Pope Wins PCA Young Player Of The Year

Published: 5th October, 2018

Surrey’s Ollie Pope was presented with the John Arlott Cup for the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year to cap off a season where the 20-year-old made his Test debut at Lord’s.

Averaging over 70 in Surrey’s County Championship title winning season and almost 40 in both white-ball tournaments, the middle-order batsman received two Test caps in the 4-1 defeat of India and beat off competition from a tightly contested award.

With Ed Barnard, Pat Brown, Sam Curran and Matthew Parkinson also nominated, Pope will travel to Sri Lanka knowing he has followed in the footsteps of the likes of Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Ben Stokes in winning the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year.

After receiving the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year, Pope said: “It’s a special year, whether that be getting my call-up or more importantly, winning the Championship and contributing in that successful side.

“It’s obviously an exciting time for County Cricket and this country in general. Getting this award from players we play against is awesome.”

Kent all-rounder Joe Denly saw off competition from Surrey’s Rory Burns & Rikki Clarke as well as his teammate Matt Henry to win the NatWest PCA Players’ Player of the Year.

Voted for by current players, Denly was rewarded thanks to his 1,729 runs and 57 wickets across all formats in domestic cricket.

Upon receiving the NatWest PCA Players’ Player of the Year, Denly said: “Being here tonight and 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.

“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.”

The NatWest Women’s Player of the Summer went to 2018 PCA Rookie Camp attendee Sophie Ecclestone to emphasise her rise to fame over a fantastic summer for England Women.

With the Women’s World IT20 taking place in November, it was perfect preparation with the spinner taking home the Player of the Vitality IT20 Series this summer, the 19-year-old has now received the accolade thanks to her teammates who have voted her the NatWest Women’s Player of the Summer.

The 49th NatWest PCA Awards were held at the Roundhouse in Camden. The event, organised by the PCA and in association with the England and Wales Cricket Board, reflects on the domestic and international season with all proceeds from the night going to the newly launched Professional Cricketers’ Trust.

The full list of the 2018 NatWest PCA Awards winners

Reg Hayter Cup for the NatWest PCA Players’ Player of the Year:

Joe Denly (Kent)

John Arlott Cup for the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year:

Ollie Pope (Surrey)

NatWest Women’s Player of the Summer:

Sophie Ecclestone

Specsavers Test Player of the Summer:

James Anderson

PCA One Day International Player of the Summer:

Jos Buttler

Greene King Team of the Year:

  1. Rory Burns – captain (Surrey)
  2. Alex Davies(Lancashire)
  3. Joe Denly (Kent)
  4. Ian Bell (Warwickshire / Birmingham Bears)
  5. James Vince (Hampshire)
  6. Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
  7. Dane Vilas – wicketkeeper (Lancashire)
  8. Rikki Clarke (Surrey)
  9. Ed Barnard (Worcestershire)
  10. Matt Henry (Kent)
  11. Morne Morkel (Surrey)

PCA County Championship Player of the Year:

Tom Bailey (Lancashire)

Vitality Blast Player of the Year:

Joe Denly (Kent)

Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Year:

Joe Denly (Kent)

ECB Special Award:

Mick Hunt

Harold Goldblatt Award for the PCA Umpire of the Year:

Michael Gough

Greene King PCA England Masters Player of the Summer:

Ali Brown

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