Botham's efforts are recognised in List

Ian Botham has received a knighthood in the Queen's birthday honours in recognition of his charity fundraising as much as his services to cricket.

Ian Botham has received a knighthood in the Queen's birthday honours in recognition of his charity fundraising as much as his services to cricket.

Former Durham star Botham, who will become Sir `Beefy', has raised around £10m for leukaemia research and the Teenage Cancer Trust through 11 long-distance sponsored walks, and on the field was regarded as English cricket's greatest all-rounder. Now aged 51, Botham is still England's leading wicket-taker with 383 scalps during his Test career.

Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is rewarded with an OBE in the List after he announced his international retirement having won 64 caps for Wales despite never playing an away friendly. Another footballing stalwart, Teddy Sheringham, is also honoured, with the former England striker awarded an MBE.

Football Association chairman Geoff Thompson receives an OBE in recognition of his services. He will step down next year after eight years as chairman but will continue as a Fifa and Uefa vice-president.

The enduring success of Wimbledon has been recognised with a CBE for Tim Phillips, chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, while Wales' former world snooker champion Terry Griffiths receives an OBE. Great Britain and Wigan rugby league stalwart Kris Radlinski receives an MBE, as does British Lions prop Graham Price, a member of the legendary Wales side of the 1970s.

There are also honours for two women who set landmarks in sport. Yachtswoman Denise Caffari, from Southampton, the first woman to sail single-handed non-stop west about the globe, receives an MBE. Boxer Jane Couch, who changed the face of boxing also gets an MBE. Jim Leishman, director of football at Dunfermline FC, receives an MBE for his service to football.

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