New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week following a man-of-the-series-winning performance in the two Twenty20 Internationals against Sri Lanka.
Although he only managed to score 13 runs in the first match, he went on to play a key role in New Zealand's three-run win by running out Mahela Jayawardene with a direct hit and then taking a superb low catch to dismiss on-form Tillakaratne Dilshan, whose knock of 57 appeared to be taking the game away from the Black Caps.
Ryder then found form with the bat in the second match, smashing 52 in 37 balls to help his side post a winning score of 170 for four. He hit three fours and three sixes and followed it up with another catch to get rid of Jayawardene as Sri Lanka staged an ultimately unsuccessful fightback.
There were a number of other contenders for the award this week, including Dilshan, Australia's Callum Ferguson and some outstanding performances in the ICC World Cricket League Division Six tournament in Singapore were also considered.
Guernsey's Jeremy Frith was named man of the tournament having received the accolade during their run to promotion at the ICC WCL Division Seven while members of the Bahrain and Singapore teams all deserve congratulation for playing their part in their teams' respective promotions.
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