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Lane's joy at joining three knights

England women's coach Mark Lane said he was a proud man after being named UK coach of the year.

Lane joins exalted company with Sir Alf Ramsay, Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Clive Woodward - all previous winners of the prestigious award.

"To be recognised like this is a real honour," the 41-year-old told ecb.co.uk. "It's something you dream about as a coach.

"All those Friday nights and Sunday mornings makes it all worthwhile. It recognises 20 years of coaching really. I'm so proud, my whole family are.

"My old boss Peter Brett was an inspiration to me. He encouraged me to coach full-time. I owe him a lot."

Lane has presided over a period of unparalleled success since taking over as coach in April last year.

After beating West Indies, South Africa and India in his first summer in charge, England cleaned up in 2009 by winning the World Cup, World Twenty20 and retaining the Ashes.

England women

England celebrate after retaining the Ashes in Worcester, which added to their World Cup and World Twenty20 wins

"It rounds off a brilliant year for me and the girls," added Lane. "I could not have done it without the support staff, Jack Birkenshaw [assistant coach] and Clare Connor [head of women's cricket].

"I might have collected the award but it was not just about me. It's for everyone who was involved."

The evening was a double celebration for Lane who also scooped the high performance coach award, pipping diving coach Andy Banks who guided Tom Daley to World Championship glory.

"Winning that award was like winning my class," added Lane.

"When I looked back at what we had achieved I thought I had half a chance of winning that award. In cricketing terms I could not have done anymore.

"Beating Australia 4-0 in the one-dayers was the highlight though. That shows a real level of consistency. But to succeed in all forms of the game is really pleasing."

Lane admitted he milked the walk up to the stage to collect the main prize - "I got a strut on" - before reflecting on the famous trio who have won the award before him.

"Sir Alf Ramsay, Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Clive Woodward have all won it. That's special to be part of that company.

"The only thing missing is three letters in front of my name," he added, tongue in cheek.