Worcestershire Women’s Rapids player Sarah Glenn has capped her meteoric rise with England by being crowned as the NatWest PCA Women’s Player Of The Year.
Glenn did not make her international debut until last December but has been an outstanding success with the ball and also made useful contributions with the bat.
Her NatWest Award follows on from her this week being named Player of The Series in England’s 5-0 whitewash of the West Indies in the Vitality IT20 Series in her native Derby.
Glenn’s success underlined the next wave of young women’s talent emerging within England and Wales as she claimed the award ahead of her England captain Heather Knight and all-rounder Nat Sciver.
Fellow spinner, Sophie Ecclestone, had won the award for the past two years.
Glenn said: “It’s an honour to win the NatWest PCA Women’s Player of the Year award. It’s pretty special that it was voted for by the girls. To know that I’ve won it and deserved it is very special.
“It’s taken me by surprise as well how quickly things have escalated.
“I have loved every moment of it and tried not to look too far ahead in every game. Anything I’ve been unsure about I’ve just asked the girls so credit to them as well.”
England all-rounder Chris Woakes lifted the NatWest PCA Men’s Player Of The Year award.
Woakes claimed the Reg Hayter Cup for the first time following another consistently excellent summer, highlighted by his match-winning unbeaten 84 against Pakistan in the first Test at Emirates Old Trafford.
Zak Crawley has won the Vitality PCA Young Player of the Year following a rookie England season in which the 22-year-old underlined his growing reputation with a double century against Pakistan in the third Test at The Ageas Bowl.
The players’ fellow professionals vote on the coveted awards and, while the global pandemic prevented the usual pomp and ceremony for the 51st NatWest PCA Awards, this summer’s honours were given added significance by the inclusion of the NatWest Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCAs).
The NatWest OSCAs, which were established in 2003, highlight the valuable efforts of volunteers who have gone abxove and beyond to connect clubs with their communities during a challenging summer for the recreational game.