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The Ireland allrounder, Andre Botha, has won the inaugural Irish Cricket Writers Club award for 2008.
Botha scored 756 runs at an average of 36, and also took 37 wickets at 17.97. he earned his his 100th cap in the Intercontinental Cup final victory over Namibia, was named in the ICC Associates team-of-the-year, and scored centuries against Kenya and Netherlands this season.
“I’m honoured to be the first recipient of this award. It means a lot to me, and it’s a privilege to be recognised by the Irish media," he said. "They have given the squad unparalleled coverage this past few years, and I know just how much the players appreciate it.”
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