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Sam Byrne receives David Hodgkiss OBE award at Lancashire Cricket AGM

Sam Byrne receives David Hodgkiss OBE award at Lancashire Cricket AGM

Sam Byrne becomes the second winner of the annual David Hodgkiss OBE award

Lancashire Cricket’s Lead Physiotherapist, Sam Byrne, is the winner of the 2021 David Hodgkiss OBE award.

Byrne was presented with the award by Chair, Andy Anson, during the Annual General Meeting on Friday evening.

He received the honour following his outstanding work in guiding Lancashire Cricket through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Byrne’s hard work across both male and female players ensured that they could train and play whilst adhering to strict new guidelines while also attending to their medical and psychological needs.

It is testament to Byrne’s dedication and attention to detail over the last 12 months, and beyond, that the Club has navigated through the pandemic without suffering from a major COVID outbreak.

The David Hodgkiss OBE award was inaugurated by Members of the Lancashire Cricket Board to recognise an above and beyond outstanding contribution to Lancashire Cricket.

The awards first recipient in 2020 was Lancashire Cricket and Emirates Old Trafford Head Groundsman, Matt Merchant.

Director of Cricket, Paul Allott, said: “This annual award was created to honour the memory of David Hodgkiss OBE and commemorate individuals who go over-and-above and continue the passion which David held for the Red Rose.

“Sam has been outstanding throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. He is so much more than just a physio to the players, he is a shoulder to lean on, a confidante, an organiser, and a motivator.

“Getting cricket back on last summer, getting through winter training and starting the 2021 season successfully and COVID free has been, in no small measure, due to Sam’s attention to detail and dedication. We could not have got through it without him.”

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