November 18, 2008


Botha awarded by Irish writers

Will Luke

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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Posted by Simon Butler on (November 24, 2008, 22:54 GMT)

If their is one thing Ireland have that no other associate can manage to put together even when players are away playing county cricket is a genuine first class outfit. Guys like Botha, O'Brien, Ponterfeld, Brey, Cusack, Rankin, and the rest of the guys who represented Ireland should be proud because i think we are looking at the next test match team in the making. I would be interested to see how Ireland would perform in a first class set up against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh with a full strength team. I think Ireland would more than give them a run for their money.

Congratulation to Andre Botha on an amazing season it is a deserved award, however difficult the decision might have been for the ICC.

Posted by Andy Long on (November 20, 2008, 15:35 GMT)

Good man Andre!! I bet it wasn't an easy decision. What with Niall O'Brien's excellent batting and work behind the timbers; Cusack's development in the team and the continued good work by Kevin O, William and the rest of the boys. Well done on another good year lads!!

Posted by Laksh on (November 19, 2008, 17:54 GMT)

The best man got it... All the best for Ireland for the 2009 WCQs....

Posted by Andrew Sheppard on (November 19, 2008, 10:49 GMT)

I'm honoured to be the first to congratulate Botha on a thoroughly deserved award, not just for this year, but his years of work to put Ireland well and truly on the World Cricket Map. Good luck to him and the whole team next year, Gorey fan

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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