Longridge named LCF Club of the Year

President Tom Howarth and Vice Chair Jim Blackhurst with the Lancashire County Cricket club of the year award President Tom Howarth and Vice Chair Jim Blackhurst with the Lancashire County Cricket club of the year award

 

Lancashire Cricket’s End of Season Awards Dinner took place in The Point at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday night.

The Specsavers County Championship’s leading wicket-taker, Tom Bailey, was named Lancashire Player of the Year, following his haul of 64 wickets for an average of just 19 with the red ball.

Bailey’s fellow seam bowler, and the Championship’s second deadliest bowler, Graham Onions, scooped Championship Player of the Year. The evergreen 36-year-old took 57 wickets in his debut season with the Red Rose, after making the move from Durham during the winter.

For his 534 runs, the second highest in a season by a Lancashire batsman, Alex Davies was named T20 Player of the Year, his six half-centuries helping Lightning to reach Finals Day – Davies was also named as the Red Rose Members’ Player of the Year.

There was double success for Matthew Parkinson as the leg spinner took home the One-Day and Young Player of the Year awards. The 21-year-old finished as leading wicket taker in the Royal London One-Day Cup, claiming 18 wickets, and also enjoyed a strong season in T20 with 25 wickets and 16 in the Championship.  

Keshav Maharaj was awarded the Champagne Moment for his two wickets with the scores level to secure a sensational tie at Somerset, while 21-year-old Josh Bohannon’s secured the Breakthrough Player of the Year, after debuting in all three formats this year.

Lancashire Thunder were also recognised following their greatly improved Kia Super League campaign, which saw them narrowly miss out on a Finals Day berth.

Sophie Ecclestone’s 15 wickets taken at an average of 15, earned the 19-year-old Young Player of the Tournament and New Zealand international Amy Satterthwaite claimed Player of the Tournament after scoring 277 runs at an average close to 35.

Their Thunder teammate Emma Lamb scored 497 runs at an average of 41 to win Lancashire Women’s Player of the Year.

For the first time, cricket across the region was also recognised in the new community awards. Peter Mcdermid of Trimpell Cricket Club was named as the inaugural winner of the AO.com Volunteer of the Year, while Longridge Cricket Club were crowned Club of the Year.

Wasim Afridi of the Lancashire Lions picked up Disability Player of the Year, with representatives from Lancashire Knockout Cup winners Darwen Cricket Club also invited on stage to be re-presented with their trophy.

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