September 21, 2012
Life got even better for England newcomer Nick Compton last night, when he was awarded the Professional Cricketers Association player of the year at the awards dinner in London.
This award is thought of very highly in cricket as it is voted for by the players themselves. Compton, 29, scored more than 1,000 runs in the County Champion division 1, at an average of 99.
It was an extraordinary achievement for a player who missed large parts of the season due to injury. The Somerset opener’s form was so good he was selected for England’s tour of India in November, where he is likely to open the batting with Alastair Cook in the absence of Andrew Strauss.
Joe Root from Yorkshire won the Young Player of the Year award, and Root will also be making the trip to India this winter with England. Ian Bell was rewarded with the prize of England’s most valuable player after 12 months of consistent performances.
Dimitri Mascarenhas was handed the Twenty20 player of the year, and Durham’s Phil Mustard took the honours in the CB40 competition.
The PCA awards dinner brought down the curtain on the County season of 2012.
The Scoop 21/09/12