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Geoff Miller gets OBE in New Year’s Honours list

GeoffMillerFormer Derbyshire Captain Geoff Miller has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

The 61-year-old has earned the award for a lifetime’s service to cricket, which included 254 first-class and 244 one-day appearances for Derbyshire between 1973 and 1986, before returning for a single season in 1990.

After retiring from the professional game, he joined the national selection panel in 2000 and took on the role as National Selector in 2008. Since then, England has won three successive Ashes series, their first global one-day trophy and taken over as number one in the Test rankings.

Miller will step down as chief selector in the New Year after six successful years in the job.

Derbyshire Chairman Chris Grant said: "Everyone at Derbyshire County Cricket Club would like to congratulate Geoff Miller on receiving this special honour. It's a fitting reward for over 40 years of loyal service to the game."

During a glittering playing career, the Chesterfield-born all-rounder claimed 888 first-class wickets at 27.98 and scored 12,027 runs at 26.49.

 In 1981, Miller was part of the success NatWest Trophy winning side who defeated Northamptonshire at Lord’s to seal Derbyshire’s first silverware for 45 years.

After leaving the Club in 1986, he returned to the County Ground in 1990 and helped them to the Sunday League title.

He performances for his county earned him a call-up into the national side and he featured in 34 Tests and 25 one-day internationals for England.

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