New Zealand news September 9, 2010

Vettori wins New Zealand Cricket's top award

ESPNcricinfo staff

Daniel Vettori has won three of New Zealand Cricket's major awards for the 2009-10 season: he retained the Player-of-the-Year award and the Winsor Cup for first-class bowling, and also won the Walter Hadlee trophy for being the best ODI bowler.

"Daniel is and has been a consistently excellent performer for New Zealand over a long period and his fourth National Bank Player-of-the-Year award is a reflection of his hard work and dedication," NZC chief executive, Justin Vaughan, said. "He has been a force in all forms of the game, and you just have to look at the ICC rankings for confirmation with Daniel ranked as the top ODI bowler, second ranked Test allrounder and fourth highest Twenty20 wicket-taker."

Vettori won the accolade of New Zealand's top cricketer for the fourth time in six years. During the period of adjudication, he scored 742 runs in Tests at an average of 49.46, 398 at 30.60 in ODIs and 120 Twenty20 runs at 24. He also took 32 Test wickets at 36.75 each, 27 ODI wickets at 20.29 and 10 wickets at 22.80 in Twenty20 internationals.

Vettori apart, Brendon McCullum also picked up a couple of awards - the Walter Hadlee Trophy for best ODI batting, because his performances in the UAE helped New Zealand achieve their first away series win against Pakistan, and the John Reid Best Allrounder Trophy for his batting and wicketkeeping. During the period under consideration, McCullum made three centuries and took 55 catches in all forms of the game.

Ross Taylor claimed the Redpath Cup for his batting performances in first-class cricket. In 2009-10, he scored 1078 in 11 matches at an average of 53.90 and also set a national record for fastest century by scoring one off 81 balls against Australia.

The awards for best bowler and batsman in New Zealand women's cricket, the Phyl Blacker Cup and the Ruth Martin Cup, went to Nicola Browne and Suzie Bates. Browne took 16 Twenty20 and nine one-day international wickets and was the Player of the Women's World Twenty20. Bates scored 185 runs in ODIs and 230 in Twenty20s. She was the Player of the Series on the recent tour of England.

Browne was also the women's domestic Player of the Year, top scoring in both List A and Twenty20 domestic games with 474 and 150 runs for Northern Spirit. She also took 16 one-day and five Twenty20 wickets.

Auckland's Michael Bates was the domestic Player of the Year in the men's category, taking 37 wickets in the Plunket Shield, 14 in one-dayers, and 15 in the HRV Cup.

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