Prestigious award for Morecambe cricket stalwart Frank

Morecambe Cricket Club stalwart Frank Wilkinson, second left, picks up his Natwest OSCAs lifetime achievement award from former England cricket captain Mike Gatting. He is also pictured with former England women's player Clare Connor and ECB managing director Hugh Morris, right. Picture: Getty Images.
Morecambe Cricket Club stalwart Frank Wilkinson, second left, picks up his Natwest OSCAs lifetime achievement award from former England cricket captain Mike Gatting. He is also pictured with former England women's player Clare Connor and ECB managing director Hugh Morris, right. Picture: Getty Images.
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A Morecambe cricket stalwart has been honoured with a prestigious national award.

Frank Wilkinson picked up the Lifetime Achievement award at the NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) at the home of cricket Lord’s on Monday having served the sport locally for more than 50 years.

The former Morecambe Cricket Club wicket-keeper was given the honour by former England captain Mike Gatting at the lunch attended by more than 400 people including recently departed national skipper Andrew Strauss and another former England captain Michael Vaughan.

“I’m obviously delighted to have won the award,” said Frank.

“It was an honour just to have been shortlisted and I’ve enjoyed a memorable day at Lord’s.

“I’ve met some of my cricketing heroes and swapped stories with the other volunteers whose hard work is helping the grassroots of the game.”

A highly-respected coach Frank has aided the development of hundreds of youngsters throughout the district, including current Morecambe players Lewis Edge, Tommy Clough, Gareth Pedder and Mark Woodhead.

It has been a very successful year for him, having also picked up a lifetime achiever award for outstanding service to the sport from the Lancashire Cricket Board earlier this year.

Paying tribute to the winners at the 10th OSCAs, Gatting said: “Volunteers play a vital role in ensuring that our grass-roots game can continue to flourish and these awards are a fantastic way of recognising their contribution.

“I would like to thank each and every volunteer, young and old across the country, who has given up time over the last 12 months to help their local cricket club.”