Daniel Bell-Drummond won five of nine available men’s accolades at the 2023 Spitfire Kent Cricket Awards, to cap off a stellar season for the right-hander as a Kent cricketer.
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Bell-Drummond scooped up both Men’s Batter of the Year & Spitfire White-Ball Player of the Season, before winning the big prizes of Men’s Players’ Player & Men’s Player of the Year awards.
He also won the WW Martin Moment of the Year for his record-breaking LV= Insurance County Championship innings of 300 not out against Northamptonshire at The County Ground, Northampton.
Bell-Drummond received over 50% of a total amount of votes from Kent’s Members & supporters received during the voting period.
Jack Leaning was named Men’s Fielder of the Year after his outfielding across all formats taking 38 catches in exactly 38 matches. Tawanda Muyeye won Men’s Emerging Player of the Year after scoring is maiden first-class hundred away at Northampton, whilst Joey Evison was named Men’s Young Player of the Year after putting in good performances for Kent across all three formats.
Grant Stewart was named as Men’s Bowler of the Year after breaking the Club record for T20 wickets in a season. His 24 wickets surpassed Yasir Arafat’s haul of 23 in 2008 & Matt Milnes’ 22 in our victorious 2021 T20 year.
For the Women, Tilly Corteen-Coleman won both Women’s Players’ Player & Player of the Year awards after taking seven wickets in five matches at an average of just 15.57 – as well as seeing the Horses over the line in the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ floodlit T20 at The Spitfire Ground this season.
Emily Barrett was named Women’s Emerging Player of the Year & Batter of the Year after averaging 34.00 with the bat, including 74 against Sussex in the Women’s London Championship and a century in the final of the first Kent Women’s Premier League.
Kalea Moore was awarded Women’s Bowler of the Year – she averaged just 8.89 with nine wickets in four matches, including figures of 4-10 in a T20 clash with Oxfordshire in May. Olivia Barnes won Women’s Fielder of the Year.
2023 Spitfire Kent Cricket Awards winners in full:
Men’s awards winners:
- Player of the Year: Daniel Bell-Drummond
- Players’ Player of the Year: Daniel Bell-Drummond
- Young Player of the Year: Joey Evison
- Spitfire White-Ball Player of the Season: Daniel Bell-Drummond
- Batter of the Year: Daniel Bell-Drummond
- Bowler of the Year: Grant Stewart
- Fielder of the Year: Jack Leaning
- Emerging Player of the Year: Tawanda Muyeye
- WW Martin Moment of the Year: Daniel Bell-Drummond’s 300* at Northamptonshire
Women’s awards winners:
- Player of the Year: Tilly Corteen-Coleman
- Players’ Player of the Year: Tilly Corteen-Coleman
- Batter of the Year: Emily Barrett
- Bowler of the Year: Kalea Moore
- Fielder of the Year: Olivia Barnes
- Emerging Player of the Year: Emily Barrett