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PCA Player of the Year set to be revealed

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The 2014 PCA Player and Young Player of the Year awards are due to take place on
Wednesday evening at Old Billingsgate in London. The nominees have been announced reflecting the successful season of those individuals involved.

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Yorkshire dominance

As expected, Yorkshire are well-represented after capturing the County Championship for the 31st time, with one match remaining, and dominating with both bat and ball.

The Championship's leading run-scorer, Yorkshire's Adam Lyth, is rightly nominated after hitting 1489 runs at an average of over 67 with six centuries included. He will compete for the Player of the Year award with fellow Yorkshireman Jack Brooks who took 68 wickets and was the second leading wicket-taker in Division One.

Alex Lees completes the trio of Yorkshire nominees as he competes for the Young Player of the Year award. Lees has had an excellent breakthrough season for his home county forging a formidable partnership with Lyth and scoring 971 runs at an average of 44 in the process. Lees, like Lyth and Brooks, has been rewarded with a place on the ECB's Performance Programme during the early part of this winter.

Stalwarts

Lyth and Brooks will be competing for the Player of the Year award against Warwickshire's New Zealand spin-bowler Jeetan Patel. Patel helped his county side to runners-up spot in both the County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup as well as success in the NatWest T20 Blast when they used their shorter format name, Birmingham Bears.

In all 34-year-old Patel captured 107 wickets and was the leading wicket-taker in both the One-Day Cup and the T20 Blast. Patel has already captured the award for the Most Valuable Player during the season, narrowly beating Darren Stevens.

Veteran all-rounder Stevens has also been nominated for the overall award. The Kent stalwart has defied his age to compete in all three versions of the game this season to score 1,342 runs and take 81 wickets for his county.

Young players

As well as Lees the Young Player of the Year award will be keenly contested by Durham's
Ben Stokes, last year's winner, Kent wicket-keeper Sam Billings and Somerset's Lewis Gregory.

After a self-inflicted injury had hampered his early season, Stokes underlined his potential with some fantastic performances in the latter stages of the Royal London Cup as he led his side to victory.

The all-rounder, who suffered a string of low scores in an England shirt, smashed a fantastic 164 from just 113 balls in the semi-final and then, in a low scoring final, took 2-25 and hit an unbeaten 38 to guide his side home.

Young Gregory has broken into the Somerset side this season with some encouraging displays whilst Billings underlined his one-day potential with some very good performances in the One Day Cup. Both could seriously challenge for the Young Player award.

However, it will be difficult to look beyond a clean sweep for Yorkshire when the awards are announced on Wednesday evening in London but all nominees are worthy of their selection.

As well as the two awards mentioned there will be a whole host of other awards presented. These will include the ECB special award, PCA special merit award, NatWest T20 Blast player of the year award, Royal London One-Day Cup player of the year award, Sky Sports sixes award, England FTI MVP of the summer, FTI team of the year, Waitrose women's player of the summer and the Investec Test player of the summer award.

Are these the correct nominations or do you think someone else deserves recognition? Who do you think should be rewarded for their efforts this season?

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