Samit Patel has ‘reaped the rewards’ of most consistent preparation ever, says team-mate Steven Mullaney


Samit Patel and Steven Mullaney sometimes seem to have a telepathic bond on the field for Nottinghamshire.

However, Mullaney says he did not need to be a mind reader to know he was not going to win the Cricketer of the Year award at the Nottingham Post Sports Awards 2017, such was the quality of Patel’s season.

Patel took the honour, sponsored by Cartwright King solicitors, ahead of Mullaney and Alex Hales after helping Notts win the Royal London One Day Cup, NatWest T20 Blast and promotion in the County Championship.

With all-rounder Patel having already won the Professional Cricketers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year Award and topped the PCA MVP rankings, Mullaney felt sure he would be a runner-up.

“I’m not surprised Samit won at all. He’s a worthy winner,” he said.

“He’s won just about every accolade in domestic cricket this year, so he’s a worthy winner.

Samit Patel celebrates with Steven Mullaney after taking a wicket

“I certainly didn’t expect to win!

“We all knew how good he was but he’s applied himself consistently over a long spell this season.

“His preparation has been more consistent than ever before and he’s reaped the rewards on the field.”

Mullaney and Patel have often starred in tandem with the ball in the middle overs of limited overs games. That was in evidence once again in the Royal London One Day Cup final as they combined to dismiss three of Surrey’s top six.

However, they also made an impact with the bat together, most notably in the semi-final, when both men scored centuries against Essex in a record run chase.

All-rounder Mullaney says there is no obvious reason for their repeated success together.

Cricketer of the Year runner-up Steven Mullaney pictured on stage at the Nottingham Post Sports Awards 2017

“We don’t plan it before the game. He always says, in his words not mine, that either him or me are going to get man of the match before every big game,” he said.

“This is the first year where we’ve had proper partnerships with the bat together. We’ve seen the team home in a few pressure situations, which has been nice.

“We pride ourselves in one day cricket in bowling well in tandem in the middle overs, but it’s nice to have contributed with bat and ball this year.”

On a personal note, Mullaney had the best season of his career despite a foot injury ruling out of the opening games.

While he was pleased with his own efforts, the 30-year-old is already looking towards next year with the squad reporting for pre-season training next week.

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“I was happy with last season. I was devastated to have to miss the first five or six weeks, but to come as I did was pleasing,” he said.

“I’m already thinking about next season. You have a few weeks off.

“We’ve got a week or so before we’re back in the gym and getting ready.

“We’re under no illusions that it will be very tough. We’ve had a lot of changes, but we’ve got a good player coming in Paul Coughlin.

“I’m sure there are a few signings in the pipeline, so it’s an exciting time.”



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