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Harry Brook named NV Play Young Cricketer of the Year; Luke Fletcher won the LV = Insurance County Championship Player of the Year; Sophia Dunkley wins JM Finn Women’s Cricket Award; Alice Capsey is Sumaridge Estate Wines Emerging Cricketer of the Year
Last update: 05/10/21 4:38 PM
Sky Sports commentator Michael Holding won the prestigious Peter Smith Award for presenting cricket to the public at the annual Cricket Writers’ Club Awards.
A great West Indian who is considered one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, Holding has been a regular member of Sky’s commentary team for over 30 years.
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Following the death of George Floyd last year, Holding spoke forcefully and eloquently about the need to fight racism, and his book Why We Kneel How We Rise was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2021.
The winners were announced at the annual Cricket Writers’ Club luncheon at the Kia Oval, on the occasion of the CWC’s 75th anniversary, and were elected by a panel of over 450 media representatives.
Luke Fletcher was named LV = Insurance County Championship Player of the Year after a brilliant season leading the attack for Nottinghamshire, who finished third in the Premier League.
Yorkshire hitter Harry Brook won the NV Play Young Cricketer of the Year award after a decisive season in the domestic game.
Previous recipients include Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Anderson, and Stuart Broad.
Brook performed impressively on red and white ball cricket for Yorkshire and made eye-catching appearances for Northern Superchargers in The Hundred’s launch season.
Sophia Dunkley had a great first season with the England squad, making an impact in tryouts and white ball matches, and was named the winner of the JM Finn Women’s Cricket Award.
The first black woman to play test cricket for England, Dunkley scored 74 unbeaten in the test match against India, and 73 not just in her second ODI appearance.
Bright all-rounder Alice Capsey starred in the Hundred for the Invincibles Oval and is the winner of the first emerging cricketer of the year at Sumaridge Estate Wines.
After helping the Invincibles to hundreds of successes, she won a second trophy with the South East Stars in the Charlotte Edwards Cup, scoring 629 points and winning 30 wickets in all competitions.
Brook and Capsey completed notable doubles, having previously been named the country’s best young players by their peers at the Professional Cricketers’ Awards.
Alex Jervis – a Yorkshire Disability D40 hardball team player / coach and England player with a learning disability – was named Lord’s Taverners Disability Cricketer of the Year.