The Netherlands and Essex allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate has been voted CricketEurope's Associates One Day International Player of the Year, beating off a strong challenge from Ireland captain Trent Johnston to win by just 1.1% of the vote.
The win may come as some small compensation for Ten Doeschate, who was beaten by Kenya's Thomas Odoyo for the ICC's official Associate ODI award.
It is the second time CricketEurope's readers have honoured the South African-born Dutchman, who earlier this year was voted the website's Player of the Year for 2006.
On this occasion the poll quickly developed into a two-horse race, with Johnston, who led Ireland to their remarkable series of performances in the World Cup and to a second successive Intercontinental Cup title, establishing an early lead.
Then he was overtaken by Ten Doeschate, who opened up a gap of several percentage points. But Johnston's support rallied, and by the middle of last week the two men's tallies were identical. In the last few days, however, Ten Doeschate again pulled away, and hung on to win when the poll closed on Saturday night.
Ten Doeschate has by any standards had a remarkable twelve months. In 15 ODIs he hit 520 runs at an average of 52.00, with a strike rate of 84.95, making 57 against South Africa in the World Cup and 109 not out against Bermuda in the World Cricket League. He also took 27 wickets at an average cost of 21.00, and held on to 7 catches.
Johnston's individual performances were more modest - 308 runs at 28.00 and 9 wickets at 55.01 - but to that must be added his inspirational role as Ireland's captain, leading his side to their never-to-be-forgotten win over Pakistan in Jamaica.
The final poll figures in full are:
Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands) 36.6%
Trent Johnston (Ireland) 35.5%
André Botha (Ireland) 12.5%
Kyle McCallan (Ireland) 6%
Thomas Odoyo (Kenya) 3.4%
Ryan Watson (Scotland) 3%
Ashish Bagai (Canada) 1.5%
Steve Tikolo (Kenya) 1%