Over 100 people gathered in the Graeme Hick Pavilion on Friday night to celebrate the annual End of Season Awards.
The evening’s winners were as follows:
The Dick Lygon Award: ALAN RICHARDSON
In order to win the Dick Lygon Award you have to be judged by the Director of Cricket alongside the Club President and Club Chairman to be the best team player, embracing all forms of cricket and making significant contributions off the field as well.
Alan Richardson was awarded the Dick Lygon Award for the third year in succession since joining the Club in 2010, collecting over 50 wickets in each season.
Richardson has become the linchpin of the Worcestershire bowling attack and in April he was recognised as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year becoming only the 16th Worcestershire player to pick up this accolade.
The 2012 season was fruitful for the veteran seamer collecting 57 First Class wickets in just 14 matches including match figures of 10-128 at The Oval.
The Kenyon Award: MOEEN ALI
The winner of the Kenyon Award is deemed to be the player who has contributed the finest First Class performance and thus enabling Worcestershire to go on to win the match.
Moeen Ali picked up the 2012 Kenyon Award thanks to his stellar performance against Lancashire at Old Trafford. His match figures of 12-96 secured a 205 run victory over the 2011 LV= County Championship Champions.
The Cotswold Group Brian Peters Academy Player of the Year: OLLIE STEELE
The Brian Peters Academy Player of the Year is awarded to the youngster who shows the most positive combination of results, potential and improvement throughout the season.
This season’s winner was Ollie Steele. The 18 year-old wicket keeper batsman has excelled with the bat averaging 50 in combined Second XI Friendly and Championship cricket. In his last two Second XI appearances Steele contributed 85* and 68* to help secure victory over Warwickshire and Glamorgan Second XI’s respectively. Behind the stumps for the Second XI he took 10 catches and two stumpings in just four appearances.
The Cricket Society Champagne Moment: MOEEN ALI
The Champagne Moment is awarded to the player who the Cricket Society feels has given the most special performance of the 2012 season. Once again, it was Moeen Ali’s memorable spell against Lancashire in the LV= County Championship that caught the eye of the Cricket Society.
During the 205 run victory, Ali collected career best bowling figures in the first innings of 6-67 only to surpass this with an inspired 6-29 in Lancashire’s second innings. Ali finished the game with match figures of 12-96.
The BBC Hereford & Worcester “You Made Us Smile” Award: MARTIN WATTS
Worcestershire’s groundsman Martin Watts was awarded the 2012 BBC Hereford & Worcester “You Made Us Smile” Award. During a rain interval in the Durham LV= County Championship match the groundstaff quickly ran on with the sheets and while rushing to peg the sheet down, Martin fell to the floor as he’d managed to stake his trousers to the ground.
Fans Forum Fielder of the Year Award: BEN SCOTT
The award for 2012 Fans Forum Fielder of the Year went to Ben Scott. Scott’s glovework behind the stumps has seen him collect the Fans Forum Fielder of the Year for second year in succession. During the 2012 season, Ben has claimed 37 catches across all formats of the game as well as seven stumpings!
On behalf of all the staff and players at New Road we would like to thank our members and fans for their loyal support during the 2012 season. We hope that you have a good winter and we look forward to welcoming you all back to New Road in 2013.