Another award for Lees

Halifax’s Alex Lees and fellow Yorkshire title-winning opener Adam Lyth have claimed the top honours at the Cricket Writers’ Club Awards.

Wednesday, 1st October 2014, 2:57 pm
LV = County Championship Division One. Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire. Yorrkshire's Alex Lees and Adam Lyth pile on the runs. 9th September 2014. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Lyth, who topped the Division One scoring charts with 1,489 runs, is the William Hill CWC championship player of the year and Lees picking up the CWC young cricketer of the year award.

The duo’s partnership at the head of the innings was crucial to the white rose county’s LV= County Championship success this season,

Lyth, 27, hit six centuries and averaged 67.68, while Lees’ 971 runs came at an average of 44.13 with two hundreds.

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Both awards are available only to England-qualified players, with the young players category limited to those under-23 on May 1.

Tall left-hander Lees, 21, is the 11th Yorkshire player to win that prize, which dates back to 1950 and the fourth in seven years following Adil Rashid, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root.

Lyth, meanwhile, is the CWC’s third championship player of the year, following in the footsteps of Nick Compton and Wayne Madsen.

Also honoured at a lunch in London’s Plaisterers’ Hall was Lancashire’s former England coach and television commentator, David Lloyd.

He received the Peter Smith award for an outstanding contribution to the promotion of cricket.

It has been a memorable few weeks for ex-Bradshaw, Illingworth and Lightcliffe player Lees. As well as Yorkshire becoming champions, he has been awarded his county cap and also won the LV County Championship Breakthrough Award.

His late father Simon, a well-known Halifax League player for many years, would have been so proud.