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Amy Freeman Wins 2014 CMJ Spirit of Cricket Girls Award

Tuesday, 16th September 2014 10:56 | Article by: Christine Boland

The initiative was created by the two organisations in memory of former MCC President and BBC Test Match Special commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins, who passed away in January 2013.

There are four awards which are given to the boy, girl, school and professional who have best exhibited the Spirit of Cricket either on a specific occasion or throughout the season, be that through outstanding sportsmanship, fair play or respect for opponents and umpires.

At the start of this season, Amy was recovering from a dislocated knee but continued to play for her club as they were struggling to field a team.

During one match she dislocated her other knee but continued to play on, fielding at slip, bowling from a one-step run up and apologising to her opposition as she did so.

She continues to show great commitment to Banbury Cricket Club and has made a significant contribution to the club’s girls’ cricket programme.

As her prize, Amy has been given tickets to the Royal London One Day Cup Final at Lord’s this Saturday 20th September.

She will also be given a tour of the J.P. Morgan Media Centre before giving a live interview on BBC Test Match Special during the lunch break.

Mike Gatting, MCC President and one of Martin-Jenkins’ former co-commentators, said: “We had some excellent entries for the awards this year, but Amy stood out as someone who has truly exhibited the Spirit of Cricket this season. She has shown tremendous courage and sportsmanship and deserves her prize. As Guardian of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket, MCC works tirelessly to promote the ‘Play Hard, Play Fair’ message across the world and it was fantastic to see Amy and so many other youngsters showing such great sportsmanship this year.”

Christine Boland, BCC Youth Chairman, said: “Amy’s commitment to Banbury CC is remarkable. She will never let the side down and I’d like to thank MCC and the BBC for commending her for her attitude and resilience. If every player has Amy’s dedication and determination to play the game in the right spirit, girls cricket will go a long way.” 

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