Derek rewarded by the ECB

PUBLISHED: 17:17 02 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:12 24 May 2010

A STALWART of Weston Cricket Club for nearly 40 years has been rewarded for his services to cricket by the England and Wales Cricket Board

A STALWART of Weston Cricket Club for nearly 40 years has been rewarded for his services to cricket by the England and Wales Cricket Board.Derek Turner attended a special lunch at Lord's where he received a certificate signed by the Board's chairman David Morgan "In recognition of outstanding service to cricket in Somerset."Derek is an honorary life member of Weston. He joined the club as a player when he moved to the area in 1968 and played regularly for many years.He was chairman from 1984-1996, during which time a major development at the Devonshire Road ground was the building of a sports hall housing two cricket nets and two badminton courts.The hall was opened in 1985 by Freddie Brown, a former England captain and the then chairman of the MCC. It is used extensively for coaching and practice by Weston's junior and senior cricketers and by other clubs in the area.In 1996 Derek was invited to join Somerset County Cricket Club's youth development committee. In the same year he set up and chaired a development committee involving cricket clubs in North Somerset.Resulting from this, the "Corner" competition was established where teams at under 11, 13, 15 and 17 levels representing North Somerset played against the other three "corners" of Somerset. This competition led to possible selection to the Somerset County teams.The North Somerset development committee also set up a Sunday league competition known as the Woodspring Sunday Cricket League with the objective of encouraging clubs to include capable youth cricketers in their sides.For younger cricketers Derek regularly organised a "Kwik Cricket" competition for North Somerset primary schools.Derek is currently the cricket representative on the North Somerset Sports Council.He is a former winner of the Sports Council's Doug Atwell Trophy awarded in recognition of those who actively encourage youth in the district to participate in sport.

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