Lungley Takes Player Of The Year Award

Derbyshire fast-bowler Tom Lungley capped a magnificent season by collecting the Player of the Year Award at the club’s annual Player of the Year Awards Evening. Lungley is a thoroughly deserving winner of the award – which was sponsored by Derbyshire County Cricket Club Chairman Don Amott - after taking 59 first-class wickets at an average of 26.35 and 78 wickets in all competitions. The 28-year-old right-armer was in fact a double award winner having also taken the Eddie Barlow Inspirational Performance Award – sponsored by Derbyshire County Cricket Club Honorary Secretary David Griffin – for his inspirational performances throughout the season having battled back from an injury-hit career prior to the current campaign. Lungley’s fast-bowling partner Graham Wagg was rewarded for his 530 runs and 53 wickets in first-class cricket with the Most Improved Player award, sponsored by the Derby Evening Telegraph. A brace of awards were also taken by 17-year-old Dan Redfern who took the Chris Warne Shield for Academy Performance in recognition of his second team century against Durham as well as the Academy Player of the Year Award. Captain Simon Katich was adjudged the LV County Championship Player of the Year – sponsored by Don Amott Leisure Kingdom – after scoring 1284 first-class runs at an average of 75.52. A video-clip of the Australian left-hander receiving his award from Head of Cricket John Morris and giving a speech of thanks for the honour was played to the audience. Former Derbyshire all-rounder Ant Botha – who left the club for Warwickshire in early September – returned to The County Ground for the evening and was awarded the Twenty20 Player of the Year – sponsored by Printability 2000 Ltd – for the third successive season. Another South African born all-rounder, Greg Smith, was awarded the Limited Overs Player of the Year – also sponsored by Printability 2000 Ltd – having scored 424 runs and taken 14 wickets in one-day cricket in 2007. Graeme Welch was presented with a special Appreciation Award for his six years of fine service prior to his retirement earlier this season. Welch has also been awarded Honorary Life Membership of the club. An all-rounder at the other end of his career, 21-year-old Jon Clare, was named as Second XI Player of the Year. And finally, the Clubman of the Year Award went to the Derbyshire County Cricket Club Ground Staff for their sterling work in ensuring that the maximum possible amount of cricket was played at The County Ground in 2007 despite the appalling weather. © Derbyshire CCC
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