Martin Guptill to the fore at NZ Cricket awards
Martin Guptill received four gongs, including the supreme Sir Richard Hadlee Medal, as he dominated the annual New Zealand Cricket awards in Auckland last night.
The 26-year-old opening batsman was named the country's outstanding cricketer of 2011-12 by a panel comprising former national selector Don Neely, former test gloveman Ian Smith and veteran commentator Bryan Waddle.
Guptill, in South Africa with Auckland at the Champions League, was a shoo-in for the Hadlee Medal after he won the Redpath Cup for first-class batting (927 runs at an average of 42), and was named New Zealand's Twenty20 and ODI player of the year. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson were the other Redpath finalists.
Guptill began the season with a bang, scoring 109 in a test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo and passing 50 in five consecutive ODIs. In home T20s against Zimbabwe and South Africa, Guptill cracked 91 not out, 78 not out, 47 and 26. Then, after a lean patch, he went agonisingly close to a test century against the West Indies in Antigua before throwing his wicket away on 97.
Paceman Doug Bracewell's name was called almost as often as Guptill's after a breakout international season.
Bracewell beat fellow finalists Neil Wagner and Mark Gillespie to the Winsor Cup for first-class bowling after taking 41 wickets at an average of 23.82. His test-winning spells in Bulawayo and Hobart also saw him named test player of the year on the back of 37 wickets at 24.
And Bracewell's Hobart heroics, where he took 9-60 to spur New Zealand to their first test win in Australia in 26 years, was voted the fans' choice for outstanding individual performance.
Auckland captain and wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins was named men's domestic player of the year after leading the Aces to the domestic T20 title and scoring 523 Plunket Shield runs at 47.54.
In women's cricket, Amy Satterthwaite was named international player of the year after averaging more than 51 for the White Ferns in ODIs. Her Canterbury team-mate Frances Mackay was named outstanding domestic player.
AND THE WINNERS ARE ...
Redpath Cup (first-class batting): Martin Guptill
Winsor Cup (first-class bowling): Doug Bracewell
Fans' choice (outstanding individual performance): Doug Bracewell (9-60, second test v Australia in Hobart)
Sir Jack Newman Award (outstanding junior cricket administrator): Ross Parlane
The Bert Sutcliffe Medal (outstanding services to cricket): Cran Bull
Young player of the year: Simon Hickey
Domestic player of the year (men): Gareth Hopkins
Domestic player of the year (women): Frances Mackay
International women's player of the year: Amy Satterthwaite
Twenty20 player of the year: Martin Guptill
One-day international player of the year: Martin Guptill
Test player of the year: Doug Bracewell
Sir Richard Hadlee Medal: Martin Guptill
The Dominion Post