Nominees Revealed for NatWest PCA Awards – 20/09/11
The Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA), in association with NatWest
and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), has revealed the nominees for the
NatWest PCA Awards, which will take place at the Roundhouse, Camden this
Thursday (September 22).
The Awards are universally supported by the players, with the main awards
voted on by the players themselves. The major award categories are the
NatWest PCA Player of the Year and NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year, while
the NatWest ODI Player of the Year will be voted for by cricket fans on
Nominees for NatWest PCA Player of the Year:
- Dale Benkenstein (Durham) - the prolific batting all-rounder has
made 1,915 runs in all cricket this summer, helping to guide Durham to a third
place LV= County Championship finish and a CB40 semi-final.
- David Masters (Essex) - took an incredible haul of 93 wickets in
the LV= County Championship including figures of 8-10 versus Leicestershire.
- Alan Richardson (Worcestershire) - his 73 wickets in the LV=
County Championship were a key factor in Worcestershire's successful fight to
retain their Division One status.
- Marcus Trescothick (Somerset) - skippered his side to the CB40 and
Friends Life t20 Finals and made 2,518 runs in all cricket, despite missing a
number of matches towards the end of the season through injury.
Nominees for NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year:
- Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire) - this wicketkeeper-batsman made
over 1,000 runs in the LV= County Championship and hit 64 boundaries in one-day
cricket, finishing his summer with a sensational England ODI debut.
- Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire) - an 1,800-run season, which included
more than 1,000 runs in the LV= County Championship, earned this opening
batsman an England Twenty20 debut in the summer.
- Tom Maynard (Surrey) - has prospered after his move from
Glamorgan, scoring freely in all forms of the game to tally 1,895 runs in all cricket.
- Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) - the allrounder has built on his
one-day debut in January for England versus Australia, by scoring 786 runs and
taking 76 wickets in total this
Over the years, the staging of the NatWest PCA Awards has raised significant
funds for the PCA Benevolent Fund. The Fund is part of the PCA's commitment to
helping current and former players and their dependants in times of hardship,
upheaval or to readjust to the world beyond the game.
The host of the proceedings is former England captain Nasser
Hussain, and the awards to be presented are:
- ECB Special Award
- PCA Special Merit Award, sponsored by Brit Insurance
- Sky Sports Sixes League Winner
- NatWest ODI Player of the Year
- England FTI MVP of the Summer
- LV= County Championship Player of the Decade
- Friends Life t20 Player of the Year
- Clydesdale Bank 40 Player of the Year
- FTI Team of the Year
- John Arlott Cup for the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year
- Reg Hayter Cup for the NatWest PCA Player of the Year.
Notes to editors
The details of winners for each award will be announced to the
media under strict embargo at 5pm on the evening of the awards.
The official Awards photographers are Getty Images, who can
provide images of the players arriving and winners collecting their awards.
For further information and to request accreditation, please
contact Simon Cleaves at BowlesAssociates on 0115
982 1210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note accreditation for this event closes at 5pm
on Tuesday September 20.
PCA Awards is the biggest
fundraising event of the year for the PCA Benevolent Fund - registered charity
number 1120088. The PCA Benevolent Fund raises vital monies to help current and
former players and their dependants in times of hardship, upheaval or to
readjust to the world beyond the game.
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and Wales. Its role is to safeguard the rights of present, past and future
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players of tomorrow with a variety of schemes at the grassroots
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facing cricket at grassroots level and aims to generate £20m of
additional support for local clubs through a combination of volunteering,
fundraising and contributions from local businesses and communities. The
initiative will galvanise the support of fans across the country in order to
address these issues locally and reward participation.
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