Michael Bates has been rewarded for an outstanding 2009/10 domestic season by being named Domestic Player of the Year at the New Zealand Cricket Awards last night.
Only a few seasons ago injury meant that Michael Bates was’t even playing cricket but his transformation to one of the Aces most valuable assets became complete last season as he dominated every form of the competition. He was named the Me’s MVP across all competitions and that just reflected his success in all three formats.
His haul of 66 wickets was a remarkable achievement, especially as he shouldered the burden of being the spearhead of the Aces bowling attack for much of the season. When the Aces needed wickets it was Bates that invariably provided them. With Auckland’s bowling stocks depleted over the winter someone was going to have to stand up and shoulder the mantle of spearheading the Aces attack for the season. Michael Bates did that in spades in 2009/10 as he picked up 15 wickets in the HRV Cup, 14 in the one day competition and 37 in the Plunket Shield.
He was the leading wicket taker for Auckland in every competition and an illustration of his form, and the consistency of that form, was amply illustrated by the fact that he recorded career best figures in consecutive matches in the last two games of the season after a year where he barely missed a game.
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