‘Graham Triumph A Huge Step For WA Cricket’
4 April 2017  

Heather Graham’s Zoe Goss Medal triumph is a huge step for women’s cricket in Western Australia according to Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury and Perth Scorchers coach Lisa Keightley.

Graham, 20, became the youngest ever Zoe Goss medallist when she won the award at Friday evening’s Laurie Sawle Medal Night at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The medal is voted based on performances for both the Fury and Scorchers in the 50-over and T20 formats, with promising all-rounder Graham enjoying a breakout 2016-17 season.

Graham was unable to attend Friday’s awards night as she’s in Sri Lanka with the Shooting Stars having earned a call-up on the back of her strong displays.

"I think it’s a huge step for women’s cricket in WA that we’ve got two Australian players and Heather Graham, who is a young and up-and-coming cricketer, has won the Zoe Goss Medal,” Keightley said.

"I think it shows we’re starting to get depth. She’s a great kid, turning 21 soon.

"I was very pleased for her yesterday when she got the honour of captaining the Shooting Stars so we might even have a future captain on our hands.”

Graham scored 447 runs and took 13 wickets across the 50-over Women’s National Cricket League and Rebel Women’s Big Bash competitions.

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

Graham also won the Fury’s WNCL Player of the Year award.

"This year she excelled in both formats,” Keightley said.

"She really stepped up and is starting to put in some consistent performances and showing the depth we’re starting to create here.

"I think she’s got confidence and belief that she can play and match it with the best in women’s cricket.

"Every time she walks out I’ve noticed growth in confidence. She’s backing herself a lot more.

"She’s worked extremely hard this year on her skills and her fitness.

"She’s definitely moving forward in both areas.

"Hopefully it’s the start of some bigger things to come from Heather.”