The number of people nominated for OSCAs, which recognise exceptional commitment to grassroots cricket, has soared ahead of the Nottinghamshire awards evening next week.

The awards honour volunteers who make outstanding contributions to the club game, with the winners being named during a ceremony at Trent Bridge.

A total of 52 individuals have been nominated across six categories – an increase of 16 from last year.

Awards presented on the evening will include the Heartbeat of the Club, Young Volunteer and Proactive Leadership awards.

“The recreational game is the heartbeat of cricket, but it simply wouldn’t be possible for so many of us to enjoy club cricket on a weekend without the tireless efforts of volunteers,” said Josh Scully, Nottinghamshire’s Cricket Development Officer (Teams and Leagues).

“The quantity and the quality of the nominations we have received this year shows just how deep the love is for the sport across the whole county.

“We have been particularly delighted by the range of submissions we have received. Over 50% of nominations have come from clubs in the north of the county, which is a great endorsement of the health of the sport.

“In total, 31 different clubs have sent in nominations, and each and every one would be a worthy winner.

“With eight women and 15 young people among those up for awards, this shows that recreational cricket in Nottinghamshire is as diverse as it has ever been.

“In a year when cricket is enjoying such a high profile on the national stage, it’s fantastic to know that the sport is in great shape for the future at grassroots level.”

Those who come out on top in the Nottinghamshire OSCAs will be invited to a glittering ceremony for winners across the country at Lord’s.