Monday, 14 June 2021

Henley paceman named most improved player

CHRIS PEPLOE was a winner of Berkshire Cricket first team’s player of the year award.

CHRIS PEPLOE was a winner of Berkshire Cricket first team’s player of the year award.

The Ealing leg spinner took 50 wickets — which included five or more wickets in an innings on six occasions — in the Unicorns Counties Championship last season at an average of 16.08. Peploe, 34, also scored 290 runs at an average of 32.22, while also showing a pair of safe hands in the field, taking seven catches.

Skipper James Morris admitted it was a “formality” when it came to selecting the winner.

He added: “eps was such a consistent performer throughout the season with the ball in particular but there were also some very important middle and lower order runs from him. He also had hands like buckets, catching anything that came his way.

“His presence proved invaluable in the dressing room and he filled the role as pro unbelievably well and without him I don’t think we would have achieved quite so much this year.” Henley paceman Tom Nugent, who took 28 wickets at an average of 22.71, was named Berkshire’s most improved player, while the county’s best young player trophy went to Finchampstead’s Craig Hodges.

Mark Allum, Berkshire’s director of youth cricket, said: “This award usually goes to a batsman and this is the first time for a long time it has gone to a bowler.”

All three trophies were presented at the players’ dinner held at Henley Cricket Club on Friday of last week.

During the evening, Berkshire chairman Neil Doody paid tribute to head coach Tom Lambert and team manager Roy New.

“Tom is an outstanding coach and his exceptional efforts are very much appreciated by everyone involved with Berkshire cricket, while Roy does an excellent job on the admin side,” said Doody.

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