North Devon and England Learning Disability (LD) batsman Dan Bowser has been named the joint winner of the 2018 Chrisopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Award.
The Instow batter was a joint winner with England LD captain Chris Edwards, with the duo recognised for a selfless and sporting action during England LD’s game against Denmark U17s in the summer.
The match – part of a tour of the Netherlands – saw Denmark seven runs away from victory in the 50-over match when a caught behind decision was given.
The umpire raised his finger to give England the wicket they needed for the win, but Bowser, fielding at slip told Edwards the batsman had hit the ground.
Edwards rescinded the appeal and the game was restarted. The LD team sealed victory four runs later.
Mark Costin, England LD Assistant Coach, said: “I would go so far to say that it is the best thing I have ever seen on a cricket field and I certainly have never seen such a courageous sporting gesture.
“Dan and Chris deserve the very highest recognition for what they did in that moment, under pressure with an international victory on the line, and for them to receive the CMJ Award is fantastic news.”
The award was created in 2013 by MCC and the BBC in memory of former MCC President and BBC Test Match Special commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins, who was passionate about promoting the spirit of the game.
Past winners include Derbyshire’s Wayne Madsen, Sussex’s Luke Wright and New Zealand’s Brendan McCullum.
MCC President Lord MacLaurin said: “The Spirit of Cricket is now fully a part of the Laws of the game, and its principles of playing hard but fair permeate all levels of cricket, from the village green to the international stage.
“Dan and Chris have shown not only outstanding sportsmanship, but also superb character and judgement, and they are worthy winners of the CMJ Award.”
BBC Test Match Special producer Adam Mountford said: “This is just the kind of action which our much missed colleague CMJ would have applauded. He believed passionately that there should be no barriers to getting involved in the game, and that it should always be played in the right way.”