26 Jun, Sunday

Success for Auckland at the New Zealand Cricket Awards

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Success for Auckland at the New Zealand Cricket Awards

Iain LaxonAces, Club Cricket

It has been a successful night for Auckland at the New Zealand Cricket Awards. Martin Guptill scooped the awards for top ODI and T20I player, Rex Smith was awarded the prestigious Bert Sutcliffe Medal, Cornwall was named club of the year, Bryan Haggitt was named volunteer of the year and Mark Benefield’s outstanding contribution to cricket was recognised.

 

Overall 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

 

NZC’s  annual Development and Services award winners:

Best Female Initiative: Cricket Wellington

Club of the Year: Cornwall Cricket Club

New Zealand Post Community Cricket Development Officer of the Year: Sam Ward

Volunteer of the Year: Bryan Haggitt
New Zealand Post Outstanding Contribution to Cricket: Mark Benefield

Secondary School Boys’ First XI Cup Young Cricketer of the Year: Rachin Ravindra

Sir Jack Newman Award: Peter Burke

 

BERT SUTCLIFFE MEDAL FOR SERVICES TO CRICKET: REX SMITH

Rex Smith has made a substantial contribution to Auckland Cricket both as a player, coach, and as an administrator.

Rex has been an Auckland Cricket Board member since 1999 and the chairman since 2007, having previously served in this role from 2001-2005.

He played 17 years of first grade cricket and has held various administration positions within the Cornwall Club, including Club Chairman from 1991 to 1998, and premier team coach for 26 years.

Under his watch, the Cornwall club has become the largest in New Zealand, with a membership of more than 1400.

Rex was a member of the Auckland Cricket Association first-class team selection panel from 1991 to 1998 and Convenor of the Auckland Cricket Association Coaching Review Panel in 1997.

He has also been a representative on the Eden Park Trust Board (formerly Eden Park Board of Control) for 14 years.

In the recent New Years Honours List, Rex was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to cricket.