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Kent's Joe Denly named as Professional Cricketers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year

By KentOnline reporter

Joe Denly rounded off an outstanding season in the best possible way by being named the Professional Cricketers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year.

The 32-year-old Kent vice-captain claimed the award ahead of county team-mate Matt Henry and Surrey pair Rory Burns and Rikki Clarke.

He received his trophy at the PCA’s annual end-of-season function at the Roundhouse in Camden on Thursday and admitted it was a proud moment.

Joe Denly Picture: Keith Gillard
Joe Denly Picture: Keith Gillard

Denly, who was also Kent's own player of the year, said: “Being here tonight and being the NatWest PCA Players’ Player of the Year, it’s a very proud day and the ultimate accolade in domestic cricket.

"It’s been a very enjoyable 12 months that’s for sure.

“The last couple of years is about enjoying cricket and having a good understanding of what works for me and what doesn’t, and really sticking to that and enjoying that.

“Playing against fantastic cricketers throughout the years and being recognised for your contribution to your team, and what you achieved in that year is something very special and to be proud of.”

Denly, who was last week named the PCA’s Most Valuable Player, was also presented with the Vitality Blast Player of the Year and Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Year trophies, as well as being selected in the Team of the Year where he was joined by Henry.

Denly's superb season saw him score 1,729 runs, as well as taking 57 wickets with his legspin across all formats of the game, form which earned him a call-up to the England Test squad to tour Sri Lanka next month.

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