Cricket: Kent’s Denly dominates at PCA awards
PUBLISHED: 09:29 05 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:29 05 October 2018
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Kent all-rounder Joe Denly ended a memorable summer by winning the NatWest PCA Players’ Player of the Year and dominating the evening with three further awards.
The top-order batsman was confirmed as the PCA Most Valuable Player last week and has now scooped the most prestigious individual award in English cricket after an unforgettable season to add to his call-up to England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka.
Voted for by current players, Denly has been rewarded thanks to his mammoth 1,729 runs and 57 wickets across all formats in domestic cricket.
His haul was made all the more remarkable by the fact he had only taken 75 wickets in his previous 14 seasons.
The 32-year-old was an exceptional force in white-ball cricket in 2018 and was up on stage twice more to receive the Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Year and Vitality Blast Player of the Year.
To add to his three individual trophies, he was also named in the Greene King Team of the Year
Denly was up against his team-mate Matt Henry and Surrey pair Rory Burns and Rikki Clarke, as he received the most votes from his fellow peers and was presented with the Reg Hayter Cup at the 49th NatWest PCA Awards at the Roundhouse in London, one of 12 awards presented on the night.
Upon receiving the NatWest PCA Players’ Player of the Year, Denly said: “Being the NatWest PCA Players’ Player of the Year, it’s a very proud day and the ultimate accolade in domestic cricket. It’s been a very enjoyable 12 months that’s for sure.
“The last couple of years is about enjoying cricket and having a good understanding of what works for me and what doesn’t, and really sticking to that and enjoying that.
“Playing against fantastic cricketers throughout the years and being recognised for your contribution to your team, and what you achieved in that year is something very special and to be proud of.”
Surrey’s Ollie Pope received the John Arlott Cup as the PCA Young Player of the Year, while the women’s player of the summer went to Sophie Ecclesdtone.
James Anderson named Specsacers Test player of the summer, as Jos Buttler took the PCA one-day international player award.
Lancashire’s Tom Bailey took the PCA County Championship player of the year award, whiel Michael Gough claimed the Harold Goldblatt award as the PCA Umpire of the Year and Ali Brown took the Greene King PCA England Masters player of the summer przie.
There was an ECB Special Award for Mick Hart, while the Greene King Team of the Year included Burns, Alex Davies, Denly, Ian Bell, James Vince, Moeen Ali, Dane Vilas, Clarke, Ed Barnard, Henry and Morne Morkel.