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Mitchell Starc, Ashleigh Gardner Declare Prime Honours At Australian Cricket Awards

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Allrounder Ashleigh Gardner and prolific quick bowler Mitchell Starc are maiden Belinda Clark and Allan Border medallists respectively, having been awarded the highest honours in Australian cricket. “Each are first-time recipients of their respective accolade as voted by their friends, umpires, and the media throughout all kinds and each sport of worldwide cricket over the previous 12 months,” said an official launch.

Gardner’s ultra-consistent season with each bat and ball was fittingly rewarded with the Belinda Clark Award. Throughout 10 innings Gardner struck 281 runs at a mean of 35.1 that included 4 half-centuries and a high rating of 73 not out in a memorable T20 win in opposition to New Zealand in Hamilton.

A useful asset within the area, Gardner’s off-spin broke via for 9 wickets, two shy of Sophie Molineux’s year-leading 11. The quintessential allrounder, Gardner completed the voting interval inside Australia’s high three run-scorers and high 5 wicket-takers throughout all codecs. Gardner received her first Belinda Clark Award with 54 votes from Beth Mooney (47) and Alyssa Healy (39) who completed second and third respectively within the voting.

Starc has loved a sensational yr of worldwide cricket and captured a mixed 43 wickets at a mean of 24.4 throughout all codecs, 12 away from the nation’s subsequent greatest. The left-arm fast was topped the Male ODI Participant of the 12 months following dominant performances within the three-match sequence in opposition to the West Indies which included a haul of 5-48 within the opening sport.

Among the best pink-ball bowlers within the sport, Starc thrived within the Ashes sequence and amassed 19 wickets at 25.36 with a better of 4-37 within the first innings of the Day-Night time Check in Adelaide. Starc additionally scored 241 runs throughout all codecs at a mean of 26.8 to sit down inside Australia’s high 10 run-scorers over the previous 12 months.

Starc (107 votes) outpolled T20 World Cup hero Mitchell Marsh (106) by a single vote to win the Allan Border Medal whereas batter Travis Head was third within the polling with 72 votes.

For the third consecutive yr, Healy claimed high honours because the Feminine One-Day Worldwide Participant of the 12 months with 13 votes forward of Rachael Haynes (10) and Megan Schutt (10). Prime-order batter Mooney took out the Feminine T20 Participant of the 12 months with 13 votes, forward of Tahlia McGrath (10) and Gardner (6).

South Australian batsman Head’s excellent Ashes Collection secured him the Male Check Participant of the 12 months. It’s the newest in a string of honours for Head this summer season, who was topped the Miller/Compton Medallist as Participant of the Collection in Australia’s victorious Ashes marketing campaign.

The left-hander struck 357 runs at a mean of 59.50 within the Ashes and, alongside Usman Khawaja, was the one participant to register a number of centuries within the sequence. Allrounder Marsh (53 votes) capped a stellar yr by being voted the Male T20 Worldwide Participant of the 12 months forward of Josh Hazlewood (29) and Ashton Agar (26).

Marsh compiled 627 runs at 36.9 through the voting interval and was instrumental in Australia’s first-ever victorious T20 World Cup marketing campaign, scoring an unbeaten 77 from 50 balls to be named Participant of the Match within the closing.

Elyse Villani and Darcie Brown took the prized Feminine Home Participant of the 12 months and Betty Wilson Younger Cricketer of the 12 months awards respectively. Villani scored 4 centuries and 1,050 runs in 21 video games at a mean of 61.8, whereas Brown’s 30 wickets throughout all competitions through the voting interval strengthened her monumental potential.

South Australian captain Head was additionally voted Male Home Participant of the 12 months with 902 runs at 50.1 in all types of the sport, whereas Tim Ward was named the Bradman Younger Cricketer of the 12 months for his 506 runs at 46 all year long.


ACT Meteor Zoe Cooke was named Group Champion for her work to assist, promote and advocate for the ladies’s sport within the ACT via teaching and mentoring roles, notably within the pathway system.

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