Gibson named County Player of the Year

Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 18:32 [IST]
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London: Durham's veteran West Indian all-rounder Ottis Gibson has been named as the player of the year by his fellow professionals in English county cricket.

Gibson, 38, beat off tough competition from Pakistan's Mushtaq Ahmed, who spun Sussex to another county championship triumph, to claim the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) award.

Gibson took 80 wickets for Durham as they finished runners-up to Sussex, including all 10 in an innings against Hampshire.

He also helped the county to two one-day titles - the Friends Provident Trophy and NatWest Pro40 (Sunday league) Division Two - and has been rewarded with a request to fill in as England's fast-bowling consultant for the one-day tour of Sri Lanka which begins this week, with Allan Donald unavailable.

Yorkshire's teenage leg-spinning all-rounder Adil Rashid was named the PCA's young player of the year, adding to the Cricket Writers' award he picked up earlier this month.

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