8 Mar 2014

Taylor takes top cricket awards

9:08 am on 8 March 2014

Batsman Ross Taylor has taken the top honour at the New Zealand Cricket Awards.

At the awards, where two seasons of achievements were recognised, 29-year-old Taylor collect the prestigious Sir Richard Hadlee medal for both the 2012-13 and 13-14 seasons.

White Ferns captain Suzie Bates matched Taylor's efforts by winning the women's international player of the year award for both seasons.

As well as collecting the overall award, Taylor was named Test player of the year, ODI player of the year and picked up the Redpath Cup for First Class batting.

Tim Southee claimed the Winsor Cup for First Class bowling, Mitchell McClenaghan won the Twenty20 player of the year title for this season, while skipper Brendon McCullum won that gong for the previous season as well as the ODI award.

Taylor collected the Test award in 2012-13.

A special presentation was made to McCullum to recognise the 302 not out he scored against India in Wellington - the highest Test score by a Black Cap.