29th September 2017
Cosgrove and Parkinson scoop multiple awards
Leicestershire CCC Club Captain Mark Cosgrove rounded off another superb campaign by winning four awards at the End of Season Dinner while spinner Callum Parkinson capped a great first year by scooping a hat-trick of honours.
Cosgrove was named as both Leicestershire’s Cricketer of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year and also took the honours for being the club’s best County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup player.
These awards were won following another terrific season for Cosgrove, who was the leading County Championship scorer with 1,112 runs at an average of 48.34, including two centuries.
It was the third year in a row that Cosgrove reached 1,000 runs in first-class cricket, and the 33-year-old also scored plenty of runs in the One-Day Cup and T20 Blast.
On winning Players' Player, Cosgrove said: “To be voted for by the players is fantastic, we have a great set of lads here who have made me feel very welcome. It is a great changing room and being at Leicestershire is a great fit for me and my family.”
Parkinson won the John Josephs Award for best individual performance in a first XI match after taking 10 for 185 against Worcestershire at New Road.
The spinner also claimed the Frank S Smith Cup for outstanding bowling performance in the First XI and won the Young Player of the Year. Parkinson took 8 for 148 in the first innings at Worcestershire and also enjoyed an outstanding NatWest T20 Blast campaign.
He said: “Worcestershire was a game where everything I seemed to try came off, and it is one that I won’t forget in a long time. I’ve enjoyed my first season here at Leicestershire and it has been great to have the backing of everyone.”
The Livingston Cup for outstanding batting performance in the First XI went to Cameron Delport after his sensational 109 against Notts Outlaws helped the Foxes qualify for the quarter-finals of T20 Blast.
Clint McKay was named as the club’s T20 player of the year. His 23 wickets meant that McKay became only the second bowler in Leicestershire history to reach the 50-wicket mark in the competition.
There was also a special award for McKay, whose contribution to Leicestershire County Cricket Club has been outstanding over the years.
McKay said: “I have had three fantastic years at Leicestershire and loved every minute of it. There are a lot of great people at this club who I will thank. I’ll never forget my time here and the club will always hold a place in my heart.”
Tom Wells snapped up Roger Goadby’s fielding award after a series of fine performances in the T20 competition.
Leicestershire CCC would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors, both for their fantastic continued support of the club and for making the event a memorable one.
Full list of winners:
1. John Josephs Award - Best individual performance in a First XI match – Callum Parkinson 10 for 185 v Worcestershire
2. Livingston Cup - [Outstanding batting performance] Batting in the First XI – Cameron Delport 109 not out v Notts Outlaws
3. Frank S Smith Cup - [Outstanding bowling performance] Bowling in the First XI – Callum Parkinson 8 for 148 v Worcestershire
4. Roger Goadby Award - Outstanding fielding performance in the First XI – Tom Wells in T20
5. Young Player of the Year – Callum Parkinson
6. County Championship Player Of The Year – Mark Cosgrove
7. One-Day Player Of The Year – Mark Cosgrove
8. T20 Player Of The Year – Clint McKay
9. Players’ Player Of The Year – Mark Cosgrove
10. Cricketer Of The Year – Mark Cosgrove