Ellis named NZC's Domestic Player of the Year

Andrew Ellis (right) pipped Todd Astle, Scott Kuggeleijn and George Worker to the award Getty Images

Canterbury captain Andrew Ellis has been named New Zealand Cricket's Domestic Player of the Year for the second time in three years. The 35-year-old allrounder pipped Todd Astle, Scott Kuggeleijn and George Worker to the accolade, having already bagged two of the three men's domestic trophies - the Plunket Shield and the Ford Trophy - this season.

Ellis' tally of 652 runs, from ten rounds, at an average of 40.75 earned him a place among the country's top seven run-scorers in first-class cricket this season. He also finished in the top eight on the list of leading wicket-takers, with 27 wickets at 24.59. His match figures of 8 for 92 helped Canterbury defeat Otago by an innings and 119 runs in what was the biggest margin of victory in New Zealand's first-class summer.

Selector Gavin Larsen said the jury particularly took in account Ellis' role as a "leader in pressure situations."

"In addition to his significant performances with bat and ball, we considered Andrew Ellis' role as a leader in pressure situations - a season in which he led by example both on and off the field," Larsen said.

"Todd Astle [Canterbury], Scott Kuggeleijn [Northern Districts] and George Worker [Central Stags] would all have been a worthy winner, and the panel would like to acknowledge their excellent individual seasons."