Anderson takes top award

Skipper Edwards scoops gong after averaging over 50 with the bat

Last Updated: 15/05/12 7:52am

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James Anderson has seen off competition from Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook to be named England's cricketer of the year for 2011-12.

The Lancashire seamer has enjoyed a stellar 12 months in international cricket, rising to fifth on England's all-time list of Test wicket-takers.

"I have been pleased with my performances over the last year and was delighted with the way I bowled on the recent tour of Sri Lanka - but I take even greater pleasure from being part of such a successful England team."
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His 21 victims helped clinch a 4-0 series sweep against India on home soil, while the 29-year-old was also England's best bowler during the winter tours to the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka.

Anderson was presented with the award at a special dinner held in the Long Room at Lord's on Monday ahead of the first Test against West Indies.

"I am flattered to win this award and would like to thank everyone who voted for me," he said.

"I have been pleased with my performances over the last year and was delighted with the way I bowled on the recent tour of Sri Lanka - but I take even greater pleasure from being part of such a successful England team."

Broad had to make do with picking up the 'Fans' Moment of the Year' award, voted for by members of ECB's Twelfth Man fan community, for his hat-trick against India at Trent Bridge last summer.

Edwards honoured

England captain Charlotte Edwards scooped the women's honour following an outstanding year in which she averaged over 50 with the bat. She also saw her team complete a clean sweep of series wins at home and abroad.

"It's an honour to receive this award," Edwards said. "I'm really pleased to have contributed to the team's victories.

"Our success over the last 12 month is testament to contributions from the whole team and we look forward to that continuing in the exciting season ahead."

Meanwhile, Kent batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond was named the inaugural England Development Programme cricketer of the year gong ahead of Kent team-mate Adam Ball, Essex's Ben Foakes and Sam Wood of Nottinghamshire.

Bell-Drummond's is now England's all-time highest run-scorer in One-Day Internationals at Under-19 level having made his debut at the tender age of 16.

The disability cricketer of the year was named as Callum Rigby - a 19-year-old bowler from Telford, Shropshire.

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