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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 June, 2004, 08:22 GMT 09:22 UK
Cricket's bearded wonder made MBE
Bill Frindall
Bill Frindall, left, with other members of the TMS team
Test Match Special's cricket statistician Bill Frindall heads the list of birthday honours for Wiltshire.

Mr Frindall - nicknamed the bearded wonder - from Urchfont near Devizes, is made an MBE for services to broadcasting and cricket.

He began working for the programme in 1966 after writing to offer his services to the BBC.

Mr Frindall, 65, has not missed a test match in England since his debut against the West Indies.

Cricket has dominated Mr Frindall's life, having written many books on the sport, as well as a short stint as the Mail on Sunday's correspondent.

He is also the president of British Blind Sport and enjoys painting, gardening and stamp collecting.

Other Wiltshire residents honoured include veteran singer Rosemary Squires, who is awarded an MBE for services to music and charity.

As "Britain's Doris Day", Rosemary had hit singles in the early 60s.

She also sang advertisment jingles including Hands that do dishes for Fairy Liquid.

Ms Squires said: "It's nice to be thought of - I'm absolutely delighted."


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