The PCA, in association with NatWest and the ECB, yesterday hosted the NatWest PCA Awards at Battersea Evolution. In front of players, former players, officials and guests, Nick Compton was crowned NatWest PCA Player of the Year for 2012, while Joe Root was named as NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year.
Yorkshire’s opening batsman Root continued the impressive start to his career by scoring more than 1,400 runs in all domestic cricket in only his second full season as a professional.
A career-best 222 not out against Hampshire was the highlight of his summer as he helped the Tykes to promotion in the LV= County Championship. The elegant right-hander will join Compton in the England Test squad to tour India.
Grandson of England legend Denis, Nick Compton enjoyed a magnificent season with the bat for Somerset, scoring 1,494 first-class runs at an average just shy of 100, and was denied the opportunity to become the first player in 25 years to score 1,000 first-class runs by the end of May by rain. The 29-year-old finished with five hundreds and seven half-centuries and was subsequently selected as part of England’s Test squad to tour India this winter.
The full list of award winners is as follows:
Reg Hayter Cup for the NatWest PCA Player of the Year: Nick Compton (Somerset)
John Arlott Cup for the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year: Joe Root (Yorkshire)
ECB Special Award: Bill Gordon
England FTI MVP of the Summer: Ian Bell
Friends Life t20 Player of the Year: Dimitri Mascarenhas (Hampshire)
Clydesdale Bank 40 Player of the Year: Phil Mustard (Durham)
NatWest ODI Player of the Summer: Alastair Cook
Investec Test Player of the Summer: Stuart Broad
Sky Sports Sixes League Winner: Gary Ballance (Yorkshire)
FTI Team of the Year: Varun Chopra (Warwickshire) Chris Nash (Sussex) Ian Bell (Warwickshire & England) Steven Croft (Lancashire) Darren Stevens (Kent) Peter Trego (Somerset) Phil Mustard (Durham) Jeetan Patel (Warwickshire) Keith Barker (Warwickshire) Chris Wright (Warwickshire) Graham Onions (Durham)
The NatWest PCA Awards, universally supported by the players, are entirely not-for-profit. All monies raised are donated to the PCA Benevolent Fund, part of the association’s ongoing commitment to supporting players and their dependents who might be in need of a helping hand to readjust to a world beyond cricket, as well as helping current and past players who may have fallen on hard times or are in need of specialist advice or assistance.
Previous winners of the Reg Hayter Cup for the NatWest PCA Player of the Year include: Marcus Trescothick, 2011, 2009 & 2000 Neil Carter, 2010 Martin van Jaarsveld, 2008 Ottis Gibson, 2007
Winners of the John Arlott Cup for the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year have included: Alex Hales, 2011 Adam Lyth, 2010 James Taylor, 2009 Ravi Bopara, 2008 Adil Rashid, 2007