Published: 9th October, 2017
As part of a new series of articles in which we look at the achievements of every winner of a 2017 OSCA (Outstanding Service to Cricket Award), we introduce Howard Cohen.
Howard was named this year’s winner of the David Edwards Officiating Award for his work as an umpire across several Surrey leagues for almost 40 years.
This award is given to officials who raise the profile of good officiating within the county, display enthusiasm when recruiting new officials and build rapport with players to create a positive image of the modern cricket official.
Howard has been an umpire for nearly 40 years, standing at County 2nd XI, Minor County, Premier League and MCC matches.
He currently is a Surrey Championship Umpire but also stands in other leagues and competitions within and outside of Surrey. He has happily stood in recent years with new umpires offering assistance in their development.
He also serves as County and Regional Education Officer for the Surrey Association of Cricket Officials and ECB Association of Cricket Officials in which he coordinates training of new match officials.
He has worked tirelessly to promote new ideas about the way umpires and scorers are trained and supported, and is a great servant of the game. He has also coached many young players and the Surrey Association of Cricket Officials believe is worthy of consideration for this award.
Presented their awards during a Surrey Cricket Foundation event at the Kia Oval on Sunday 13 August after a talk by Foundation Director and former England cricketer Paul Taylor, the winners then met current Surrey players Arun Harinath and Bryony Smith.
We’ll be giving a profile of all 10 OSCA winners throughout the next 10 weeks on kiaoval.com.