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Duckworth and Lewis honoured

LONDON: The inventors of cricket's controversial Duckworth-Lewis method were among those included in the honours list marking the birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II published here on Saturday.

Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis, whose surnames have become part of the fabric of cricket, were both awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).

The university statisticians' formula is widely regarded as the fairest, if perhaps the most complicated, method yet devised of setting revised targets in one-day matches interrupted by bad weather.

Significantly, unlike other systems, Duckworth-Lewis, in use since 1996, has the capacity to reward the fielding side for taking wickets.

A proud Duckworth said on Saturday: “I hope this award demonstrates to the outside world that the country believes we have made a useful contribution to the game — a lot of people haven't actually realised we are actual people.

Lewis added: “I was thrilled to get the news.” — AFP

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