Willey named Player of the Year


End of Season Dinner Caps Off Brilliant Season for the Club

David Willey was named Player of the Year as Northants Cricket held the annual End of Season Dinner on Thursday night. The club celebrated the successes of all the teams and players, from this season.

In what was one of the biggest End of Season Dinners in the club’s history, nearly 400 people, including supporters, sponsors and players from the Steelettos, Disability team and the Steelbacks squad packed into the Lynn Wilson Centre for the awards night.

The first award of the night was the Women’s Player of the Year, which was won by young Jo Gardner. The Disability Player of the Year was won by Tom Law, who some will remember for his big hitting display in the Help for Heroes game, which was held here at the club in July. The Dorothy Radd Shield awarded to the Northants Age Group’s Player of the Year, was won by under 17’s player Aiden Fowkes.

The next award was the Frank and Doris Spokes Club Man of the Year and this was deservedly won by Head Coach David Ripley. Ripley also won the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph Media Player of the Year, as the print media felt that he was such a big factor in Northants’ brilliant season, that it was only right to break tradition and give him the award.

The Frank Rudd Shield awarded to the Young Player of the Year, was won by Rob Keogh, whose season highlight was with a doubt, his maiden first class century which he turned into a double century, as he scored 221 against Hampshire.

The next three awards covered the three competitions Northants played in this year; the Yorkshire Bank 40, Friends Life t20 and LV= County Championship, and was voted on by the players. The winner of the Yorkshire Bank 40 Players’ Player of the Year was Lee Daggett. Daggett is retiring from professional cricket this year to become a physiotherapist at Northampton Saints, and was given warm goodbye with club captain Stephen Peters and Head Coach David Ripley saying a few words.

The Friends Life t20 Players’ Player of the Year was always going to be a tightly contested award, after the Steelbacks won the competition in style in August. The winner of the award was Muhammad Azhar Ullah, after he finished as the highest wicket taker in the competition, in only his first season for the club.

The LV= County Championship Players’ Player of the Year, was another award with four more than worthy nominees, following the team’s promotion into Division One. Andrew Hall came away with the prize, after he fell just short of a thousand runs this season, as well as taking 37 wickets.

The final award of the night was the Northants Player of the Year and once again the competition was fierce. The nominees were Muhammad Azhar Ullah, Steven Crook, Andrew Hall and David Willey. Willey was named the winner of the award after a brilliant season in all competitions, which has been recognised by England as he has been selected to tour with the England Lions side in the winter.

Northants Cricket would like to thank everybody who came last night for an amazing night and we hope to see you all here at the County Ground again, next season.

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