England news September 24, 2010

Neil Carter takes top PCA award

ESPNcricinfo staff

Neil Carter, the Warwickshire allrounder, was named Professional Cricketers' Association Player of the Year at the annual awards dinner on Thursday while Adam Lyth, the Yorkshire batsman, took the young player title.

Carter, 35, enjoyed a prolific season for Warwickshire as he helped them retain Division One status in the County Championship and win the Clydesdale Bank 40 title with victory against Somerset at Lord's. In the Championship Carter scored 617 runs and took 51 wickets and in the CB40 hit a hundred and two fifties alongside claiming 16 Friends Provident t20 wickets.

Cater also won the FTI Most Valuable Player award. "I won the first monthly award in April and felt that was a great achievement but I never imagined that I would stay top for the rest of the season," Carter said. "It's a real honour to come out on top and be named the 2010 MVP. It's a massive incentive for the players, I think they all realise that it is a true reflection of your performances throughout the season."

Lyth, 22, was the first batsman to pass 1000 first-class runs for the season and scored more than 2000 runs across all competitions which earned him a place in the England performance squad to tour Australia alongside the Ashes series.