County news October 1, 2008

Shreck named as Notts player of season

Cricinfo staff

The Nottinghamshire seamer, Charlie Shreck, was crowned Player of the Season at the club's annual awards dinner at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. Shreck was the club's leading wicket-taker in 2008, taking 76 wickets in all competitions, 58 of them in the County Championship.

"It's an honour and a surprise to win the award because a few of my team mates would have been considered worthy winners," said Shreck. "Mark Wagh scored 1,000 runs, Samit has been exceptional, Darren Pattinson has done very well and Chris Read has proved to be an excellent captain.

"It has been a good season for the club and although we were disappointed to miss out on the LV County Championship in the final game of the season, we have finished second which is a great achievement."

The Notts squad travel to Guernsey today to take part in benefit events for AJ Harris and Shreck believes that the club can mount a serious challenge for silverware in 2009.

"We've had a good experience this year and we know what we've got to do to win it in 2009," said Shreck. "Durham came second in 2007 and won it this year. We'll have broadly the same squad and we'll all be more even determined because we came so close.

"We've got a couple of dinners, a golf day and some cricket lined up in Guernsey and it will be a good chance to relax after a long season."

Test Match Special broadcaster Jonathan Agnew was the guest speaker at the awards dinner with speeches from Notts Chairman Peter Wright, Chief Executive Derek Brewer and Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

Alex Hales was named Second XI Player of The Season for the second successive year and Sam Kelsall picked up the Academy Player of the Year Award.