Wicket-keeper Tom Moores led the way at Nottinghamshire’s end of season awards dinner at Trent Bridge tonight, picking up two of the prizes on offer.
The 22-year-old capped off his first full season behind the stumps for the Green and Golds by being awarded both Player of the Season and Uncapped Player of the Season for 2018 and described what the honour meant to him.
"I feel in a really privileged position to win this award. The more you play, the more confident you get, I just try and show everyone what I can do and thankfully this season it’s paid off," said Moores.
"I try and put the lads in a good position to win, we all want to win trophies, and the lads couldn’t have been any better at welcoming me in. I’ve loved every minute of it."
Moores was consistent throughout the year, hitting career best scores in all three formats, including his maiden First-Class century against Somerset at Taunton, whilst averaging over 30 with the bat in both the T20 Vitality Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup.
Behind the stumps, the youngster also claimed 39 dismissals in the County Championship.
Winner of the Specsavers County Championship Player of the Season, presented by Head Coach Peter Moores, was Luke Fletcher after taking 38 wickets at an average of 25.71 across 13 matches with the red ball.
The Bulwell Bomber also claimed career best bowling figures of 5-27 in April against Worcestershire at New Road and the popular bowler joked that he was excited to win his "first award since I won most improved player with Bulwell Rangers under 11s."
"The last two years in particular I have loved playing cricket," said Fletcher. "The club has invested really well and I’m excited for next season. There are a lot of talented players around to help us go on and hopefully win the division."
Club captain Steven Mullaney took home the Royal London One-Day Cup Player of the Season following a solid year with both bat and ball in the 50-over format.
The all-rounder’s average of 58 topped the batting table for the Outlaws after hitting 406 runs in total whilst also finishing with an economy rate of 4.62 and the skipper is looking forward to 2019 already.
"We've signed four quality players and with Coggers (Paul Coughlin) coming back in, I think we've got the base of a squad which can do some special things over the next few years," said Mullaney.
Chosen as Vitality Blast Player of the Season was Harry Gurney, who has shown consistency in a mixed season for the Outlaws, finishing with 20 wickets and an economy rate of 7.63.
The award was presented by Head Coach Peter Moores, with Gurney commenting, "I love T20 and playing the role in the death that I did this year, and if you do that job you have to be prepared to be the hero or the villain."
Finally, all-rounder Lyndon James received the Academy Player of the Season award, with impressive performances for the Second XI culminating in his senior debut for Notts against Essex at Trent Bridge, during which he took figures of 3-54 to put the home side back into the game.
The 19-year-old said, "I couldn't believe it when I was asked by the captain (Steven Mullaney) to make my debut, I thought he was joking. It's been amazing to make my frst appearance this season."
Full List of Award Recipients
Specsavers Championship Player of the Season 2018 – Luke Fletcher
Royal London One Day Cup Player of the Season 2018 – Steve Mullaney
Vitality Blast T20 Player of the Season 2018 – Harry Gurney
Academy Player of the Season 2018 - Lyndon James
Uncapped Player of the Season 2018 - Tom Moores
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club Player of the Season 2018 – Tom Moores
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