England all-rounder Ben Stokes heads the Song for the Players’ Player of the Year award ahead of the 50th NatWest PCA Awards.
Stokes could become just the sixth player to win the PCA Young Player and Players’ Player following his 2013 success.
The Durham guy has been shortlisted alongside Essex off-spinner Simon Harmer, Gloucestershire all-rounder Ryan Higgins and Warwickshire opener Dominic Sibley for the headline award.
The winner could follow at the forefront of 2018 recipient Joe Denly in amassing the Reg Hayter Cup in London’s Roundhouse on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Sibley is currently in fact to be the next man to accumulate the Players’ Player and PCA Young Player of the Year in the Exact Same season, after Ben Duckett reached the effort in 2016. He joins Somerset’s Tom Banton, Gloucestershire’s James Bracey and Kent’s Zak Crawley in being nominated for the John Arlott Cup.
Three members of the England Women squad were nominated for the NatWest Women’s Player of Summer. Slow left-arm bowler Sophie Ecclestone could make it two wins in two years, but she will face stiff competition against all-rounder Katherine Brunt and batter Amy Jones.
The NatWest PCA Awards is made up of 12 classes, with the three major accolades voted by present professional players.
This year sees the Association celebrate its 50th yearly awards and will celebrate a remarkable year that saw the England men’s team win their maiden ICC Cricket World Cup prize. All profits from the night will be donated to the Professional Cricketers’ Trust.
The best County Championship Division One wicket taker with over 80 scalps, Harmer can be directing the total MVP going in the final day of the year.
Essex’s T20 captain has become the man for all occasions, taking the very finest ever joint Vitality Blast Finals Day characters of 7-35. Then he smashed 18 off seven balls at the last to hand the Eagles their maiden Blast title.
All-rounder Higgins has scored 958 runs in an average of just under 60 and shot 50 wickets for under 24 runs to carry Gloucestershire into the verge of marketing from the Championship.
The 24-year-old’s best score this year was 199 from Leicestershire at June and has led nicely in white-ball cricket, with a further 386 runs and 16 wickets, meaning he has bowled more overs because of his county than every other participant.
Sibley has been the standout batsman at the County Championship, something national selector Ed Smith has taken notice of with his recent call-up to the England tour of New Zealand.
With over 1,300 runs to his name launching the batting in red-ball championships, he comfortably ended the summertime as the best run-scorer in Division One.
The 2013 PCA Young Player of the Year had the ICC World Cup to remember. Starting with runs, wickets and also an awesome grab to open the championship and ending with an unbeaten 84 to maintain England’s innings together when they were pursuing 242 to acquire their first ever World Cup.
Stokes’ memorable 135 not out at Headingley only over a month later made up a portion of the 441 runs from the show – the greatest aggregate total of any England player in the 2019 Ashes.
Even the 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has escalated in the limited-overs formats, also averaging 41.27 in his side’s powerful Royal London One-Day Cup campaign and finishing fourth at the PCA’s Vitality Blast MVP Rankings.
Banton’s brief format prowess earned him a first call-up into England’s T20I squad for the tour of New Zealand later this season.
Bracey, 22, appreciated a memorable introduction Royal London One-Day Cup effort this year, averaging 55.5 plus creating a brand new List A hundred with 113 not out against Essex in his side’s final group fixture.
His excellent form across all formats this season was rewarded with an introduction for England Lions against Australia A in July.
Crawley has been one of the top run-scorers in Division One of the County Championship this season, which caused a very first call-up into England’s Test squad this week, but has also shown his adaptability across all formats.
The 21-year-old averaged 56.29 in the Royal London One-Day Cup, also scored 701 runs in white-ball cricket.
Sibley finished the season with the Bears’ highest individual score of 244 (vs Kent in about July 3), and was also the first guy in Division One to reach 1,000 Championship runs for this period.
His five countless Warwickshire left him a call-up to England’s Test squad for the tour of New Zealand.
Ecclestone may become the first player to win the award on several events, after being named the 2018 NatWest Women’s Player of the Summer last year.
Even the left-arm spinner topped the PCA’s England Women Overall MVP Rankings together with 89 MVP points. She was England’s best wicket-taker in both the West Indies show with six and the Women’s Ashes having an impressive 13 victims.
Only Ecclestone took more Women’s Ashes wickets than Brunt’s eight, and also the all-rounder backed that up by averaging only a more-than-handy 26.5 with the bat in precisely exactly the same series.
She finished third in the PCA’s Overall England Women MVP Rankings, averaging the maximum points-per-game of any participant to have appeared in a number of fittings.
The 2018/19 England Women Overall MVP continued her sensational winter form to the very first collection of the summer against the West Indies, making 189 runs in three ODIs at an average of 63. Jones also continues to supply excellent abilities behind the stumps when called upon.