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Yorkshire’s Joe Root and Somerset’s Nick Compton were the big winners at the 2012 Cricket Writers' Club Awards.

The former was voted CWC’s young cricketer of the year, while the latter became the inaugral winner of the County Championship cricketer of the year.

The England Lions duo were presented with their prizes at the annual club lunch at London’s Plaisterers’ Hall today.

Joe Root

Joe Root, pictured, succeeded Yorkshire team-mate Jonny Bairstow by being voted young cricketer of the year by the Cricket Writers' Club

Root made 746 runs in 15 first-class matches this summer, including a best of 222 not out in Yorkshire’s promotion campaign from Division Two of the LV= County Championship and a century for the Lions against West Indies.

Compton was within a whisker of becoming the first batsman in almost a quarter-of-a-century to pass 1,000 first-class runs before the end of May.

He scored 1,191 in championship fixtures at an average of more than 99 - with four hundreds, seven fifties and a best of 204 not out.

The grandson of England great Denis, Compton just pipped Durham and England seamer Graham Onions to the new trophy.

Root was a runaway 64th recipient of his award, succeeding team-mate Jonny Bairstow and becoming the 10th Yorkshireman to win it.

In total, award winners have more than 2,100 Test caps between them.

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