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Joyce lifts Player of the Year award for a third time

By Ian Callender

Ed Joyce was named the International Player of the Year for the third time in four years as Leinster swept the boards at the annual Cricket Ireland Awards lunch. Joyce, who remains undecided about his future with Sussex, was present at the ceremony in Dublin on crutches, after undergoing knee surgery last week. He scored 522 runs at an average of 58 this year, including two match-winning centuries against Afghanistan.

Fellow international John Anderson, who hit a century in Merrion's Irish Cup final win over Waringstown, claimed both the Club Player of the Year and Inter-Provincial player of the season, although CIYMS' Jacob Mulder won the three-day award.

Paul Jackson was this year's inductee into the Cricket Ireland Hall of Fame. The former Civil Service North wicket-keeper was Ireland captain 25 times and won 87 caps from 1981-94.

Award winners: Junior Player of Year: Lorcan Tucker; Academy Player of Year: Josh Little; Official of Year: Paul Reynolds; Volunteer of Year: Herbie Hanohan (Wexford); Club Player of Year: John Anderson; Coach of Year: Rob O'Connor; Super 3s Player of Year: Eimear Richardson; Inter-pro Player of Year: John Anderson; Outstanding Contribution to Cricket: Eddie Lewis; Hall of Fame: Paul Jackson; Club of Year: Cork County; Emerging Player of Year: Barry McCarthy; International Player of Year: Women's: Ciara Metcalfe; Men's: Ed Joyce.

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