Ireland Captain wins ICC Associate Player of the Year 2009
Ireland captain William Porterfield has become the ICC Associate Player of the Year at the LG ICC Awards in Johannesburg.
The voting academy chose Porterfield over other top Associate players including Canada’s Rizwan Cheema and the Netherlands duo of Edgar Schiferli and last year’s winner of this award Ryan ten Doeschate.
During the 12-month voting period, Porterfield played for Ireland in 11 ODIs making two centuries and two half-centuries. His batting average was 46.80 with a strike rate of 77.10. As captain he also led Ireland to nine victories in those 11 matches.
In the four ICC Intercontinental Cup fixtures played during the voting period, Porterfield averaged 38.14 with the bat, scoring one century and one half-century.
The 25-year-old Gloucestershire player also led Ireland to the Super Eight stage of the ICC World Twenty20 this year and helped it to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 after winning the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in South Africa in April of this year.
Upon collecting his award in Johannesburg Porterfield said: "It’s been a fantastic year for us. This award caps it off on a personal note but it’s great for the team to be going to the World Cup having won the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier early this year.
"This award is great for Irish cricket and it shows how much we have done on the field. If we continue onwards and keep on making improvements in that department then other awards will follow."
The Associate Player of the Year Award was one of eight individual prizes given at this year’s LG ICC Awards. It was announced by Charlotte Edwards, last year’s ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.
The Associate Player of the Year award serves to recognise and reward the efforts in all international matches of the outstanding cricketers from the teams outside the ICC Full Members.
Based on the period between 13 August 2008 and 24 August 2009, the LG ICC Awards 2009 – presented in association with FICA – take into account performances by players and officials in a remarkable period for the game.
That period includes such high-profile events as the ICC World Twenty20 2009 in England, the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 in Australia and the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2009 in South Africa, as well as several bilateral Test and ODI series.
The LG ICC Awards ceremony is now in its sixth year and this year is being held in Johannesburg to coincide with the ICC Champions Trophy 2009. Previous ceremonies were held in London (2004), Sydney (2005), Mumbai (2006), Johannesburg (2007) and Dubai (2008).