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County champions Essex have won more silverware - both Cricket Writers’ Club Player of the Year awards.

Batsman Dan Lawrence, 20, has won the prestigious CWC Young Player of the Year award and Jamie Porter is the CWC’s County Championship Player of the Year.

First presented in 1950, and one of the oldest such honours in cricket, the Young Player award, which by tradition is won just once in a career, is restricted to England-qualified players under the age of 23 on April 1.  

Lawrence, 20, made 761 Championship runs at 44.76, including three centuries.

The first Essex player to win the award since Ravi Bopara in 2008, he said: "What a season it has been. I am pleased to have played my part in this wonderful triumph. 

“As a young player it is great to learn from the likes of Alastair Cook and to have him in our side during the season has been a huge boost.

“There is no reason why we cannot progress from here and be a force again in future years. The coaching staff have been incredible with their support and motivation for the side.

“I am thrilled to have won the award to cap off a season to remember."

Porter is the sixth winner of the CWC County Championship Player of the Year award, which is presented in association with William Hill.

The 24 year-old was the Championship’s leading bowler, with 75 wickets in 13 matches at just 16.82 apiece. 

"I am really pleased to have been chosen for the award by the cricket writers after a remarkable season,” he said. 

“It may shock some people but at the start of the campaign a number of lads in the dressing room said we can win this and to our credit we have played some great cricket.

“I have huge respect for Chris Silverwood, who has done a remarkable job as coach. 

“I am obviously pleased with my season and the wickets I have taken. I have been able to learn from bowlers like David Masters, who has now retired. We now have a fine crop of young players and the future is bright.”

Rupert Adams, media relations manager for William Hill, said: “Jamie’s impressive feats have been one of the highlights of an exceptional season for Essex. 

"His fine bowling was undoubtedly a key factor in Essex securing the title. He is, therefore, a very deserving recipient of the County Championship Player of the Year Award.

“William Hill is delighted once again to partner with the Cricket Writers’ Club in presenting this award. It is the sixth year we have done so and the list of winners underlines the award’s growing stature.”

Three other CWC awards were presented at the club’s annual lunch at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, as well as the inaugural Lord’s Taverners disability award, which was won by England Learning Disabilities captain Chris Edwards.

Tammy Beaumont was presented with the CWC Women's Cricket Award by Clare Connor, the director of England Women’s Cricket.

She succeeds the award’s inaugural winner, Charlotte Edwards, after helping England win the Women's World Cup for the first time as its Player of the Tournament and leading scorer.

Her 410 runs included 148 in her record 275-run partnership with Nat Sciver against South Africa.

“It’s been a crazy year, that day at Lord’s will stand in all our memories for a long time and it’s great to see everything that has come out of that,” she said. 

The CWC Peter Smith Award, made "for services to the presentation of cricket to the public", was presented to David Graveney by David Gower, its inaugural winner in 1992.

A former captain of Gloucestershire  and Durham, chief executive of the Professional Cricketers’ Association and chairman of the England Test selectors from 1997-2008, Graveney is currently president of the PCA’s Benevolent Fund.

“What I do now is probably the most rewarding [of my roles in cricket], being able to help a lot of cricketers who haven’t had the best of lives in terms of post-playing,” he said.

The CWC Derek Hodgson Book Award winner is Steve Neal for Over and Out: Albert Trott: The Man Who Cleared the Lord’s Pavilion.  

“It says a lot about openness and fairness that a complete outsider with no record of writing about cricket before can win this award,” he said.

“A big thanks to Pitch Publishing for taking a punt on the book.”



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