Harry Brook, Kevin Howells and Nat Sciver-Brunt score honours at Cricket Writers’ Club Awards

Brook named CWC’s England player of the year, while BBC broadcaster Howells picks up Peter Smith Award and Sciver-Brunt takes Women’s Cricket Award once again…

England’s Harry Brook celebrates his century during day one of the Second Test against New Zealand in Wellington in February (image: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Harry Brook became just the second winner of the Bob Willis Trophy – to recognise England’s player of the year, male or female, while there was recognition for an array of talents in the 2023 Cricket Writers’ Club Awards.

Brook received the award, named after the outstanding former England fast bowler and broadcaster, just two years after being voted the CWC’s Young Cricketer of the Year, following a run of impressive innings for the Test team, as well as helping England win the 2022 T20 World Cup.

For the second year in a row, Nat Sciver-Brunt won the Women’s Cricket Award, in association with JM Finn, following her remarkable exploits during an Ashes series where England fought back to end the campaign all square at 8-8.

A special CWC panel, chaired by Raf Nicholson, were unanimous in deciding Nat Sciver-Brunt should win this award for a second year in a row

James Rew won the NV Play Young Cricketer of the Year, the club’s oldest award (dating back to 1950),
following a breakthrough season with Somerset where the 19-year-old wicketkeeper scored over 1,000 runs in Division One of the County Championship, including five hundreds.

Alex Lees was named the LV County Championship Player of the Year after a prolific campaign where the Durham batsman scored more than 1,300 runs, including five centuries, at an average of over 70.

Meanwhile, Lauren Filer was chosen as the Club’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year, an award that recognises a rising star of the women’s game, after making both her Test and ODI debuts for England this year, with the fast bowler the leading wicket-taker in a three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Alfie Pyle, from the England Learning Disability team, was named the Lord’s Taverners Disability Cricketer of the Year.

Sussex D40 batsman Alfie Pyle recently made his debut for the England Learning Disability XI

The Peter Smith Award for outstanding presentation of cricket to the public went to the BBC broadcaster Kevin Howells, while the Derek Hodgson Book Award was given to Nicholas Brookes for ‘An Island’s Eleven’, a history of Sri Lankan cricket.

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All the awards were presented at the Cricket Writers’ Club Annual Awards Lunch at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, on Monday, November 27.

CWC Chair Dean Wilson said: “Huge congratulations to all our award winners who were rightly celebrated at a fantastic event for more than 320 members and guests.

“Players such as Harry Brook and Lauren Filer have entertained us all in a memorable year for the game while the story of Alfie Pyle’s progression from Super 1s to the England learning disability team is a triumph.”

For more information on the Awards, visit the Cricket Writers’ Club website and check out the CWC YouTube channel for video interviews.

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