George Dockrell is the Ireland international player of the year. The slow left-armer, who was named the ICC’s top Associate player last month, added the Cricket Writers of Ireland award at their annual dinner in Malahide last night.
In a year dominated by Twenty20 cricket, Dockrell took a quarter of his 37 wickets in his only Intercontinental Cup game, against Kenya, but of his remaining 25 games for Ireland, 21 were in the shortest format, culminating at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka where he took the wicket of Australia’s David Warner.
Dockrell is still just 20 years old, and two years younger than last year’s winner Paul Stirling. He received his prize from sponsor Rangan Arulchevan, owner of the Russell Court Hotel in Dublin.
Stirling received the CWI’s award for Outstanding Performance of the Year for his match winning innings against Afghanistan in the final of the World Twenty20 qualifying tournament in Dubai, when he scored 79 off 38 balls.
The Port Hotel Young Player of the year was won by Instonians batsman James Shannon, who made an impressive start to his international career this season, while the Ulster Bank Club Player of the Year was awarded to Johnny Thompson, the Brigade all-rounder, who scored 803 runs and took 56 wickets.
The CWI also made a special presentation to Clare Shillington, the 31-year-old Ulster-born player, who this year became the first woman to play 100 times for Ireland.
Special guests at last night’s dinner were Gary Wilson and Ireland captain William Porterfield after completing the second leg of their Big Bike Ride.
The international team-mates are cycling the length of Ireland (380 miles) in five days to raise money for Cancer Research, following the death of Wilson’s mother in April this year.
The pair left Cork on Tuesday morning and arrived in Malahide last night, via Kilkenny. They will continue to Armagh today and Londonderry tomorrow before finishing in Belfast on Saturday where they will be greeted by Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson.
A Dinner will be held in the Europa Hotel on Saturday night with two season tickets for The Oval as the main prize in an auction which will complete the week of fund-raising.
Donations in support of Gary can be made at www.justgiving.|com/Gary-Wilson14 or by text to 70070 with the code CRIC50 and the amount of the donation.