Richardson and Woakes head PCA awards nominees

Midlands pair Alan Richardson and Chris Woakes are among the nominees for two prestigious prizes at the NatWest Professional Cricketers’ Association Awards evening at the Roundhouse in London on September 22.

Worcestershire seamer Richardson has been shortlisted for the coveted NatWest PCA Player of the Year Award with Warwickshire all-rounder Woakes among the nominees for the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year.

The awards are voted on by the players themselves and last year it was Warwickshire all-rounder Neil Carter who won the Player of the Year prize.

Richardson, who has just completed his most successful season at the age of 36 with 73 County Championship wickets to help keep Worcestershire in the first division, faces competition from Durham’s Dale Benkenstein, Essex seamer David Masters, the leading wicket-taker in the country, and Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick.

Woakes faces competition from Yorkshire’s Jonathan Bairstow, who has already won the Cricket Writers’ Club Young Cricketer of the Year award, Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales and Surrey’s former Glamorgan batsman Tom Maynard.

Woakes made a nerveless debut for England in a Twenty20 international against Australia in February and followed up with 786 runs and 76 wickets in all cricket during the season.

Over the years, the staging of the NatWest PCA Awards has raised significant funds for the PCA Benevolent Fund. The Fund is part of the PCA’s commitment to helping current and former players and their dependants in times of hardship, upheaval or to readjust to the world beyond the game.

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