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Fleming wins Kiwi player of the year award

Published: Thursday, April 1, 2004, 20:00 [IST]
 
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Auckland:New Zealand cricket captain Stephen Fleming had extra cause to celebrate his 31st birthday after being named his country's player of the year.

Fleming won the Walter Hadlee Trophy for One-day International batting and the supreme player of the year award at a ceremony late on Wednesday.

His only miss came when he was surprisingly pipped for the Redpath Cup for first-class batting by New Zealand teammate Scott Styris.

The award period stretched back to the tour of Sri Lanka last May, when Fleming scored his career-best 274 not out against the spin wizardry of Muttiah Muralitharan in Colombo.

He also scored 192 in the first Test against Pakistan in Hamilton and added two match-winning One-day centuries, both in Christchurch against Pakistan and South Africa.During the award period, Fleming played nine Tests, scoring 732 runs at 56.31, and 21 One-day Internationals, scoring 728 runs at 38.31.

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