CW® County Player Of The Week - Abdul Razzaq
Pakistan international Abdul Razzaq has been named as the Cricket World® County Player Of The Week after his consistent all-round performances helped them win the Friends Provident t20 event.
They beat Essex in the semi-final by six wickets before beating Somerset in a thrilling finale at The Rose Bowl, which saw both sides tied on 173 runs, but Hampshire winning by virtue of losing one fewer wicket along the way.
Razzaq's fine day began when he bowled a tidy spell of nought for 23 against Essex, following it up with an innings of 44 in 31 balls, opening the innings, to set up Hampshire's successful run chase.
In the final, he took the wickets of Marcus Trescothick (19) and James Hildreth (12) to return figures of two for 37 as Somerset were held to 173 for six.
Razzaq then got Hampshire's run chase off to a flying start by blasting six fours and a six on his way to 33 in 19 balls - once again setting up a successful pursuit in style.
In ten matches in this year's competition, Razzaq scored 183 runs at an average of 20.33 and took seven wickets at an average of 35.00 and an economy rate of 7.81.
Other contenders for the weekly award included Razzaq's team-mates Danny Briggs, Neil McKenzie and Sean Ervine, Trescothick and Hildreth of Somerset, Leicestershire's Matthew Hoggard, Derbyshire's Chesney Hughes, Glamorgan's Ben Wright and Hampshire's James Tomlinson, who took seven wickets against Somerset in a Championship match.
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