Yorkshire batsman Rhodes receives ECB honour

Yorkshire and England youngster Will Rhodes

Yorkshire and England youngster Will Rhodes

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Emerging Yorkshire all-rounder Will Rhodes has won the prestigious England Development Programme Cricketer of the Year award.

The 19-year-old guided England under-19s to third place in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in the UAE last winter and also made his Yorkshire first team debut in Twenty 20 Cup last summer.

Yorkshire and England youngster Will Rhodes (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Yorkshire and England youngster Will Rhodes (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

He beat off competition from a shortlist that included Matthew Fisher to claim the prestigious award, having scored an unbeaten 76 in the World Cup semi-final defeat against Pakistan.

“Clearly he’s an exciting talent,” said Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket. “We haven’t seen much of him recently, he’s been away all winter, and when we’ve seen him this summer, the second team have been so handicapped by the weather. “

Rhodes was one of the many youngsters given a chance in last season’s 40-overs competition and the domestic Twenty20 Cup.