Matthew Maynard, the former Glamorgan batsman, has been awarded an MBE for services to sport and charity in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List.
Raised in Menai Bridge, Matthew burst onto the county scene in 1985 as he scored a six-laden century on his first-class debut against Yorkshire at Swansea. The gifted stroke-maker went on to win 4 Test caps for England besides appearing in 14 One-Day Internationals.
In 1997 Matthew led Glamorgan to the County Championship crown, and in the title-clinching match against Somerset at Taunton, he scored a brilliant hundred in poor light to help lay the foundations of a ten-wicket win for his team
In 2004 Matthew scored the 54th and final hundred of his career for Glamorgan – against Essex at Chelmsford – with his tally of three-figure scores being one of many Club records held by the Oldham-born batsman.
The following year Matthew retired from playing and moved into coaching. He continued to enjoy much success, acting as Assistant Coach to Duncan Fletcher as England regained the Ashes in 2005 for the first time in eighteen years.
Matthew has also acted as Head Coach with Nashua Titans in South Africa, besides acting as Director of Cricket at Somerset. The award of the MBE recognizes his successful career in professional cricket, as well as his charitable work for the Tom Maynard Trust, set up in memory of his late son.
Glamorgan Chief Executive Hugh Morris said: “On behalf of everyone at Glamorgan County Cricket Club we would like to congratulate Matthew on his award in the New Years Honours List. His contribution to the Club as player and coach over many years has been outstanding and the work he has done through the Tom Maynard Trust has enriched the lives of so many young people.”