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Michael Klinger wins consecutive State Player of the Year awards

MKSouth Australia opening batsman Michael Klinger has been named the State Player of the Year at the 2010 Allan Border Medal for the second consecutive season.

Klinger, who also won the prestigious award in 2009 and is now only the second player to receive the award more than once along with three-time-winner Darren Lehmann, gained an impressive 36 votes to win a closely fought tussle with Victoria’s Chris Rogers (29), Brad Hodge (27) and John Hastings (13).

Klinger was at his dominant best during the 22 matches in the voting period where he scored 1532 runs at an impressive average of 56.74 plundering four 100s and seven 50s.

Continuing his rich vein of form since relocating from Victoria in 2008, Klinger has enjoyed a stellar season with the South Australian Redbacks currently sitting in second place on the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield leading run scorers table with 655 runs at an average of 109.17 (Three 50s and two 100s). Proving his versatility he also sits second on the chart for the Ford Ranger Cup with 452 runs at an average of 56.50 (two 50s and two 100s).

All Australian contracted first-class cricketers are given one vote to choose the best State Player of the Year. Players were not permitted to vote for their state team-mates.

The voting period for the award included all Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield, Ford Ranger Cup, Australia A and Australian international matches from 24 December 2008 to 1 February 2010.

State Player of the Year – Top 3

Michael Klinger           36 votes

Chris Rogers               29

Brad Hodge                 27

Previous Winners

2000    Darren Lehmann

2001    Darren Lehmann

2002    Darren Lehmann

2003    Martin Love

2004    Simon Katich

2005    Andrew Bichel

2006    Phil Jaques

2007    Chris Rogers

2008    Ashley Noffke

2009    Michael Klinger

Michael Klinger
Born: 4 July 1980
Batting style: Right-hand

First Class debut: ACB Cricket Academy v Matabeleland Invitational XI, Bulawayo 1998-99

List-A Debut:             Victoria v Tasmania, 1999-2000

Twenty20 Debut: Western Australia v Victoria, 6 January 2006

Statistics in Voting Period

BATTING                               M         INN      NO      RUNS    AVRGE        HS       50        100
Michael KLINGER(VIC)         22        33        6          1532      56.74             207*     7            4

Career Statistics (current as at 10 February, 2010)

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
First-class 57 99 14 3504 255 41.22 8108 43.21 8 15 54 0
List A 75 75 9 2589 133* 39.22 6 17 23 0
Twenty20 14 13 2 223 42 20.27 173 128.90 0 0 21 5 6 0

Source: Ross Dundas and www.cricinfo.com

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