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Lancashire cricketers celebrate win at Buckingham palace

By James Haviland

Lancashire County Cricket Club were presented with their championship trophy by the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip at Buckingham palace yesterday.

Captain Glen Chapple introduced his squad and back room team as Prince Philip presented them with their individual medals.

Chapple said “It is an amazing honour to be here. It is a great reward for all the hard work and effort that all the lads and all of the backroom staff have put in during what has been a stunning year for us.”

Celebrating the first outright championship victory since 1934, the group of 52 including wives and partners enjoyed lunch at the Lord’s Taverners headquarters before visiting the palace.

Prince Philip is the patron of the Lord’s Taverners cricket charity and plays host to the county champions each year.

Fast bowler Sajid Mahmood said: “To get officially presented with the trophy down there will be something for us to remember.

“I met the Queen at Loughborough once when she came to open the National Cricket Centre.

“I was at the Academy at the time, so I got to meet her. It was really good. But to get to go to Buckingham Palace will be a fantastic day for the lads.”

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