Vettori bags NZ 'cricketer of the year award'

Published: Thursday, September 9, 2010, 17:39 [IST]
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Vettori bags NZ's top awards

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has bagged three of New Zealand Cricket's major awards for 2009-10 season: he was named the Player-of-the-Year for the second consecutive year and was presented with the Winsor Cup for first-class bowling at the annual awards ceremony in Auckland on Thursday.

The 31-year old was also presented with the Walter Hadlee trophy for being the best ODI bowler.

New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive Justin Vaughan said the player richly deserves the honour after another memorable year.

"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," said Vaughan.

"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 all-rounder and fourth highest Twenty20 wicket-taker.

"It is great to see that his outstanding year has also been acknowledged by the ICC where he has been nominated for the ICC Cricketer of the Year and ODI Cricketer of the Year," Vaughan added.

Other winners on the occasion were wicketkeeper batsman Brendon McCullum who picked up three awards, top one day batsman, top all rounder and the fans' choice award for individual performance.

Ross Taylor took the award for top first class batsman after finishing with a Test average of 50.39 for the year. Auckland Aces bowler Michael Bates was adjudged the top domestic player.


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