Jimmy Maher stood behind the stumps for the Masters. Photo Brandon Livesay/ South Burnett Times
Jimmy Maher stood behind the stumps for the Masters. Photo Brandon Livesay/ South Burnett Times Brandon Livesay

Search for a cricket champion

THE call is out for the South Burnett to nominate a local cricket champion for the Bulls Masters and Suncorp Bank Community Cricket Champion of the year.

The Community Cricket Champion program recognises the contribution of community cricket volunteers across Queensland and acknowledges the role they play in ensuring cricket continues to thrive.

Nominations are open to anyone involved with community cricket, be it the coach who volunteers weekends or a parent who manages the drinks table at every local match.

Bulls Masters managing director Jimmy Maher said the organisation wanted to recognise and reward cricket volunteers who allowed the game to develop.

"Many of the Bulls Masters were supported by hardworking and dedicated volunteers in their early days of cricket and it's time that these people are recognised and awarded for their efforts," Maher said.

"The next Ian Healy, Matthew Hayden or Andy Bichel may be at your local cricket club and the club's volunteers will play an integral role in the development of those young cricketers, which is why we are encouraging all cricket clubs right across Queensland to nominate their volunteers for the Community Cricket Champion."

Suncorp Bank chief executive officer John Nesbitt said he was proud to launch an initiative that celebrated the volunteers in the community.

"We recognise the important role volunteers play in supporting community cricket," he said.

"Through the Community Cricket Champion of the Year program we can shine a light on the Queenslanders who make an invaluable contribution in their local region."

The winner will be selected by a Bulls Masters and Suncorp Bank panel and will be recognised as the official Bulls Masters Suncorp Bank Community Cricket Champion.

The winner will also receive an individual cash prize of $2000, a $10,000 grant for their cricket club and the chance to have the Bulls Masters visit the club for a barbecue with all club members.

Nominations close on Friday, February 27, 2015.

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