Warwickshire leg-spinner Imran Tahir has been named as the Cricket World® County Player Of The Week following continued fine performances with the ball in both four-day Championship cricket and the Friends Provident t20.
Warwickshire began the week by playing reigning champions Durham in the County Championship and Tahir took two for 57 in Durham's first innings. Durham gained a first-innings lead but Tahir kept Warwickshire in the game by returning figures of six for 69 in 24.1 overs of Durham's second knock to set Warwickshire 354 to win.
His victims included prolific opener Michael di Venuto, and hard-hitting trio Ian Blackwell, Ben Stokes and Phil Mustard. Warwickshire would go on to lose the game as Durham bowled them out for 134 on the final day with Steve Harmison taking seven for 29.
Warwickshire gained some masure of revenge one day later, however, when Tahir took a hat-trick to help the Bears beat Durham by five wickets.
Warwickshire batted first and before closing on 117 for eight, Tahir picked up his hat-trick by having Gordon Muchall bowled for ten, Will Smith caught by Ant Botha and Ben Harmison caught by Rikki Clarke - the latter two without scoring - in consecutive deliveries.
Warwickshire then completed victory with two overs to spare and Tahir returned figures of three for 19 from three overs after recording the 33rd hat-trick in Twenty20 cricket.
Tahir went on to take one for 18 as Warwickshire completed their week with a 34-run win over Yorkshire in the same competition.
Other contenders for the weekly award were Will Jefferson, Brad Hodge, Jimmy Adams, Herschelle Gibbs, Harmison and Wayne Madsen.
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