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Denly, Pope and Ecclestone are the big winners at the NatWest PCA Awards.
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Kent all-rounder Joe Denly has ended a memorable summer by winning the NatWest PCA Players’ Player of the Year and dominating the evening with three further awards.
The top-order batsman was confirmed as the PCA Most Valuable Player last week and has now scooped the most prestigious individual award in English cricket after an unforgettable season to add to his call-up to England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka.
Voted for by current players, Denly has been rewarded thanks to his mammoth 1,729 runs and 57 wickets across all formats in domestic cricket. Made all the more remarkable by the fact he had only taken 75 wickets in his previous 14 seasons.
The 32-year-old was an exceptional force in white-ball cricket in 2018 and was up on stage twice more to receive the Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Year and Vitality Blast Player of the Year. To add to his three trophies, he was also named in the Greene King Team of the Year.
Denly was up against his teammate Matt Henry and Surrey pair Rory Burns and Rikki Clarke, as he received the most votes from his fellow peers and was presented with the Reg Hayter Cup at the 49th NatWest PCA Awards at the Roundhouse in London, one of 12 awards presented on the night.
“Being here tonight and being the NatWest PCA Players’ Player of the Year, it’s a very proud day and the ultimate accolade in domestic cricket. It’s been a very enjoyable 12 months that’s for sure."
JOE DENLY, NATWEST PCA PLAYERS' PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Upon receiving the NatWest PCA Players’ Player of the Year, Denly said:
“The last couple of years is about enjoying cricket and having a good understanding of what works for me and what doesn’t, and really sticking to that and enjoying that.
“Playing against fantastic crickets throughout the years and being recognised for your contribution to your team, and what you achieved in that year is something very special and to be proud of.”
Fellow member of the England Test squad to tour Sri Lanka, Surrey’s Ollie Pope was presented with the John Arlott Cup for the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year to cap off a season where the 20-year-old made his Test debut at Lord’s.
Averaging over 70 in Surrey’s County Championship title winning season and almost 40 in both white-ball tournaments, the middle-order batsman received two Test caps in the 4-1 defeat of India and beat off competition from a tightly contested award.
With Ed Barnard, Pat Brown, Sam Curran and Matthew Parkinson also nominated, Pope will travel to Sri Lanka knowing he has followed in the footsteps of the likes of Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Ben Stokes in winning the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year.
“It’s a special year, whether that be getting my call-up or more importantly, winning the Championship and contributing in that successful side."
OLLIE POPE, NATWEST PCA YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR
After receiving the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year, Pope said:
“It’s obviously an exciting time for County Cricket and this country in general.
“It’s incredibly special and this makes it even more special,
“Coming from players we play against is awesome.”
The NatWest Women’s Player of the Summer went to 2018 PCA Rookie Camp attendee Sophie Ecclestone to emphasise her rise to fame over a fantastic summer for England Women.
With the Women’s World IT20 taking place in November, it was perfect preparation with the spinner taking home the Player of the Vitality IT20 Series this summer, the 19-year-old has now received the accolade thanks to her teammates who have voted her the NatWest Women’s Player of the Summer.
“Definitely extra special to know they recognise what I’ve done as well, so it’s extra nice.”
SOPHIE ECCLESTONE, NATWEST WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
After receiving the NatWest Women’s Player of the Year, Ecclestone said:
“It’s just an amazing summer for me. At the start of the summer if you said ‘play every game from India to now’, I would’ve been like ‘Na that’ won’t happen’.
“I’m so proud of myself.
“Now to be playing on the big stage with all the girls is obviously amazing.
“My family have worked so hard for me and I’ve worked hard for myself. it tops off an amazing year.”
David Leatherdale, PCA Chief Executive, said:
“The 2018 NatWest PCA Awards are a fitting finale to what has been an exceptional summer of cricket. With Eoin Morgan leading England to white-ball domination, Joe Root taking England to a 4-1 victory over India and Heather Knight captaining a clean sweep of summer series, the national teams are in great shape.
“This is all underpinned by a successful domestic structure and I would like to congratulate Hampshire, Worcestershire and Surrey on their titles and Warwickshire and Kent on achieving promotion.”
“Tonight is about championing the best individual players throughout the season and I would like to congratulate all of tonight’s winners. There is no higher praise than to be voted for by all your teammates and your peers so well done to Joe, Ollie and Heather and good luck this winter.”
DAVID LEATHERDALE, PCA CHIEF EXECUTIVE
The 49th NatWest PCA Awards were held at the Roundhouse in Camden. The event, organised by the PCA and in association with the England and Wales Cricket Board, reflects on the domestic and international season with all proceeds from the night going to the newly launched Professional Cricketers’ Trust.
The full list of the 2018 NatWest PCA Awards winners
- Joe Denly (Kent)
John Arlott Cup for the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year:
- Ollie Pope (Surrey)
NatWest Women’s Player of the Summer:
- Sophie Ecclestone
Specsavers Test Player of the Summer:
- James Anderson
Royal London One Day International Player of the Summer:
- Jos Buttler
Greene King Team of the Year:
- Rory Burns – captain (Surrey)
- Alex Davies(Lancashire)
- Joe Denly (Kent)
- Ian Bell (Warwickshire / Birmingham Bears)
- James Vince (Hampshire)
- Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
- Dane Vilas – wicketkeeper (Lancashire)
- Rikki Clarke (Surrey)
- Ed Barnard (Worcestershire)
- Matt Henry (Kent)
- Morne Morkel (Surrey)
PCA County Championship Player of the Year:
- Tom Bailey (Lancashire)
Vitality Blast Player of the Year:
- Joe Denly (Kent)
Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Year:
- Joe Denly (Kent)
ECB Special Award:
- Mick Hunt
Harold Goldblatt Award for the PCA Umpire of the Year:
- Michael Gough
Greene King PCA England Masters Player of the Summer:
- Ali Brown