November 18, 2009

Lily Allen awarded Lancashire membership

After a 2.6 million-selling debut album, her own talk show and nominations for Grammy, BRIT and MTV awards, Lily Allen has finally received the recognition she wants as Lancashire made her an honorary member of the club.

Allen was granted membership in recognition of her national and international promotion of cricket and was also presented with a Lancashire team shirt and bat signed by stars such as Freddie Flintoff and Sajid Mahmood.

The musician catapulted into the cricketing mainstream during the 2009 Ashes when her twitter updates about the series earned her a call-up to the TMS box. She delighted traditionalists around the world by declaring her preference for Test cricket over the shorter formats at a time when Test cricket needed all the support it could muster.

From such heady heights it will be important for Allen not to get carried away with her success in a messy excess of ECB 40 League fixtures next summer.

Sahil Dutta is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo