Church Cricket Club coach Sam Holt has been nominated for Young Coach of the Year by Sky Sports.
Sam, 22, is one of only three coaches from Lancashire to have been selected for national recognition in three different categories.
Not only does the Church all-rounder provide coaching for the youngsters at the club, but primary school pupils throughout the Hyndburn area are now benefiting from Sam’s knowledge of the game.
After having spent time in New Zealand learning his trade, Sam is now using the Chance to Shine initiative to introduce cricket to primary children.
It is not just Sky Sports who have acknowledged his talent either, as the Lancashire Cricket Board have appointed Sam Community Cricket Developer for Rochdale.
If anybody is interested in joining Church Juniors please visit www.churchcc.co.uk or ring Graham Gaskill on 07762 490090.
Meanwhile Church have began building for the new season which starts next month.
Craig Fergusson has returned to Church after spending five seasons at neighbours Enfield.
And Church CC have now got a complete history of its Lancashire League matches – from 1892 to the present day – available to view on line, either through the Club’s own website or via the Lancashire League website.
Church CC has a long and proud history and, with assitance from www.cricketarchive.com, there is a complete statistical summaryfor the Blackburn Road club which includes features such as a complete list of every player who has played for Church together with details of the number of matches they played, runs scored, and wickets and catches taken.
It is also possible to view batting records, bowling records, highest and lowest scores and partnership records against every Lancashire League club.
Church could be the first grassroots club to collate and preserve its statistical history in the manner and detail which Church is now available.
First team captain Andrew Bentley said: "The club has a proud history and, although it has been a massive piece of work, I think it has been worthwhile.
"Not only does it preserve the history of the club but it gives the younger members an insight into the heritage of the Lancashire League as a whole.
"Also forthcoming events planned around this feature will allow past, present and future generations of the club to come together to celebrate the club’s long and varied history and look towards the future.
"Church CC is grateful to Nigel Stockley and Cricket Archive, without whose help this would not have been possible.
"Thanks must also go to Phil Sykes for his tireless work inputting each individual scorecard – a truly remarkable achievement."
Lancashire League website editor Nigel Stockley said: "Little did I know that when Phil approached me last May to ask how Church would go about including his club’s scorecards on the website that a mere nine months later he would have single handedly input 100 seasons without breaking sweat.
"His dedication to the task has been magnificent. I hope his efforts will inspire like-minded people from other clubs to do the same. His involvement has opened up the possibility of one day having every single Lancashire League match online."
If you can help in any way by inputting scorecards please contact Nigel Stockley 01254 392923 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
l Church will be holding their annual NatWest Cricket Force day on March 27, in which volunteers are asked to help out in preparing the club for the forthcoming season.
It starts at 9.30am and tea and bacon sandwiches will be provided to all attendees. Each year NatWest will sponsor the club based on how their assessment of how successful the day has been, so Church are asking friends and families of the club to attend, even if only for a short while.
Local firms will be present on the day to assist the club with the work. For more information contact Graham Gaskill on 07762 490090.
l Ribblesdale League side Oswaldtwistle Immanuel are also participating in the NatWest Cricket Force Event and it’s the first time they have done this.
They too are asking players, members and supporters, with the support of local businesses, to provide voluntary help to improve facilities at their New Lane Ground on March 27. It’s a 9am start with T-shirts and refreshments provided for volunteers.