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