Derbyshire Captain Wayne Madsen has been awarded the inaugural Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Elite Award.
Launched at the start of the summer in memory of Christopher Martin-Jenkins – the former MCC President and BBC Test Match Special Commentator – the Elite Award is presented to a professional cricketer who showed exceptional sportsmanship during the 2013 season.
Madsen demonstrated that it is possible to combine the highest level of sportsmanship with professional cricket in the LV= County Championship fixture with Yorkshire at Queen’s Park in July, during the Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket.
Chasing Yorkshire’s first innings total of 617, Madsen feathered a ball from bowler Steve Patterson to the wicketkeeper.
With one lone appeal coming from the Yorkshire fielders, umpire Jeff Evans gave the Derbyshire Captain not out, only for the Madsen to walk back to the pavilion on his own accord.
Stating that it was a matter of principle, Madsen went on to score a defiant 141 in the second innings.
Madsen said: "I feel extremely honoured and humbled to have won this prestigious award.
"It's important, as professionals, that we set an example of sportsmanship and how to play the game in the right spirit to young aspiring cricketers."
Commenting on the announcement, MCC President and lifelong friend of Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Mike Griffith, said: "MCC is passionate about its role as Guardian of the Laws and Spirit of Cricket.
"It's instances like Wayne Madsen walking when his Derbyshire side was in real trouble against Yorkshire, which set an example for everyone in the game to follow and must be encouraged."
In judging the awards, the joint MCC and BBC panel defined the Spirit of Cricket as any instance which demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship, fair play and respect to captains, opponents, umpires and the game’s traditional values.
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