Former Hampshire and England batsman John Crawley will receive an Honorary Life Membership of the club at the Hampshire Royals’ final Friends Provident t20 group match against the Sussex Sharks on Sunday.
Crawley played for Hampshire between 2002 and 2009 following amove from Lancashire and he will receive the award from club chairman Rod Bransgrove ahead of the game.
The Honorary Life Membership is a discretionary award given to individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the club. Such memberships have previously been awarded to Hampshire’s Championship winning captain, Richard Gilliat, England and Hampshire legend David Gower and Hampshire’s current cricket secretary, Tim Tremlett, amongst others.
Crawley said: “It is a pleasure and a huge honour to be given this Life Membership award. In my eight seasons at Hampshire I developed an extraordinary affection for the club, its supporters, the staff and many of the players past and present.
“To be asked to be a part of the club’s future and to join such esteemed ranks makes me very proud indeed. The Rose Bowl and Hampshire Cricket are a venue and a club with such a bright future, and I hope to continue to be there to see it.”
Crawley played 37 Tests for England, marked his Hampshire debut with a score of 272 and then went on to score an unbeaten 311 - the highest score by a Hampshire player after the war.
He captained the club during the 2003 season and opened the batting to lead the side to the C & G Trophy in 2005.
Bransgrove added: “'Creepy’ has received his award for his outstanding contribution as a player and captain of the club and for his professional and dignified demeanour throughout his career at Hampshire.
“We are delighted to present him with the Honorary Life Membership before Sunday’s match against the Sussex Sharks and look forward to his continued presence around the club over the coming years.”
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