WA Cricket's Next Generation Takes Top Honours
1 April 2017  

The talent of the next generation has been highlighted at the WACA’s night of nights, the Laurie Sawle Medal, with tyros Hilton Cartwright and Heather Graham awarded WA cricket’s most prestigious season honours.

About 400 people were in attendance at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre to recognise WA’s most outstanding performers across the 2016-17 season, with the standout season of Laurie Sawle Medallist Cartwright and Zoe Goss Medallist Graham the pinnacle of the proceedings.

The night opened with a visual celebration of the Scorchers’ third KFC Big Bash League championship win and also paid tribute to retiring State Captain Adam Voges, with an emotional video played featuring reflections from influential people in the 37-year-old’s career and a heartfelt speech delivered by coach and long-time friend Justin Langer.

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Cartwright, Graham Take Top Honours

A season of consistency was punctuated by a Test debut for Cartwright, who finished the Sheffield Shield regular season as the competition’s second-highest scorer.

The 25-year-old ended the season with 861 runs at an average of 53.81, including two centuries and five fifties, to finish the First Class campaign as his state’s top scorer.

Cartwright’s genuine all-round abilities were regularly on show for the Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors, with his medium pace capturing 11 wickets across the Sheffield Shield and Matador BBQs One Day Cup competitions and his athleticism ensuring he stood out as one of the best fielders in domestic cricket.

His performances were rewarded at a national level in January, when he received a Test call up for the match against Pakistan at the SCG, scoring a composed first-innings 37 in his only opportunity at bat.

The glittering season also had Cartwright named the winner of the Warriors Domestic Four Day Player of the Year award.

Graham was one of the most consistent performers for her team over the 2016-17 season, compiling 447 runs across the 50-over WNCL and Rebel Women’s Big Bash competitions.

The 20-year-old was the Fury’s top run-scorer in the WNCL, with 208 at an average of 34.66, and continued that form with 239 and 10 wickets in the WBBL.

Graham’s maiden half-century for WA against NSW helped capture the attention of the national setup, with the all-rounder not in attendance at the awards night due to being on tour with the Shooting Stars in Sri Lanka.

The sparkling form also had Graham take home the Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury WNCL Player of the Year award.

* The Laurie Sawle Medal is awarded to the most outstanding Warriors player during the season and is voted on by match umpires and the State Match Committee. Votes are taken at the end of all Sheffield Shield and One Day Cup matches.

** The Zoe Goss Medal considers performances by WA-based players across the WNCL and WBBL. Voting is based on the 12 named players for any given match and coaching staff awarding 3-2-1 votes. The Zoe Goss Medal is awarded to the player who receives the most votes across both formats.

Brunt Backs Up, Tye Earns Scorchers Gong

England import Katherine Brunt became the first Perth Scorchers player to win consecutive Player of the Year awards, after being recognised for another stellar season with the Club.

The fastest-bowling female in world cricket captured 10 wickets, with a valuable economy rate of just 5.55 across WBBL|02, helping the eventual runners-up Scorchers to their first Championship decider in the competition.

Brunt backed up her best bowling figures of 2-14 with 216 runs at an average of 27, including a team-high eight sixes and aggressive strike rate of 132.51.

Tye was named the Simon Katich Medallist after he ended the KFC Big Bash League season in the top-10 wicket-takers list for the competition with 10 scalps at an average of 27.4 and an economy of 7.14 – an impressive rate for a bowler often tasked with seeing out the closing overs.

Tye claimed best figures of 4-22 against the Brisbane Heat in a crucial return game win for the Scorchers at the Gabba and made a memorable 33 against the Stars when elevated up the order in the last home game of the regular season.

The win over the Heat also had the 30-year-old become just the second player in the competition’s short six-year history to take a hat-trick.

Marsh Storms To Gold Cup Win

Shaun Marsh claimed a runaway win in the media-voted Gold Cup count, which aims to recognise the best performing WA cricket product at international level, collecting 48 votes from the 11 outlets which submitted their tallies in a 5-4-3-2-1 system.

Marsh last August celebrated his fourth career Test century against Sri Lanka in Colombo and looked on-track to compile a successful international summer, scoring a half-century at the WACA Ground in the First Commonwealth Bank Test against South Africa.

An injured finger ruled him out of the remainder of Australia’s summer campaign, but he regained his Test spot for the recent series against India in the sub-continent, scoring half-centuries in the Second and Third Tests.

