Somerset Captain Anya Shrubsole was amongst those honoured at this week’s England Team Awards evening.
The awards, which recognise outstanding individual performances in all formats of international cricket over the last 12 months, were presented at a special celebration dinner in Leeds last night.
Anya won the England Women’s Cricketer of the Year award for the first time as a reward for a successful year which saw her take 32 wickets across all formats, including a four for 19 spell in last summer’s Women’s Ashes series. Heather Knight, who will be playing alongside Anya at Western Storm this season, and Sarah Taylor were the other nominees for the award.
Following her success Anya said: “”I’m absolutely delighted to have won this award. It’s a great honour and I’m really proud to add my name to the list of amazing cricketers who have previously won it.
“I love taking wickets for England and the most important thing for me every time I pull on my England shirt is to put in a strong performance for the team. Results haven’t gone our way over the last 12 months but we have a big year ahead now leading into the home World Cup next summer, so I hope I can continue my form and help win matches for my country.”
Anya Shrubsole (centre) with Heather Knight (right) and Lisa Pagett
ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “It’s been a remarkable year for our international teams – the Women’s Ashes attracted record attendances and unprecedented levels of media interest, our physical disability team won the inaugural Physical Disability World Cup in Bangladesh, and our men’s team regained the Ashes, won a major Test series in South Africa, and reached the final of the World T20 tournament.
“Each of the players honoured has made a big contribution to England cricket, helping to win matches and to inspire a wider audience and deserves the highest praise.”