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Quartet nominated for PCA award

Moeen Ali, Michael Hogan, Samit Patel and Graham Onions have been nominated for the NatWest PCA Player of the Year award, which will be decided on Thursday.

Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley and James Vince will contest the Young Player of the Year category at the annual event that raises money for the PCA Benevolent Fund.

All-rounder Moeen Ali impressed with both bat and ball for Worcestershire, scoring over 2,000 runs and taking 55 wickets Worcestershire’s Moeen, who has already won the FTI MVP award, has scored over 2,000 runs and taken 55 wickets across all formats of the game this season. His career-best 250 against Glamorgan was one of four hundreds and helped earn him a place in the England Performance Squad’s tour of Australia this winter.The event, run by the PCA in association with NatWest and the ECB, will see 12 awards in total handed out at the Roundhouse.

Hogan’s debut season for Glamorgan having moved over from Australia saw him claim 103 wickets in all formats, 67 of which came in the LV= County Championship. The 32-year-old took 28 in the Yorkshire Bank 40 as Glamorgan finished runners-up to Notts Outlaws.

Patel was a key figure in that YB40 final, taking 3-21 as Nottinghamshire won by 87 runs at Lord’s. The all-rounder shone in all formats of the game, scoring over 1,800 runs and helping himself to 57 wickets. He finished runner-up to Moeen in the MVP rankings in the closest finish in the award’s history.

Onions helped Durham to their third championship title by claiming 70 wickets in his 12 appearances, more than any other bowler. He claimed five five-wicket hauls and chipped in with 17 wickets in the shorter formats of the game.

In the young player category, Yorkshire’s Root scored over 1,400 runs in all formats and opened for England during the successful Ashes series against Australia. His maiden ton against Australia was a magnificent 180 at Lord’s, months after completing his first international century against New Zealand at home ground Headingley.

Reece Topley caused numerous problems for batsmen throughout the campaign, taking 47 championship wickets and 86 in totalStokes shone for Durham's successful four-day side. The all-rounder contributed 42 wickets and 615 runs to Durham’s title-winning campaign. But it was in the shorter format of the game he made his name on the international stage, taking a five-wicket haul in the final one-day international against Australia. He will travel to Australia this winter with the Test side as they seek to retain the Ashes once more.

Essex’s Topley will be travelling down under with the EPP after taking 48 wickets in his first full championship campaign. The giant left-arm seamer ended the season with 86 scalps in all competitions, 21 of which came in his side’s Friends Life t20 campaign that ended in a semi-final defeat.

Vince was another who helped his side reach the semi-finals of the FLt20. He compiled over 2,000 runs in all formats, helping Hampshire to the last four of both one-day competitions. He completed hundreds on four occasions as he passed 1,000 runs in four-day cricket.

Nominees for NatWest PCA Player of the Year:

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire):

Michael Hogan (Glamorgan):

Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire):

Graham Onions (Durham):

Nominees for NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year:

Joe Root (Yorkshire):

Ben Stokes (Durham):

Reece Topley (Essex):

James Vince (Hampshire):

The full list of awards to be presented are:

ECB Special Award

PCA Special Merit Award, sponsored by Brit Insurance

Friends Life t20 Player of the Year Award

Yorkshire Bank 40 Player of the Year Award

LV= County Championship Player of the Year Award

England FTI MVP of the Summer

NatWest ODI Player of the Summer

Investec Test Player of the Summer

Sky Sports Sixes League Winner

FTI Team of the Year

John Arlott Cup for the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year

Reg Hayter Cup for the NatWest PCA Player of the Year

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