WHITE FERNS all-rounder Amelia Kerr and BLACKCAPS batsman Will Young have won the major international categories on the second day of the ANZ New Zealand Cricket Awards – once again presented in a live studio format because of Covid complications.
On a day in which the winners of New Zealand’s four main domestic trophies were also named, Kerr won the ANZ Women’s ODI Player of the Year Award, and Young carried off the corresponding award for men.
It was an ODI summer of contrasting opportunity for the pair.
Kerr played 12 ODIs in that period, five against India in Queenstown and seven in the ICC Women’s World Cup, scoring 554 runs at 61.55 (including an unbeaten 119 against India) while taking 16 wickets at an economy rate of 4.98.
Young, on the other hand, made it to the crease on just three occasions as the BLACKCAPS ODI schedule was shortened by Covid-related postponements and cancellations, eventually being reduced to a three-match series against the Netherlands.
In that time, however, the right-hander made the most of his opportunities, book-ending the series with innings of 103 not out and 120 to end as the Player of the Series.
“It feels great,” Young said after being told he was the ANZ ODI Player of the Year.
“It’s obviously a bit strange to have only played three one-dayers this season and then to win an award like this, but you’ve got to take the opportunities as they come.
“It was awesome that the Netherlands could come here to finish off this New Zealand home summer and I’m absolutely stoked to have won this award and wrapped up the season.”
Young will depart next week to join English county side Northamptonshire.
Suzie Bates consistency across the Dream11 Women’s Super Smash and the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield competitions earned her the Ruth Martin Cup for batting excellence. Bates was the highest scorer across both the women’s and men’s Super Smash competitions (504 runs) and also averaged 43.60 in the 50-over league.
A record season with the bat! @SuzieWBates is our first winner for Day 2 at the ANZ New Zealand Cricket Awards with the Ruth Martin Cup for batting excellence. #ANZNZCAwards pic.twitter.com/84E9Pbwvji— WHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) April 12, 2022
“For me it was just simplifying it,” Bates said as she reflected on her domestic summer with the bat.
“I went back to what I’m good at which is hitting straight and not trying to add anything to my game.
“Mentally trusting that what I had was good enough, just standing still and reacting - and that’s the key for anyone really.
“I was able to do that for periods of time and have some success and hopefully for the rest of my career I can remember that.”
Bates’ Otago Sparks team-mate, spinner Eden Carson, carried off the Phyl Blackler Cup for bowling excellence after strong performances in both competitions, taking 17 wickets in the Super Smash and 14 at 11.36 in the HBJ – including five for 17 in the final.
It's an Otago double to start Day 2! From milking cows to winning an ANZ New Zealand Cricket Award! After a top season with the ball across the Dream11 @SuperSmashNZ and Hallyburton Johnstone Shield, Eden Carson wins the Phyl Blackler Cup for bowling excellence. #ANZNZCAwards pic.twitter.com/d79y2OoyNQ— WHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) April 12, 2022
Devon Conway’s feat of scoring a Test double-century at Lord’s on debut, and ending his maiden Test season with 767 runs at 63.91, including another couple of centuries, earned him the Redpath Cup, awarded for batting excellence in the first-class arena.
A spectacular start in Test cricket! Devon Conway secures the Redpath Cup for first-class batting with a season that featured a Test double-century at Lord’s on debut then two more hundreds to finish the season with 767 runs at 63.91. #ANZNZCAwards pic.twitter.com/n3kTE4re1z— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) April 12, 2022
And Tim Southee, who captured 36 Test wickets at 23.88, including best figures of six for 43 against England, and five wicket bags against India at Kanpur, and against South Africa at Christchurch, won the Winsor Cup for first-class bowling.
Tim Southee wins the Winsor Cup for first-class bowling! Southee captured 36 Test wickets at 23.88, including best figures of six for 43 against England, and five wicket bags against India at Kanpur, and against South Africa at Christchurch. #ANZNZCAwards pic.twitter.com/SIUfHOX1v1— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) April 12, 2022
The G.J. Gardner Homes Umpire of the Year Award was presented to Chris Gaffaney, New Zealand’s sole representative on the ICC Elite Umpires Panel.
“It’s a real privilege and I’m pretty stoked to win such an esteemed award,” Gaffaney said.
“I’ve been on the elite panel since 2015 and it’s nice to fall back on that experience.
“We’ve got a good support network around us and my coach is very good to bounce ideas off.
“You just work through the process after a good day or a bad day and try to stick to those processes.”
The awards, being named over three days, will conclude tomorrow with the naming of the Domestic Players of the Year, the ANZ Test Player of the Year, the new recipient of the Bert Sutcliffe Medal, and the big one; the supreme award - the winner of the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal.
A list of today’s and yesterday’s winners as well as the remaining awards up for grabs can be found below, along with the winners from last year.
2022 ANZ NZC Awards – Day 2
ANZ International Women’s ODI Player of the Year: Amelia Kerr (Wellington Blaze)
ANZ International Men’s ODI Player of the Year: Will Young (Central Stags)
The Redpath Cup for first-class batting: Devon Conway (Wellington Firebirds)
The Ruth Martin Cup for women’s domestic batting: Suzie Bates (Otago Sparks)
The Winsor Cup for first-class bowling: Tim Southee (Northern Districts)
The Phyl Blackler Cup for women’s domestic bowling: Eden Carson (Otago Sparks)
G.J. Gardner Homes New Zealand Umpire of the Year: Chris Gaffaney
2022 ANZ NZC Awards – Day 1
ANZ International Women’s T20 Player of the Year: Sophie Devine (Wellington Blaze)
ANZ International Men’s T20 Player of the Year: Trent Boult (Northern Brave)
Women’s Dream11 Super Smash Player of the Year: Amelia Kerr (Wellington Blaze)
Men’s Dream11 Super Smash Player of the Year: Michael Bracewell (Wellington Firebirds)
ANZ Fan Moment of the Summer: Ross Taylor’s final wicket in his last Test
Gillette Venus Young Player of the Year: Fran Jonas (Auckland Cricket)
Gillette Young Player of the Year: Jacob Cumming (Otago Cricket)
Club of the Year: Pleasant Point Cricket Club (South Canterbury)
Volunteer of the Year: Jeremy Dean (Eastern Suburbs & Wellington Wanders)
Community Cricket Activator of the Year: Frances Stewart (Cricket Wellington)
Official of the Year: Brendon Davies (Northern Districts)
Best Female Engagement Initiative: Young Leaders (Cricket Wellington)
Outstanding Contribution and Services to Coaching: Maria Lankeshwar (nee Fahey) (Sydenham Cricket Club)
Outstanding Contribution to Cricket: Anthony de Joux (Celtic Cricket Club)
Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative: Counties Manukau Premier League (Counties Manukau)
Community Cricket Collaboration Initiative of the Year: Canterbury Cricket
Sir Jack Newman: Gerard Finnie (Otago Cricket)