Cricket NSW congratulates Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients for their service to cricket in NSW including former NSW and Australian captains Michael Clarke and Lyn Larsen.
Clarke was named an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) “for distinguished service to cricket as a player at the national and international level, through leadership roles, and to the community.”
Larsen was named a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) “for significant service to cricket as a player, selector, manager and coach at the elite level.”
Cricket NSW Board Member and former NSW Premier Mike Baird was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the NSW Parliament and the community.
A Cricket NSW Cricket Manager for the past decade, Gerard Price, received the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM), “for services to cricket and to the community.”
An all-rounder, Larsen played 64 matches for Australia from 1984-1992, averaged 41 in Test Cricket and captained her country 53 times across Tests and One Day Internationals.
Larsen was made a Life Member of the Lismore and District Women’s Cricket Association in 1995 after 15 years of service as a selector, coach and secretary while she was still playing for her country.
Following her playing career, Ms Larsen then served on the International Women’s Cricket Council (IWCC) and was a key driver of the integration of the IWCC with the (men’s) International Cricket Council.
Larsen was inducted into the Cricket NSW Hall of Fame in 2010, is a member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, has Life Membership of Cricket NSW and was a Trustee of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust.
Clarke represented Australia in 115 Tests, captaining 47, including a 5-0 Ashes whitewash of England during the 2013-14 summer.
He is the 6th most capped skipper in Australian cricketing history and Australia’s fourth highest Test run-scorer. At his peak Clarke was ranked the best Test batsman in the world.
Clarke is also part of a very small cricketing club, with Wally Hammond and Don Bradman, as the only men to score a triple-century and a double-hundred in the same series.
He is also the fourth highest run-scorer for Australia in One-Day cricket and led his country to the 2015 World Cup title on home soil.
Clarke was one of only two players to win the Allan Border Medal four times along with Ricky Ponting.
Price is a member and former vice-president of the Briars Sports Club management committee and has held virtually every position with the Briars Cricket Club since he joined as a player in 1980. He was awarded life membership of the cricket club in 2010.
The Gerard Price Junior Cricket Trophy and Second Grade Gerard Price Medal are named in his honour.
As a member of the Unicorn Foundation, Price was involved in a number of cancer fundraising events, including cycling from Sydney to Melbourne 2015-2016.
He has been a Member of the Sydney Shires Cricket Hall of Fame, since 2013 and in 2012 was Sports Citizen of the Year award for the City of Canada Bay, “in recognition of his efforts within Briars cricket.”
Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon commended the honours recipients.
“Lyn not only had a stellar playing career but has given so much back to the game,” Germon said.
“She played an integral role in the growth of women’s cricket, both through her playing career and later in her role as an administrator,” Germon said.
“Lyn’s work off the field helped lay the foundation for women’s cricket to reach a new level, which we’re now seeing with the increased professionalisation of the women’s game, the introduction of the WBBL and the recent ICC T20 World Cup which drew record crowds.
“Michael was an exceptional cricketer and captain who led Australia to some of this country’s finest cricket triumphs.
“He was also proud of his Western Suburbs roots, turning out for Wests in Premier Cricket throughout his career.
“Mike Baird has made an important contribution to the NSW Board. During his time in Parliament he was a great supporter of the Manly Warringah District Cricket Club and cricket in the Manly area.
“Beyond his role at Cricket NSW, Gerard has been a great contributor to local cricket for four decades.
“On behalf of Cricket NSW, I’d like to congratulate Michael, Lyn and Gerard for the recognition they have received contributing so significantly to the sport.”