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Gloucestershire chef and cricket statistician honoured

Frank Duckworth (l) and Tony Lewis
Image caption Dr Duckworth (left) and Tony Lewis created cricket's "rain rules" formula

Statistician Frank Duckworth and chef Prue Leith are among people from Gloucestershire who have received Queen's Birthday Honours.

School Food Trust chairman Ms Leith, from Moreton-in-Marsh, was made a CBE for services to the catering industry.

And Dr Duckworth, from Dursley, was made an MBE for services to the Royal Statistical Society and cricket.

Dr Duckworth co-created the Duckworth-Lewis system for resetting targets in interrupted one-day cricket matches.

He said: "It's very welcome indeed to know that we've had recognition for having contributed to the game of cricket.

"It was quite easy to come up with the system, but the main difficulty was to try and persuade the cricket authorities that it was worth giving a try.

"Cricket administrators by their nature are not necessarily mathematicians."

Surgeon Linda De Cossart and charity worker John Noble were made CBEs for services to medicine and public service respectively.

Garry Handley, from Gloucestershire Road Safety Unit, was made OBE for services to local government.

And Robert Bernays, a former Sheriff of Avon, was made OBE for services to the community in the South West.

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