2020 NZC Awards: Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine named best ODI and T20I players for 2019
Prolific batter Suzie Bates was named New Zealand’s best ODI player and hard-hitting allrounder Sophie Devine took home the best T20I player award at the recently held ANZ International New Zealand Cricket Awards. Congratulatory messages and subsequent interviews with the winners took place via a video conference keeping in mind the social distancing norms as a result of the impact caused by Covid-19.
A veteran of 124 WODIs, Bates has 4534 runs to her name which makes her the leading run-getter of the New Zealand Women’s cricket team. She’s also scored 10 centuries, more than any other White Ferns player ever had. She has twice been the recipient of the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year, first winning it in 2013 and then in 2015.
She spent 2015 consolidating her reputation as a star batter across formats – which paved the way for her to bag the Wisden Leading Women’s Cricketer of the Year and ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year awards. Bates was also a professional basketball player, having represented New Zealand at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
With 3195 runs in T20Is, nobody has scored more T20I runs than Suzie Bates but 2019 clearly belonged to her T20I captain – Sophie Devine. In 2019-20, Sophie Devine became the first player, male or female to hit 6 consecutive T20I fifties! She was the leading run-scorer for New Zealand in the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup.
The broad-shouldered all-rounder suffered the kind of setback that no teenager would like to hear – being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a 15 year old. However, she’s clearly managed to stay ahead of the condition and defy the cynics. Unsurprisingly, Devine won the 2018 New Zealand Cricket award for the best women’s T20I cricketer and continued consistency in the format meant that she was recognised with consecutive honours! And much like Bates, Devine is also a versatile sportswoman – having represented the women’s field hockey team of New Zealand.
In the men’s category, Ross Taylor received the prestigious Sir Richard Hadlee medal for the third time in it’s 10 years of being conferred. The experienced batsman scored 511 Test runs, 538 in ODIs and 330 T20I runs in the year. Kane Williamson’s heroics at the Cricket World Cup 2019 meant that there was no looking past him for the Best ODI player award while
Full List of Winners for ANZ International NZCA 2019:
– Sir Richard Hadlee Medal New Zealand Cricket’s Best Player: Ross Taylor
- New Zealand Cricket’s Best Player in Tests (Men): Tim Southee
- New Zealand Cricket’s Best Player in ODIs (Men): Kane Williamson
- New Zealand Cricket’s Best Player in T20Is (Men): Ross Taylor
- New Zealand Cricket’s Best Player in ODIs (Women): Suzie Bates
- New Zealand Cricket’s Best Player in T20Is (Women): Sophie Devine