Warwickshire County Cricket Club off-field legend Keith Cook has been awarded a British Empire Medal for Services to Cricket.

Small Heath-born Cook joins the likes of England’s World Cup-winning Captain Eoin Morgan, Test Captain Joe Root and BBC Sports Personality of the Year Ben Stokes as ten members of the cricket family to be recognised on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Known around the world to many in the game as Cookie, Keith began his life with Warwickshire in 1973 as an 18-year-old Office Junior, working for the then Club Secretary Leslie Deakins. He went on to various other roles including Membership, cricket secretary and marketing.

Having become assistant to former Chief Executive Dennis Amiss in the 1990s, Keith was soon recognised as an integral part of all cricketing matters at Edgbaston and became Cricket Operations Manager in 2005.

Here he plays an invaluable role in supporting the Cricket Management Team by handling all team and player logistics in addition to being the club’s link with the playing teams and match officials on major match days at Edgbaston.

Standing proud as Bear for the last 46 years in a period that has seen him work with four County Championship-winning sides and helping deliver 38 Test matches at Edgbaston, everyone at Warwickshire County Cricket Club is delighted to see Keith recognised in this way..