Lifetime achievement honour for Ted

HONOURED: Ted Clarkson with his ECB certificates
HONOURED: Ted Clarkson with his ECB certificates

A stalwart of Sudbury Cricket Club has been given a lifetime achievement award to recognise his 40 years of dedication to the town’s oldest club.

Ted Clarkson attended a glitzy awards ceremony at the England Cricket Board’s Natwest Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) at Lords at the end of last month.

A former chairman at Sudbury for 25 years from 1977, and still a president, Clarkson was among 400 guests as Suffolk’s lifetime achiever.

Each county was asked to put forward an unsung hero with Yorkshire’s Jack Greenwood taking the national award on the night, which included appearances by England players past and present.

Clarkson, 74, who lives in Kersey Upland near Hadleigh, said: “I have put a lot of time into Sudbury Cricket Club, the best part of 40 years and perhaps it shows some efforts are rewarded by the things the club has achieved. It is just a great honour, following on from Andy Dodds getting a British Empire Medal.”

Dodds, 78, who carries out repairs at the ground, was named as a BEM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June for his services to the cricket club and will collect it at Helmingham Hall on Monday.

Clarkson, who played his first game for Sudbury in 1969 and has also been captain, treasurer and fixtures secretary, brought the first artificial wicket to Friars Street and secured the club’s first overseas professional, both in 1980.

His chairmanship also included securing the club’s long-term financial future through sponsorship.