Australia-bound Warwickshire batsman Rob Yates scooped a hattrick of awards at the Club’s Champions Dinner, held at Edgbaston on Thursday.
With 13 awards presented on the night amongst the Warwickshire Access, seniors, women’s and men’s teams, Yates took the men’s Young Player of the Year, Members’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the year in recognition of his five centuries that helped the Bears to the LV= Insurance County Championship and the Bob Willis Trophy.
Bears seamer Craig Miles scooped the Kim Jones Award for Player of the Season with his five for 28 in the Bob Willis Trophy, whilst Chris Benjamin was rewarded for an excellent first season as a Bear with the Men’s 2nd XI Player of the Season. Liam Norwell – who took over 50 first-class wickets and is joining Yates on the plane to Australia for England Lions duty – picked up the Rick Coleman Community Engagement Award for his significant contributions to the local area over the past 12 months.
First Team Coach Mark Robinson and senior Bears Olly Stone, Dom Sibley and Olly Hannon-Dalby were on hand to collect the awards for Yates and Norwell who departed for England Lions duty on the same day.
Coached by former Bear Dominic Ostler, Hannah Baker and Georgia Davies picked up the Women’s Coaches Player of the Season and Women’s Players’ Player of the Season after Emily Perrin and Alice Dixon were awarded the Women’s 2nd XI Coaches Player of the Season and Women’s 2nd XI Players’ Player of the Season respectively.
Elsewhere, Daniel Carter (Warwickshire Access Steve Carter Coaches Player of the Season) and Roman Pugh Warwickshire Access Players’ Player of the Season) were the big winners for Warwickshire Access, as was Mo Azam (Alan Oakman Player of the Season) for the Seniors team.
The awards – which were hosted by Warwickshire-winning Captain Nick Knight – saw players, coaches, partners, families, board members and members fill out the 450-maximum capacity. Also in attendance, were Dennis Amiss, MJK Smith, John Jameson, Geoff Humpage, Asif Din, Neil Smith, Tim Munton and Michael Powell.
- Rick Coleman Community Engagement Award – Liam Norwell
- Warwickshire Access Steve Carter Coaches Player of the Season – Daniel Carter
- Warwickshire Access Players’ Player of the Season – Roman Pugh
- Alan Oakman Player of the Season – Mo Azam
- Women’s Coaches Player of the Season – Hannah Baker
- Women’s Players’ Player of the Season – Georgia Davis
- Women’s 2nd XI Coaches Player of the Season – Emily Perrin
- Women’s 2nd XI Players’ Player of the Season – Alice Dixon
- Men’s 2nd XI Player of the Season – Chris Benjamin
- Men’s Young Player of the Season – Rob Yates
- Member’s Player of the Season – Rob Yates
- Kim Jones Award for Performance of the Season – Craig Miles
- Men’s Players’ Player of the Season – Rob Yates
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