More silverware for Yorkshire as Bairstow and Leaning pick up awards

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow

Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow has been named player of the year by the Cricket Writers' Club.

Bairstow scooped the County Championship Cricketer of the Year award in association with William Hill, topping the votes after scoring 1,108 runs in just nine games for the title winners.

Those runs, scored at an average of 92, helped him win an England Test recall during the Ashes, completing a hugely successful summer for the 26-year-old.

Another White Rose batsman, 21-year-old Jack Leaning, picked up the young player of the year award, which went to Bairstow in 2011. Bairstow has now become the only player to win both awards in his career.

"It is one of the highlights of my career to have won this award," Bairstow said.

“I am bruised and battered after a hard season, but to win back-to-back titles is a great feeling.

“I’m so pleased to be back in the England set up, there’s an exciting winter ahead.”

Bristol-born Leaning, the son of former Sheffield United goalkeeping coach Andy, beat 18 other nominees having scored 922 Championship runs in 15 appearances.

"I would like thank the cricket writers for backing me for this award - it is great that Yorkshire have taken the honours again," Leaning said.

“I have really enjoyed the season and the completion of my maiden hundred at Trent Bridge has to be the highlight.

Jack Leaning

Jack Leaning

"At times like this you have to say thanks to mum and dad for all the hard work they did in pursuing my dream of playing county cricket."

Joe Root won the young player award in 2012 - meaning four Tykes players have picked up the gong in the last five years.

Yorkshire also did the double last year, when Adam Lyth and Alex Lees picked up the Championship and young player awards respectively.