Essex trio recognised at National Grassroots Cricket Awards


The 2022 Grassroots Cricket Awards have been announced with winners across 11 categories honoured across recreational cricket.

Of the 11 award winners, two hailed from Essex whilst Eight Ash Green CC in Colchester were highly commended in their category.

Kelsey Savage of Galleywood CC won the Rising Star award for playing a key part in the transformation of their Women’s and Girl’s teams. Having been part of the Club from just 8 years old, when she was one of three girls, her dedication to increasing participation in women’s cricket has led to over 25 women now being part of the Club.

Susan Blogg, who sits on the Metropolitan Essex Cricket Board, won the award for Growing the Game. Her visionary thinking led to the Board widening their scope, involving more Clubs and reviving the Jeff Rodriques Trophy. The Trophy, a dynamic under-13 midweek competition, uses a version of the ‘pairs’ format and has been a great success.

Eight Ash Green CC have for a long time been committed to tackling climate change in whatever way they can. The Club have been recognised in national publications for their Carbon Centurions Project and have pledged to achieve carbon net zero by 2030. The Club were highly commended for their achievements in the 2022 Grassroots Cricket Awards.

Essex Cricket’s Community Network Operations Manager Ben Wallis said: “It’s fantastic to see such a high proportion of National awards going to Essex-based nominees.

“A massive congratulations must go to Kelsey, Susan and Eight Ash Green whose commitment to cementing the sustainability of cricket’s future is commendable.

“Their achievements reflect a county of cricket lovers who are willing to go above and beyond and that is hugely encouraging.”