Louth cricketer Arran Brindle was overall winner at the annual Lincolnshire Sports Partnership awards last night.
She took the overall Sports Person of the Year Award as well as winning the individual Sportswoman of the Year category.
Arran’s unparalleled success in the past 12 months includes regaining the Women’s Ashes trophy from World Champions Australia – playing in all seven matches, taking the second highest number of wickets and scoring the third highest number of runs for England in the one day game.
She also had the second highest batting average and was fifth highest wicket taker in the 2013 World Cup in India.
Her success has also helped place Lincolnshire on the map and in 2013 her home town Louth hosted the county’s first ever Women’s Full International One Day Cricket Match between England and Pakistan at the London Road, Louth.
Arran also helps coach youngsters at Louth Cricket Club – one of five to play in the first Lincolnshire Women’s League in 2013.
Arran said: “I am delighted to have won this award and would like to thank all those who have supported me. It is also fantastic to be able to train to the level I need to using the facilities in my home town such as the Meridian Leisure Centre and London Road Sports Ground. I hope that many future sportsmen and women are inspired by the success of so many at the Sports Partnership Awards and can succeed in their own disciplines.”
And, Arran was not the only East Lindsey-based winner in the awards. Legbourne Cricket Club triumphed in the Sports Club of the Year category after its growth over the past year has seen the U13 team win the East Lindsey League, the formation of an U11s team, and the Club working towards the ECB’s Clubmark accreditation. The Club has also established links with the local primary school and Louth Cricket Club.
Of the Club’s success, former England Cricket Captain Mike Gatting said: “On behalf of the ECB, congratulations to Legbourne CC on winning this award. There is clearly a genuine commitment within the cricket club to nurture local boys and girls in their early experiences in the sport and we wish you well for the future as the club continues to grow.”
Other East Lindsey sportsmen and women who were shortlisted for awards, but just missed out on top spots were Compass Point Business Service’s Finance Team - George Gustard, Stuart Leafe, Ross Evans, Ed Brindle, Chris Hook, Sean Howsam and Rod Ayton who work for East Lindsey District Council, and were nominated in the Contribution to Physical Activity category, Legbourne District Councillor Adam Grist who was nominated in the Sports Volunteer of the Year category, the Council’s Tracey Wilkinson who coaches at Louth Triathlon Club and was nominated as Coach of the Year category, Triathlon participant Karen Hames from Louth who was nominated in the Veteran Sportsperson of the Year category, Jamie Carter from Binbrooke and Liz McTernan from Louth who were both nominated in the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year category, and GP3 participant Jack Harvey who was nominated in the Sportsman of the Year category.