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ESPNcricinfo Awards 2022 Associate batting winner: George Munsey slays West Indies

The Scotland opener set up a famous win at the T20 World Cup

George Munsey, the Associate world's best-known purveyor of the reverse sweep, used that shot only once the entire 20 overs of this innings and showed he's far more than just a one-trick pony, going completely against type and still finding a recipe for success to help Scotland upend West Indies in the first T20I match-up between the two sides.
After a dominant powerplay in which he struck six boundaries, a rain break disrupted Munsey's momentum and the rest of the innings turned into a grind. But he reasserted himself in the final over with three more fours to put Scotland in a winning position.

Key moment

Munsey was given out lbw on the first ball of the 19th over but successfully reviewed the decision after ball-tracking showed that the full toss from Alzarri Joseph struck Munsey outside the line of leg stump. The reprieve allowed him to stay at the crease and attack Odean Smith for three boundaries in the 20th over, a crucial late surge to give Scotland momentum going into the innings break.

The numbers

4 Number of DRS referrals involving Munsey during his innings. West Indies failed in three attempts to reverse not-out decisions on field. Munsey succeeded in his lone attempt to overturn an on-field decision, which originally gave him out.
3 Number of times Munsey has opened the batting and finished not out for Scotland in T20Is in his 56-match T20I career. All three times, he was named Player of the Match in a Scotland win.

What they said

"The guys did well in the middle from ball one and took pressure off me, especially after the rain delay. I enjoyed the start and then we went off due to rain and then found it trickier."
- George Munsey

The closest contenders

Colin Ackermann
41 not out vs South Africa, T20 World Cup, Adelaide

Entering at 97 for 2, Ackermann scored 41 of the final 61 runs in the innings, including two sixes in the final over, which proved to be just enough to upset South Africa by 13 runs and help the Dutch complete an African sweep after they beat Namibia and Zimbabwe earlier in the tournament.
Jan Frylinck
44 vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup, Geelong

Frylinck's 70-run seventh-wicket partnership with JJ Smit across the final 34 balls turned the tables on Sri Lanka and paved the way for Namibia's first win over Sri Lanka.

Peter Della Penna is ESPNcricinfo's USA correspondent @PeterDellaPenna