David Fulton
David Fulton
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David Fulton was voted the Fleming Premier Banking PCA Player of the Year last night at The PCA Awards Dinner at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Kent batsman has had a fabulous season and joins a distinguished list who has won the PCA Player of the Year Award including Sir Richard Hadlee, Malcolm Marshall, Courtney Walsh, Graham Gooch, Brian Lara, Mike Proctor and Marcus Trescothick.

This season in 27 innings David scored 1892 runs at an average of 75.68 including 9 centuries and 3 half centuries with a highest score of 208 not out. He also took 27 catches.

Other contenders for 2001 player of the year were Darren Lehmann, Martin Bicknell and Richard Montgomerie.

Nicky Peng (Durham) received the Costcutter PCA Young Player of the Year Award. In 23 innings he scored 551 runs at an average of 26.23 with a highest score of 101.

Other 2001 contenders for young player of the year were Owais Shah, Richard Dawson and Kevin Pietersen.

The Royal Albert Hall played host to the PCA Awards Dinner for the Third consecutive year and over 1,800 guests enjoyed a spectacular event billed as a true celebration of cricket.

Matthew Fleming
Matthew Fleming,

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Matthew Fleming, Chairman of the Professional Cricketers' Association, said:

"Our Annual Awards and Dinner has developed to a stage where the PCA and its members should be justifiably proud. With the invaluable support of Fleming Premier Banking and other Business Partners the occasion is our showpiece and is indicative of all we are striving to achieve."

Paul Medlicott, Commercial Director of Fleming Premier Banking said:

"It has been a mixed year for cricket on a domestic and international level, marked by fantastic performances from a number of individual players, notably David Fulton. We are delighted to help promote cricket by our support of the PCA as a whole and sponsorship of the awards for the third consecutive year."

Musical entertainment was provided by Tony Hadley, the former Spandau Ballet star, followed by The Mark Butcher Bunbury band, re-formed due to popular demand for the third year, including:

John Altman Emmy Award winning saxophonist
John Etheridge Sting's guitarist
Dave Levy Bass guitarist with Chris de Burgh
Frank Mead Saxophonist with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings
Tony Kilie Drummer with Chris de Burgh
Paul Carrack Keyboard player with Mike and the Mechanics
Patrick Alan Vocalist with The Drifters
Graeme Fowler Lancashire CCC & England, Drums