AWARDS NIGHT: End of Season Gongs at Hove01-Oct-2013
Sussex County Cricket Club held their annual Awards Evening on Friday night at The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, Hove, following their victory over LV=County Championship winners Durham earlier in the day.
Held in the Montefiore Hospital Boundary Rooms, the Sussex playing staff claimed a host of different gongs and it was Australian overseas player Steve Magoffin that won the Championship Player of the Season Award.
Magoffin took 63 wickets at an average of 21.49 in the LV=County Championship Division One this season, bettering the previous season’s haul of 57.
His best of 8 for 20 came in the incredible two-day win over Somerset at Horsham, with his magical match figures of 12 for 31 also earning him the Performance of the Year Award on the night.
One-Day Player of the Year was awarded to Luke Wright, who scored over 500 runs in the Yorkshire Bank 40 at an average of 62.75, including three hundreds. His form saw him called up to the England One-Day Team for the series with Australia, and he also captained the England Lions in their ODI series with Bangladesh A.
There were also two awards for Chris Jordan in his first season with the County. His 59 Championship wickets saw him win the Most Improved Player of the Year Award, which recognised his incredible first season at Hove in which he made his debut for the England ODI side against Australia last month.
He also claimed the Fielder of the Year Award, with his 22 Championship catches putting him in the top five on the list around the circuit, many of them taken in the slip cordon. Both Jordan and Magoffin were also named in the BBC County Team of the Season and the pair were recognised by BBC Sussex on the evening.
Young Player of the Year was awarded to Matt Machan, who had a significant breakthrough season, making his maiden LV=CC century in the win over Somerset at Taunton, after scoring his first One-Day International hundred for Scotland less than ten days earlier. He also averaged over 64 in the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition and over 30 in the Friends Life t20.
The ‘Champagne Moment of the Year’ went to Joe Gatting for his stunning one-handed catch on the boundary at Lord’s in the FL t20 victory over Middlesex Panthers. Sussex’s Vice-Captain Chris Nash was awarded the Team Man of the Year Award for his contribution off the pitch and in the dressing room throughout the course of the season.
The ‘Agony to Ecstasy’ Award went to the Club’s ever-popular mascot Sid the Shark for his victory in the Mascot Race in the FL t20 Finals Day at Edgbaston, having been disqualified and finished third in the last two seasons respectively.