Australian news April 10, 2010

Hartley adds Ian Healy Trophy to season of success

Chris Hartley accepted the award named after his childhood hero as his exploits with bat and gloves earned him the Ian Healy Trophy for Queensland's Player of the Year. Hartley, who was called on to Australia's Ashes tour briefly in 2009, completed an outstanding all-round season and became the second wicketkeeper behind Brad Haddin to collect 800 runs in a Sheffield Shield campaign.

"To receive an award named after a great Queensland and Australian cricketer, and my childhood hero, is pretty special," Hartley said after being given the trophy by Healy. "If you look back at the [previous winners'] names like Love, Maher, Kasprowicz, to put my name there is a really, really special feeling."

Hartley began the summer wanting to back up a strong season in 2008-09 and he achieved that with 827 Shield runs at 48.64, including two hundreds, and also collected 43 catches and a stumping. Despite the accolades - he added the state's Sheffield Shield Player of the Year to his overall domestic prize last month - he remains behind Haddin and Tim Paine in the national wicketkeeping rankings.

Ben Cutting, the fast bowler, was voted the players' player after leading the Shield wicket list with 46 at 23.91 and capturing 15 victims in the FR Cup. Lee Carseldine picked up the one-day prize while James Hopes was the state's most valuable performer in the Twenty20 competition.

Luke Feldman, who starred in the senior team with 33 wickets at 23.96, was the Queensland Academy of Sport Player of the Year. Melissa Bulow, who was recognised for being only the second Queensland woman to appear in 100 state matches, won the major prize for the Fire.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo