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Senior Llama nominated for award

  Posted on: January 19th, 2012

John Bell at Lima Airport

It is with great pleasure that we can report that the oldest man to represent Peru at an ICC tournament, John Bell, has been nominated for the ICC Americas Volunteer of the Year Award, having dedicated many years – and countless bottles of wine – to the cause of promoting cricket in Peru.

John learnt the game in the bucolic setting of England’s Home Counties and has brought that sense of unhurried tradition and joviality to the Lima cricket scene over the past decade. His contribution to cricket has been both with adults, as captain of Eidgenossen in the national T20 league and holder of five caps for the Llamas, Peru’s international men’s team; and with juniors, as a cricket coach at the school where he also works as a teacher.

Here is an extract from the nomination:

‘John Bell has been a stalwart for Cricket Peru over the past eight years.  However, especially this year his contribution to the development of Cricket in the juniors has risen to new levels and I believe he would be a worthy recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award for the ICC Americas.  John is a teacher at Cambridge College on the outskirts of Lima.  This is a small British Peruvian School and with John’s convincing (of the school) and with the help of ICC regional funding in 2009 we were able to install the first artificial wicket in Peru (we now have three others).  Since then,John has steadily been promoting and developing cricket at the school.

This year Cambridge College provided representatives to both the U13 Peruvian team in the Cricket South America (CSA) Championships in April and the U15 Peruvian team in the ICC Americas U15 South Championships.  Since then he has continued to encourage and develop the boys from this school; and it looks like they will make up a large percentage of the U13 Peru team to tour Chile for the CSA Championships at Easter 2012.

John’s enthusiasm and attention to detail has endeared him to all of the parents of the new players and they have been the most reliable trainers and players thoughout the year.

I nominate John with pride and confidence.’

Many congratulations and we have our fingers crossed that the ICC Americas will appreciate his immense contribution as much as Cricket Peru does.