Mark Chilton has been named the 2009 Thwaites Lancaster Bomber Player of the Year at Lancashire County Cricket Club's annual black-tie awards evening held on Tuesday in the club's Gold Marquee.
The 32-year old, made his first team debut way back in 1997 and this is the first time he has won this prestigious Player of the Year Award. Since making his debut, Mark has played 400 matches for Lancashire scoring 13,239 runs taking 199 catches.
Chilton captained the club for three seasons from 2005 - 2007, making the difficult decision to step down to focus on his own form. After a tough 2008, Mark spent the winter in Australia playing for Melbourne University and returned with a freshness which has seen him play some of the best cricket of his career.
During the 2009 domestic season, Mark played in all but one match for Lancashire and captained the one-day side when Glen Chapple was missing through injury. He scored a total of 1306 runs in all competitions, finishing with a first-class average of 48.56 and took 22 catches.
Head Coach Peter Moores had the following to say about this year’s Player of the Year, Mark Chilton; “Mark thoroughly deserves this accolade. Not only has been one of our most prolific batsmen this season, but his overall contribution and his captaincy in the absence of Glen Chapple is testament to the type of cricketer and clubman he is.
“Chilly has been an ever present for us this season, playing an important role in all four competitions. His calm, yet positive nature, and his professional work ethic are qualities a coach looks for in all players. And with a younger squad this season, I’ve looked towards the more experienced players in the squad to set the tone and Mark’s approach to his cricket this year has been first-class.”
For the second year in a row, Glen Chapple won the “University of Salford Championship Player of the Year”. Although he missed four matches through injury, Chapple still took 35-wickets at 25.25 and scored 390 runs with an impressive average of 32.50. During the final LV= County Championship match of the season, Glen showed why at 35 years-of-age he is still arguably the most effective bowler in county cricket, taking 6-19 off 14.4 overs including 6 maidens.
All-rounder Tom Smith walked away with the “Hill Dickinson One-Day Player of the Year” award for his outstanding performances in this year’s three one-day domestic competitions. This season, new Head Coach Peter Moores promoted the Chorley-born Smith to opener in all formats, a role in which he took too very well. Across all three limited over competitions, the 23-year-old scored 532 runs, took 17 wickets and was named Man of the Match on three occasions.
Left-arm spinner, Stephen Parry was named the “Chewits Young Player of the Year” during a breakthrough season for the 22-year-old from Manchester. After joining the Lancashire Academy in 2004, he was offered his first professional contract in 2008. This season, Stephen made his first team debut in both one-day and championship cricket, but it was in the limited over format where he really made his mark taking 23-wickets.
In a season when Lancashire’s fielding was first-class, the “New Balance Champagne Moment of the Year” was hotly contested. However, it was Steven Croft’s catch to discuss Michael Vaughan during Lancashire’s Twenty20 Cup match against Yorkshire Carnegie at Old Trafford which the judges couldn’t overlook as the Moment of the Year.
Everyone that cast a vote for this year's 2009 Thwaites Lancaster Bomber Player of the Year went into the draw to win a bat signed by the 2009 squad including Andrew Flintoff and James Anderson. This was drawn on the night and the winner is ... Mrs Kathleen Smith.
Click here to watch season highlight packages shown at this year's ceremony.