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Dave Gavrilovic awarded Outstanding Contribution To Disability Cricket By ECB

6th October 2016

Blind Cricket England & Wales (BCEW) Chairman, Competitions and Technical Director and British Blind Sport (BBS) Vice Chairman Dave Gavrilovic has received the Outstanding Contribution To Disability Cricket award at the England & Wales Cricket Board’s NatWest OSCAs.

The OSCAs (Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards) celebrate the achievements & dedication of volunteers throughout the game. The OSCAs took place this year at Lords Cricket Ground on 4th October with special guests including current England stars Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson as well as England legend Mike Gatting. Dave, who had no idea that he was receiving an award, was presented with his trophy by Test Match Special commentator and former England bowler Jonathan Agnew, and Somerset and former England opener Marcus Trescothick.

Dave becomes the second official from visually impaired cricket to receive this prestigious award, following his predecessor as BCEW chairman David Townley.

Dave Gavrilovic awarded Outstanding Contribution To Disability Cricket By ECB

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Dave’s Current Roles

Chairman, Competitions and Technical Director of Blind Cricket England & Wales

Vice Chairman of British Blind Sport

Competitions Secretary & Acting General Secretary of the British Blind Sport Cricket Section

Chairman and Captain of Northants Steelbacks Visually Impaired Cricket Club

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Dave’s Previous Roles

Vice Chairman & General Secretary of Blind Cricket England & Wales

Treasurer of British Blind Sport

Chairman and Treasurer of the British Blind Sport Cricket Section

Founder and Head of the BCEW Scorers Panel

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Dave’s Playing Honours

4 caps for the England Blind Cricket Team

2012 BCEW B1 Player of the Year

2016 BCEW Total Batsman of the Year

Holds the record for most games as a captain in competitive blind cricket in the UK

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Dave attended New College Worcester from the age of 10 where he was first introduced to blind cricket by Clive Spencer, who taught PE at the school for 39 years and was one of the first inductees into the Blind Cricket Hall of Fame. At that time Dave was partially sighted although he lost his sight in an accident near the end of his first year at the college. Having played visually impaired cricket as both a partially sighted & then a totally blind player has enabled Dave to see from both perspectives over the years when potential rule changes have been discussed that would impact on either group of players.

Dave was vice chairman of BCEW from 2008 until 2015 at which time he became Chairman quite literally over night when the late and much missed David Townley suddenly passed away. He has been a board member of BBS since 2009 after becoming chairman of their cricket section in 2005 when he was just 20 years old. Dave has captained in competitive cricket for four teams, mainly 12 games for New College Worcester starting when he was 15 years old & then later 113 matches for Northants Steelbacks for whom he is currently club captain. In 2011 he received a Torch Trophy Trust award for his voluntary work for British Blind Sport which was presented to him by Princess Alexandra and Sir Bobby Charlton.

Dave has also taken a leading role in a number of projects including setting up the BCEW Scorers Panel, developing the BCEW website as well as compiling and maintaining the largest sight classification database of any one sport organisation in the UK.

After receiving his award Dave commented:

“It’s a massive honour to receive this totally unexpected award. As much as I love playing cricket I also get a great sense of pride and satisfaction at being able to organise events and competitions that enable so many blind and partially sighted people of all ages to take part in this great sport. Receiving this award was the second proudest moment in my cricket career, only surpassed by playing for England. I would like to thank the ECB and their National Disability Cricket Manager Ian Martin, as their support has made it possible for me to be lucky enough to both represent my country and to receive this fantastic award.”

“Blind cricket now has a record 20 counties and around 440 players participating in the game and whilst I feel very privileged to be credited in playing a role in that growth none of it could have happened without the incredible financial support of The Primary Club or the hard work and dedication of two of my long term BCEW committee colleagues, our Development Director John Garbett and our International Director Pete Sugg. Both have done an amazing job in increasing participation, John in the domestic game and in womens cricket, and Pete in the international game.”

“When I took over as BCEW chairman in extremely sad circumstances at the start of July 2015 it was a far bigger learning curve and a much larger task than I had imagined, so I would like to thank everyone who has helped me to overcome the challenges the charity had to face in those first few very difficult months as without their support there is no way that BCEW would be in such a strong position now. I must also thank David Townley as I learnt a massive amount from DT and his measured and calm approach to managing almost any situation.”.

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Some Reactions on Twitter to Dave’s Award

Ian Martin (ECB National Disability Cricket Manager): “Much deserved for an extremely valued member of the ECB cricket community and a great man.”

British Blind Sport: “So proud of @DaveGavrilovic winning Outstanding Contribution to Disability cricket award at NatWest OSCAs.”

Mark Fisher (Principal of Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford): “Congratulations Dave, what an achievement, you really deserve this recognition! Best wishes from RNC.”.