Windhill's Colin Gatenby receives the Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy from league president Keith Moss
Windhill’s Colin Gatenby is the latest recipient of the JCT600 Bradford League’s most prestigious award – the Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy.
The 81-year-old’s outstanding service over more than 40 years to the Busy Lane club was honoured at the league’s annual dinner.
League president Keith Moss said: "During this period he has been involved as committee member, cricket secretary, groundsman and scorer, as well as being part of the Bradford Cricket League executive committee for a number of years.
"His dedication, passion and unselfishness make his contribution to the club all the more remarkable, given that he has never even played the game that we all love – at any level."
Moss added: "Besides his love of cricket, Colin also helped socially by being the person responsible for calling out the bingo numbers on a Sunday night for the older members of the club, as well as helping to run the single-number draw on a Sunday lunchtime.
"On the funnier side, on one occasion at the ground, Colin, as usual, decided to 'brew up' as Billy Evans was working on the far side of the ground.
"Colin motioned to Billy that he was putting the kettle on. Now, unbeknown to Colin, Billy had already broken up a Bovril cube into his mug, but Colin didn't know this and proceeded to add milk and sugar. The look on Billy's face was a picture when he realised what Colin had done.
"Another of Colin's more senior moments involved a wheelbarrow and some paint. Gordon Binns was rolling the wicket and Colin was marking out the popping crease, yet Colin decided to leave the wheelbarrow and the paint right behind the roller and Gordon obviously didn't see it as he was driving backwards and demolished the lot. Colin was not amused!
"Colin also loves a game of snooker but is the only person we know who can go to play with running side and end up playing check side – not even Steve Davis can do that!
"I am sure you will all agree that he is a worthy recipient of the Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy for the 2014 season."
Last year’s winner Keith Robinson of keighley received another accolade. This time he was part of the first family combination to win the JCT600 Unsung Hero Award.
Keith and his wife Lesley Robinson, who recently retired from active service at Lawkholme Lane, and their youngest son Richard, who who prepared the wickets for this season’s Sovereign Health Care Priestley Shield at Keighley and Priestley Cup final at Undercliffe, took the honour.
The JCT600 Players’ Player of the Year is Pudsey St Lawrence’s opening batsman Mark Robertshaw. He topped the poll ahead of Cleckheaton’s Mally Nicholson and Hanging Heaton skipper Gary Fellows.
There was further delight for Windhill at the end of a season which saw them finish bottom of Division Two when they received the Albert Smith Spirit of Cricket Award.
There was double delight for Undercliffe’s young off spinner Amir Hussain. He won both Gordon Bowers Young Cricketer of the Year Award and the Ernest Lodge Trophy for young spin bowler of the year.
Brighouse’s efforts were rewarded as they received the Tom Mathers Trophy for the most improved ground.