FINGAL cricketer Max Sorensen is one of three international players who have been short-listed for the Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year's award.
Sorensen (26) was called into the Ireland squad for the first time in February of this year and was the leading wicket taker in the category, taking 37 wickets in his 22 appearances at an average of just 17.46.
He won the Man of the Match award in the ICC World Twenty20 play-off win against Namibia, a victory which secured Ireland's place in Sri Lanka, and for good measure he helped his club The Hills clinch the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup title for the first time. The other nominess are James Shannon (22) who played 10 times in the voting period, scoring 356 runs at 27.38, and Stuart Thompson who played 13 times, scoring 340 at 37.78 and taking 23 wickets at an average of 19.
The Aengus Fanning award is named in honour of the former Sunday Independent editor and cricketing enthusiast Aengus Fanning, who died earlier this year following a short illness. Ireland coach Phil Simmons was fulsome in his praise for the three nominees, saying: 'The three guys have been excellent since their introduction into senior international cricket and acquitted themselves superbly. Their application and talent have seen them turn in valuable performances from the outset. 'James Shannon batted superbly against South Africa A and showed just how strong his technique is.
Stuart Thompson has graduated from the A ranks and proven himself capable of taking big wickets. And Max Sorensen has a magnificent attitude and that work ethic coupled with ability is a potent combination. I expect him to be a regular fixture in the senior ranks for many years to come.' The inaugural RSA Cricket Ireland Awards will take place in the Round Room of the Mansion House on November 16th and tickets are available now for this celebration of Irish cricket hosted by Today FM's Matt Cooper. Further details at http://www.cricketireland.ie/awards.