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The Professional Cricketers’ Association – Player of the year

The Professional Cricketers’ Association has announced nominations for the player of the year award this season. Ben Duckett, Keaton Jennings, Jeetan Patel and Essex’s Graham Napier are all suggested candidates for the award.

The Professional Cricketers’ Association – The nominations

Ben Duckett, top batsman at Northants’, has more than one nomination and stands for The PCA Young Player of the year award also. The twenty five year old has performed extremely well for his county this season and is well deserved of both nominations.

Due to his presence for the county this season Duckett has been called up to play internationally, as part of squad B, when England go on tour in Bangladesh. It comes as no surprise after his 1,338 runs this season as well as two double centuries in Division two.

Duckett will face tough competition in the Young player’s category, up against Daniel Bell-Drummond, who plays for Kent, Sam Curran, from Surrey and Lancashire’s Haseeb Hameed.

Keaton Jennings is included in the Lions tour over the course of winter. His international call was expected, after he become the county championships top scorer. The twenty four year old, south African, has 1,522 runs to his name along with a whopping seven centuries.

New Zealand top spin bowler Jeetan Patel is the county Championships top wicket taker. This summer he saw off sixty six batsmen in Division one.

Graham Napier is on the verge of retirement and could be favourite to take the award for this very reason. The thirty six year old has had a great season and retires on a high after a display of fine form. He took sixty three wickets for Essex and scored a respectable 268 runs. His contributions to his team this season have helped Essex win promotion up from Division two into the first.

A total of three women have been nominated for Women’s player of the summer, they are; Natalie Sciver, Tammy Beaumont and Lauren Winfield.

The award ceremony is due to take place on September 29th this year. We wish everyone in receipt of a nomination the very best of luck, at the end of an eventful summer season.

Author Lisa Wood
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