Jonny Bairstow picked up the Macmillan Player of the Year Award 2011 in a ceremony during the lunch break on the final day of Yorkshire’s match against Somerset at Headingley.
Bairstow, who has nearly a thousand first-class runs to his name in 2011, is making huge strides forward in the one-day arena and is knocking on England’s door for full international recognition, also picked up the Young Player of the Year Award for the third successive season.
In a vote by Yorkshire supporters Bairstow topped the poll with Richard Pyrah second and Tim Bresnan third. Pyrah has enjoyed the season of his life with bat and ball and Bresnan, whose Yorkshire opportunities have been limited, has represented Yorkshire with distinction for England as they have risen to number 1 in the ICC World Test Rankings.
Gary Ballance topped a superb individual season by taking the vote of his team-mates to receive the Players’ Player of the Year Award. He scored his maiden Championship century at Edgbaston in the penultimate fixture and has taken his 1st Team opportunities with both hands this season.
Alex Lees received the Academy Player of the Year Award and Adam Lyth was Fielder of the Year.
Honourable mentions too to Ryan Sidebottom who was awarded the title of YCCC Twitter Feed Player of the Season and to Joe Root who was the Twitter Feeds Young Player of the Year. Richard Pyrah was second and Jonny Bairstow third in the Player of the Year stakes and Gary Ballance second and Moin Ashraf third in the Young Player section.