Surrey’s Bryony Smith and Jamie Smith have been nominated by their peers for PCA’s Women’s Player of the Year and Men’s Young Player of the Year respectively.
Bryony Smith has been shortlisted for the cinch PCA Women’s Player of the Year award, alongside star of the Surrey Pathway programme – Nat Sciver-Brunt.
South East Stars’ skipper Bryony Smith has been shortlisted for the cinch PCA Women’s Player of the Year award after enjoying a brilliant season with the bat and the ball. Smith is joined on the shortlist by the star of the Surrey Pathway programme – Nat Sciver-Brunt, as well as Domestic Women’s MVP Georgia Adams and Tammy Beaumont.
The South East Stars captain contributed to her side’s success with both departments, scoring 773 runs and taking 20 wickets across domestic cricket this summer. The 25-year-old won the PCA Women’s Player of the Month award for June claiming the Match MVP award against Thunder and Central Sparks.
Smith finished second in the run scoring for the Charlotte Edwards Cup, with 256 runs with a rapid strike-rate of 155, while also amassing 226 runs in The Hundred at an average of 32.28 and scoring rate of 161.42 – the highest amongst the Top 10 run-scorers of the competition.
The 2023 cinch PCA Awards shortlists have been confirmed, with the players recognising 14 individuals as standout performers across the past 12 months. All players have been voted for by their peers, with four headline awards to be announced at the Troxy on Monday 2 October, following the conclusion of the English summer.
The Surrey keeper-batter has excelled in the past 12 months, commencing with the fastest England Lions hundred ever scored – 126 off 86 balls against Sri Lanka A.
The 23-year-old has time and again played critical knocks in the LV= Insurance Championship and the Vitality Blast. With two magnificent first-class hundreds to his name this season, Jamie has collected 729 runs at an average of nearly 43 and is our second-highest run-scorer in the red-ball competition after 13 games.
His fantastic performances this summer earned him an England ODI debut against Ireland.
For the remainder of the awards, England’s Brook is joined by Hampshire’s Liam Dawson, Middlesex all-rounder Ryan Higgins and Durham’s Alex Lees on the cinch PCA Men’s Player of the Year shortlist.
The nominees for the cinch PCA Women’s Young Player of the Year are Thunder’s Sophie Ecclestone and Mahika Gaur as well as Northern Diamonds’ Bess Heath.
The awards ceremony will also recognise the most talented emerging players in England and Wales, with those under the age of 24 on 1 April eligible for the honour. Surrey and England’s Jamie Smith is joined by Gloucestershire’s Ollie Price and Somerset’s James Rew as contenders to win the cinch PCA Men’s Young Player of the Year and follow in the footsteps of Harry Brook who was successful two years in a row.