Knocked for six by award win

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Organisers of a district cricket club are batting off praise after being honoured with a royal seal of approval.

Bosses at Mount Cricket Club, in Batley, were last week presented with the prestigious Community Initiative award by His Royal Highness the Duke of York.

The award, given in person by Prince Andrew at a special ceremony, recognises the club as a “shining light” of the region’s clubs and an asset to the community.

The ceremony took place at Huddersfield University and featured representatives from Yorkshire Cricket, Mount Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Duke of York.

Mark Arthur, chief executive of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said: “There are 778 cricket clubs in Yorkshire who are run by volunteers from within their communities for the benefit of their community.

“Mount CC is one of the shining lights within Yorkshire Cricket family because of the way in which they reach out and serve their community.

“We are delighted that they have received the recognition from the Duke of York and the Club is most deserving of it”.

The accolade was received at the ceremony by Abdul Ravat, on behalf of the club.

Mr Ravat said: “To receive the Duke of York’s Community Initiative award is a great honour, and we are all so very proud of this recognition and very appreciative that our friends from Yorkshire Cricket and ECB were with us to share in this good news.”

The club was commended by award organisers for increasing the range of opportunities offered to the community in its 38-year history. It has teams juniors including under 13s and under 15s, three senior teams and offers opportunities to disabled children.