The 2023 cinch PCA Awards shortlists have been confirmed, with the players recognising 14 individuals as standout performers across the past 12 months.
The combination of the best performers across international and domestic cricket have already had eight major cinch PCA Awards wins etched into history, including multiple winners – Yorkshire’s Harry Brook, Nat Sciver-Brunt and Sophie Ecclestone.
Yorkshire and England’s Brook is joined by the current leader of the Domestic Men’s MVP Liam Dawson, Middlesex all-rounder Ryan Higgins and LV= Insurance County Championship leading run-scorer Alex Lees on the cinch PCA Men’s Player of the Year shortlist.
Brook, who was born in Keighley and grew up in Burley-in-Wharfedale, won the cinch PCA Men’s Young Player of the Year in 2021 and 2022 and is nominated for the Men’s award for the second year in succession.
The 24-year-old’s standout period came during the 2022/23 winter, scoring 797 Test runs at an average of 88.6, including four hundreds.
Brook’s white-ball form has also stood out across the last 12 months, helping England win the T20 World Cup, alongside maiden centuries in the IPL and The Hundred as he now prepares for the 50-over World Cup.
The most prestigious awards ceremony in English cricket also recognises the most talented emerging players in England and Wales, with those under the age of 24 on 1 April eligible.
For the cinch PCA Women’s Young Player of the Year – Northern Diamonds’ keeper and power-hitting batter Bess Heath is up against the number one spinner in the world, Ecclestone, alongside Ecclestone’s Thunder teammate Mahika Gaur.
Heath, 22, started the winter off playing in the WBBL for Brisbane Heat, scoring 128 runs at an average of 21.3.
The 22-year-old’s destructive lower order batting and high strike-rate earned her an International debut, scoring 21 off 14 balls in the third ODI against Sri Lanka.
In the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, Heath scored 286 runs at a storming average of 40.9 with a strike-rate of 133.
The cinch PCA Women’s Player of the Year shortlist will see the Domestic Women’s MVP Georgia Adams take on England duo Tammy Beaumont and Sciver-Brunt with South East Stars captain Bryony Smith completing the talented quartet.
While Gloucestershire’s Ollie Price is joined by Somerset’s James Rew and Surrey and England’s Jamie Smith as contenders to win the cinch PCA Men’s Young Player of the Year and follow in the footsteps of Brook who was successful two years in a row.
The winners will be announced on Monday October 2 at the Troxy following the conclusion of the English summer.