Monday 6 April 2009 

Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Neil McCallum

Scotland batsman Neil McCallum has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after he scored two centuries in two days during the ongoing World Cup Qualifier in South Africa.

McCallum, whose only previous three-figure score in One Day cricket came for Scotland against Ireland in 2007, scored an unbeaten 121 to against Ireland and against Namibia with 103 one day later.

Scotland were able to post a score of 232 for seven against Ireland having been 22 for four when McCallum made his way to the crease and they went on to lose the match. However, against Namibia, which included seven fours and five sixes, set up a convincing 73-run win.

McCallum only managed to score nine runs against Oman as Scotland pulled off their second win of the tournament.

McCallum becomes only the second Scotsman to win the Player Of The Week award, following in the footsteps of his captain Ryan Watson, who won the very first Player Of The Week award in January 2007, also for excellent performances in the World Cricket League in Kenya, which also served as preparation for the World Cup and qualification for the ICC World Twenty20.

Other contenders for the weekly award included India's Gautam Gambhir, South Africa's Wayne Parnell and Australia's Mike Hussey.

The Player Of The Week award is decided by the Cricket World® Editorial Team on a Monday morning following a review of the week's matches.

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