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Jon Riley 17th Sep 2012 - 13:58

Top Bat Compton Scoops William Hill Award

Nick Compton has this afternoon been unveiled as the inaugural winner of the William Hill County Championship Player Of The Year.

The Somerset batsman was presented with his award by William Hill's Head of Business Integration, Andrew Lee in front of 200 guests at the annual Cricket Writers' Club Lunch, which took place at the Plaisterers' Hall in London.

Compton, grandson of the dashing batsman Denis Compton - who played for England either side of the World War II - had a season to remember in 2012.

The 29-year-old came so close to achieving the rare feat of 1000 first-class runs before the end of May. In the end, he missed out by a single day but at least had the consolation of reaching the landmark figure quicker than anyone had done for 24 years.

Compton's momentous season ended in appropriate fashion as he returned from injury to score 155 not out in Somerset's final fixture, helping them to victory over Worcestershire last week.

His overall tally of 1191 runs in Division One of the County Championship came at an exceptional average of 99.25.

Compton landed the William Hill County Championship Player Of The Year award after receiving the most votes from full members of the Cricket Writers' Club.

Compton said: "I am greatly honoured to receive this award. I intend to continue to do all I can to develop further, and through sheer weight of runs. aim to press my case for England inclusion.

"Hopefully I can be an example that late developers can flourish on the biggest stage, and that what one learns down some of the toughest roads can prove more valuable than having a gilded path through life."

In response, the Cricket Writers' Club chairman Pat Gibson said: "In a bowlers' summer, Nick Compton's performance was quite outstanding. His grandfather, who was chairman of the Cricket Writers' Club in 1978, would have been proud of him."

This afternoon Compton received a perpetual trophy - that will be exhibited in the Writing Room of the Lord's Pavilion - and an inscribed silver salver, which is his to keep.

Rupert Adams media relations manager for William Hill, said: "William Hill is delighted to support this award and we congratulate our inaugural winner Nick Compton on his exceptional run-scoring feats in 2012.

"Nick has enjoyed a magnificent season and he has set a very high standard for the award as regards the seasons to come."







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