LES Gudgeon may have been a runner-up in the national NatWest OSCAs (Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards) for Heartbeat of the Club but he knows he is no one-man band when it comes to Haworth Road Methodists.

The Craven League club have survived the collapse of their changing rooms and two major floods – one in the early 2000s and the other on Boxing Day four years ago.

Gudgeon said of the changing rooms: “We purchased and converted a structure from Bridlington into our current pavilion without any outside financial help.

“We also suffered those two major floods, the second of which has been well documented locally, and we received major help from the ECB.

“However, without the support of club members, in particular Andy and Nick Griggs and the late John Clayton, all this would have been impossible.

“John was everything to the club for over 60 years - as a player, scorer and financier, and he did unbelievable groundwork.

“Andy and Nick have been involved with the club all their lives - Andy is now chairman and Nick has been treasurer for over 30 years - but more significantly they, along with Charlie Hainsworth and Andy Maude, do 99 per cent of the groundwork, the fruits of which can be clearly seen.”

Gudgeon, who won the Yorkshire Cricket Board's nomination, was one of three national runners-up in the Heartbeat of the Club category, with the grand ceremony taking place at Lord’s.

He has been involved in Haworth Road Meths for almost 50 years as a player, including 20 as captain, and has been club secretary since 1982.

Gudgeon oversaw the club’s move from the Mutual Sunday School League to the Bradford Central League in 1982 and subsequently to the Craven League in 2004.

He has also been a panel umpire in the Craven League since 2016, generally partnering Nick Hoyle, who, Les says, “keeps me sane – not easy.”

National winner was Ian Guppy, of Aldwick Cricket Club, near Bognor Regis in West Sussex.

He was commended for his fund-raising efforts to help rebuild the club’s pavilion after it burnt down.

He also managed the rebuilding project, connecting the club with the wider community, and had a key role in the club’s All Stars Cricket programme.

“Ian, who ironically is a fireman, was a worthy winner, but I had a great day at Lord’s,” said Les.

“It started with a tour of the ground, including the Long Room, home dressing room and the museum.

“This was followed by a luncheon, including excellent wine, with the presentations being hosted by Charles Dagnall, of Test Match Special and Sky Sports Cricket, and the awards being presented by other personalities, such as England player Chris Woakes, who spoke very well.”

Yorkshire did have a national winner, however – Illingworth St Mary’s Alicia Smith in the young volunteer 14-18 years’ category.