Peay ‘honoured’ to receive lifetime achievement award

Barry Peay (back right) with his lifetime achievement award and the other winners at Hove
Barry Peay (back right) with his lifetime achievement award and the other winners at Hove

Horsham’s Barry Peay was recognised with the prestigious honour of the lifetime achievement award at The NatWest Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards.

The OSCAs took place on Friday evening at The County Ground and paid tribute to those special people that devote huge amounts of their time, on a voluntary basis, to delivering recreational cricket.

More than 150 volunteers from around Sussex were nominated, more than ever before, including coaches, groundsmen, umpires, scorers, administrators and many more who undertake vital roles in clubs, leagues and other cricketing bodies.

Peay’s great contribution to the sport has included playing for his home town and Sussex, administrative roles at Cricketfield Road, umpiring and his organising of the Horsham Festival of Cricket.

As well as his off-the-field work with the integration of Sussex County Cricket Club and the Sussex Cricket Board as well as working with Tim Shutt and the Sussex development group.

Peay said: “I am very pleased that Horsham has again been recognised again after Doctor John Dew and our president Hugh Thomas have previously won this prestigious award. I am humbled to be recognised along side them.

“I am very pleased. I guess it is very unusual to have three people from one club in ten years to have been given this award. That is one club from 245, I think it’s an honour for the town.”

Peay, along with all the other winners has been invited to the National OSCA’s ceremony at Lord’s on Monday, October 12.

Others winners were: officiating – Dorothy Hobden (Hailsham), heartbeat of the club – Rob Wilkinson (Hailsham), NatWest Cricket Force – Simon Wood (Brighton & Hove Crescent), get the game on – Matt Bourne (Chippingdale), leagues – Gary Stanley (West Sussex Invitation Cricket League), young volunteer – James Griffin (Keymer & Hassocks), groundsman – Peter Bromley (Ferring), cricket in the communit - Chris Snell..