Tuesday 2 October 2007 

Ottis Gibson Takes Durham Player Of The Year Award

Durham bowler Ottis Gibson capped off an incredible season claiming the Northern Rock Player of the Year Award at Durham County Cricket Club’s end of season dinner at the Newcastle Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel last night.

As Ottis is currently away with the England squad in Sri Lanka, he recorded a video message for guests to enjoy.

Ottis also walked away with The Journal Bowler of the Year Award and the SG Petch Player’s Player of the Year Award. Ottis also received a Special Recognition Award, which was sponsored by David Summerfield Jewellers, to celebrate his historic 10 wicket haul against Hampshire.

Kyle Coetzer was named Foster Denovo Young Player of the Year, after some exceptional performances with the bat.

Durham wicket keeper Phil Mustard, who is also on tour with the England side, was named the Muckle LLP Fielder of the Year Award and the Arnott Commercial Batsman of the Year.

Will Gidman was named Collingwood Insurance A Team Player of the Year. Mitchell Claydon was named The Northern Echo Community Player of the Year.

Durham CCC Head Coach, Geoff Cook, said, “After such an exceptional season there was quite a lot of competition for each of the awards but Ottis has had such a spectacular season he thoroughly deserves the Northern Rock Player of the Year accolade.

“Kyle has progressed superbly this season, looking composed and dangerous at the crease. It’s been a pleasure to watch him develop. The Batsman of the Year award was probably the most contested award. Both Michael [Di Venuto] and Dale [Benkenstein] pushed Phil very hard, but Phil’s explosive one day performances edged him the award.

Will and Mitchell’s awards are reward for the unsung work done by them. Winning the A team award is thanks for some wonderful performances all season, while Mitchell has done various charity and public appearances, despite being out injured most of the season.”

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