In what has been a pretty exceptional summer of cricket, we enjoyed the 48th NatWest PCA Awards at the Roundhouse in London, with 13 awards presented on the night. It was a fairly lively event with taxis (not Ubers) not being booked ‘til 3am, luckily the awards were announced before the dance-floor opened.
Samit Patel added to his pretty impressive trophy cabinet of late, claiming the Players' Player of the Year. The 32-year-old managed to beat the retiring Surrey batsman, Kumar Sangakkara, Glamorgan all-rounder Colin Ingram and Essex seamer Jamie Porter to the prize. Patel, who was also managed to take home the PCA's Most Valuable Player, helped Notts to victories in the T20 Blast and One-Day Cups.
There was some consolation for Porter, 24, who managed to take home the Young Player of the Year. Porter, who faced competition from fellow seamers Jofra Archer (Sussex), Ben Coad (Yorkshire) and Craig Overton (Somerset) took 75 wickets to help Essex, who were promoted as Second Division champions 12 months ago, win their first Specsavers County Championship title in 25 years. It was a busy night for Porter, who also collected the County Championship Player of the Year.
England’s success in winning the ICC Women’s World Cup was also recognised with all-rounder Natalie Sciver being voted NatWest Women’s Player of the Summer by her fellow internationals ahead of last year’s winner Tammy Beaumont and left-arm spinner Alex Hartley.
It was only fitting to end the awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to one of the PCA’s founding members, Fred Rumsey. His courage and determination some 50 years ago has enabled the PCA to become the respected and valued organisation it is today.
SPECSAVERS COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYER OF THE YEAR: - Jamie Porter (Essex)
NATWEST T20 BLAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR: - Wayne Madsen (Derbyshire)
ROYAL LONDON ONE-DAY CUP PLAYER OF THE YEAR: - Colin Ingram (Glamorgan)
GREENE KING PCA ENGLAND MASTERS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: - Owais Shah
PCA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: - Fred Rumsey
ECB SPECIAL AWARD: - Heather Knight and Mark Robinson
HAROLD GOLDBLATT AWARD FOR THE PCA UMPIRE OF THE YEAR: - Michael Gough
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