Cricket saddened by the death of H.R.H. Prince Philip

The England and Wales Cricket Board, Somerset County Cricket Club and the cricket world as a whole is deeply saddened at the death of H.R.H. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

A lifelong cricket fan and talented allrounder in his playing days, the Duke served two terms as MCC President from 1949-50 and 1974-75 and becoming an honorary life member.

The Duke became Patron and Twelfth Man of the Lord’s Taverners in 1950, the same year the charity was founded. He also served as the President of the charity for two years between 1960-61.

He was instrumental in introducing the Lord’s Taverners ECB Trophy which is presented annually to the county champions. The trophy was introduced in 1973 with the Duke recognising that until that time, the champions had never received a physical trophy.

He continued the presentations of the Lord’s Taverners ECB Trophy and the Lady Taverners ECB Trophy along with medals to both men’s and women’s county champions at Buckingham Palace for 43 years until his retirement from royal duties in 2017.

Ian Watmore, ECB Chair said, “I’m sure I speak for the entire cricket family when I say how sad I am to hear of the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh. His passion for the game we all love was well known, and the trophies presented to the men’s and women’s county champions are a tribute to his dedication to our sport. We owe him a great debt for his support and passion over many decades.”

Before the start of the second session of play in today’s LV= Insurance County Championship match at Lord’s the players and staff from both Somerset and Middlesex joined their colleagues across the country in observing two minute’s silence as a mark of respect.

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