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Ramprakash named player of the decade

DELIGHTED: Mark Ramprakash

MARK RAMPRAKASH has been rewarded for his remarkable county career. The Former England batsman was named the Professional Cricketers' Association player of the decade this week.

Ramprakash scored 2,278 first-class runs at an average of 103.54 to help Surrey win promotion into Division one of the County Championship.

He twice extended his career-best with innings of 292 against Gloucestershire and 301 against Northamptonshire - one of four successive matches in which he passed 100.

Ramprakash, who has Guyanese heritage, initially made his name playing for Middlesex, and was selected for England aged 21.

Despite being among the most gifted and heavily scoring English batsman of his generation at county level, he rarely performed well during a long but intermittent international career.

He has been a particularly prolific run scorer since his move to Surrey in 2001, averaging over 100 runs per innings in successive seasons (2006 & 2007). He is one of only 25 players in the history of the sport to have scored 100 first-class centuries.

This summer the 37-year-old Surrey player became the fifth batsman to average more than 100 in first-class cricket in an English summer, after Bradman, Geoffrey Boycott twice, Graham Gooch and Damien Martyn.

Ramprakash said: "I am delighted with the way things have gone this year. I really want to thank my Surrey team-mates and in particular the coach Alan Butcher, who has taken the time to get to know me.

"Things just clicked for me this year. I don't know why really. You work hard every year but sometimes things do just click and this was a good year."
I
n 2006 the cricketer proved he had other talents, winning the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing series.

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