Zak Crawley named Cricket Writers’ Young Cricketer of the Year
Crawley is the NV Play Young Cricketer of the Year voted for by the cricket media (Image: Popperfoto via Getty Images)
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Zak Crawley has picked up his second gong of 2020 after being named NV Play Young Cricketer of the year by The Cricket Writers' Club.
Crawley joins some of the most illustrious names in the game in picking up the award voted for by the cricket media dating back to 1950.
And it will go alongside his PCA young player of the year award he picked up earlier in the month in recognition of his breakthrough summer in which he scored 267 against Pakistan in his last Test innings.
"To get the cricket we did and have a decent summer was very special,” said 22-year-old Crawley. “To win this award, voted for by the cricket media is very special, so thanks to everyone who voted for me.
"I remember getting the two to go to a hundred more than anything else. It was incredibly special, just pure elation. Something I never felt before, a whole new level and I'm definitely craving a few more moments like that.
Crawley scored 267 in a Test innings against Pakistan
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"I hope I can follow in the footsteps of some players who have had good careers.
None have had a better career than Sir Alastair Cook who won this award back in 2005 before going on to become England's greatest run scorer.
Perhaps second only to his knighthood he can now add the 2020 Bob Willis Trophy player of the year award in association with William Hill.
Due to the coronavirus adaptations the award replaced the County Championship Player of the year, won by his Essex teammate Simon Harmer last year.
Sir 'Chef' scored a match-winning 172 in the BWT final at Lord's, his second ton of the shortened tournament, proving he still has plenty to offer his beloved county.
TAUNTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Sir Alastair Cook of Essex looks on during Day Four of the Specsavers County Championship Division One match between Somerset and Essex at The Cooper Associates County Ground on September 26, 2019 in Taunton, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
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"It was a great year, actually," said Cook. "I was very sceptical to start with. I thought a five-match tournament, six with the final, I didn't think it would work. I was totally and utterly wrong.
"The icing on a cake was to play in a Lord's final. They kicked us out about nine o'clock in the evening and we had a lively bus journey home.
“I know everyone's said it, but it's such a shame that this season there were no crowds… I reckon that Lord's final would have sold-out. It was a great game of cricket.
Sophie Ecclestone picked up the CWC women's award
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“It was a brilliant tournament. Every game mattered and because there were no overseas players, counties had a 'free shot' with no relegation, promotion wasn't spoken about, everyone could win it, clubs backed their own youngsters,"
Sophie Ecclestone won the women's cricket award for an outstanding year in which the left arm spinner became the No.1 T20 bowler in the world as England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup before being denied by rain.
Ecclestone said: "I'm really honoured to receive this award, given the girls who've won it before and hopefully there's more to come in the future,"
Jason Holder's leadership of the touring West Indies men's team was recognised
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England Learning disability squad member Dan Bowser picked up the Lord's Taverners Disability Cricketer of the Year for his stellar 499 runs in an 8-0 whitewash of Australia.
And Jason Holder's leadership of the West Indies men's team, who were the first touring side to travel and play during the global pandemic, earns him the Peter Smith Award for outstanding presentation of cricket to the public.