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Worcestershire celebrate season at New Road awards ceremony

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Worcestershire County Cricket Club celebrated their hugely successful season at their annual awards ceremony at New Road on Friday night.

The Midlands club have enjoyed a summer to remember as they gained promotion from Division Two of the County Championship, narrowly missing out on the title by three points, and also reached the knock-out phase of the T20 Blast.

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Individuals 

In addition to the club's success there have been individuals who have also excelled. Not least Moeen Ali who has performed well for England and has emerged as a player who England are looking at as a key part of their future plans in all formats of the game.

As well as high profile players, such as Ali and the now banned Saeed Ajmal, the club have also enjoyed some consistent performances from their regular county players and newcomers to the side.

Captain Daryl Mitchell has enjoyed a wonderful summer. He scored over 1,300 Championship runs at an average of 58 and scored five centuries in the process. He was also the leading Worcestershire run-scorer in the T20 Blast with 372 runs.

Not only has he personally performed but he has also led the county with distinction all summer. To cap off his fine season he was awarded the Dick Lygon award for his outstanding contribution to the club off the field and also for being regarded as the best team player.

Presentation 

Mitchell summed up the presentation evening in a tweet on Saturday morning, when he said: "Fantastic night at the @WorcsCCC awards last night, fitting way to end a fantastic summer! Well done all the lads, roll on 2015 #COYP"

As well as captain Mitchell youngster Charlie Morris enjoyed great recognition on the night as he took home both the Players' Player of the Year and also the Young Player of the Year award.

In his first full season the 22-year-old fast-bowler took 52 wickets in his 16 Championship games and spearheaded the fast bowling department with new-ball colleague Jack Shantry.

Shantry, who took 56 Championship wickets, was awarded the Kenyon award which is given to the player who has contributed most to a Worcestershire victory. Against Surrey in the Championship Shantry produced a fantastic all-round display hitting 101 from just 89 balls and finishing the match with figures of 10-131 which turned the match in Worcester's favour.

Youngster Morris summed up his delight with his very own tweet on Saturday when he said;

"Hugely honoured to have received players player and young player of the season at @WorcsCCC awards last night. Great season for the club!.."

All in all Worcestershire have endured a fantastic season and will hope that all their star players of 2014 winter well and return in good shape for the 2015 season which will prove to be a testing year in Division One of the County Championship.

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