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Cricket league founder receives his British Empre Medal
A FORMER Guardian sports editor who helped to set up the Cheshire County Cricket League close to 40 years ago has been honoured by the Queen.
Michael Talbot-Butler, who lives in Sandiway with his wife Wyn, was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his role as an administrator of the sport since 1975.
The 82-year-old, who serves as both competition and press secretary to the county league, received his honour from the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs at an official investiture at Runcorn Town Hall.
Mr Talbot-Butler was accompanied by Wyn - who has also been an official of the County League since its inception - his sons Mark and Nicholas, as well as Nicholas’s partner Joy Hornby.
“I was very proud to receive the award on behalf of Cheshire cricket,” said Mr Talbot-Butler, who is also a former first team captain at Northwich Cricket Club.
“I was only sorry that my dear wife Wyn was not included in the accolades as she has worked just as hard and long to promote the game as myself and has made many sacrifices.”
The former Guardian sports editor added: “I should like to thank the many kind people who have written, emailed, phoned or made other contact to offer their congratulations since the original announcement.”