- Mark chooses his players of the year
- These include 'Overseas Player the Year' and 'Great escape of the Year'
- Catch up on this season’s extended highlights at www.atheart.lv.com/sport
Batsman of the Year
This has to be Jonny Bairstow. He came back from the West Indies and was the driving force behind that unstoppable charge in the early and middle part of the summer that took Yorkshire well ahead of the rest – and put himself back in the England reckoning.
Bowlers of the Year
Chris Rushworth has done brilliantly for Durham again, playing in all 16 of their Championship matches and taking 83 wickets at just over 20 each. It does make you wonder what they would do without him. But I’d have Jack Brooks in there too. He took 65 wickets at 23, and like Rushworth he’s backed up two terrific seasons on the trot.
Spinner of the Year
They need a separate category because there’s no-one anywhere near Rushworth or Brooks in terms of wickets. But Jeetan Patel has been good value for Warwickshire again, with 58 wickets at 25.
Overseas Player of the Year
Kumar Sangakkara has been a superb signing for Surrey, scoring his runs and also a valuable off-field influence on the young players at the club.
Wicketkeeper of the Year
Chris Read at Notts, still setting superb standards both with the gloves and the bat. His return from injury was crucial in the transformation at Trent Bridge in the second half of the season.
Great Escape of the Year
Hampshire - They looked dead and buried with a few games left, behind Worcestershire at the bottom of the table. To win three out of five from there was a superb achievement, especially the way they finished against Notts at Trent Bridge. They made sure the season finished with a real bang.