Shane Bond

Former policeman Shane Bond ( Pic. right, V. Ganesan) concluded his second season of international cricket by taking three honours, including Player of the Year, at New Zealand Cricket's awards dinner.

The Canterbury paceman won the award for first-class bowling, the Walter Hadlee Trophy for one-day international bowling, and the overall National Bank Player of the Year title.

He was the fourth to win the top awards in the past four years, after Chris Cairns won in 1999-2000, Mark Richardson in 2000-01 and Nathan Astle last year.

Bond bowled New Zealand to an inaugural Test series victory in the West Indies last July and was its star-player in the World Cup in South Africa, where he took record New Zealand one-day international figures of six for 23 against eventual champion Australia.

Bond played just six first-class matches in the past year — four of them Tests against West Indies and India — and took 30 wickets at an average of 20, including successive five-wicket hauls in Barbados and Grenada.