The amazing cricket story of George Greenway reached new heights after he won the silver medal in the Deaf Sports Personality of the Year and was captain of the England side nominated for the team award.

The Exmouth Cricket Club all-rounder has enjoyed a whirlwind few years out in the middle, culminating in leading England to a famous Ashes victory in Australia for the first time in three decades.

As well as taking wickets and smashing runs for Exmouth and England, Greenway also stars for the Middlesex Disability squad, all of which means many hours on the road.

“It was a fantastic day for me at the awards and for the England team to also be nominated,” said Greenway. “We won the Ashes for the first time in 30 years, so it was a fantastic experience at the ceremony and a very special day.

“It’s been a great year for me to be recognised and I was obviously very proud to captain the England team in Australia last year. We were shortlisted for the main prize and a great moment in the middle of another Ashes summer.

“I was also lucky enough to win the second prize in the individual awards and the Ashes experience was incredible for me. It’s not every day you get selected for an England team and go on tour to Australia.

“I was first selected as a 17 year-old in 2011 and I’ve been inspired by a lot of great cricketers. The Ashes are a great profile for disability cricket to grow and we are fortunate to play in events around the world. This year, we have a World Cup Series in Qatar in November, so it’s been a great year for all of us.

“Closer to home, Exmouth have been doing well this season and the club has been brilliant for me. I joined many years ago and I’m very proud to have progressed to the first-team.

“Cricket has brought a lot of commitment, travelling around the world and also up and down the country with Middlesex. Every summer is very busy but I love every minute.”

Congratulations to George and everyone involved with the England team. All we need now is for the other England team to repeat their Ashes glory.