Brendon McCullum, who lead New Zealand to their first ever final in ICC World Cups, has been named as the winner of Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for 2014-15 at the New Zealand Cricket Awards in Auckland. Left-arm seamer Trent Boult, who was the joint leading wicket-taker of the 2015 World Cup with Mitchell Starc (22 wickets), was awarded the Winsor Cup for First Class bowling.
During the World Cup, McCullum’s aggressive captaincy and swashbuckling knocks at the top of the order helped New Zealand seal eight consecutive wins, including the hard-fought victory against South Africa in the semi-final at Auckland.
New Zealand also enjoyed unprecedented success in Tests under him in 2014, winning five Tests from nine, a national record. It included series victories against India, West Indies and a drawn series against Pakistan in UAE. With the bat, he scored 1164 runs- the most by a New Zealand batsman in a calendar year including a triple hundred against India at the Basin Reserve, a double hundred against Pakistan in Sharjah and a monstrous 195-run knock against Sri Lanka in Christchurch.
On the other hand, Kane Williamson, who had a decent World Cup with the bat (234 runs in 9 matches), swooped up the awards for Twenty20 international player of the year, ODI player of the year, Test player of the year, as well as the Redpath Cup for First Class batting.
Here is the list of the big winners:
Sir Richard Hadlee Medal: Brendon McCullum
International Women’s Player of the Year: Suzie Bates
Redpath Cup (Batting): Kane Williamson
Winsor Cup (Bowling): Trent Boult
ANZ Twenty20 International Player of the Year: Kane Williamson
ANZ ODI Player of the Year: Kane Williamson
ANZ Test Player of the Year: Kane Williamson
Domestic Player of the Year (Men): Andrew Ellis
Domestic Player of the Year (Women): Amy Satterthwaite
Best Sutcliffe Award: Ross Dykes