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Cricket NSW: King’s Birthday honours list

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Cricket volunteers and players from across NSW have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to cricket in the 2023 King’s Birthday honours list.

Heading the honourees is the Honourable Kevin Patrick Greene, who was awarded the Member (AM) In the General Division.

Other’s afforded awards from NSW include former Test cricketer Miriam Knee, Tamworth’s Terry Psarakis and the Central Coast’s David Smallman who were all awarded the Medal (OAM) In the General Division.

Greene, was honoured for significant service to the Parliament of New South Wales, to local government, and to the community, where he has made an immeasurable contribution to cricket. The current deputy chair of Cricket NSW and life member of St George District Cricket Club is still actively involved in shaping the future of cricket, inspiring people of all ages to play and love the game.

Miriam Knee, 85, from Tennyson, played eight Tests and six ODIs for Australia in the 1960’s and 1970’s before going on to serve cricket in NSW as a selector and coach. She was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2000.

Terry Psarakis received his OAM for service to sport, particularly to cricket, where he has been a stalwart of the South Tamworth Cricket Club for more than four decades, A former player and coach, Psarakis is a life member of the Tamworth District Cricket Association and has been chair of Tamworth Cricket Inc, since 2015. He is known throughout country NSW cricket as a dedicated lifelong servant.

David Smallman, from Wyoming, was acknowledged for service to the community of the Central Coast, and to cricket. A past player and former president of the Central Coast Cricket Association, Smallman has also received a 50 Year Volunteer Certificate from Cricket Australia for his lifetime of commitment and service to the sport.

Cricket NSW CEO, Lee Germon, heralded Greene, Knee, Psarakis and Smallman.

“The contributions of Kevin, Miriam, Terry and David to our great sport of cricket can not be understated,” Germon said.

“All four have, in their own way, inspired countless people to play and love cricket and for that we will be eternally grateful.

“Volunteers are the heartbeat of community sport and in cricket, there are few finer examples that these four devotees.

“On behalf of everyone at Cricket NSW and throughout the state, I congratulate and thank them.”

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