MBEs for Duckworth and Lewis

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Neil Hannon & Thomas Walsh, the Duckworth-Lewis method

Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis inspired the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon to form a group in their name dedicated to cricket

The two inventors of the Duckworth-Lewis method for deciding rain-affected cricket matches have received honours in the Queen's Birthday List.

Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis, two university statisticians, each receive MBEs in the list, which was announced today.

The pair, both statisticians, invented the Duckworth-Lewis system in 1996 to work out run targets in one-day matches which are interrupted by the weather, and it is now officially recognised by the International Cricket Council.

Duckworth said: "I hope this award demonstrates to the outside world that the country believes we have made a useful contribution to the game - a lot of people haven't actually realised that we are actual people.

"It's also nice that the citation mentions services to maths and statistics and that we have made a contribution to their public profile."

Lewis added: "I was thrilled to get the news and it's very satisfying that our solution to the rain-interruption problem on one-day cricket has been recognised in this way."

Two other cricket figures have been honoured for their services to the game.

David English, the founder of the Bunbury cricket festival, has been awarded a CBE, while William McCallan is the recipient of an MBE for services to cricket in Northern Ireland.

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