By Jake Needham
Derbyshire’s overseas player of 2011 and 2012, Martin Guptill, crowned a fantastic year by becoming the recipient of the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal at the 2011-12 ANZ New Zealand Cricket Awards.
The most prestigious award of the event is decided by an independent panel and handed to the player whose performances have been the most outstanding during the voting period.
Guptill has been in a rich vein of form across all formats during the 2011-12 season. The tall right-handed batsman was second only to Ross Taylor in Test runs scored while topping the ODI and T20I tables for the Black Caps.
He struck 490 Test runs, 579 ODI runs and 378 T20I runs with a combined total of two centuries and 13 half centuries.
Aside from taking home the evening’s most esteemed award, Guptill’s performances for his native Auckland earned him the Redpath Cup for First-Class batting, the ANZ Twenty20 Player of the Year and the ANZ One Day International Player of the Year.
He has most recently been in action for the Auckland Aces in the 4th edition of the Champions League tournament held in South Africa, where the most successful T20 sides from around the world compete for the winner’s cheque of $2.5 million.
Guptill’s success at international level will come as no surprise to the Derbyshire players and supporters who had the opportunity to watch the Kiwi superstar at his belligerent best over two half season spells at the County Ground. In 16 first class matches at Derbyshire he totalled 1,131 runs, with three centuries.
However his performances in the coloured kit for the county were arguably even more exceptional. Over 22 Friends Life t20 and Clydesdale Bank 40 fixtures, Guptill managed to accrue 971 runs at an average of over 44. He also notched up three limited overs centuries for the Falcons.
A victory at the Wanderers on the 28th October would surely cap off an incredible year for one of Derbyshire’s most successful and popular overseas players of recent times.
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