Auckland overcame a resurgent Northern Districts team to retain their title at the recent Masters Tournament in Queenstown. Both sides went through the qualification stage unbeaten on Saturday and despite the arrival of the front end of a winter storm on Saturday night, a full 20 over match was completed - albeit in freezing conditions - on Sunday.
The defending champs took the initiative early with Guy Coleman and Ian Billcliff setting the platform for Auckland to post a commanding score of 219 for 4.
The value of a good all-rounder is never in question. Andrew Ellis certainly fits that mould and was in sublime form during the Plunket Shield, form that ended with the honour of being awarded the Fujitsu Heat Pumps MVP title in the Plunket Shield.
Andrew Ellis is an effective domestic player but this year he shines above all others and commanded the top spot on this year’s Fujitsu Heat Pumps MVP table. The experienced Cantabrian confirms his status as a leading domestic player by adding the coveted domestic Fujitsu Heat Pumps MVP title to a long list of career achievements.
Ellis all-rounder role within the Canterbury team means he is always in the game and this season he delivered consistently with over 1000 runs and 50 wickets across all competitions.
Kane Williamson has been one of the pillars in the Blackcaps batting line-up throughout the past year and his methodical approach to scoring runs, repeatedly, has ultimately meant he is recognised as the International Fujitsu Heat Pumps MVP this year.
Williamson has emerged as a leading International batsman in all formats and the 24 year old can reflect on being acknowledged as the Blackcaps Most Valuable Player.
A humble of team man, Kane Williamson, took a rare moment to celebrate a superb year of contributions to the Blackcaps after he was named as the recipient of the 4th PLAYERS’ Cap.
Only a day after walking away with a handful of honors at the New Zealand Cricket Awards - including Test, ODI International and T20 International Player of the Year awards, as well as the Redpath Cup for Batting - the calm right-hander was appropriately named as the 2015 recipient of the prestigious PLAYERS’ Cap during a function in Auckland.