Harry Brook won the Bob Willis Trophy for England’s leading player, male or female, over the past year; Nat Sciver-Brunt won her second consecutive Women’s Cricket World Cup after impressing against Australia and Sri Lanka; James Rew, Lauren Filer, Alex Lees and Alfie Pyle were also recognised
16:00, UK, Monday, November 27, 2023
Harry Brook has been named England Player of the Year at the 2023 Cricket Writers’ Club Annual Awards with Nat Sciver-Brunt accepting the women’s award.
Batter Brook won the Bob Willis Trophy, which is named after the late English swimmer and Sky Sports analyst and recognizes the best player, male or female, over a 12-month period .
Performances from 1 October 2002 to 30 September 2023 were taken into account, during which period Brook scored four hundred and seventy fifties in 11 Test matches, with a best of 186, as he flourished under the guidance of captain Ben Stokes and red-head football coach Brendon McCullum.
The Yorkshireman was also part of the England team that won the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia and drew The Ashes at home this summer, while his 41-ball knock for Northern Superchargers in The Hundred helped He earned a place in his national team for the recent tournament. World Cup more than 50 times in India.
Brook – the second person to win the Bob Willis Trophy, after Yorkshire and England team-mate Jonny Bairstow – said: “I think the T20 World Cup just tops it. There’s only one top.
“Winning the World Cup, playing in the Ashes series and experiencing some of the things I have this year is a dream come true.
“Honestly, this is the most exciting time of my life. The way we went out and tried to play our cricket was really exciting.”
Award-winning Sciver-Brunt has ambitions to be captain
England all-rounder Sciver-Brunt won the JM Finn Women’s Cricket Award for the second year in a row, with her back-to-back ODI hundreds against Australia in the Draw Women’s Ashes series and 66 ball ton against Sri Lanka emerging pop in her summer .
The 31-year-old – a member of England’s Test and T20I squads for their tour of India in December – said she would love to captain her country in the future.
Sciver-Brunt said: “Heather (Knight) still has a few years left. I’m sure… She’s done very well. There will be big shoes to fill. But I want to lead the team.” You and we will see how it goes.
“Whether it’s one format at a time, I’m not really sure, but leading England would be absolutely amazing.”
Somerset batsman James Rew and English fast bowler Lauren Filer were also winners at the CWC Awards, with Rew named Young Cricketer of the Year and Filer winning Emerging Cricketer of the Year.
Rew, 19, amassed 1,086 runs in LV= Insurance County Championship Division One in 2023, scoring 500 with a top score of 221.
Filer, 22, took four wickets in her first Test match, against Australia in the Women’s Ashes, and then three in her one-day international against Sri Lanka. Lanka are on their way to an eight-wicket haul in the three-game series.
Durham’s Alex Lees was named Player of the County Championship after 1,347 runs at an average of 70.89 helped his side win promotion.
Alfie Pyle was awarded the Lord Taverners Disability Cricketer of the Year award after lifting the Disability Premier League trophy with the Hawks after they defeated Pirates in the final, live on Sky Sports.
Sussex batsman Pyle recently made his debut for the England Learning Disability XI.