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March 11, 2009
Over the past week Phillip Hughes became the youngest player to score two centuries in a Test and his impressive run on the way to his international debut has earned him the Sheffield Shield Player of the Year. Hughes, 20, was the major winner at the state cricket awards at the MCG, finishing the season with 19 votes for his collection of 891 runs at 74.25 in seven games for New South Wales.
Brett Geeves, the Tasmania fast bowler, was two behind and South Australia's Michael Klinger, who registered a season-high 1203 runs, was tied for third with Steve Magoffin on 16. Magoffin and Geeves have both been in South Africa as cover for Australia's attack, which took the team to a 2-0 series win on Tuesday.
A year ago Chris Rogers was unable to get a one-day game for Western Australia, but his move to Victoria resulted in 448 runs and the FR Cup Player of the Year gong. He picked up 18 nominations to edge out Lee Carseldine and Michael Klinger, who were level on 17. Carseldine gained the Twenty20 prize for his 298 runs at an average of 99.33 and a strike-rate of 134.84.
Alex Blackwell, who is opening for Australia in the Women's World Cup, was named the Women's National Cricket League's best, beating her New South Wales team-mate Leah Poulton, while Paul Reiffel received the Cricket Australia Umpire Award. Queensland, who play in Friday's final against Victoria in Melbourne, and Victoria's women's team were given the Benaud Spirit of Cricket Awards. The prizes were announced alongside the Australian Cricketers' Association's all-star teams.
Sheffield Shield Player of the Year Phillip Hughes
FR Cup Player of the Year Chris Rogers
Twenty20 Player of the Year Lee Carseldine
WNCL Player of the Year Alex Blackwell
Benaud Spirit of Cricket Awards Queensland men, Victoria women
Cricket Australia's Umpire Award Paul Reiffel
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