Warwickshire spinner Jeetan Patel has been named the most valuable player in county cricket in 2015 by the Professional Cricketers’ Association.
Patel becomes the club’s second player to win the prestigious award, after Neil Carter was the recipient in 2010.
The spinner claimed 107 wickets this summer as his side won the T20 Blast on home turf, lost in the final of the Royal London One-Day Cup and finished as runners-up in Division One of the County Championship.
For the third consecutive season, the New Zealand international took more than 50 wickets in four-day cricket. However, Warwickshire were unable to recreate their Championship-winning success of 2012.
Instead they had to settle for second, as Yorkshire won their 31st title. The midlands county recorded consecutive innings victories to maintain pressure on the white rose side, but Jason Gillespie’s team kept their nerve to win the championship with a fixture to spare.
Patel’s 55 wickets in that format came at an average of just 26.13. The 34-year-old reportedly declined the opportunity to join the Kiwis on their tour of the West Indies earlier this year, instead opting to enjoy his cricket at Edgbaston.
Natwest T20 Blast
And it was at Edgbaston that Warwickshire had their most memorable day of the summer. A name change to the ‘Birmingham Bears’ coincided with the county winning their inaugural T20 silverware of 2014.
With the home advantage at Edgbaston, Varun Chopra’s side booked their place in the final after beating Surrey by 16 runs in the last four. The off-spinner made his mark by dismissing dangerman Jason Roy for 58 in the eighth over.
Patel then removed Lancashire skipper Paul Horton for just one in the final as the Bears saw off the challenge of an Andrew Flintoff-inspired side to win by just four runs.
The off-breaker ended the competition with 25 wickets at an average below 13.
Royal London One-Day Cup
But the team weren’t so fortunate in the decider of the Royal London One-Day Cup, despite an inspirational spell of off spin bowling.
Defending a below par total of just 165 was never going to be easy, but Patel’s figures of 4-25 made it a tense run chase for Durham.
The 34-year-old removed Mark Stoneman (52), Keaton Jennings (8), Scott Borthwick (12) and Gordon Muchall (9) all leg before wicket, but was unable to prevent a three-wicket loss.
The PCA decide the winner based on the number of runs scored, wickets taken and catches made, whilst captains and match-winners also earn points that help decide the most valuable player in county cricket.
Patel – who also scored 465 runs in the County Championship – finished ahead of Kent’s Darren Stevens and Jim Allenby of Glamorgan who came second and third respectively.