Yorkshire duo complete Professional Cricketers Association awards double
Yorkshire`s County Championship-winning openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees were named player of the year and young player of the year respectively by England`s Professional Cricketers Association on Wednesday.
London: Yorkshire`s County Championship-winning openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees were named player of the year and young player of the year respectively by England`s Professional Cricketers Association on Wednesday.
Both awards, handed out at a presentation ceremony in London, came just 24 hours after the White Rose duo, who have both yet to play for England, had received the corresponding honours from the Cricket Writers` Club.
Lyth, 27, topped the First Division scoring charts with 1,489 runs and six centuries at an average of 67.68, while Lees` 971 runs came at an average of 44.13 with two hundreds.
"It`s definitely up there, to be voted for an award by my peers, it`s fantastic," Lees said. "I`m only 21 so there hasn`t been that much that`s gone on so far.
"But this crowns a perfect year really."
Yorkshire won their first County Championship title in 13 years with a game to spare this season and Lees was confident the county, second in 2013, could stay in the hunt for more trophies.
"At the start of the season you set your aim to win the County Championship and the players we had we were confident," he said.
"So to come through and win with a game to go was obviously fantastic.
"I was happy with my form throughout the year in all formats, and just happy to contribute to a winning side.
"In 2013 we came second and we used that to push on this year and go one step further.
"Hopefully we can be successful over the next few years. We`ve got the squad to do that certainly.
"When we`re on the pitch we`re competitive and we play some hard cricket, and you may not think the opposition like you.
"But there`s that mutual respect that every team has, and it`s great just to be on the shortlist, it`s a huge honour.
"It gives you a bit of confidence that there`s one or two that don`t mind you and thought to vote for you."