Kent“s player of the season, Darren Stevens (pictured), received further recognition of his fine season on Thursday evening, when he was named in the Professional Cricketers Association team of 2010.
The all-rounder had another superb season at the St Lawrence Ground, amassing 979 LV=county championship runs at an average of 42.56, and was also prolific in the shorter form of the game – averaging 41 runs in 13 t20 outings. Stevens also performed wonders with the ball in his hand as he became Kent“s main strike bowler towards the end of the season; sending down long spells with the new ball. The medium-pacer ended up with 28 first-class victims to go alongside 12 t20 wickets as he continues to be a vital part of the Kent outfit.
The 2010 season also brought some long-awaited international recognition when he was called up to the England Lions squad. The former Leicestershire man didn“t disappoint either as he topped the Three Lions batting averages in a Triangular One-Day series win over India and the West Indies“ second-string sides.
In other awards handed out by the PCA, Warwickshire“s Neil Carter walked away with the Player of the Year award (won in 2008 by Kent“s Martin van Jaarsveld), while Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth picked up the Young Player of the Year honour.
PCA Team of the Year 2010: James Adams (Hampshire), Marcus Trescothick (Somerset, captain), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire & England), James Hildreth (Somerset), Darren Stevens (Kent), Steven Davies (Surrey & England, wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire & England), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire & England), Neil Carter (Warwickshire), Alfonso Thomas (Somerset).