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Departing Brooks scoops top award at gala dinner

— 11 October 2018

Pace bowler Jack Brooks has tonight been named Members’ Player of the Year at the Club’s annual gala dinner.

Brooks, an integral part of Yorkshire’s twin Specsavers County Championship title successes in 2014 and 2015, took 60 wickets or more in a season three times in a row from the start of 2014, scooped the top award at a black-tie event in front 400 guests at the Centenary Pavilion, Elland Road.

  • Somerset-bound Jack Brooks.

    The wicket-taking quick, who took 51 wickets in 2018, claimed 316 of his 434 career First-Class wickets for the White Rose at an average of 26.39, including 15 five-wicket hauls and a career best of 6-65 at Lord’s against Middlesex in 2016.

    The Oxford-born, Somerset-bound paceman, who was capped in 2013, ended his six-year spell with the county by taking 21 wickets across the final month of the season. That included two five-wicket hauls and nine in a Roses victory that went a long way towards ensuring the Club’s safety.

    Brooks, who edged a closely contested poll of over 800 of the Club’s Members, claimed 26% of the votes, with Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Ben Coad other strong contenders for the award.

    “He had that desire to finish well and he certainly did,” said Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon, who was quick to point out how big a part Brooks had played in the Club’s recent success. “It was an outstanding climax to his time at Yorkshire and it has been a remarkable six years that he’s had with us. His record is unbelievable, quite frankly. Credit to Jack who, knowing he was leaving, could have quite easily taken his foot off the gas, but he didn’t and was determined to finish the season well and help the team finish strongly. He was a huge part of the success we had at the back end of the season.

    “I don’t think you could have wished for anything better from him. He has been a fantastic wicket-taking bowler for us. We knew his qualities when we signed him up, but the success he’s had has certainly exceeded expectations.

    “It’s him as a bloke as well and the fact he’s won the Members’ Player of the Year shows the affection that everyone involved with the Club has for Jack. He’s been part of the Yorkshire family over his time here and is such a well-loved figure and he’ll always be welcome at the Club.”

    Ripon-based seamer Ben Coad landed the award for Players’ Player of the Year for a second successive season.

    The 24-year-old’s rise has been quite remarkable, taking 103 wickets in just 24 First-Class fixtures at an average of 17.70. Coad took 53 wickets in a breakthrough 2017 and then backed it up with 48 in an injury affected 2018.

  • Ben Coad, cap number 182.

    Coad, who claimed all three major awards at last year’s gala dinner, was capped last month, becoming the 182nd player to proudly wear the 11-petalled badge instituted by the great Lord Hawke and looks central to the Club’s plans for years to come.

    Moxon added: “Backing up a good first season is always the challenge for younger players, Ben has certainly done that. A couple of injuries have kept him out of several games, which is frustrating , but the volume of wickets that he’s taken in the Championship was great to see.

    “It was very close in the voting for Players’ Player this year, but he just pipped a couple of the lads to the award.

    “He’s a model pro, gets on with his work, puts the effort in and deserves all the success.

    “Ben has that ability to take wickets – top order wickets, but also keeps the rate under control as well. Taking wickets and controlling the economy rate are two great attributes to have. He has fast become a vital member of the squad.”

    Young Player of the Year went to Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who scored his fifth and sixth First-Class hundreds against Lancashire and Nottinghamshire in a strong end to the domestic season.

    The destructive hitter, who has worked hard to hone his red ball skills since joining from Worcestershire part way through 2017, capped a fine end to the season with a blistering 72*, a typically explosive 32-ball half century, against Hobart Hurricanes in the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20.

  • Tom Kohler-Cadmore was named Young Player of the Year.
  • One of his more notable innings came in the Royal London One-Day Cup at the Emirates Riverside in May, where he scored 164 off 151 balls, hitting 15 fours and seven sixes in a devastating 148 minutes.

    Kohler-Cadmore, who has amassed 1,373 runs in all competitions in 2018, will represent England Lions in both their red and white ball formats on their pre-Christmas tour to the UAE.

    Moxon added: “With his strong finish to the County Championship season, allied to a fantastic 50-over competition and contributing in T20 at the top of the order, I think across the three competitions he’s been a stand-out performer for us.

    “He’s grown in maturity with his game and it has culminated in him being selected for the England Lions, which is a well-deserved selection and you’d now expect him to go from strength to strength.

    “The way he scored his runs in the Championship games at the end of the season, for me, was a great step forward. He has now shown he’s capable of playing and being successful in all three formats, which is fantastic for him, the Club and England going forward. It’s not easy this day and age to adapt to all three formats, but he’s shown he’s very capable of scoring runs whatever the competition.”

    Harrogate-born Jonny Tattersall was awarded Fielder of the Year after an impressive first year with the gloves.

  • Jonny Tattersall.

    The 23-year old, who was released by the Club in 2015 before returning in 2016, only decided in the off-season to concentrate on his wicket-keeping and more than delivered on that early season promise, accounting for 35 dismissals in total.

    The Howard Clayton Second Team Performance of the Year was presented to 17-year-old opening batsman James Wharton for his substantial contribution of runs in the drawn Second XI fixture against Leicestershire at Kibworth.

    Fresh from captaining the Club’s U17s to the three-day Championship title in which he contributed 785 runs, Wharton mustered a composed 162 off 346 balls, in an innings that lasted over seven hours at the crease and included 25 carefully placed boundaries. This was only his second game and third innings at this level.

    Academy Player of the Year was awarded to Tom Loten after an amazing level of consistency with both the Academy and Second XI.

    The 19-year-old, who plays his Club cricket for York-based Dunnington CC, scored 873 league and cup runs at an average of 48.5, with a highest score of 127* and maiden Second XI hundred against Worcestershire in an outstanding debut season. The 6ft 6in seamer also took 12 wickets at an average of 16, scoring over 700 runs for the Second XI in all competitions.