Guptill sweeps NZ cricket awards

Wellington, Oct 19(ANI): Batsman Martin Guptill bagged four awards at the New Zealand awards, including the most prestigious Sir Richard Hadlee Medal, in Auckland on Thursday.

A panel comprising former national selector Don Neely, former test glove man Ian Smith and veteran commentator Bryan Waddle named Guptill the country's outstanding cricketer of 2011-12, reports.

Guptill, who is in South Africa with Auckland Aces at the Champions League, was a shoo-in for the Hadlee Medal after he won the Redpath Cup for first-class batting (927 runs at an average of 42), and was named New Zealand's Twenty20 and ODI player of the year.

The opening batsman began the season with a bang, scoring 109 in a test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo and passing 50 in five consecutive one-day internationals.

In home Twenty20 matches against Zimbabwe and South Africa, Guptill cracked 91 not out, 78 not out, 47 and 26.

Fast bowler Doug Bracewell was named the Test player of the year for New Zealand following a breakout international season. (ANI)