Phillip Hodson has been named as the next President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and he will become only the fourth Yorkshireman to hold the post.
Hodson was elected a member of the MCC in 1979 having scored a century in his second match for the club in 1977 and has since gone on to play more than 300 matches for the MCC home and abroad.
He served on the Players and Fixtures sub-committee since 1987, chairing that committee since 1993 until 2000. He has been on the main committee for 11 years.
He is now the Chief Executive of The Oval group, which sponsors Leicestershire CCC and Durham University.
Among many honours and achievements in cricket, Phillip Hodson was also the first recipient of the National 'Spirit of Commerce' Corporate 20/20 Cup (SOC2020). In September 2007 he captained the Oval group team to victory over Test match sponsors Npower in the inaugural finals day at Loughborough University.
"I believe that Phillip Hodson will become only the fourth President in a very long line to be what one might call Yorkshire through and through, and he follows three very distinguished Presidents indeed in Lord Hawke, Sir Stanley Jackson and Sir William Worsley," current President Christopher Martin-Jenkins said.
"But for so great a cricketing county you might think only three MCC presidents a rather scant representation.
"Phillip is a man greatly respected by everyone who knows him and who has worked with him at MCC, and he has already been a great servant of this club. He is chairman of an insurance broking business – the Oval group – which has made no fewer than 37 acquisitions since 2005, so he combines business skill and experience with all his cricketing pedigree. It is my great pleasure to nominate him as President of MCC for 2011-12."
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