Ben Stokes, the Durham and England allrounder, is this year’s recipient of the Cricket Writers’ Club Young Cricketer of the Year award. Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen has won the William Hill County Player of the Year Award.
Stokes, who was recently named in England’s winter touring party ahead of the Ashes series down under, has enjoyed an impressive 2013 summer. He has bounced back valiantly after being sent home in ignominious fashion from the winter’s England Lions tour for over indulging off the field of play.
He bounced back to become an integral part of Durham’s Championship winning side, scoring 615 runs at an average of 27.95 and taking 42 wickets at 26.57. He becomes the first Durham recipient of the accolade.
Wayne Madsen, who led the Division One batting averages for most of the season despite his county’s eventual relegation, took the William Hill County Play of the Year award. The 29-year-old made 1,221 runs in Derbyshire’s ultimately unsuccessful battle against relegation from division one of the County Championship and was the first batsman to pass 1,000 Championship runs in 2013. He was the linchpin of Derbyshire’s valiant fight and finished as second-leading scorer in the top division, behind Gary Ballance of Yorkshire.
Madsen was recently announced as the inaugural winner of the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Elite Award, created by MCC and the BBC to acknowledge exceptional sportsmanship, for walking during a crucial Championship match against Yorkshire.
In other news, Mike Gatting has been confirmed as the MCC’s 179th President.
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