The announcement was made at the annual CBZ Financial Holdings Limited Bank Zimbabwe Cricket Awards 2011. Taylor scooped another top accolade, the Croco Motors Batsman of the Year, while Keegan Meth was named the South African Airways Bowler of the Year.
Brendan Taylor played three Test matches in the 2010/11 season, scoring 358 runs at an average of 71.6 runs with his highest score being 117 in the Test match against New Zealand at Queens Sports Club, making that his second century for the season.
His highest score in One Day International (ODI) was an unbeaten 145 against South Africa in 2010.
From the 27 ODI matches he has played, Taylor scored a total of 1 096 runs at an average of 45.66 with four centuries in the process.
New kid on the block, Brian Vitori received two awards on the night. He was named the Tour Africa Rookie of the Year and the Interfin Bank Most promising cricketer of the Year. Vitori made his international cricket debut in August 2011 in Zimbabwe’s return match to Test cricket against Bangladesh in Harare.
From just two Test matches has claimed five wickets at an average of 48 runs –with a personal best of four wickets for 66 runs in the match. He took two consecutive five wicket hauls from his debut ODI matches against Bangladesh, as a result Zimbabwe won both matches and ultimately won the series 3-2.
Matabeleland Tuskers walked away as the most decorated franchise of the year after being accorded the title as the Castle Franchise team of the Year and the Best administered franchise award. They also had the official hand over of the Castle Logan Cup title and had two of their team members winning awards as well.
Team coach Dave Houghton was named the Afdis Coach of the Year while, Keegan Meth is the bowler of the Year.
The Full Winners List
CBZ Bank Cricketer of the year Brendan Taylor
Croco Motors Batsman of the year Brendan Taylor
South African Airways Bowler of the year Keegan Meth
Tour Africa Rookie of the year Brian Vitori
Interfin Bank Most promising cricketer of the year Brian Vitori
Coca Cola Female Cricketer of the year Ashley Ndiraya
CBZ Bank Best Schools Cricketer Sam Curran
Castle Franchise team of the year Tuskers
Afdis Coach of the year David Houghton
Most Valuable employee Talent Zvanyanya
Most Valuable employee Grace Mashingaidze
Schools Administrator of the Year Kevin Atkinson
Grounds man of the year Doug Higgins
Scorer of the year Freeman Chigovera
Umpire of the year Russel Tiffin
Best Administered Franchise Tuskers
Special Commemoration The late Ian Kemp and Basil d'Oliveira
Winner-Castle Logan Cup 2010/2011 Tuskers
Winner Stanbic T20 2010/2011 Mash Eagles
Winner Metbank Pro 40 2010/2011 Southern RocksPost published in: Cricket