By Charles Randall
17 June 2015
England fast bowler James Anderson was the outstanding cricket name in the Queen's Birthday Honours list with an OBE, but it was good to see that the club sector received recognition - most notably with a British Empire Medal to Maurice Vaughan for his tireless work at Etwall CC in Derbyshire.
During the close season last year Vaughan, a remarkable man at the age of 90, won an ECB lifetime achievement award at the annual NatWest OSCAs event for cricket volunteers. So his BEM came as well deserved further recognition. Chris Evans, a player and influential volunteer at Ashford CC (Middlesex), was also awarded a BEM for services to grassroots cricket. MBE honours went to William Miller, for services to cricket and charity in Northern Ireland, and Roy Simpson, for services to education, cricket and the community in Durham.
Vaughan – the 'other' Vaughan perhaps - has been associated with Etwall since childhood, serving as first-team captain for 20 years and club president for 40 years. He is still responsible for mowing the club’s pitch three times a week, and during his time the club's membership has grown from 40 to more than 200. Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, might be better known, but there will always be only one Vaughan at Etwall.