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Linzi Hughes of Middleton Cricket Club named as AO.com Volunteer of the Month

Linzi Hughes of Middleton Cricket Club named as AO.com Volunteer of the Month

Linzi Hughes of Middleton Cricket Club named as AO.com Volunteer of the Month

Lancashire Cricket is delighted to announce that Linzi Hughes of Middleton Cricket Club has been named as the AO.com Volunteer of the Month for August.

Linzi, who is a key part of the team at Middleton, has been heavily involved in the running of the club’s District Programme for the Rochdale Cricket Development Group. She organised trials and was the coach for the under 11s, under 13s and is the co-manager of the under 15s as well as scoring all the games for these age groups.  

This season Linzi has also managed three of the Club’s age-group sides and again scored all the matches, along with scoring the senior cricket on a Saturday and taking on the role of Junior Match Coordinator. Other key roles undertaken include, arranging the player’s releases from school and managing the availability of the ground.

Middleton Cricket Club have been awarded a new 55-inch 4K TV, courtesy of AO.com, which will be set up in their Clubhouse. Linzi was also presented with a special individual prize by Lancashire First Team player Saqib Mahmood last week.

After being presented her award, Linzi Hughes was delighted to have won, saying, “I’m honestly so grateful to Lancashire Cricket Club and AO.com having won the August Volunteer of the Month.

“It’s so nice to see that volunteers up and down the county are being recognised for their time and efforts. I’m proud and delighted to have won this award.

“I’d personally like to thank Lancashire bowler Saqib Mahmood for coming down and awarding the prize to me, as well as donating a signed T20 shirt to the Club. He went over and above and everyone at the Club is hugely appreciative.”

Whilst being part of Middleton Cricket Club, Linzi has been vital to the success of a number of the age group sides and is considered a highly valuable member of the team.

Linzi’s commitment to the club extends to being a key part in fundraising activities. For example, she has played a pivotal role in helping to raise funds to buy kit packages for less advantaged children to ensure that they have the opportunity to take part in the County structure. Having been associated with the Club for over nine years, she also embraces the role of Child Welfare Officer and has been described as representing everything that is good about cricket at a local level.   

Lancashire fast bowler Saqib Mahmood, added: “I was delighted to award Linzi her award for the August AO.com Volunteer of the Month. It is a club that I hold close to my heart having played for them when I was younger so I was more than happy to pop down last week.

“It’s a fantastic programme that Lancashire and AO.com are running for volunteers because club cricket up and down the country wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t for them so it’s really nice for those individuals to be recognised.”

AO.com, the online electricals store whose head office is based in Bolton, are a long standing partner of Lancashire Cricket. The partnership includes the Club’s AO.com green Royal London One-Day Cup kit, exclusive naming rights of the hugely popular Family and Community Stand at Emirates Old Trafford, as well as the continuation of the popular ‘Best Delivery’ bowling activation as part of the Club’s Thunder and Lightning Roadshow across the entire North West region.

AO’s Chief Brand and People Officer, Michael Bates said, “Through our ongoing involvement in this programme we’ve been able to recognise and reward hard working volunteers across the region. Cricket is a great platform for us as a business to support our local communities.”

The inaugural winner of the AO.com Volunteer of the Month was Peter Mcdermid from Trimpell Cricket Club back in May. Mike Hill of Whalley Range Cricket Club went on to claim the June award and the July winner was Phil O’Brien from Wavertree Cricket Club.

As AO.com Volunteer of the Month for August, Linzi becomes a nominee for the AO.com Volunteer of the Year award, alongside Peter Mcdermid, Mike Hill and Phil O’Brien, which will be presented at Lancashire Cricket Club’s End of Season Awards at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday.

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