1st XI Player of the Year Awards 2022

1st XI Player of the Year Awards 2022

29 Aug 2022


As befits recent tradition, Cheshire celebrated their player of the year awards during their last game of the season.

Tucked away on the outskirts of Bournemouth, three awards were presented on the second evening of the game with Dorset.

Battling with a backdrop of Manchester United v Liverpool on the main screen (and just about winning!), Chairman David Bailey thanked the squad and committee for their efforts across a significant season which saw the County reach the T20 semi finals, just miss out on progressing from the group stages of the KO Trophy and recover dramatically to finish third in the Western Division 1 Championship table.

David highlighted the involvement of Team Manager Pete Babbage who was kept away from the last game due to a family illness.

Batsman of the year award went to Rob Sehmi who had an outstanding season - the only National Counties batsman to exceed 1,000 in the season (which he achieved passing 40 in the last game). He hit 1020 runs in all, averaging 51 with a highest score of 108. There were eleven 50s and a hundred. Rob played in all 18 games across the season, bar the Showcase Game with Warwickshire after breaking a thumb against Herefordshire.   

David Wainwright took bowling honours with 27 wickets from four championship games as well as  scoring 311 runs - including hugely significant scores of  89* and 63* in the crucial win over Berkshire. He was also presented with a memento from te 'game of the season' - the ball from the game at Nantwich!

Traditionally Elise Scrimgeour presents a special award too in memory of husband Sandy who spent many years managing the side. For 2022 it was presented to Oulton Park off spinner, Andy Dufty who emerged strongly in the second half of the season and had that memorable performance at Nantwich, bowling 11 overs, 10 maidens for four wickets for two runs.