CRICKET: Ed Joyce and Ciara Metcalfe win top awards

Ireland's Ed Joyce
Ireland's Ed Joyce

Cricket Ireland stars Ed Joyce and Ciara Metcalfe have been rewarded for impressive international seasons by being named winners of the top prizes at the 2016 KPC Group Cricket Ireland Awards.

Joyce fought off tough competition from Kevin O’Brien and Tim Murtagh to claim the KPC Group International Men’s Player of the Year award.

He scored 522 runs during the qualification period at an average of 58, scoring two centuries against Afghanistan. It’s a hat-trick for Joyce, who previously won the award in 2013 and 2015.

Metcalfe scooped the Cricketshop.ie International Women’s Player of the Year award, beating off the challenge of Isobel Joyce and Kim Garth.

The Hills’ leg-spinner Metcalfe was rewarded after an excellent season which saw her take 22 wickets at just 15.59, helping Ireland to wins over both South Africa and Bangladesh.

She also took 4 for 15 against Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup.

Full List of Award Winners:

KPC Group International Men’s Player of the Year – Ed Joyce

Cricketshop.ie International Women’s Player of the Year – Ciara Metcalfe.

Aengus Fanning Sunday Independent International Emerging Player of the Year – Barry McCarthy

Flogas Junior Player of the Year - Lorcan Tucker

Shapoorji Pallonji Academy Player of the Year - Josh Little

Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Player of the Year – John Anderson

Toyota Super 3’s Player of the Year - Eimear Richardson

O’Neills Club Player of the Year – John Anderson

Notts Sport Coach of the Year – Rob O’Connor.

IAA Official of the Year - Paul Reynolds

Tildenet Club of the Year – Cork County

Oasis Group Volunteer of the Year - Herbie Honohan

Gibneys Outstanding Contribution to Irish Cricket Award - Eddie Lewis

Cricket Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame - Paul Jackson