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Kent coach collects MBE for services to girls’ cricket

Saturday 29th October 2016

Women

Stalwart cricket coach David Sear received his MBE for services to Women’s and Girls’ Cricket.

The former Kent Cricket Development Manager, received his award from Anne, the Princess Royal at an investiture ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.

After nearly 25 years dedicated to the development of female cricket in Kent, David Sear introduced many of Kent’s current double-winning squad to the game including England stars Tammy Beaumont and Tash Farrant who played in his Under 11 side.

In the early days, he coached Kent star Lydia Greenway who played 225 matches for England since making her county debut in 2000.

David was joined at the ceremony by his sister Jenny, Rita Greenway, mother of Lydia, and Sally Boorman, who nominated him for the honour.

Mr Sear said: “The whole day was perfect. It was lovely to be able to share it with my family and some very special friends and I’ll remember it forever.

“It wa a proud moment to receive my medal from the Princess Royal, an Olympian herself. Asked if it was a challenge teaching girls cricket, I replied not at all, it’s been so enjoyable and they are much easier to teach than boys.

“I said it’s a passion and a continual process now. In Kent we have just trialled more than a hundred players for next season’s Under 11 girls squad, which will be my 19th year with this age group.

“Although I was the recipient, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me and who have played their part in the quest to raise the profile of women’s and girls’ cricket.

“The hundreds of messages that I have received have inspired me to carry on with renewed enthusiasm.”