EARLS Colne Cricket Club stalwart Terry Prestney has been rewarded for his long service and dedication to the game.
Prestney, a farmer from Wakes Colne, has been recognised in the NatWest OSCAs (Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards) by the Essex County Cricket Board.
His involvement with Earls Colne, who currently play in Division Five of the Two Counties League, stretches back 53 years and includes 20 years as first-team captain. He spent two decades running the colts.
For 45 years his voluntary work has also included the role of groundsman, ensuring the club’s wicket is kept up to scratch, showing his complete dedication to the game.
He has been a prominent committee member of the north Essex league since 1976 and has taken on the role of head of the panel arranging neutral umpires for matches for the last 11 years.
The 67-year-old was nominated by his own club, on which he is a committee member.
Secretary John Perfect said: “Not only does he serve the club in an outstanding fashion, he has been prominent in north Essex cricket for more than four decades.”
Prestney said: “It was a real honour to get recognition for what I have done in the game.”