CRICKET stalwarts Ron Jones and Peter Davies have been awarded Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCA), the ECB's new honours for contribution to the sport which are only in its second year.
The duo will receive their certificates at a special lunch at Lord's in October.
Holmes Chapel man Peter, 55, is chairman and Ron, 77, the president of the Meller Braggins Cheshire League.
Moreover, they are both umpires and started the league's umpires panel 1982.
'It went from strength to strength and we are very proud of the fact we can still provide two umpires for every match each week,' said Jones.
Peter, an accountant, of Northwich Road, has been chairman for 10 years and a committeeman since the league started in 1974.
But he has not played the game since leaving school.
'I wanted to play, but I had no real ability.
'It was frustrating at the time, but I love cricket and umpiring kept me involved in the sport,' he said.
He was involved in the setting of the Cheshire Cricket pyramid in 1999.
Ron, of Barnton, was a batsman for more than 20 years with the now defunct Arley CC. He later joined Barnton, became their club umpire and has served as president.
The ECB will treat the OSCA winners like lords at Lord's but Davies and Jones have been backstage there before, for the annual meeting of the Association of Cricket Umpires.