FORMER Somerset director of cricket Matthew Maynard has received an MBE for services to charity and sport at Buckingham Palace.

Maynard played in four Tests for England before going on to take the role of assistant coach with the national side.

He was then Somerset's director of cricket for three seasons from 2014, leading them to within a whisker of their first ever County Championship title in 2016.

He was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1998.

After the death of his son Tom in 2012, Maynard set up The Tom Maynard Trust which offers grants to young sports enthusiasts.

The Big Bike Ride has become an annual fundraising event and has seen Maynard joined by the likes of Marcus Trescothick and Rob Key on various long distance cycle rides.

Maynard has recently been appointed as interim head coach at Glamorgan, whom he represented with such distinction with the bat for over 20 years, for the 2019 season having been a batting consultant last summer.

Also on the honours list is Olympic rower Frances Houghton who will be awarded an MBE for her services to British rowing.

The longest serving member of the British rowing team has competed in five Olympic games with three silver medals to her name.

She also struck gold in four consecutive tournaments at the World Rowing Championships.

Health campaigner Melissa Mead is to be given an MBE for services to raising awareness of sepsis.

She has served as national projects' coordinator of the UK Sepsis Trust after her son William died in 2014.

The service will be conducted by the Prince of Wales.