Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow continues to rack up the awards this season with the latest one being the Cricket Writers’ Club Young Cricketer of the Year for 2011.
He received nearly double the votes of runner-up Chris Woakes of Warwickshire whilst there was also support for Danny Briggs (Hampshire) and 2009 winner James Taylor (Leicestershire).
Bairstow has scored 1,213 first-class runs at 48.52 for Yorkshire and the England Lions this season with three hundreds, with his maiden century, against Nottinghamshire in May, converted into a career-best 205.
Meanwhile he has also been responsible for 46 first-class dismissals, all caught, primarily as a wicket-keeper for his county (all figures correct as of Friday, Sept 16).
A season of notable achievements saw Bairstow, 21, make his one-day intenational debut for England in the fifth and final match of their series against India in Cardiff on Friday. He made quite an impact with his man of the match performance!
Bairstow, the son of former Yorkshire and England wicket-keeper David, is the ninth Yorkshire cricketer to win the award following Fred Trueman (1952), Phil Sharpe (1962), Geoff Boycott (1963), Chris Old (1970), Ashley Metcalfe (joint winner, 1986), Richard Blakey (1987), Chris Silverwood (1996) and Adil Rashid (2007).
He is due to receive the award, a splendid silver trophy at present in the care of Steven Finn (Middlesex and England), at the Club’s 65th Anniversary Lunch at Lord’s on Monday.
Jonny was also shortlisted along with Alex Hales, Chris Woakes and Tom Maynard for the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year Award. However, this time, Alex Hales took the crown after a great season for Nottinghamshire.