Gary Ballance in action
The announcement was made at the Club’s annual gala dinner, taking place in the new Emerald Stand for the very first time. The 29-year-old left-hander received his award at the Club’s end-of-season, black-tie dinner in front of 300 guests. The Members’ Player of the Year award, which was presented in the Long Room and in front of the Club’s Members during the Kent fixture earlier this month, was also re-presented on the night.
Ballance, who gained 30% of a poll of more than 1500 Members and supporters, scored 1331 runs across all three formats, 975 of those coming in the Specsavers County Championship, making him the second top-scorer in Division One with an average of 46.43.
After a decade-long association with the White Rose, he has amassed 11,282 First-Class runs, this season scoring six hundreds and four fifties across all three formats.
He started the season with five centuries in a row; a sequence started with an innings of 194 at Worcestershire in the final match of the 2018 season and which continued this year with 101 not out at Nottinghamshire, 148 at Hampshire, 159 at Kent and 100 at home to Hampshire. His other two hundreds came against Somerset in July, and 156 against Leicestershire Foxes in the Royal London One-Day Cup in April.
Fledgling off-spinner Jack Shutt, who made his T20 debut this summer, was awarded Young Player of the Year. The Barnsley-born 22-year-old took 10 wickets in seven matches and undoubtedly has a promising future ahead of him.
Matthew Revis in action
Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who enjoyed his first 1,000-run season in First-Class cricket, was presented with the Fielder of the Year Award for a total of 42 catches, predominantly at first slip in the County Championship.
Matthew Revis claimed the Howard Clayton Second XI Performance of the Year. The 17-year-old Sedbergh and Farsley CC prospect, , who made his first-team debut on September 16 against Kent at Headingley and broke many records through junior and age-group cricket, compiled an assured 177 runs against an experienced Sussex bowling attack to land the award.
Keighley-born, England U19 prospect George Hill was also named Academy Player of the Year.
Hill, a future White Rose star in the making, has already captained his country overseas and has been selected for the first leg of the winter series against the West Indies in Antigua.