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Perren named Pura Cup player of year

12/03/2003 08:25:02 PM Comments (0)

Queensland batsman Clinton Perren wasn't wanted by Bulls selectors earlier this season but on Wednesday he was named Pura Cup player of the series.

The 28-year-old was overlooked early in the season before forcing his way back into the Bulls team for six of the ten qualifying matches, scoring 659 runs at an average of 65.9.

He received 17 votes from umpires on a 3-2-1 basis from each match, finishing ahead of Queensland teammate Michael Kasprowicz (14 votes), South Australian batsman David Fitzgerald (13) and NSW's Brett Lee (12) and Michael Slater (12).

Perren was in the same Australian cricket academy intake as Lee and Jason Gillespie but he struggled to match their consistency until this season.

Perren's season, which continues in Friday's Pura Cup final against NSW at the Gabba, was highlighted by a double century against South Australia.

He hit another ton against Victoria in challenging conditions last month to seal today's award.

"It was a complete shock to be told of the award this morning at training. I'm very honoured to be chosen and I feel quite humble," Perren said.

"The fact that I only played six games probably ruled me out in my mind of being in contention for such an award.

"The last 12 months have been unbelievable. I wasn't in the team that won last year's final, and I wasn't in the team at the start of the season, but I felt really good about my cricket.

"My wife Cath and I became parents for the first time as well this season and nothing feels better. My cricket has gone well in conjunction with being a father.

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