Lewis Gregory nominated for PCA Young Player of the Year award

Lewis 2Somerset’s Lewis Gregory has been nominated for the PCA Young Player of the Year award.

Last year’s winner Ben Stokes, Kent’s Sam Billings and Yorkshire’s Alex Lees are also in with a chance of lifting the coveted trophy.

The winner will be announced at the PCA Awards on Wednesday 1 October at Old Billingsgate in London. The event will also be broadcast on Sky Sports.

The lavish ceremony is the finale of the domestic cricket calendar, bringing together the stars of the English game along with sponsors and stakeholders for a special night to recognise achievements of the past season.

All monies raised on the night go to the PCA Benevolent Fund. The fund is part of the association’s ongoing commitment to supporting players and their dependents who might be in need of a helping hand to readjust to a world beyond cricket, as well as helping current and past players who may have fallen on hard times or are in need of specialist advice or assistance.

This is the second time 22-year-old Lewis has been shortlisted for a national award this year. He was also one of five nominees for the LV County Championship Breakthrough Player Award, ultimately losing out to Alex Lees.

Lewis, who has recently had his Somerset contract extended until the end of 2016, has had an excellent season.

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In all competitions for Somerset, the former England Under-19 player took 63 wickets and scored 541 runs, despite only playing 22 games due to a hamstring injury. The all-rounder particularly impressed in the LV= County Championship where he claimed 43 wickets at an average of just over 26, including one 10-wicket haul against Northamptonshire in July. He also enjoyed an impressive batting average of just under 30 in the championship and scored an unbeaten 105 in the Royal London One-Day Cup against Durham at Taunton.

Meanwhile the nominees for this year’s prestigious PCA Player of the Year Award, which has previously been won by Somerset’s Marcus Trescothick and Nick Compton, are Jack Brooks and Adam Lyth of Yorkshire, Warwickshire’s Jeetan Patel and Kent’s Darren Stevens.

We wish Lewis all the best and hope he and all the Somerset players have a fantastic night at the award ceremony.