Williamson named NZ Cricketer of the Year
Kane Williamson’s stellar year was recognised at the 2016 New Zealand Cricket Awards when he was awarded the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal and named the New Zealand Cricketer of the Year.
Williamson, last week named the New Zealand Sportsman of the Year at the 2016 Halberg Awards, was also named the Test International Player of the Year, and won the Redpath Cup for first-class batting.
The latest swag of awards came on the back of an outstanding year for the 25-year-old Williamson, who, following the retirement of Brendon McCullum, will next month captain the Black Caps at the World Twenty20 in India.
Williamson scored five Test centuries in the period judged; set a New Zealand record for the number of Test runs scored in a calendar year, and just before Christmas rose to become the ICC’s No.1 ranked Test batsman.
NZC annual celebration of cricket, staged at the ANZ Viaducts Events Centre, in Auckland, saw Brendon McCullum formally farewelled by NZC and also presented with his ICC Spirit of Cricket Award.
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Martin Guptill was named both the ANZ ODI and T20 Player of the Year, and Trent Boult won the Winsor Cup for first-class bowling.
White Ferns captain Suzie Bates, who scored a century in the final Rose Bowl ODI at Mt Maunganui this week, capped off another prolific year of run-scoring by being named the International Women’s Player of the Year.
Bates’ team-mate Amy Satterthwaite was judged the Domestic Women’s Player of the Year.
The Awards ceremony, which drew more than 400 invited guests including the Minister of Sport and Recreation, the Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, concluded with the naming of Auckland chairman and Cornwall Cricket Club stalwart, Rex Smith, as the winner of the Bert Sutcliffe Medal for Outstanding Services to Cricket.
Award winners were:
Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for Player of the Year: Kane Williamson
ANZ Test International Player of the Year: Kane Williamson
ANZ ODI International Player of the Year: Martin Guptill
ANZ T20 International Player of the Year: Martin Guptill
Winsor Cup (Bowling): Trent Boult
Redpath Cup (Batting): Kane Williamson
International Women’s Player of the Year: Suzie Bates
Domestic Women’s Player of the Year: Amy Satterthwaite
Bert Sutcliffe Medal for Outstanding Services to Cricket: Rex Smith
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