Peter Borren wins CricketEurope's Dutch Player of the Year poll
Netherlands and VRA Amsterdam captain Peter Borren has won the 2011 CricketEurope Dutch Player of the Year poll, leading virtually all the way and eventually receiving 34.5% of the votes.
Borren withstood a late surge by ACC’s international allrounder Mudassar Bukhari, who finished second with 25.2%, with Pieter Seelaar of Hermes-DVS Schiedam in third place with 16.3%. Helmien Rambaldo, captain of the Dutch women’s team, the first woman player to be nominated in a CricketEurope poll, ended in fourth place with 12.3%.
Borren, who was beaten into second place by Henk-Jan Mol in last year’s poll, had another outstanding season in 2011, captaining VRA to their second double of championship and Twenty20 Cup in consecutive years.
Although his preparation for the World Cup was disrupted by a nagging injury he produced several memorable innings, especially his 82-ball 84 in the final game against Ireland. Unable to bowl in the first three matches, he turned in a fine spell with the ball against India, and his captaincy under great pressure was inspirational on the field and dignified off it.
If the results in the World Cup were disappointing the same cannot be said of the CB40 League, where Borren led his side to five victories and a tie in their eleven completed matches. The captain contributed 268 runs, second only to Wesley Barresi, at an average of 29.77, and claimed 12 wickets at 28.00. His 37-ball 56 not out against Derbyshire at Derby and, even more outstanding, 33-ball 71 not out (including five fours and six sixes) against Kent in Rotterdam played a key part in those two wins.
In the Topklasse, his 620 runs at 44.29 and 27 wickets at 19.30 were even more decisive, not least because he tended to operate as a pinch-hitter in VRA’s away matches. One of the most remarkable innings of the domestic season was his 91 against Quick Haag, which came from just 56 deliveries and included 10 fours and six sixes, the first of them over backward point in the opening over of the match.
The fact that Borren and Bukhari captured almost 60% of the votes between them is a fair reflection of the two Amsterdam sides’ domination of the domestic competition in 2011. They set a standard which their rivals will be striving to match in the new season.