Hampshire wicket-keeper and vice-captain Nic Pothas has been awarded a benefit year for the 2011 season, which will be his tenth season with the club.
In that time, he has helped the club win two domestic one-day trophies and the Twenty20 Cup earlier this year.
“It’s a great privilege and an honour to be awarded a benefit year for 2011 by the members and supporters at Hampshire Cricket. I would like to thank them for this wonderful opportunity for which I am most grateful," Pothas said.
“Along with them, I would like to thank my fellow players and all the staff at the Rose Bowl for their unwavering support throughout my career at Hampshire thus far.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Rod Bransgrove for affording me the chance to play at this awesome club and for all his help and support since my arrival.
“I consider myself very fortunate to be in this position and look forward to a successful 2011 both on and off the field.”
Pothas, whose career began with Transvaal in 1993, played three One-Day Internationals against Pakistan in 2000 and since moving to Hampshire, he has the highest batting average of any wicket-keeper in the club's history.
Pothas scored 68 as Hampshire beat Warwickshire to win the 2005 C & G Trophy and then an unbeaten 35 in the 2009 Friends Provident Trophy final success against Sussex.
In the absence of Dimitri Mascarenhas due to injury, Pothas led the side for much of the Friends Provident t20 competition this year, although he was unavailable for the final stages due to injury.
“Nic has been the consummate professional for many years now at Hampshire and I’m very pleased that he will be honoured for that next season," Hampshire manager Giles White said.
“His attitude and commitment have been a vital ingredient in many of our successes over recent seasons and hopefully he’ll have a few more good seasons – and a few more successes – to go.”
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