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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 December, 2003, 00:33 GMT
Alleyne overjoyed by MBE
Mark Alleyne
Alleyne captained Gloucestershire to six titles in five years
Mark Alleyne cried for joy when he heard he was to receive an MBE, but it was his wife Louise's tears that brought home its significance.

"I have seen her cry only twice before," said the Gloucestershire all-rounder.

"One was when our first child was born, and the other was when we beat Somerset in the NatWest final."

That 1999 win was the second of six titles in five years for the county, all with Alleyne as captain.

In August 2003 the West Country side put a barren two years behind them to celebrate their third Trophy final win, when Worcestershire were out-played in a seven-wicket defeat.

Throughout their period of success Gloucestershire have been a team in Alleyne's image, with the ability to shine at county level but unlikely to be bothered by international calls.

Alleyne played in 10 limited-overs matches for England, taking 10 wickets and striking 151 runs, but his tactical acumen was such that he was mentioned as a possible future one-day captain.

He led England A on three successful tours, to Bangladesh and New Zealand in 1999/2000 and the West Indies in 2001.

Together with coach John Bracewell he made the Gloucestershire side greater than the sum of its parts, gaining unprecedented success thanks to an outstanding team ethic.

Bracewell has described his skipper, who made his county debut in 1986 and took charge in 1997, as an "utterly selfless" leader.

GLOUCS UNDER ALLEYNE
1999: B&H Super Cup, NatWest Trophy
2000: B&H Cup, C&G Trophy, National League
2001: B&H Cup finalists
2003: C&G Trophy, Championship D2 promotion
Alleyne added: "We had a vision for the club, to be one of the premier teams in England.

"We do kind of look back at what we have achieved, and it has been outstanding.

"I am really proud of that - it has been a great moment to be involved with Gloucestershire County Cricket Club."

With Bracewell now at the helm of the New Zealand side, Tottenham-born Alleyne will take over as Gloucestershire coach in 2004, with the challenge of maintaining that success.

At 35, he still has two years to run on his playing contract, but back trouble restricted his role last year as Gloucestershire claimed a place in County Championship Division One for the first time.

Alleyne is likely to play only one-day cricket next season but his bowling, now strictly medium-pace, is still wonderfully accurate.

"It is a new challenge altogether, and I want to keep it going," he added.

"To truly be a top club you need to be in the top bracket in both forms of the game, and I am pleased to have helped Gloucestershire up where they belong."




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