Kane Williamson wins Sir Richard Hadlee Medal at New Zealand Cricket Awards
Kane Williamson claimed the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal and was awarded best Test player as well. © AFP

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has scooped the top honour at the 2019 New Zealand Cricket Awards, winning the Sir Richard Hadlee medal in Auckland on Thursday.

Williamson was also named Test player of the year after a season in which he led New Zealand to an unprecedented five successive series wins and to No 2 in the ICC Test rankings, and took home the the Redpath Cup for first-class batting.

Williamson, ranked second in Tests after Virat Kohli, recently became the first New Zealand batsman to score 20 Test hundreds. During the voting period, he scored 801 runs at an average of 89 in Tests.

The men’s ODI player of the year was Ross Taylor, who took the award last year as well, while Colin Munro was named men’s Twenty20 international player of the year for the second year in a row. Taylor scored 759 ODI runs at an average of 84 during the voting period.

The White Ferns teenage sensation Amelia Kerr was named Women’s ODI Player of the Year and was awarded the Phyl Blackler Cup for women’s domestic bowling, along with the Gillette Venus Cup as the Secondary Schools Female Player of the Year. In 2018, Kerr broke the long-standing record for highest score in women’s ODIs when she made 233* against Denmark.

Sophie Devine was adjudged women’s T2oI player of the year. Trent Boult was the recipient of the Winsor Cup for first-class bowling.

Wellington’s Devon Conway was named men’s domestic player of the year and Central Districts’ Natalie Todd took home the honours for women’s domestic player.

Conway, 27, topped the first-class and T20 run charts this season. In the Plunket Shield he scored 659 from 12 innings at an average of 82.37, with a best of 203*. In the Super Smash T20 competition he made 363 from nine innings at an average of 45.37 and strike-rate of 144.04. In the 50-over Ford Trophy, he made 411 runs in 12 innings at an average of 37.36, which was the fifth best this season.

Dodd was a leading figure for Central Districts Women as they lifted the domestic one-day title, scoring a league-leading 652 runs from 11 innings at 108.66 courtesy two hundreds and two fifties. She also won the Ruth Martin Cup for women’s domestic batting.

Central Districts’ Tom Bruce was voted Super Smash T20 player of the year after finishing second to Conway with 353 runs at a strike-rate of 157.58, a big factor in the team winning the trophy.

Chris Brown was adjudged New Zealand umpire of the year.

Ewen Chatfield was awarded the Bert Sutcliffe Medal for Outstanding Services to Cricket to cap off his 51st consecutive and final season of club cricket and honour his contribution to cricket.

New Zealand Cricket Award winners:

Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for Player of the Year: Kane Williamson

ANZ International Test Player of the Year: Kane Williamson

ANZ International Women’s ODI Player of the Year: Amelia Kerr

ANZ International Men’s ODI Player of the Year: Ross Taylor

ANZ International Women’s T20 Player of the Year: Sophie Devine

ANZ International Men’s T20 Player of the Year: Colin Munro

Women’s Domestic Player of the Year: Natalie Dodd

Men’s Domestic Player of the Year: Devon Conway

Burger King Super Smash Women’s Player of the Year: Frankie Mackay

Burger King Super Smash Men’s Player of the Year: Tom Bruce

The Redpath Cup for First-Class batting: Kane Williamson

The Winsor Cup for First-Class bowling: Trent Boult

The Phyl Blackler Cup for women’s domestic bowling: Amelia Kerr

The Ruth Martin Cup for women’s domestic batting: Natalie Dodd

New Zealand Umpire of the Year: Chris Brown

Gillette Venus Cup Player of the Year: Amelia Kerr (Tawa College)

Gillette Cup Player of the Year: Tim Campbell (Wellington College)

Bert Sutcliffe Medal for Outstanding Services to Cricket: Ewen Chatfield