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Duckworth-Lewis on Queen's Honours List

The two inventors of the Duckworth-Lewis method for deciding cricket matches are among those honoured in the Queen's Birthday List.

Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis, two university statisticians, each receive MBEs while former Sunderland chairman Bob Murray is knighted.

Other sporting honours include a CBE of Hope Powell, the coach of the England women's football team, OBEs for jockey Tony McCoy and former England rugby player Andy Ripley, plus MBEs for former Formula One driver David Coulthard, ex-Wales midfielder Gary Speed, and Amy Williams, who won gold in the skeleton in the Winter Olympics.

The Duckworth-Lewis method has been used since 1996 to work out run targets in one-day cricket matches which are interrupted by the weather and 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.''

Murray, who becomes Sir Bob, receives his knighthood for services to football and education. He is credited with rescuing the club from bankruptcy in 1986 and has also been heavily involved in education through the new City Academies.

Murray said: "I feel incredibly proud and am overwhelmed to receive such an enormous honour.''

Williams became the first British gold medalist in an individual event at the Winter Olympics for 30 years after triumphing in the bob skeleton at Vancouver earlier this year.

The 27-year-old from Bath said: "This is a huge honour and a privilege. I'm so proud. I was absolutely stunned and completely blown away when I heard.

"This really caps what has been an amazing few months since I returned from Vancouver.''

McCoy, winner of the Grand National, said: "My goal every year is to be champion jockey and if I work hard enough it's something I've got control over, whereas these sort of things are just nice accolades.

"It's nice to get recognition from someone like the Queen as it doesn't come from much higher than that.''

Other sporting honours include a CBE for Rodney Carr, lately chief executive of the Royal Yachting Association and one of the main driving forces for Britain's Olympic sailing successes.

Ripley, a phenomenal athlete who played rugby for England and the British Lions, ran the 400m at the UK athletics championships and nearly made it into the Boat Race crew at the age of 50, is seriously ill with prostate cancer and went to the Palace last month to receive his award.

Tony Carr, West Ham's academy director, receives an MBE for his work in bringing through young players including no less than seven members of the current England World Cup squad: Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe, Glen Johnson, John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.

Carr, 59, said: "This was so unexpected - when I saw a letter from HM Government drop through the letter box I thought I must have driven in the bus lane!

"My reaction was one of disbelief and I had to read it again to make sure, and it was very humbling, and I am very proud and pleased.''

Donna Kellogg, one of England's most successful badminton players, receives an MBE following her retirement after a 12-year career that saw her win Commonwealth and European golds in doubles.

Bert Williams, the Wolves player who kept goal for England in the 1950 World Cup, receives an MBE for services to football and charity at the age of 90.

There is also an MBE for Mike Ingham, chief football correspondent of BBC Radio Five.

Ingham said: "This is the greatest way for me to kick off the World Cup. Apart from my family, the two greatest loves of my life have been radio and sport so to be recognised for those two things is beyond my wildest dreams and something I never expected.''

Other sporting honours:

CBEs: David English, services to cricket and charity and founder of the Bunbury cricket festival; George O'Grady, chief executive Professional Golfers' Association European Tour.

OBEs: John Dunningham, voluntary service to tennis. Berkshire; Zara Peters, chief executive British Triathlon Federation; Jacqueline Robinson, president England Squash, Warwickshire; Shane Sutton, track performance manager Cycling GB, Cardiff; Carol Walton, services to disability sport, Croydon; Ann Wild, services to wheelchair basketball, Ilford.

MBEs: Reginald Adams, lately coach Grangemouth Amateur Swimming Club; James Aitken, director centre for sport and exercise University of Edinburgh; Robin Courage, disability sport; Maxine Edwards, women's rugby union captain, London; Michael Glogg, voluntary service to rugby, Winchester; Geoffrey Holt, disability sailing, Southampton; Karen Jones, women's and girls' football in Wales, Cardiff; Jennifer Kent, gymnastics in Bexleyheath; John Lister, athletics, Cardiff; John Lloyd, cycling in mid and north Wales; William McCallan, cricket in Northern Ireland; Margaret Penny, hockey in Northern Ireland and the British Parachute Association, Coleraine; Melvyn Perkins, cycle speedway and football, Norwich; Tony Phillips, youth sport in Northern Ireland, Belfast; Steven Scott, Dwarf Athletic Association, Altrincham; Christine Wellington, service to Ironman Triathlons, Thetford.