Ballance rules the roost at Yorkshire

HARARE - Zimbabwean-born cricketer Gary Ballance on Monday scooped three major awards at his English cricket county side Yorkshire.

The England hopeful, who received his Yorkshire first team cap at Scarborough last week, walked off with the Yorkshire members’ Player-of-the-Year award as well as being voted the Players’ Player-of-the-Year and also receiving the Fielder-of-the-Year award.

The 22-year-old from Harare — who also turns out for Zimbabwean domestic franchise Midwest Rhinos — has expressed his desire to play international cricket for England, whom he qualifies for by naturalisation having lived in the country since the age of 16.

The left-handed batsman had an outstanding season for the Kwekwe-based Midwest in the Zimbabwean domestic championship before returning to the United Kingdom, where he carried his form into county cricket.  

Amongst his superb performance for Yorkshire was smashing 103 not out in a 160-run partnership stand with Adam Lyth (60) that ensured Yorkshire chased down the Unicorns target of 185.

Ballance is the nephew of former Zimbabwe captain and coach Dave Houghton.

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