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Hodson becomes MCC president

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Phillip Hodson

Phillip Hodson, the businessman and former Cambridge blue, begins his tenure as MCC president today © Patrick Eager

Phillip Hodson has succeeded Christopher Martin-Jenkins as MCC president.

Yorkshire businessman and former Cambridge blue Hodson begins his one-year tenure today, the traditional day of committee changes at Lord’s.

In taking over from respected journalist and BBC commentator Martin-Jenkins, Hodson becomes only the fourth Yorkshireman to fill the post, and the first since Sir William Horsley in 1961.

“I must first pay fulsome tribute to my predecessor,” said Hodson. “Christopher was a great ambassador for the club.

“His speeches were always amusing and erudite, and concealed a steely determination to ensure that MCC stayed on the right track. He will be sorely missed and a hard act to follow as president.

“I’m truly passionate about MCC, and it is a great honour to be president. I’m naturally very excited about the opportunity and cannot wait to get started.”

An opening batsman, Hodson won a blue for Cambridge in 1972. By the time he played in the 1973 University match against Oxford he had scored a first-class century and taken six wickets against Kent and become a regular Yorkshire second XI all-rounder.

Hodson made a century in his second qualifying match for MCC in 1977, and was elected as a member two years later. He has played over 300 games in total and represented the club on several tours.

He joined the Players and Fixtures sub-committee in 1987, became chairman of that committee in 1993 and continued to serve on it until 2000.

He has spent 11 years on the main committee, five on Membership and General Purposes committee and now stands on the Cricket committee and the Youth sub-committee.

Having started a small business in 1977, Hodson went on to become chief executive of The Oval group, the biggest privately-owned corporate insurance brokers in the UK.

Martin-Jenkins will resume his place on the MCC committee, where he will be joined by Mark Williams, Russell Cake, Chinmay Gupte and Julian Vallance, appointments voted for by MCC’s 18,000-strong membership.

Former president and Sussex captain John Barclay stands down along with Peter Carroll, Garri Jones and Peter Leaver, while ex-England captain Mike Brearley relinquishes his role as a trustee to take up his new role as chairman of MCC’s World Cricket committee, succeeding Tony Lewis.

Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, the former England women’s captain and a pioneer in the women’s game, and ex-England slow left-armer Derek Underwood become MCC trustees as Sir Tim Rice steps down after six years in office.

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