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West Yorkshire cricket club receives royal recognition on 40th birthday

A West Yorkshire cricket club has been recognised for bringing the community together during an event marking its 40th birthday.

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Mount Cricket Club, based in Batley, was established in 1975/6 by two enthusiastic cricketers Mr Hanif Mayet – who remains its Chairman – and the late Farid Karolia.

The club has progressed through various Yorkshire leagues and now plays its senior cricket with the Halifax Cricket League (HCL).

On Saturday, at the club's 40th annual presentation event, Mount officials were presented with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service by Tim Hare, Her Majesty’s Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.

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The award is the highest accolade that can be given to a voluntary group.

The celebratory event was attended by members of the local community along with figures from the cricketing world.

They included officials from the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as well as Yorkshire County Cricket chief Mark Arthur and two young cricketers, Matthew Waite & Josh Shaw from Methley & Wakefield Thorne respectively.

John Holder, a former first-class cricketer and an ICC umpire who stood in 11 test matches and 19 one day internationals also addressed the crowd.

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“Mount’s Annual Presentation Evening is a keenly awaited occasion where we celebrate the achievements made both on and off the pitch. This year to receive the recognition for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service & Club mark is a massive honour and but equally a reflection of the trust placed in us by the community. On behalf of everyone at the Club a very big thank you to everyone for the support given to the Club over the last 40 years and for the continued financial contribution as we are dependent on the generosity of businesses and residents to allow us to go on serving our community”.

– Mr Hanif Mayet, Chairman of Mount Cricket Club
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“On behalf of my wife Debbie and the two young cricketers that accompanied me - Matthew Waite & Josh Shaw and all my colleagues involved with the family of Yorkshire Cricket, I would like to thank you for your wonderful hospitality at Mount’s 40th Presentation Evening. What continues to impress me so much is the level of commitment that so many members of the community have to volunteering their time to develop the playing side of the Club. Your achievements in girls and disabled cricket in 2017 are to be applauded”.

– Mr Mark Arthur, Chief Executive from Yorkshire Cricket
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