The all-conquering Yorkshire squad have attended Buckingham Palace to formally receive the LV= County Championship trophy that they convincingly won this season.
The squad, headed by captain Andrew Gale and coach Jason Gillespie, enjoyed a fabulous day out which began with their visit to Buckingham Palace, followed by a meeting with the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, and then ended with a reception held in the House of Commons arranged by Yorkshire MP Nigel Adams.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh presented Andrew Gale with the County Championship trophy, a ceremony which the Duke has arranged every year since first presenting to Hampshire in 1973.
The Duke, a huge cricket fan, has been patron of the Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, since 1950.
Yorkshire captain Gale had missed out on the presentation of the trophy, when Yorkshire clinched the title at Trent Bridge, having been banned for two games and still having a disciplinary hearing hanging over him.
However, he was more than pleased to be able to attend this presentation, as he explained to Yorkshire County Cricket Club's website.
“It’s just been completely overwhelming to be honest, the Palace is beautiful and to be able to meet the Duke himself is a real honour.”
He added: “Everyone has been so welcoming to us and Kent (Women’s winners). It’s absolutely fantastic to be here.”
Yorkshire were joined at the Palace by Kent who won the Royal London Women's One-Day Cup, which was previously known as the Women's County Championship.
Unfortunately for Charlotte Edwards, the Kent captain, she was unable to attend the presentation due to her being in Australia playing for Western Fury. In her absence acting captain Tammy Beaumont was more than happy to receive the trophy on behalf of the team.
Most of the Yorkshire players will now embark on a busy winter with various England squads before they meet for pre-season training and then start the defence of their title in April.
I would not back against both Yorkshire and Kent returning to the Palace in 2015 to be presented with the trophies again.