In­gram ends with an awards dou­ble

South Wales Echo - - SPORTS -

COLIN In­gram capped a sen­sa­tional sea­son for Glam­or­gan by pick­ing up two awards at the club’s end of sea­son awards cer­e­mony last night.

The South African walked away with the Player of the Year and One-Day Player of the Year gongs fol­low­ing an out­stand­ing cam­paign across all three for­mats.

The big-hit­ting left-han­der smashed 1,698 runs in all cricket dur­ing 2017, in­clud­ing seven hun­dreds, and was piv­otal to Glam­or­gan’s white-ball suc­cess in a sea­son which saw the Welsh County reach T20 Fi­nals Day for the first time since 2004.

Two cen­turies in that mem­o­rable T20 Blast cam­paign typ­i­fied In­gram’s ag­gres­sive ap­proach, which has borne fruit for Glam­or­gan in re­cent years.

And the county will no doubt be de­lighted to have se­cured his ser­vices for two more sea­sons in white-ball cricket af­ter In­gram was named man of the match in Glam­or­gan’s com­pre­hen­sive quar­ter-fi­nal win against Le­ices­ter­shire Foxes. The 32-year old thumped 70 from just 43 balls that night to pro­pel Glam­or­gan to the Edg­bas­ton semi-fi­nals.

In­gram’s out­stand­ing per­for­mances in lim­ited overs cricket be­gan in the 50-over Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup. He topped the run scor­ing charts in that com­pe­ti­tion, hit­ting 564 runs which in­cluded an­other three hun­dreds. The for­mer South Africa in­ter­na­tional is also nom­i­nated for two more prizes at the NatWest PCA Awards next week, in­clud­ing for over­all county Player of the Year.

But In­gram’s feats weren’t just lim­ited to white-ball cricket. Fac­ing a starstud­ded Not­ting­hamshire at­tack, he pro­duced a mem­o­rable match-sav­ing in­nings in part­ner­ship with Chris Cooke, where he bat­ted seven min­utes short of 10 hours and faced 427 deliveries dur­ing a per­sonal county best 155 not out.

Cooke was also named Glam­or­gan’s County Cham­pi­onship Player of the Year in his first full sea­son as the county’s front­line wicket-keeper, fol­low­ing in­jury in 2016, He took 39 catches and av­er­aged al­most 45 runs with the bat.

Cooke’s record 168 run sev­enth wicket part­ner­ship with Jacques Ru­dolph set up vic­tory for Glam­or­gan against Worces­ter­shire af­ter they had been re­duced to 56/6, while he scored 113 not out dur­ing his mam­moth 226 run part­ner­ship with In­gram against Notts.

With 35 Cham­pi­onship wick­ets in his first pro­fes­sional sea­son with Glam­or­gan, Lukas Carey was re­warded with the 2017 Young Player of the Year Award. The Car­marthen­born quick burst onto the scene last year when he ter­rorised Northants and Eng­land star Ben Duck­ett, and con­tin­ued his fine form in 2017.

The young seamer opened the bowl­ing for much of the sea­son and trou­bled bats­men up and down the coun­try with his move­ment of the new ball. He also made de­buts in both the Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup and T20 Blast.

Kieran Bull col­lected the 2nd XI Player of the Year Award, while a spe­cial recog­ni­tion award was pre­sented to Jacques Ru­dolph fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment af­ter four years with Glam­or­gan. Ru­dolph en­joyed a very suc­cess­ful white-ball sea­son for Glam­or­gan, where he cap­tained the side to T20 Fi­nals Day but his in­flu­ence has been per­haps most ben­e­fi­cial within the dress­ing room help­ing to nur­ture young Welsh tal­ents like Carey, Bull, Aneurin Don­ald and An­drew Sal­ter.

An en­joy­able even­ing was con­cluded as head coach Robert Croft was in­ducted into the Glam­or­gan Hall of Fame. He re­mains the only Glam­or­gan player to do the dou­ble of 10,000 runs and 1,000 wick­ets in first-class cricket and with 411 vic­tims, is also the county’s lead­ing List A wicket-taker.

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