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England Team Director Andy Flower and the late Graham Dilley have both been honoured at the UK Coaching Awards.
Flower, a member of MCC’s World Cricket Committee, was the big winner at the London ceremony, picking up the UK Coach of the Year and High-Performance Coach of the Year prizes.
Meanwhile, former Loughborough MCC University Head Coach Dilley (opens in a new window) was awarded a posthumous Special Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dilley, who died in October this year at the age of 52 after losing his battle with cancer, was given a special Lifetime Achievement Award.
The former England, Kent and Worcestershire fast bowler had a distinguished coaching career after retirement, working with the England national side as bowling coach in the early 2000s.
Andrew Flintoff proved to be one of Dilley’s biggest benefactors from his time with England and spoke of his debt to his former coach at a memorial service in Worcester Cathedral.
Dilley then took the reins at Loughborough MCCU in 2001, a position he occupied until his death.
There he played a huge part in sculpting the careers of a number of notable cricketers, including Monty Panesar and Jimmy Adams.
Flower was the big winner at the ceremony, claiming the prestigious Coach of the Year gong as reward for his work with England, which has seen them rise to number one in the ICC’s Test rankings.
The 43-year-old was a regular player for MCC during his distinguished career in which he played 63 Tests and 213 ODIs for Zimbabwe.
He has moved seamlessly into the coaching arena despite his relative inexperience, transforming England since taking over following the Peter Moores and Kevin Pietersen debacle in early 2009.
England have won back-to-back Ashes series, home and away, as well as lifting the ICC World Twenty20 trophy in the West Indies in 2010.
This summer they whitewashed India 4-0 in their home Test series to relieve the visitors of their number one ranking.
The annual UK Coaching Awards are staged by sports coach UK, this country's main agency for coaching excellence.