A CRICKET stalwart who as been associated with the sport in schools for over 30 years has been presented with the Rob Staite Award for Lifetime Achievement in Herefordshire Cricket for 2018.

Bob Hall, the former Chairman and Treasurer of the Herefordshire Schools Cricket Association, was presented with the award by by the former England fast bowler Devon Malcolm at the recent Hereford Cricket Society talk.

Hall has been associated with Herefordshire Schools Cricket for over 30 years and was Chairman of the English Schools Cricket Association in 2011/12.

Despite being retired he still co-ordinates all the secondary school cricket competitions in the county culminating in a programme of finals across the under-11 to under-15 age groups and in 2018 introduced a girls hardball competition.

The Rob Staite Award is presented annually in memory of Rob, who was just 35-years-old when he died of cancer in 1997.

An opening bowler, who was well known across the county Rob began his cricketing career at Kington Cricket Club.

He then played for Hereford City Sports Club, captaining them in the 1992 season.

Rob also played in the Hereford Evening League for Nomads, Hereford City Sports Club, Lads Club, Brockhampton and Woodpeckers.