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Northamptonshire's first-team scorer Tony Kingston is the first recipient of a new accolade in memory of former County pace bowler Alan Hodgson, who died last year.

'Kingo' - who is currently in his 28th season in the Wantage Road scorebox - was the judging panel's unanimous choice for the inaugural 'Alan Hodgson Award' for services to cricket in Northamptonshire.

He received the shield from Alan's partner Linda during the opening day's play in Northamptonshire's Specsavers Championship match against Gloucestershire at Northampton.

Tony, who first watched cricket at the County Ground in 1948, has been the 1st XI's 'notcher' since the start of the 1990 campaign.  Only the late Leo Bullimer has done for the job for longer.

But his involvement in cricket dates back a good deal further.  Along with Roy Wills and Alex Johnston, he helped to resurrect the County Colts side in 1978 - acting as the team's umpire for a decade - and also managed both the NCA's Under-19s side at the Cambridge Festival and the NCA Senior XI.

The award will now be presented annually on Former Players' Day - an occasion which 'Hodge' always relished greatly. 



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