Ben Stokes and Wayne Madsen take Cricket Writers Club awards

Ben Stokes and Wayne Madsen

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been named as the Cricket Writers' Club young player of the year, with Derbyshire's Wayne Madsen collecting the County Championship player prize.

Stokes not only helped Durham to the Division One title, but was selected for the winter Ashes tour of Australia.

He took 42 wickets and made 615 runs for Geoff Cook's side.

Meanwhile Madsen stood out despite his side's relegation from the top tier, scoring 1,221 Championship runs.

The 22-year-old Stokes' achievements come on the back of a difficult winter, where he was sent home from England duty for disciplinary reasons but the New Zealand-born academy product has responded on the field to help bring Durham a third title in five seasons.

Madsen's individual brilliance proved in vain as Derbyshire returned to Division Two just a year after promotion,

Both awards will be presented at the club's annual lunch on Monday.

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