Sue scores top award at Lord's
Gloucestershire's Sue Drinkwater has won a national award for her work training and developing scorers.
Sue, who began scoring for her local side Chedworth more than 30 years ago, received a NatWest OSCA (Outstanding Service to Cricket Award) from ex-England captain Mike Gatting at a glittering ceremony at Lord's.
She said: "It was a fabulous day and to win was a huge surprise. I knew I had been shortlisted but I didn't think I would win. I was sitting on a table with all the other people from Gloucestershire and they were all so thrilled for me, it was a lovely feeling.
"It is all a little bit embarrassing but it is very nice to know you are appreciated."
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Sue has been a member of the Association of Cricket Officials (ACO) and its predecessor for over 25 years. For the last eight years she has also been the scorers training officer for the Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Officials (GACO). She has designed her own training courses when none previously existed and many of her ideas have been adopted by the ECBACO. As a result of her standing in the world of scoring Sue sits on committees to advise on current training and examinations and she has also pioneered training for computerised scoring.
She received the national OSCA for 'Officiating' in front of more than 400 of cricket's most valuable volunteers and big names including Steve Finn, Charlotte Edwards, Eoin Morgan and Jonathan Agnew who was master of ceremonies. But Sue admits she was most star-struck when meeting Downton Abbey actor Jim Carter who sought her out to pass on his congratulations.
Sue was also surprised by a few familiar faces from closer to home who appeared on a special video tribute played prior to her receiving the award. These included her father Jim Downes - an umpire and organiser of the Cheltenham Indoor League and Chedworth chairman Clive Poulton. To watch the video click here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1kLBJ6H07w&feature=youtu.be
She said: "I didn't know anything about the video. It was amazing as suddenly there were all these people that I knew on the big screen."
Sue has trained more than 100 scorers in Gloucestershire including many in the WEPL and County League. And she says her aim now is to try and encourage more people to take up scoring and to provide opportunities for existing scorers to come together and share their knowledge.
She said: "What I would really like is to create a community of scorers in Gloucestershire that could meet up regularly to talk about their experiences. Scoring tends to be a fairly solitary business and I think we often don't realise how useful it can be to learn from each other. If we could start to get that happening it would be amazing."
Many of the scorers Sue has trained have gone to score at representative matches and she is regularly invited to score in major matches herself. Her most prestigious appointment included scoring at a game featuring the 2013 Australian Ashes squad.