Donald Earnshaw has been highly commended in the Lifetime Achiever section of the YCB’s OSCA awards.
The Drakes League president was effectively runner-up to Ian Chappell of Yorkshire in the section.
Marsden’s Marilyn Clee was highly commended in the section for those who do outstanding work behind the scenes at their club, while Oliver Pearson of Rastrick was also highly commended in the category for Young Coach of the Year.
Lightcliffe Cricket Club’s Sam Godden won the Young Volunteer of the Year OSCA, while David Normanton of the Halifax League was highly commended behind the Bradford League’s Keith Moss, winner of the Stuart Hodgson Award for Services to Leagues and Boards.
All are to be congratulated on their efforts, and Donald follows in the footsteps of former Drakes League chairman Roger France in being a commended lifetime achiever.
He began his cricketing career at Kirkheaton in 1948, where he opened the batting for the 1st X1 from the age of 17.
In 1968 he left to join Almondbury and, until 1992, was an important member of the 1st X1.
During his time at Almondbury, Donald has taken on many different specific roles, such as chairman, secretary, groundsman and league rep from 1974.
He has been massively responsible for keeping the club going and paving the way to recent successes.
He became president of the Drakes League last year, after 40 years on the league’s management committee.
In 2005, he was made a life vice-president of the league and in 2012, took on the added responsibility of Disciplinary Secretary.
In 1989 he was awarded the League’s Lady Sykes Candlesticks, an award given in recognition for his outstanding service to Almondbury and the league.
This was followed in 2010 by him winning the Fred Stallard Cup for his distinguished service to club and league.