The ever popular Ian Houston's contribution to cricket was recognised as he picked up the Official of the Year Award.

“Ian has been the Appointments Secretary for NIACUS for 25 years," said the jury spokesperson.

Ian Houston

"He’s appointed for well over 30,000 fixtures during his tenure and has never failed to have a fixture covered.

"Despite Covid-19, in 2020 Ian kept the show on the road during a very taxing time.

"Ian also mentors newly qualified officials, passing on his vast experience and advice.

"Many of today’s top officials owe Ian a huge debt of gratitude in mastering the umpiring arts.”