Joe Root voted males’s PCA Participant of the 12 months, Alice Capsey wins inaugural girls’s Younger Participant award



Capsey youngest-ever winner, Eve Jones first home participant to be named girls’s Participant of the 12 months


Joe Root and Eve Jones have been voted winners of the cinch Skilled Cricketers’ Affiliation (PCA) males’s and ladies’s Participant of the 12 months awards, with Harry Brook and Alice Capsey every choosing up Younger Participant of the 12 months.

Root has scored six Check lots of within the yr up to now, together with three in consecutive video games in opposition to India this summer season. Jones, in the meantime, turns into the primary girls’s home skilled to win the award, after taking part in a number one function for her sides, Central Sparks and Birmingham Phoenix, throughout three totally different competitions within the ECB’s expanded construction.

“I am very proud to obtain the cinch PCA Males’s Participant of the 12 months award,” Root mentioned. “It means an enormous quantity to be recognised by your fellow professionals. You spend a whole lot of time taking part in alongside them and for them to vote for me is de facto fairly humbling. Numerous my heroes after I was rising up are on that trophy so I am satisfied to be alongside them.

“I have been in good contact and had a very good understanding of how I needed to attain my runs this yr. There have been some actually shut video games and it has been very fulfilling. I’ve scored runs in opposition to the perfect groups on the planet in order that has given me confidence, whilst an skilled participant.”

Jones, 29, was one of many 41 new members inducted to the PCA after the introduction of ladies’s home contracts for 2021. She scored greater than 800 runs throughout the Hundred, Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and Charlotte Edward Cup, her kind subsequently successful her a maiden contract within the Girls’s Large Bash League.

“I by no means anticipated to choose up an award like this, so I am actually delighted that my fellow gamers have voted for me to win,” Jones mentioned. “It means an incredible deal. Some implausible gamers have gained this award so it is good to comply with of their footsteps and get my identify on the trophy alongside theirs.

“It has been a very long time coming for lots of the ladies to dedicate extra time to taking part in and coaching, so I’ve completely loved being knowledgeable all through the final yr. Having cricket as my fundamental profession is one thing that I’ve dreamed of for a very long time.”

Arguably the star of the summer season throughout males’s and ladies’s cricket was teenage allrounder Capsey, who picked up winner’s medals with each Oval Invincibles within the Hundred, and South East Stars within the Charlotte Edwards Cup. Regardless of not but being contracted, or a PCA member, the PCA Girls’s Committee voted to make non-members eligible, enabling Capsey to be named the inaugural girls’s Younger Participant of the 12 months – and turn out to be the youngest-ever winner of a PCA player-voted award.

Capsey was simply 16 when she performed on the Hundred’s opening evening on the Kia Oval, happening to attain 150 runs to go along with 10 wickets in Invincibles’ run to the title. She additionally made 203 runs and took seven wickets in Stars’ home T20 triumph.

“It is a huge honour and never one thing I actually anticipated,” Capsey mentioned. “After I received the cellphone name it hadn’t even been one thing that I would processed in my thoughts. I can not actually put it into phrases. I am not even a PCA member but so to win the award is simply unimaginable.

“It is an enormous honour and it’ll most likely be the among the finest awards that I win in my profession. To be the primary individual to have your identify engraved on the trophy will probably be actually particular.”

Brook, the 22-year-old Yorkshire batter, loved a breakthrough season in white-ball cricket particularly, scoring 486 runs at 69.42 within the Vitality Blast and an extra 189 in 5 Hundred innings for Northern Superchargers. He was additionally Yorkshire’s second-leading run-scorer within the Championship, with 797 at 37.95, together with two lots of.

“It is very nice to have obtained essentially the most votes to win the cinch PCA Males’s Younger Participant of the 12 months – I am actually pleased with the award,” he mentioned. “It is at all times nice taking part in in entrance of a packed crowd at Headingley, and the Hundred was superior as properly. I can not wait to maintain doing it for years to return.



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