Clydesdale Bank and The Wisden Cricketer are searching for the country’s number one cricketing family. Each month, there is £500 cash and £500 worth of Gray-Nicolls equipment up for grabs for the family that’s convinced the judges they are the most deserving.
Is your family the heartbeat of your local club?
Do you make up most of the team and supply most of the teas?
Is there a family out there who have provided many generations of club captains, coaches, secretaries and chairmen?
Or does your family go to every county game of the season? Are you the hardiest supporters in the country?
Are there any other reasons why you think a family deserves this accolade?
Last year’s winners were Christina Gibbons and her son Jordan Peters from Winscombe in Somerset: “I was inspired to enter when I heard Alec Stewart and Alastair Cook talking during a Clydesdale Bank 40 match about their mothers bowling to them in the back garden. That’s just what I did with my cricket-mad son.” Christina lost her husband two years ago and has immersed herself in the life of her local club as supporter, chauffeuse and committee member: “Winscombe CC has been a lifesaver for both myself and Jordan. Cricket is fantastic for teaching youngsters how every member of a team is important, players and non-players such as groundsmen, scorers, tea-makers.”
Brand ambassador Alec Stewart credits his family for much of his success. “Growing up, Dad had the biggest influence on my cricketing career from a very early age as I followed in his footsteps playing for both Surrey and England. Mum also played her part in driving my brother and I to our school and club games as well as overseeing the countless back garden Test matches! “It is a great initiative for the bank to recognise families involved in cricket. Families around the country support cricket every weekend, whether it is a father coaching his children’s side, or a mother making cricketing teas, without family involvement, community cricket would not exist in the same way.”