New Zealand news October 18, 2012

Guptill takes top honours at New Zealand awards

ESPNcricinfo staff

Opening batsman Martin Guptill has claimed the top honour at the New Zealand Cricket Awards in Auckland, winning the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for 2011-12. Guptill was also named ODI and Twenty20 player of the year, based on performances between September 1, 2011, and August 31, 2012. Young fast bowler Doug Bracewell picked up the other big award of the evening, being named Test Player of the Year.

Batsman Amy Satterthwaite, who averaged 51.75 in five ODIs during the judging period, was named Women's Player of the Year.

Guptill scored 681 runs in 11 Tests in the same period. He was one of the few bright spots for New Zealand on their tour of the Caribbean, where they lost in all three formats; he made 97, 67, 71 and 42 there, top scoring in three of the four innings. In ODIs, against Zimbabwe home and away, his sequence of scores read 74, 105, 70, 77 and 85. In all, he scored 579 runs in 13 matches in the format. In 13 Twenty20s, he scored 454 at 45.40 with strong showings against South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Bracewell, who debuted in November last year, took 40 wickets in 11 games at 28.02. His best of 6 for 40 came in New Zealand's famous 7-run win against Australia in Hobart, where he claimed the wickets of Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey with the score on 159 to upend their chase of 241. For that performance, Bracewell also picked up the Fans Choice for Outstanding Individual Performance award.

The winners were decided by an independent selection panel headed by former New Zealand Cricket president Don Neely, and included former New Zealand wicketkeeper Ian Smith and veteran radio commentator, Bryan Waddle.

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  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    @ Liquefierrrr - You would be correct if the other NZ batsmen did better. He is being the best amongst the worst - so he is being recognized for that. In absolute terms, he may be mediocre at best but in NZ context, he has been good!

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Guptill is a world class batsman...when he is on form. If he starts to get some consistancy, we could have a real star on our hands

  • Dayne on October 19, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    Guptill - ODI: 168 runs @ 21.00 (s/rate 63.64) when you remove his 411 runs @ 82.20 (s/rate 94.91) against Zim; T20I: 256 runs @ 28.44 (s/rate 117.43) when you remove his 198 runs @198.00 (s/rate 145.58) against Zim; Test: 521 runs @ 28.94 (s/rate 42.25) when you remove his 160 runs @ 53.33 (s/rate 45.98) against Zim. So he batted at 21 (scoring at 3.82 an over) in ODI, 28.44 (scoring at 7.05 an over) in T20I and 28.94 (scoring at 2.54 an over) in Tests. Scores against Zimbabwe should really only count as List A, T20 or First-Class at best, so when you remove these stats he's had a pretty average year. Sad for NZ. Similarly Bracewell starting ferociously, snaring his first 21 wickets at 16.47, then his last 19 wickets cost 40.78 runs per wicket. He also went at 3.55 an over during this time, and his s/rate was 68.89 balls per wicket. Against India he took 3/231 off 53.1 overs (average 77.00, economy 4.34, s/rate 106.33 balls per wicket). Scary stuff.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    @masoodali150 I am sure you are being sarcastic..would be a joke if you are not about Ajmal's award in New Zealand's article

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    i don't think in cricket they use batsman and bats woman. i think its just bats woman for both

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Hmmm...they had to give it to someone.... Let me recall who all could have got one sight Ok...fine give it to anyone you wish...Guptill or whoever....who cares

  • kent on October 18, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    I think that Gubtill's honours are well deserved. He has a nice future ahead of him.

  • Ahsan on October 18, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    How can Amy Satterthwaite be called a batsMAN when she is a female?

  • Masood on October 18, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    What about Pakistan Saeed Ajmal award. Where is the announcement of Award Ceremony by PCB to rank Saeed Ajmal at No. 1. Is there any news? Or it was depended on winning of T20 World Cup. By the way, Congratulations! all NZ Awards winners.

  • Ali on October 18, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Wouldn't it be batswoman Amy Satterrthwaite...

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