Younger brother Mitch Marsh finished runner-up with 27 votes, with Elyse Villani third on 25 votes.

Voges Retires With One Day Gong

The emotional tributes to outgoing State Captain Adam Voges were capped off by the WA stalwart being named the winner of the Warriors Domestic One Day Player of the Year award.

Voges ended the Matador BBQs One Day Cup as WA’s leading scorer and sixth overall for the tournament, with 301 runs.

The ageless skipper scored a remarkable four half-centuries in six innings, including a match-winning 89 not out against Tasmania, and averaged 75.25.

The performances helped propel his domestic one day run total to 3133 – the second most for WA – across 91 matches, at an average of 42.91.

Voges announced his retirement from state cricket ahead of the final Sheffield Shield match of the season and his contribution will be remembered as one of the most significant in WA cricket’s history.

The right-handed batsman leaves his position having guided his side to 24 Sheffield Shield wins – the most by any WA captain – and compiled 7522 runs – the fourth-most for WA – across his 112 matches.

His career high score of 249 against South Australia at Glenelg in 2015 was also the highest tally by a WA captain and came amidst a remarkable run of five innings that totalled 612 runs at a staggering average of 204.

It was enough to finally demand the attention of national selectors and Voges became Australia’s 11th oldest Test debutant and the oldest to make a century on Test debut when he donned the Baggy Green against the West Indies in June 2015, hitting 130 not out.

His Test career ends with 20 matches and 1485 runs at an average of 61.87, with his high score of 269 not out the highest ever by a WA player.

Voges retires having captained WA to a drought-breaking 2014 Matador Cup win, ending a 10-year title drought in the competition for the Warriors, and steered his state to consecutive Sheffield Shield Finals across the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons – WA’s first appearance in the decider since 1998-99.

Green, Carmichael Stars On The Rise

Young Warriors paceman Cameron Green and code-swapping batter Mathilda Carmichael were named the Male and Female Rising Star winners, respectively.

Green became the youngest player in Sheffield Shield history to take a five-wicket haul on debut, as he skittled the Tasmania line-up last month aged just 17 years and 252 days.

The tyro became WA’s third youngest Shield debutant and earlier in the season had shown his potential in taking four wickets and scoring 51 not out in WA’s Under-19s Grand Final triumph.

Carmichael, 22, attracted attention ahead of the 2016-17 season when the Hockeyroos contender missed selection for the Rio Olympics and code-hopped to cricket for WA and the Scorchers.

The top-order batter was no stranger to the sport, having previously represented NSW at underage level, and made her WA debut against the ACT at the WACA Ground in October, scoring 21 and going on to play six games for the Fury and Scorchers.

Hartshorn, Mackin Held High By Peers
Young spinner Katie Hartshorn and paceman Simon Mackin were named winners of the values-based Legacy and Excalibur awards, respectively.

The Excalibur Award was introduced in the 1994-95 season and has each year been presented to the Warriors/Perth Scorchers player adjudged to have best adhered to the team’s values of: Work Hard, Speak Honestly, Celebrate Success, Respect the Past and Look After Your Mates.

The Legacy Award is the WACA’s high performance, values-based award for the women’s program and recognises the player adjudged to have best adhered to the team’s values of: Excellence, Trust and Honesty and Family.

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2016-17 LAURIE SAWLE MEDAL NIGHT – AWARD WINNERS

Laurie Sawle Medal – Hilton Cartwright

Zoe Goss Medal – Heather Graham

Gold Cup – Shaun Marsh

Simon Katich Medal – Andrew Tye

Perth Scorchers WBBL|02 Player of the Year – Katherine Brunt

Western Warriors Domestic Four Day Player of the Year – Hilton Cartwright

Western Warriors Domestic One Day Player of the Year – Adam Voges

Western Fury WNCL Player of the Year – Heather Graham

Legacy Award – Katie Hartshorn

Excalibur Award – Simon Mackin

Female Rising Star – Mathilda Carmichael

Male Rising Star – Cameron Green

WACA CRICKET MEDIA AWARDS

Best Print/Online Story – John Townsend, The West Australian

Best TV Story – Paddy Sweeney, Nine Network

Best Radio Commentator – Clint Wheeldon, ABC Radio

Best Photo – Paul Kane, Getty Images

Women in Cricket Award – Connie Clarke, The Sunday Times/STM

Cricket in the Community Award – Jessica Nico and Community Newspaper Group

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