2022 cinch PCA YOUNG PLAYER SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED
Updated: Nov 15
The shortlists for the cinch PCA Men’s Young and cinch PCA Women’s Young Player of the Year categories have been revealed ahead of the 2022 cinch PCA Awards with six of the season’s outstanding performers across international and domestic cricket recognised.
Following a vote by professional players in England and Wales, three current England Men’s players make up the shortlist for the cinch PCA Men’s Young Player of the Year with Harry Brook selected following successfully winning this same award in 2021. The Yorkshireman is joined by two recently capped England players in Surrey all-rounder Will Jacks and Durham’s Matthew Potts.
In the women’s category, last year’s inaugural cinch PCA Women’s Young Player of the Year, Alice Capsey, is honoured again following her international cricket breakthrough, this time shortlisted alongside Sunrisers’ Grace Scrivens and 17-year-old Freya Kemp.
The most prestigious awards ceremony in English cricket recognises the best performing individuals across the year based on the opinions of fellow players. Those aged 23 or younger as of 1 April 2022 were eligible in the Young Player of the Year Award categories.
For the first time since 2019, the cinch PCA Awards will be held in-person and will take place on Thursday 6 October at The Hurlingham Club.
The cinch PCA Men’s and cinch PCA Women’s Player of the Year shortlists will be announced at midday today (Thursday 29 September) to complete the shortlists for the prestigious awards.
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Grace Scrivens: Sunrisers/ London Spirit
The Sunrisers and London Spirit all-rounder has enjoyed a breakthrough summer, with her performances in the domestic game leading her to England A selection.
Ending the summer ranked as the fourth best player in domestic cricket according to the PCA MVP. Scoring 438 runs and taking 20 wickets for the Sunrisers in 50 and 20-over cricket, her summer started by scoring 141 runs and taking seven wickets at an average of 21.7, with best figures of 4-33 in the Charlotte Edwards Cup.
The 18-year-old also performed brilliantly in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, scoring 297 runs at an average of 49.5, including four fifties with a highest score of 74. With the ball, Scrivens took 13 wickets at a fantastic average of 14.7, finishing as leading wicket taker in the competition.
Alice Capsey: South East Stars/ Oval Invincibles/ England
At just 18 years of age, Capsey is proving to be a pivotal part of any side she plays in. Her consistent performances were rewarded by England this summer as she made her ODI and IT20 debuts.
The all-rounder featured in three ODIs and 10 IT20s, producing a brilliant 38 off 24 balls in the third game against India to help England win by seven wickets.
The 2021 cinch PCA Awards winner played a leading role for the Oval Invincibles in their successful campaign in The Hundred as she was statistically the second best women’s player according to the PCA MVP Rankings. Scoring 118 runs at an average of 29.5 and taking eight wickets at 12.4, her performances earnt her the PCA Women’s Player of the Month for August.
Freya Kemp: Southern Vipers/ Southern Brave/ England
The youngest player on the shortlists at just 17, Kemp has had a whirlwind first summer playing professional cricket. Debuting for the Southern Vipers in May, Kemp’s talents catapulted her to international honours as she was awarded her IT20 debut after just seven professional appearances.
Starting the summer with an impressive nine wickets at an average of 17.7, she helped the Vipers lift the Charlotte Edwards Cup with her performances leading to her IT20 bow.
The left-hander also showed her prowess with the bat, becoming the youngest male or female England player to score a half century in an IT20 game, with an unbeaten 51 off 37 balls against India.
Kemp gained further recognition with her ODI debut, ending the summer with 11 international wickets, including six in the Commonwealth Games.
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Harry Brook: Yorkshire/ Northern Superchargers/ England
The 2021 cinch PCA awards winner is shortlisted for the second season in a row.
The 23-year-old started the season with the PCA Men’s Player of the Month Award in May and continued his form, enjoying a productive LV= Insurance County Championship, scoring 967 runs and averaging 107.4 in just eight appearances with three hundreds and a highest score of 194.
He also performed impressively in the T20 format, scoring 436 runs averaging 39.7 with a strike-rate of 164 in the Vitality Blast.
The Yorkshireman’s outstanding performances mean he is on the plane to the T20 World Cup in Australia and in contention for a place in the England side.
Scoring 140 for England Lions against South Africa, Brook’s sensational season earnt him a Test match debut following his involvement in every squad across the summer.
Will Jacks: Surrey/ Oval Invincibles/ England
Jacks has enjoyed a phenomenal season across all formats and is in contention to win the PCA Men’s Domestic Overall MVP on the conclusion of the season, the ultimate statistical prize for match winning contributions across all formats.
The 23-year-old played a pivotal role in helping Surrey on their way to winning the LV= Insurance County Championship, scoring 648 runs at an average of 54.4 with two hundreds, as well as proving his all-round abilities with 17 wickets.
Jacks also starred in the shortest format too, making history by scoring the highest individual total in The Hundred, with an unbeaten 108 against Southern Brave on his way to 261 competition runs at an average of 43.5.
In the Vitality Blast, Jacks scored 449 runs at a strike-rate of 142 with his performances earning him an England debut in Pakistan.
Matthew Potts: Durham/ Northern Superchargers/ England
A brilliant start to the domestic season saw Potts called-up to the England team where he made his Test match debut at Lord’s, taking fantastic figures of 4-13 against New Zealand on his way to the Match MVP.
Potts went on to underline his international class and became a major part of England’s upturn in fortunes, taking 20 wickets at an average of 28 from his five Tests this summer where he also took on India and South Africa. The Durham seamer also made his ODI debut following his impressive start wearing the Three Lions.
The 23-year-old also had a phenomenal LV= Insurance County Championship where he achieved six five-wicket hauls in just 10 matches. Two 10-wicket match hauls were a highlight on his way to 56 wickets at 17.9 with career best figures of 7-40.