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