket pitch where he excelled as a seam bowler and he once took seven wickets at Earl Shilton when the usual opening bowler was late to arrive for the match. He was also a fine fielder and a useful batsman who always made local rivals Enderby suffer by scoring 50's regularly at their ground.

Althought he officially hung up his boots in 1975, he played some club games up until 1981. Claude joined the ground committee in 1977 as a hobby but it became more of a full time job since retirement and he is still working as head groundsman today, spending several mornings a week at the ground throughout the year helping to prepare the ground and helping to maintain the ground equipment and facilities. Always a team player, Claude has been encouraged in recent years at the club's resurgence and with more people prepared to put work into the club. Also if you ever needed a bat repair - Claude was your man, rescuing the most damaged of bats with skill and care!

Claude Whitmore

Claude Whitmore