SA's Samson wins stats award

2014-03-25 11:57
Melbourne Cricket Ground (File)

Johannesburg - South Africa's Andrew Samson was presented with the Statistician and Historian of the Year for 2013 award by the Association of Cricket Statisticians (ACS) at their annual meeting in Derby, England over the weekend.

"Andrew is the official statistician of Cricket South Africa and we take great pride in this world-class achievement," CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement on Tuesday.

"He has been ever present in this role since South Africa returned to international cricket.

"Andrew is renowned not just for his accurate work but for the speed with which he is able to respond to even the most obscure requests for information. He is another world-class South African on the international stage.

As an ACS member since 1980, Samson has been a radio and TV scorer/statistician for the past 25 years and CSA's official statistician for the last 20 years.

He has also acted as official statistician at four global ICC events, and as scorer/statistician for Test Match Special on several recent England tours, as well as supplying South African statistics to Wisden.

"Andrew's most notable achievement is his creation of a database containing scorecards of all first-class, List A and Twenty20 matches, and his ability to run queries and extract pertinent information while scoring," his citation read.

"Through his versatility, he has raised the standard of the media scorer/statistician to a new level: combining diligent pre-match preparation with an ability to spot the interesting and unusual, he offers statistical observations that genuinely inform the listener, adding context and insight."

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