Tom named PCA Young Player of the Year

Tom Banton has picked up yet another award after being named the PCA Young Player of the Year at the 50th NatWest PCA Awards ceremony.

Tom received the John Arlott Cup after being recognised for his outstanding form throughout the 2019 season.

His 549 runs in this year’s Vitality Blast were bettered only by his opening partner Babar Azam (578). He also hit a memorable maiden T20 hundred against Kent in August, which helped him to scoop his first PCA Player of the Month award.

The 20-year-old also hit 454 runs at 41.27 to help Somerset win the Royal London One-Day Cup at Lord’s in May.

Claiming the PCA Young Player of the Year award ahead of James Bracey, Zak Crawley and DomSibley, Tom will board the plane to New Zealand with the England T20 squad in the knowledge that he is following in the footsteps of previous winners such as Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff and Michael Atherton.

After receiving the PCA Young Player of the Year award, Tom said: “I’m very grateful and thankful to those guys who voted for me. I never expected it looking at the other nominees. I’m very thankful for the award.

“If someone had told me that I would’ve had a season like this at the start of the year I wouldn’t have believed them. I’ve altered some technical faults that I had at the beginning of the year with the help of Marcus Trescothick and he has helped me a lot this year. He’s made me believe I can go all the way.

“To have my name on the John Arlott Cup is a special feeling. As a youngster I’ve looked up to so many of the previous winners and tried to be like them. Some of these players are my idols so it’s nice to know they have won it before me. Also, these players are some of the very best, so you never know what can happen. If I keep working hard I could follow them.”

Also on the night England all-rounder Ben Stokes capped off his summer of a lifetime by picking up the Reg Hayter Cup for the NatWest PCA Players’ Player of the Year whilst Sophie Ecclestone claimed the award for the NatWest Women’s Player of the Summer prize.

Last night’s success follows on from Tom’s success at the annual Cricket Writers lunch where he was named as Young Cricketer of the year

Awards images courtesy of Getty Images

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