CRICKET: Arthur picks up NCU award

Northern Cricket Union President Chis Harte (left) presents Arthur Bowron with the Jim McMorran Award at the NCU's Annual General Meeting. INNT 43-505CON
Northern Cricket Union President Chis Harte (left) presents Arthur Bowron with the Jim McMorran Award at the NCU's Annual General Meeting. INNT 43-505CON
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THE long-serving President of Templepatrick Cricket Club, Arthur Bowron, has been recognised by the Northern Cricket Union (NCU) for his outstanding voluntary service to the sport over the past four decades.

At the organisation’s Annual General Meeting last week, Arthur was presented with the Jim McMorran Award by NCU President Chris Harte.

Arthur, who lives in Mallusk, has dedicated more than 40 years of his life to promoting cricket through his work with Templepatrick Cricket Club.

A founder member of TCC in 1969, he ensured the fledgling club, with one team of gather-ups, survived and ultimately thrived and is a constant driving force behind its continued expansion.

His enthusiasm has seen him represent the club as player, committee member, groundsman, Secretary, Treasurer and President.

He has been club President for the past 23 years, and during that time has continued to work tirelessly for Templepatrick CC in every aspect of running the club, preparing wickets, making teas, providing transport for youth and putting quality club structures in place. He has played a key role in the club’s development and is among a small group of officials who have driven the club forward using a series of development plans.

Arthur’s hard work and dedication was previously recognised by Newtownabbey Borough Council in 2007 when he was presented with a special award for his services to sport.

Congratulating Arthur on receiving the Jim McMorran Award, TCC Cricket Development Officer, Andy McCrea said: “Arthur has gone above and beyond his duties as a volunteer. His enthusiasm and dedication to cricket is inspirational. He is not only a great role model and ambassador for Templepatrick Cricket Club, he is a true gentleman, totally unassuming and someone of whom everyone at Templepatrick Cricket Club is immensely proud.”