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Duckett named Young Player of the Year

Ben Duckett, the Northamptonshire left-hander who has been included in England's one-day and Test squads, has been named the Cricket Writers' Club (CWC) Young Player of the Year.

Duckett, 21, enjoyed a prolific 2016 season for his county and England Lions. In July, he struck a blistering 220 not out off 131 balls, including 29 fours and six sixes for the Lions in a one-day game against Sri Lanka A, but his highest score of the summer was an unbeaten 282 in the County Championship against Sussex.

His tally of 1,338 runs in the County Championship included four hundreds, while he also helped Northamptonshire win the Twenty20 Blast.

First presented in 1950, and one of the oldest such honours in cricket, the award, which by tradition is won just once in a career, is restricted to England-qualified players under the age of 23 on May 1. Previous winners of the Cricket Writers' Club Young Player of the Year award have amassed more than 2,500 Test caps between them. Duckett is the first Northamptonshire player to receive the award since former England batsman Rob Bailey, now an international umpire, in 1984.

The County Championship Player of the Year award, presented in association with William Hill, was won by Durham's Keaton Jennings. The 24-year-old was the leading run-scorer in the competition with 1,548 runs at an average of 64.50 with seven hundreds, including a double century against Yorkshire and another when he carried his bat against Surrey. His career-best 88 in the final was also the highest score during T20 finals day. Jennings is the fifth recipient of an award first presented in 2012.

Charlotte Edwards, the former England captain, was named the first winner of the CWC women's award. She led England to the final of the World T20 in India and finished as England's leading run scorer, and the tournament's second highest scorer overall, only to be removed from the England captaincy in a controversial move as team management sought a fresh start.

That decision prompted Edwards to retire from international cricket after more than 300 senior matches for her country but she still enjoyed a hugely successful domestic season. Edwards captained three sides to a unique treble in leading Kent to the 50-over County Championship title, the T20 title, and the Southern Vipers to victory in the inaugural T20 Super League.

All the trophies, together with the Cricket Writers' Club Book of the Year award, and the Peter Smith award for the promotion of cricket to the public, were presented during the course of the Club's Annual Lunch - which marks the 70th anniversary of the club - at London's Merchant Taylors' Hall on Tuesday.