ACA Matador Cup Team of the Year announced

03 Nov 2016

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The ACA Matador Cup Team of the Year has been announced this morning, after the players voted on who they considered to be the most valuable of the Australia's one-day domestic competition.

The team was voted on by the wider playing group last week, and represents who the players feel had the biggest impact on three-week tournament.

Victorian opener Cameron White was named captain.

The two-time Player of the Tournament was the only Victorian selected in the side, after a dominant series with the bat where he smashed 457 runs at an average of 76.17.

White was pleased that he was acknowledged for his strong year, but was disappointed that his Bushrangers couldn't progress further than the semi-final.

"For my peers to see me in that light, its means a lot more, so I'm really honoured," White said.

"Obviously you don't play for individual awards, but when you do win them it's nice, especially when it is voted on by the rest of the playing group.

"It was disappointing to come close again in the Matador Cup, after missing out the last few years in finals.

Moving from the 50 over format to the four day season, White holds high hopes for the defending champions

"It's been nice to start well against Tassie in the Sheffield Shield however, the carrot is there to win 3rd Shield in a row, but as boring as it sounds we have to keep taking it game by game to give ourselves that chance."

New South Wales was the best represented state in the Matador Cup Team of the Year after taking the title, with five players chosen, including CAXI all-rounder Arjun Nair, who was named as spinner after capturing 11 wickets at an average of 22 throughout the competition.

Daniel Hughes was voted as White's opening partner after a strong seven games in the Blues' winning campaign, and was joined by Moises Henriques after a stellar year with bat and ball.

Doug Bollinger was selected on the back of his 15 wickets while Pat Cummins was recognised for his outstanding comeback after serious injury.

Young South Australian quick Cameron Valente was the Matador Cup leading wicket taker alongside Bollinger and Cummins, and was duly awarded with fellow Redback Callum Ferguson (305 runs @ 61).

For Tasmania, Alex Doolan (362 @ 120.7) was picked to bat at number four, while Tim Paine was the clear choice for wicket-keeper after 217 runs and six dismissals.

Adam Voges was picked to bat at five after another outstanding domestic season and Andrew Tye rounded out the team as 12th man, after taking 12 wickets at an average of 20.92.

Despite finishing second, Queensland was the only state to not have a representative in the players vote.

ACA Manger Cricket Operations Brendan Drew congratulated all those picked in the side.

"To be selected by your peers as the most valuable in the competition is a terrific honour and achievement," Drew said.

"The players picked in the ACA Matador Cup Team of the Year should be proud of the start they have made to the domestic season, hopefully their success paves the way for further performances throughout the year."


ACA Matador Cup Team of the Year

Cameron White (c)
Daniel Hughes
Callum Ferguson
Alex Doolan
Adam Voges
Moises Henriques
Tim Paine (W/K)
Cameron Valente
Arjun Nair
Patrick Cummins
Doug Bollinger
12th man - Andrew Tye