MCC’s former Assistant Secretary (Cricket) and current member of the Laws sub-committee, John Jameson, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
Jameson’s entire professional life has been devoted to cricket. He played for England and Warwickshire, umpired on the county circuit, became a pitch inspector and coached at Taunton School and Sussex.
In 1989 he turned to cricket administration and joined MCC as Assistant Secretary (Cricket) with responsibility for MCC’s tours, Out-Matches and the Laws of Cricket.
Jameson was the first man to face a ball in a cricket World Cup - against India in 1975 - and played four Tests for England with a highest score of 82.
Before working for MCC he sat on the Club’s Cricket committee from 1984 to 1988. A year later he started a twelve-year stint as Assistant Secretary (Cricket). He has been a fixture on the Laws sub-committee and worked on writing the new code in 2000.
Jameson said he was "gobsmacked" to receive the honour: "It was totally out of the blue and took me a few minutes to take it in. I’ve worked in cricket all my life and this is just the icing on the cake."
Current Assistant Secretary (Cricket & Estates), John Stephenson said: "John is totally devoted to the Club and to cricket - the fact he has worked in so many aspects of the game for so long illustrates his love for the sport.
"The MBE is totally merited for all he has contributed and everyone at MCC sends him their congratulations."