A SELFLESS stalwart of a village club who is a "popular" and "influential" character scooped the Lifetime Achievement accolade at the Wiltshire Cricket NatWest OSCA.

Gwyn Blenkinsop was recognised for his voluntary services to Farley Cricket Club at the awards last week.

He joined the club in 1984, having moved to the area to work at Salisbury District Hospital.

The Welshman, who lives in East Grimstead, quickly became a central part of the club's successful side of the late 80s and early 90s. A top order bat with a love of snatching singles, he was also a fine wicketkeeper, sharp fielder, and handy off-spin bowler.

After 20 years, he reduced his playing in the late 2000s, but continued to have an active role off the pitch - filling every job in the club at some point.

As well as playing regularly for the over 50s, Blenkinsop was instrumental in setting up a second side, then an over 60s team. He served as fixtures' secretary, as well as leading the recruitment of players from across the county.

Off the pitch, he has spent much of the last year organising Farley's 150th anniversary celebrations, culminating in a successful dinner.

Secretary Paul Roberts said: "He is the most active and vocal supporter - attending almost every first team game and sharing good advice and bad jokes in equal measure!

"A hugely popular and influential presence, as the many tributes from across the county and beyond demonstrate, the Lifetime Achievement award is richly deserved.

"The only concern at Farley is to ensure he doesn't take this as his cue to retire."