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Mike Griffith has succeeded Phillip Hodson and has begun his one-year tenure as President of MCC.
The former Sussex captain takes office on the traditional day of committee changes at Lord’s.
Watch: Griffith excited as Presidency begins
Four members will be joining the new President on the MCC Committee, having been elected for a three-year period by the Club's 18,000-strong membership. Two are new faces: the former Middlesex and England bowler Angus Fraser and 33-year-old Hugo Loudon are about to commence their first term; and two are returning to the Committee: Robert Griffiths QC (Chairman of the Laws Sub-Committee, whose association with the Committee dates back to 2000) and John Barclay (a former President, who first took a seat on the Committee in 1990).
Stepping down are Matthew Fleming, Charles Fry and Christopher Martin-Jenkins.
In other changes on the main Committee, Robert Leigh takes over as Club Treasurer from Justin Dowley and Colin Maber assumes the role of Chairman of Estates from Blake Gorst.
New to the MCC Cricket committee will be former England Women’s batter Claire Taylor – the first woman to become a Wisden Cricketer of the Year – who takes over the role of Chairman of the Women’s sub-committee.
Griffith made his debut for Sussex in 1962, the year before he became an MCC Member and went up to Cambridge University, where he won Blues for cricket, rackets and hockey. He played for Sussex for twelve years, captaining the team for five. In 276 first-class matches he scored five centuries, took 269 catches and claimed twenty stumpings. He played for both England and Great Britain at hockey and is the only person to have played both First-Class cricket and international hockey at Lord’s.
Griffith has been a fine servant to MCC, on and off the field. He has played some 80 matches for the Club, and, since 2000, served on eight committees and sub-committees. He has been a mainstay of the Main Committee, serving every year bar 2003-04, and sat on the Finance committee from 2000 to 2009.
More particularly, he has chaired MCC’s Cricket committee – which oversees all the Club’s cricket activities and Laws and Spirit of the game, as well as the Lord’s pitch – since 2007. Griffith also sits on the ECB’s Cricket Discipline Commission.
His chairmanship of the MCC Cricket committee has focused on developing young talent: a single Youth sub-committee has been established to oversee the Club’s youth cricket activities; all six MCC Universities have been granted first-class status; and MCC has partnered with the ECB to develop the finest young female players through the MCC Young Women’s Cricketers.
He has also been instrumental in MCC developing a closer relationship with Middlesex CCC.