Australian seamer Michael Hogan has scooped the top accolade at the Glamorgan annual end of season awards.
The 32-year-old picked up the player of the year trophy at Tuesday’s night’s dinner at the Towers hotel in Jersey Marine, near Swansea, to mark a memorable debut summer with the Welsh county.
Hogan became the first Glamorgan bowler to take more than 100 wickets in all competitions since fellow Australian Michael Kasprowicz in 2003.
His final return was 103 victims with 67 county championship wickets resulting in him finishing as the third leading wicket-taker in the country behind Worcestershire veteran Alan Richardson and Durham’s England fast bowler Graham Onions. Hogan’s four-day tally was supplemented by 28 wickets on the YB40 path to a Lord’s final and eight more in the Twenty20 tournament.
Hogan, who has signed a new deal that takes until the end of the 2016 season, beat off the challenge of all-rounder Jim Allenby and former Zimbabwe batsman Murray Goodwin who both scored more than 1,200 first-class runs. Both players were recognised with Allenby scooping the one-day award, while Goodwin was handed the county championship accolade.
Allenby, who has signed a deal until 2017, was the leading runs scorer in the T20 tournament and his man-of-the-match display of an unbeaten 74 and two wickets against Hampshire in the YB40 Southampton semi-final inspired Glamorgan to their first Lord’s final in 13 years where they lost to Notts by 87 runs.
Goodwin, who wants a new two-year deal after his stunning Glamorgan debut season, top scored with 1,263 runs, which included four centuries.
His overall tally was the fourth highest in Division Two behind Moeen Ali, Darren Stevens and Ned Eckersley.
Pembrokeshire spinner Andrew Salter claimed the young player of the year award after taking a county championship wicket with his first Glamorgan delivery against Leicestershire at Swansea in August.
Salter became only the third bowler in the county’s history to achieve this feat, although teenage all-rounder Ruaidhri Smith also emulated this achievement a few weeks later.
Dressing room attendant Roger Skyrme was again handed the clubman of the year award.
The overall academy accolade was handed to Jack Murphy while Kieran Bull picked up the most improved academy player.
Jayden Goodwin was given the Cricket Wales player of the year, while South Wales Premier League champions Mumbles and second team victors Newport were also recognised. Bridgend picked up the fair play award.
Hogan completed the double as he also picked up the St Helens’s Balconiers player of the year award, while North Wales batsman David Lloyd was named as the second team winner.
Fast bowler Mike Reed, who took 38 first-class wickets this summer, was handed the Gerry Munday most improved young player.
There was further recognition from the St Helen’s Balconiers for Allenby who won the 2012 Cricket Society’s Wetherall Award (leading all-rounder in County Championship Cricket) as well as to Simon Jones following his retirement from first-class cricket.
Landmark recognition awards were presented to Salter and Smith for each taking a wicket with their maiden delivery in the county championship. No Glamorgan bowler had done this for 56 years and only two in Glamorgan’s history Jack Johns and Billy Davies.
Graham Wagg’s best-ever bowling figures in T20 was recognised after he claimed five for 14 for Glamorgan versus Worcestershire at New Road, beating Ryan Watkins five for 16 v Gloucestershire in 2009 and also to Dean Cosker for taking 500 first-class wickets when he dismissed Sam Northeast.
Only 16 others have reached this milestone so far in their first-class career, four of them in attendance at the function including President Don Shepherd (2174 wickets), Robert Croft (1032), Malcolm Nash (991) and Steve Watkin (861).
The St Helen’s Balconiers also handed a cheque for the club to Glamorgan chairman Barry O’Brien for £19,000.
Meanwhile, Hogan has also been nominated for the NatWest PCA Player of the Year alongside Moeen Ali, Samit Patel and Onions.
The nominees for the young player of the year are Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley and James Vince.