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Stokes wins Cricket Writers' award

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September 30, 2013

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Ben Stokes battled pain to take three wickets, Durham v Nottinghamshire, County Championship, Division One, Chester-le-Street, September 18, 2013
Ben Stokes scored more than 600 runs and took 42 wickets in Durham's Championship-winning campaign © Getty Images
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Ben Stokes, the Durham and England allrounder, has capped an impressive season by winning the Cricket Writers' Club Young Cricketer of the Year award. Derbyshire's Wayne Madsen, who led the Division One batting averages for most of the season despite his county's eventual relegation, took the William Hill County Player of the Year award.

The recognition for Stokes, who is part of England's Ashes squad to tour Australia, comes less than ten months after he was sent home from a Lions tour for indulging one late night too many. He will now hope that he can follow the 2012 winner, Joe Root, in becoming one of a number of recipients of the award to subsequently establish themselves in the full England side.

Stokes has been capped by England in the limited-overs formats, making his debut in 2011 and taking a maiden five-wicket haul against Australia earlier this month. His impressive displays in the ODI series spurred a call-up to England's Test party for the first time and he could eventually be asked to fill the allrounder position.

As part of Durham's Championship-winning side, Stokes scored 615 runs at 27.95 and took 42 wickets at 26.57. His father, Ged Stokes, played rugby league for New Zealand, but Ben went to school in the northeast after the family moved to England. He played for Cockermouth CC before progressing through the Durham academy.

Stokes is the first Durham player to win the award, which is voted for by CWC members. Eligible candidates must have been under 23 on May 1.

Madsen, the captain of Derbyshire, was the second winner of the CWC county award, after Nick Compton in 2012. The 29-year-old made 1221 runs at the top of the order as Derbyshire kept their hopes of Division One survival alive into the final round of the Championship. He was the first batsman to cross 1000 Championship runs and finished as the second-leading scorer in the division, behind Yorkshire's Gary Ballance.

The South Africa-born Madsen, who has been with Derbyshire since 2009, was also recently named the inaugural winner of the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Elite Award, created by MCC and the BBC to acknowledge exceptional sportsmanship, for walking during a crucial Championship match against Yorkshire.

The winners will be presented with their awards at the annual Cricket Writers' Club lunch in London on Monday.

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Posted by Happy_hamster on (October 3, 2013, 0:38 GMT)

TenDonebyaShooter on (September 30, 2013, 19:55 GMT) I think Onions is older than 23; with a surname like Stokes he is bound to be a legend in the making.

Posted by   on (October 1, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

Funny, I don't remember Stokes winning any England game. Buttler should have won this.

Posted by landl47 on (October 1, 2013, 1:08 GMT)

@LiamMcCarthy: I'd be interested to know which players you feel performed better than Stokes, bearing in mind that the recipient has to have been under 23 on May1st 2013. I can only think of two possible contenders: Joe Root, who won it last year, and James Vince, who had a great season with Hampshire. Vince plays in Div. 2 and for only a moderately successful side, while Stokes plays for the Div. 1 champions. Winning counts for something.

I think Reece Topley will be a contender next year, as might Jamie Overton and Alex Lees. Shiv Thakor and Dominic Sibley probably need a couple more years. Buttler and Vince will be too old.

Posted by RandyOZ on (September 30, 2013, 23:48 GMT)

The Saffer experiment failed so bring in the Kiwis and irish!

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (September 30, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

Why not Stokes? I can't think of a decent reason. Yes there are others,very good players coming up. But Stokes is an allrounder. All rounders of decent quality are hard to come by. The selectors like him, so why not the Cricket Writers. I see what people are saying about Moeen, but he is outside the age group. He could still go far though. Needs to bowl more and really rip the ball.He has to keep in mind that he has to be worth an England place as either batsman or bowler-ie both as does Stokes.

Posted by TenDonebyaShooter on (September 30, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

Moeen and Madsen both worthy candidates for the County award, as was Ned Eckersley, but in my view it should have gone to Graham Onions.

Posted by Mattzo12 on (September 30, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Er, you guys realise this award is for young players? Moeen Ali is 26, and not elegible.

Posted by Harlequin. on (September 30, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

@zoomzam - as a Worcestershire man, I would have loved to have seen Moeen take the award, I talk him up to anyone who will listen! But Worcs are division 2, and mid-table at that, whereas Stokes played a big part in Durham winning div 1. As for the Ashes squad, I think Stokes fits the all-rounder spot as a quickie, but were this a sub-continent tour where Moeen's offspin could be used, I'd definitely want to see him in the number 6 spot and/or acting as Trott's understudy.

Posted by zoomzam on (September 30, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

Moeen Ali shouild have won this award.Unlucky not be in the Ashes squad!

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 30, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

I don't follow county cricket much, but that seems like a fairly decent all-round performance for a season. Anywhere we can see a list of contenders and stats comparisons?

@Neil Dyer (post on September 30, 2013, 12:09 GMT): you have to remember that a lot of games get rained off and/or end up in boring draws; getting over 1,000 runs in an English season (and I don't know what number of wickets it is for bowlers) always seems to be broadcast as a phenomenal achievement - so 600 runs and 40 wickets sounds O.K. to me...

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