Friday 19 September 2008 

Jacques Rudolph Is Yorkshire's Player Of The Year

The Yorkshire CCC Awards were presented on the balcony of the Pavilion at North Marine Road, Scarborough during the lunch break on day three of the LV County Championship match against Somerset.

The Master of Ceremonies was BBC Radio's Dave Callaghan who was joined by Yorkshire's Chief Executive, Stewart Regan, and Club President, Brian Close, to hand out the coveted prizes for cricketing excellence throughout the 2008 season.

And the winners were:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2008

Jacques Rudolph

Awarded by members and supporters of the Club who have been voting in their droves on the YCCC website, Jacques took the trophy after another tremendous season saw him retain the title he won in 2007, his first season with the Club. Jacques polled 38% of the vote and was the clear winner, but special mention should go to Tim Bresnan (22%) who has enjoyed a superb summer which has put him firmly back in the England selectors minds, and Adil Rashid (12%) who has continued his meteoric emergence through the Yorkshire ranks.

PLAYERS' PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2008

Jacques Rudolph

Awarded by the Yorkshire dressing room in recognition of performance on and off the field, Jacques takes the award for the second season in a row and this provides further proof of the impact the talented South African has made since he arrived in Yorkshire at the start on the 2007 season - popular with his fellow professionals, staff and the Yorkshire public.

YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2008

Adam Lyth

Awarded by the Yorkshire coaching staff to the young player they feel has made the biggest breakthrough this season. Adam has made the stride from 2nd Team cricket to being a 1st Team regular in both 4-day and 1-day cricket with apparent ease. The highlight was a maiden first-class century at Trent Bridge in the LV County Championship.

FIELDER OF THE YEAR 2008

Richard Pyrah

The coaching staff have picked Richard Pyrah for his excellent fielding. He patrols the backward point area in one-day cricket like a panther and his speed, agility and safe pair of hands make him a constant threat to opposition batsmen. Richard also won this award in 2007.

ACADEMY PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2008

Azeem Rafiq

Azeem picks up this award for some excellent performances for the Yorkshire Academy and also for the 2nd Team. His off-break bowling and runs down the order have shown Azeem as a player of immense potential. His ability to cope with the pressure he faced mid-season after Yorkshire's enforced exit from the Twenty20 Cup was particularly impressive and displayed a maturity beyond his years.

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