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November 5, 2016, 11:15 am
Speakers Henry Gane and Sussex star Ben Brown shine at Awards Ceremony.

The dust is just settling on a glittering Preston Nomads awards dinner at spectacular Hove Club.  This annual gathering to celebrate sporting prowess shows no signs of inertia as it was clear that everyone had a really great time.  Our current Chairman David Thompson got the ball rolling by presenting his Chairman's Club Man of the Year to Paul Hird.  It was a lovely moment and a well deserved award.

Fitting moments as current Chairman David awards the previous Chairman the Club Man of the Year award. David Bowden and Chris Bidwell in this photo

Henry Gane on behalf of the club, welcomed our guests and then proceeded to have us all spell bound with some charming cricketing and footballing anecdotes. He then went on to suggest that the club is in rude health and that we had had a very successful season.  Finally he got everyone laughing taking a swipe at Mr David Symes who took the banter very well.  It can be revealed that someone who shall be nameless, Joey Appleton, nicked Henry's notes prior to the big moment.   Henry congrats mate !

Henry G has the room spellbound. 

Sussex vice skipper and right handed batsman Ben Brown responded with an equally compelling and entertaining speech.  He recalled his time playing club cricket and scoring 97 against the Nomads back in the day.  He was proud to be named Sussex vice skipper and went on to reveal that Luke W had revealed the news a day two early when the pair were at a night club.  A very enjoyable and easy paced speech was ended by a rallying call about HQ and he will be working hard to try and bring the good times back to the County Ground.  'I would like to win some trophy's !'
He was very well received amongst the audience.

Andy Garth was on hand to present the prestigious awards.   And it was our youth section who walked away with a lot of the prizes on offer.  It was brilliant to see a number of them out for the night and looking very smart indeed.  A real credit to the club.   Aaron Phillips won the coveted 1st team player of the year,  Adam O'Brien won 2nd team player, George Mercer won 3rd team player while Skipper Justin S picked up the 4th team player of the year.

Some of our Colts.  A credit to this club   

Liam O'Brien continues to impress as a coach and walked away with the Coaching honour.

 Aaron Phillips wins 1st teamer of the year
The Press Officers award went to Ian Jones.   (Regular readers will know that I was particularly impressed with the 4th teams promotion to Mid Sussex div 2.  I just felt that Ian's contribution to that was key both with ball and sometimes with the bat. He shows a steely determination and knows how to win a cricket match. Having overseen a lot of 3rd and 4th team cricket this season Ian was my stand out selection)

The evening closed with President Chris Bidwell thanking the speakers and Andy Smith for organising the event.   All in all a huge success ! See more photos below

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