England all-rounder Ben Stokes heads the shortlist for the Players’ Player of the Year award ahead of Their 50th NatWest PCA Awards.
Stokes can become only the sixth player to win the PCA Young Player and Players’ Player following his 2013 success.
The Durham guy has been shortlisted alongside Essex off-spinner Simon Harmer, Gloucestershire all-rounder Ryan Higgins and Warwickshire opener Dominic Sibley for your headline award.
The winner will soon follow at the forefront of 2018 receiver Joe Denly in amassing the Reg Hayter Cup in London’s Roundhouse on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Sibley is currently in fact to be the second person to accumulate both the Players’ Player and PCA Young Player of the Year in the same season, after Ben Duckett reached the feat in 2016. He unites Somerset’s Tom Banton, Gloucestershire’s James Bracey and Kent’s Zak Crawley in being nominated for the John Arlott Cup.
Three members of the England Women group have been nominated for the NatWest Women’s Player of the Summer. Slow left-arm bowler Sophie Ecclestone can make it 2 wins in two years, but she’ll face stiff competition by all-rounder Katherine Brunt and batter Amy Jones.
The NatWest PCA awards is composed of 12 classes, with the three main accolades voted for by current professional players.
This season sees that the Association celebrate its 50th annual awards and will observe a remarkable year which saw the England men’s team win their maiden ICC Cricket World Cup trophy. All proceeds from the night will be given to the Professional Cricketers’ Trust.
The best County Championship Division One wicket taker with over 80 scalps, Harmer can also be leading the general MVP going in the last day of the year.
Essex’s T20 captain has become the person for all events, taking the best ever combined Vitality Blast Finals Day characters of 7-35. He then hammered 18 off seven balls at the closing to hand the Eagles their maiden Blast title.
All-rounder Higgins has scored 958 runs in an average of just under 60 and shot 50 wickets for under 24 runs apiece to carry Gloucestershire to the verge of marketing from the Championship.
The 24-year-old’s top score this year was 199 against Leicestershire at June and has contributed nicely in white-ball cricket, with a further 386 runs and 16 wickets, meaning and he has bowled more overs because of his county than every other participant.
Sibley has been the standout batsman in the County Championship, something federal selector Ed Smith has taken note of with his recent call-up to the England tour of New Zealand.
With over 1,300 runs on his name starting the batting in red-ball cricket, he ended the summer as the top run-scorer at Division One.
The 2013 PCA Young Player of the Year had the ICC World Cup to remember. Starting with all runs, wickets and an astonishing catch to open the tournament and ending with an unbeaten 84 to hold England’s innings together if they were chasing 242 to win their first World Cup.
Stokes’ unforgettable 135 not out at Headingley just over a month afterwards made up a part of his 441 runs from the show – the highest aggregate total of any England player at the 2019 Ashes.
The 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has escalated from the limited-overs formats, also averaging 41.27 in his side’s successful Royal London One-Day Cup campaign and finishing fourth in the PCA’s Vitality Blast MVP Rankings.
Banton’s brief format prowess earned him a primary call-up to England’s T20I squad for the tour of New Zealand later this season.
Bracey, 22, enjoyed a memorable debut Royal London One-Day Cup campaign this year, averaging 55.5 and making a brand new List A hundred with 113 not out from Essex in his side’s final group fixture.
His exceptional form across all formats this year was rewarded with a debut for England Lions against Australia A at July.
Crawley continues to be amongst the top run-scorers in Division One of the County Championship this season, which caused a first call-up to England’s Test squad this week, however, has also shown his adaptability across all formats.
The 21-year-old averaged 56.29 from the Royal London One-Day Cup, also drama 701 runs in white-ball cricket.
Sibley finished the season with the Bears’ best individual score of 244 (vs Kent in about July 3), and was also the first guy in Division One to achieve 1,000 Championship runs to the season.
His five hundreds for Warwickshire earned him a call-up into England’s Test squad for the tour of New Zealand.
Ecclestone could eventually become the first player to win the award on multiple events, after being called the 2018 NatWest Women’s Player of the Summer this past year.
The left-arm spinner topped the PCA’s England Women Overall MVP Rankings together with 89 MVP points. She had been England’s top wicket-taker in the West Indies show with six and the Women’s Ashes using an impressive 13 victims.
Just Ecclestone took more Women’s Ashes wickets compared to Brunt’s eight, and also the all-rounder backed up that by averaging a more-than-handy 26.5 with the bat in the exact identical series.
She finished third in the PCA’s Total England Women MVP Rankings, averaging the maximum points-per-game of almost any player to have appeared in a number of fixtures.
The 2018/19 England Women Overall MVP continued her stunning winter form to the first set of the summer from the West Indies, which makes 189 runs in 3 ODIs at an average of 63. Jones also continues to provide excellent abilities behind the stumps when called upon.