KPC Cricket Ireland Awards 2016 Nominations Revealed!

October 27th 2016 | International

KPC Cricket Ireland Awards 2016 Nominations Revealed!

The nominations for the 2016 KPC Group Cricket Ireland Awards have been announced, with Ed Joyce, Kevin O’Brien and Tim Murtagh all in the running for the KPC Group Men’s International Player of the Year Award.

Joyce was the top run scorer in the qualification period, making 522 runs in the nine games he played at a healthy average of exactly 58. This included two centuries in the ODI series against Afghanistan, where his brilliant unbeaten 160 in the final match levelled the series.

Kevin O’Brien and Tim Murtagh were Ireland’s leading wicket takers during the year - each taking 26. O’Brien’s 26 wickets came at an average of 27.12, with a best bowling return of 4 for 45 against Afghanistan. In a fine all-round season he also made 501 runs at 29.47 in 19 matches.

Murtagh also played 19 games during the year, with his 26 wickets coming at an average of 25.73. His best bowling return of 4 for 29 came in the InterContinental Cup win over Hong Kong - a result that kept Ireland’s quest for Test status firmly on track.

Isobel Joyce, Kim Garth and Ciara Metcalfe have been short-listed for the Women’s International Player of the Year Award. Joyce and Garth are previous winners of the award, while the experienced Metcalfe is rewarded for a series of consistent displays.

The trio all enjoyed strong seasons, particularly in series against South Africa - where they recorded two victories - and in the drawn series against Bangladesh. Metcalfe and Garth were the joint leading wicket takers - each taking 22. Metcalfe’s haul came at an excellent average of 15.59, with her best figures being 4 for 15 against Sri Lanka in the World Twenty20 finals.

Garth’s 22 victims cost 19.82, while she also enjoyed a successful season with the bat making 263 runs at 32.88.Joyce also had all-round success scoring 310 runs at 28.18, while picking up 16 wickets at 21.31.

The Sunday Independent Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year Award sees Barry McCarthy, Robyn Lewis and Jenny Gray vying for the prestigious award.

Durham all-rounder McCarthy made a strong start to his international career, taking 18 ODI wickets in just 8 matches. These included four-wicket hauls against both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The YMCA pair of Jenny Gray and Robyn Lewis have continued to impress with their development and commitment as Ireland Women’s performances and stature on the world stage continues to grow.

Away from the national sides there are plenty more prizes up for grabs, for both playing and coaching, as well as club awards.

In youth cricket there will be a Flogas Junior Player of the Year award, as well as the Shapoorji Pallonji Academy Player of the Year. The winners of these will be decided by the Cricket Ireland Academy and youth coaches.

The Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Player of the Year Award will go to one of John Anderson, Andy McBrine or George Dockrell.

In a season where Leinster Lightning completed a clean sweep of trophies, skipper Anderson was the competition’s leading run scorer with 440 runs at 48.89. Dockrell was the joint-leading wicket taker (along with Tyrone Kane) as he claimed 19 wickets at 23.68, while showing his all-round ability making 221 runs at 55.25. McBrine skippered the North West Warriors scoring 356 runs at 29.67, while taking 10 wickets at 36.80.

There will also be an award for the Toyota Super 3 Player of the Year with the selectors and coaching staff deciding on the winner.

The Notts Coach of the Year award has proved as always a very competitive category with five candidates short-listed following nominations from each Union and international achievements. The five include former internationals Ryan Eagleson and Mark Olphert, Women’s Coach Aaron Hamilton, Munster’s Chris Thomas and Rob O’Connor from the LCU.

After an extremely competitive and exciting season in club cricket across Ireland, eight clubs have been shortlisted for the Tildenet Club of the Year Award.

Clontarf, Cork County, Ardmore, Fox Lodge, Ballyspallen, Laois, Ringcommons and Kerry are all in the mix for the prize.

Leinster players dominate the short-list for the O’Neills Club Player of the Year accolade, with North County all-rounder Eddie Richardson nominated alongside Simmi Singh from YMCA and Merrion’s John Anderson. All three enjoyed exceptional campaigns scoring in excess of 700 runs, while also featuring prominently in the wicket-taking stakes.

Umpires Paul Reynolds and Alan Neill have been nominated in the IAA Official of the Year category along with international scorer Stella Downes.

The most competitive category is perhaps the Oasis Volunteer of the Year following public nominations. The extensive list of nominations has been narrowed down to five with Mary McMahon (Leinster), Willie Dwyer (The Hills), Herbie Honohan (Wexford Wanderers), Sean Farrell (Baganelstown), and Lorraine McKeaney (Malahide) all in contention.

In addition to the categories with nominations, there will also be presentations for the Gibneys Outstanding Contribution to Irish Cricket and the Cricket Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame induction.

The winners of all the awards will be announced at the Cricket Ireland Awards Lunch on Friday November 11th.

Full List of Nominations:

KPC Group International Men’s Player of the Year – Ed Joyce, Kevin O’Brien, Tim Murtagh International Women’s Player of the Year – Isobel Joyce, Kim Garth, Ciara Metcalfe.
Sunday Independent International Emerging Player of the Year – Barry McCarthy, Robyn Lewis, Jenny Gray.
Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Player of the Year – John Anderson (Leinster Lightning), Andy McBrine (NW Warriors), George Dockrell (Leinster Lightning).
O’Neills Club Player of the Year – Eddie Richardson (North County), John Anderson (Merrion),  Simi Singh (YMCA).
Notts Coach of the Year – Ryan Eagleson, Mark Olphert, Aaron Hamilton, Chris Thomas and Rob O’Connor.
IAA Official of the Year - Paul Reynolds, Stella Downes and Alan Neill.
Tildenet Club of the Year – Clontarf, Cork County, Ardmore, Fox Lodge, Ballyspallen, Laois, Ringcommons and Kerry.

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