Bell, Edwards win top ECB awards

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England batsman Ian Bell and England women's captain Charlotte Edwards have been named the ECB's Cricketers of the Year, honoured at an event in The Long Room at Lord's on Monday morning.

England batsman Ian Bell and England women's captain Charlotte Edwards have been named the ECB's Cricketers of the Year, honoured at an event in The Long Room at Lord's on Monday morning.

Bell beat out Joe Root and Stuart Broad to the title, while Edwards won recognition ahead of Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole and Sarah Taylor. Stephen George won the Disability Cricketer of the Year award, while under 19 skipper Will Rhodes won the Development Programme gong.

Bell's award came as a result of the three tons he scored against Australia when the Ashes were played in England, as well as passing 1000 Test runs in the year, an achievement he was proud of.

He said at Lord's: "It is something to be proud of, for sure. There were other outstanding performances throughout the year too, even if the winter didn't go to plan.

"Only Michael Clarke and I passed 1,000 Test runs for the year, so that is an achievement in itself. It is only the second time I've done it in my career."

ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: "These awards are always fiercely contested and represent a huge accolade for the individuals concerned. Our congratulations go to all our award winners for their outstanding efforts on behalf of England teams over the past 12 months."

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